Wasting Time Web Surfing?

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What if we decided to spend our time more productively?

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To do requires one to NOT do.

So what do we put on the chopping block?

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This question was raised recently about blogging, questioning the time spent. Some think posting is most important (only ones with something interesting to say). On the flip side, others question the time it takes to blog hop (finding it necessary to be everywhere).

Consider how happy you are with the way you spend your time. Do you find yourself at either extreme?

I was prepared for this question from a fellow blogger because, I myself was thinking about it for a long time lately. It got me thinking of priorities and why we spend so much time on the web.

Is there a primal reason?

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In our beginnings as a human race, minds were geared toward being aware of our environment, looking for changes that warn danger, find food, or whatever was important to early man. Man had to be vigilant to stimuli (cues in nature) if he was to survive. (source)

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Today, attention seems directed toward stimuli that is streaming TO us: TV, radio, cell phones and the internet. We hear the cues, just as ancient man depended and don’t chance missing something important.

But rather than running from or facing danger head on… we watch it from the safety of TV and computers, or pretend to engage it in video games without actual harm. We are passive “lookers” and ancient man was an active doer, hence “not wasting his time”.

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How many times while doing something else do you feel the need to check out the web? Is Facebook calling your name? Are blogs your daily drug? Is that stupid YouTube video an addiction? And how about the cell phone? Is it ever turned off?

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Take stock in what is wasting your time.

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If the internet is commanding your life, rethink what you read and write.  And how often you post. If you post often, make sure to vary the topics. My garden every day is too much garden! Varying the topic ensures a variety and number of readers too.

A great blog should be rewarded with viewers that you don’t have to work tirelessly to get. Just saying…those you work for are just not worth your time. Visit those that visit you! I do and I bet you share similar interests. Limit your web surfing.

Look for blogs that write about things you don’t know! I have a few posts coming up on things you might find interesting and I bet you might not know. Like I said, variety.

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I automate much of what I post, like all the photographs by creating actions in Photoshop, so it is fast for me to post frequently. Maybe consider writing scripts to save time! These can help do some work automatically. Photography is my passion, so making it easier makes blogging a breeze.

Also, I don’t load images into a post one by one, or in the right order for that matter. Once in a post, I just drag them to where I want them between text. Saves time.

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Want to Get Serious?

To curb the need to surf, sign up for one of the services that shows you HOW you spend your time online. They help to track of how much you browse if you find you cannot get important things accomplished? There are both free and paid apps to monitor web activity.

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These five apps are reviewed on Mashable with independent review.

Some free, others a paid service, they allow you to see how much time you spend on certain websites and the use of apps on your computer. Mainly used for business, but they can help general surfers too.

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Time to use time better? Take a blogging vacation…

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Refresh, recharge and reassess! See the world for REAL.

As promised, a head scratching, FUNNY post up next… then MY GARDEN.

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I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at: http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com
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50 Responses to Wasting Time Web Surfing?

  1. Good thoughts and suggestions to ponder, as always, especially the one about varying up the content of the posts a little. Hmmm.

    • Thank you Patina. I think a lot about why and what we blog. I see so much repetition and tire of it year after year. Others don’t seem to when posting on a particular plant and I respect that, but I really like stuff I don’t know!

      • I can’t blame you for tiring of repetition. Sometimes I think, “I need to try to remember that most of the things that seem repetitious to me are completely new to lots of gardeners seeking info on the internet,” and other times, yes, “Isn’t all this information already out there?”

        Your posts keep it new for those of us who have a lot of gardening knowledge already.

  2. I definitely felt transported on vacation looking at your photos! I have made a concerted effort to limit my online time. Since I have children that need my attention I schedule my time and stick to it so that it doesn’t interfere with family time. It is easy to get pulled into the virtual world and the time passes before you know it.

    • When one has a family I always wonder how they do it. Blogging has a way of sneaking in on every aspect of what one is doing. For instance, I love cooking and when I am in the kitchen, if I did not have a rule about keeping my cell phone and camera out of there, I would be posting recipes all the time. Blogging does that to people. It makes you want to photograph everything! And the phone and email are always chirping, so I had to learn to ignore it. When I do though, there will be 50 or more emails everyday waiting. I shut off the chirps too.

  3. Donna, I so agree with you on so many of these points. I have finally come to the conclusion yesterday, that if someone can’t be a community with you, to stop visiting them. There are more important things in life. Photos are stunning…the first one had my heart racing…so would love to be there right now.

    • I agree with you about those forming a community. My rule became visit those that leave a comment, even a really short one to let me know they were here. I know that is SUPPOSED to be why WP has “likes” but what I found is people don’t always click the post and only read the short paragraph in the Reader (if they even read it) then hit like. That just seems like fishing for reciprocity so I learned to ignore likes. I like the interaction and really getting the point of view from my readers. They are the ones that become community. Also, those that comment pretty often, I hit their follow button too. That became another rule. Those that like reading here, will likely be those I like reading too.

      You are so right… there are so much more important things in life. One is health and that was my reason for traveling. It refreshes and renews.

