I have already told you that I love blogs, but now let me tell you why I hate them:
- Blogs take up time. Even with a feed-reader, even skimming the nonessential, reading blogs takes time.
With always connected high-speed internet, I am tempted to read throughout the day, pulling me away from the children that need my full attention.
- Blogs make me feel inept. Why isn't my garden as productive as Kate's or Mary's? Why isn't my house decorated as well as Heidi's? Why aren't I crafty like Jo or Michelle? Why don't we have serene preschool sessions like Stephanie? How come I don't write as well as Shannon or Lora Lynn?
Melissa doesn't let her daughter eat Goldfish becuase of artificial colors....am I a poor parent for allowing them?
Tanya painted a mural in her son's room. Why haven't I done anything nice like that for my kids?
Julie is doing such a good job teaching her son core values. Are we doing enough?
The Pisecos have children near our kids' ages, and they are doing in-depth history lessons. Should we?
Instead of cutting them out completely, I have a plan to moderate my internet reading.
- Read fewer blogs. I currently subscribe to 108 feeds in Google Reader. By October 1st, I will reduce this to 50 including news feeds.
- Read blogs only during designated times. There is no reason to have Google Reader open throughout the day. When my 15 minutes of computer time is up, I will close the Reader window to reduce the temptation to check.
- Be content. I will reread and take to heart Julie's lessons on contentment for her son. I am who I am, my kids are who they are, and we are very blessed to be living the lives that we are.