  4. I have been doing a bit of this blog time review lately and really started wondering why i was doing it? doing stuff about plants and post onl;ine whats already known about them seems a bit pointless, but just posting nice pics from the stuff I see seems abit vacuous especially as most are taken on my iPhone so aren’t superb quality. So far i have left it alone for a month and I expect my wife is pleased I am not lost in the pc or my phone. Its balance for what s happening in the here and now and my need to look further outwards into the blogosphere and beyond. I think I lost the thread of why I started my blog and i don’t have time research. Its all good; in the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger ‘i’ll be back’!

    • I so agree on the posting on plants… I see more than I would ever want to know on Aloe and Agave. Great plants and architectural in the landscape, but so over posted. I just got back from San Francisco and saw how these plants are used in good design. I was happy to see them, but really they are over posted plants.

      I find it hard not to post. I have so many ideas everyday, but I see your wife’s point. My husband plays Play Station all the time. He is at it constantly, where I am blogging maybe a half hour to an hour a day at most. What takes up the most time is answering comments, but that is my favorite part. Even if I don’t answer in a few posts, I still visit those that comment.

      One advantage for me… my work is on the computer, so one screen has my design work and the other loads a blog post. I can add to a post as I think of what to write and it really does not interfere with my work in this manner. Both are being done simultaneously. I just have to be careful not to make a mistake in my architecture… and keep my mind on what I am REALLY supposed to be doing.

      I think losing the “thread” is fine. It expands things you want to learn and write about. One of my favorite wildlife blogs posts everyday. He has maybe 5-6 images and one to three paragraphs explaining the sequence of photos. I love his shortened posts and his photography is beautiful. So maybe think about brevity.

      In your blog review…limit it to blogs where they give you inspiration or make you think. It will help you in your own postings.

  5. Any kind of writer or blogger has to decide what their goals are and who their audience is. Even if you’re not blogging for pay, you need to decide what your goals are and who your audience is. Once you know that, you have to take steps to find your audience. For my online magazine, I have a marketing plan that says I’m looking for local people who are gardeners. People from outside Western New York who are interested in the magazine can subscribe, too, but at this point I don’t actively seek them out. If I tried to get any random non-gardeners to subscribe, that could inflate the number of subscribers, which might initially impress my advertisers. However, people who aren’t interested in my magazine won’t open it, and that would bring down my open rate. My open rate is about 40 percent, while the national open rate is only 20 percent, and that’s a solid number I can use to attract advertisers.There are many ways I can try to get new subscribers, but they all take time and/or money. I have to budget my resources. Even if you’re not aiming to make money from your blog, you have to budget your resources. Determine what your goals are and who your audience is. That will go a long way in helping you decide how much time you should spend surfing.

    • You comment will be very helpful to readers, especially those that market their blogs. You promote your online magazine actively at flower shows and garden walks. Most bloggers would not take the time to set up a booth to do this unless they are making money from their work. You had told me about the open rate before and my blog has the 40% number a day too, so I guess that is good. Narrowing goals is a good direction to aim, but since my blog is ‘different’, I try to reach a really wide audience – which I have done. It loses some too, but with so many posts, I find readers can easily pick posts in their particular interest. My photo posts are not usually what garden readers want, nor are the garden walks what the photographers want. Same with wildlife and travel.

  6. CC says:

    I so enjoy your pix and words. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! Where were your gorgeous beach pix taken? That is what I actively want to be doing…….or at least have my screen open there! CC you need a link so I can visit your blog. Only your email address is visible to me.

    • I guess I should have noted the location. It is in St. Lucia where my cousin has her home. This beach is Sugar Beach resort and my cousin has two villas at this resort. I did not stay at her villas but stayed at her house. What a beauty that house is too. I was there this past January.

  7. Mac says:

    Not loading images one by one or in the right order, that sounds lovely. I used to drag my photos around, then something changed and I haven’t been able to work out how to fix it, I can only load photos in reverse order, so I have to work out exactly what I want and then do it backwards, argh!

    • I batch load. I can see how this might be a problem for some though. WP got buggy on doing this lately with their new update. It uploads the images, but the screen freezes when directing it to load them in the post sometimes. It is still faster than one by one, but it is annoying since you don’t know when it is going to happen. That would bug me to have to load them backwards being dyslexic. I see enough backwards already.

  8. I completely agree with you that it’s good to regularly be introspective about what you read on the Web and how you spend your time online. I try hard to reciprocate and read the blogs of those who read mine, but I also subscribe to the feeds of numerous blogs from people who never have and never will visit my blog, and that’s OK. For me, it’s all about quality writing, cool photos, and engaging topics that I’m interested in. I’ve read and commented on blogs for years written by folks who I don’t think have ever visited my blog, but I don’t care, I appreciate and value their blog and will keep reading their work.

    I’m frequently thinking about how/when/why I post to my blog. I’d rather have 2-3 quality posts per week than half-assedly try to crank out something every day or every other day. I think a little scarcity of posting makes each post more cherished by readers, but that attitude is to be taken with many grains of salt. My blog is never going to be “good” or “popular”, but I do it because I love doing it, even though sometimes it can feel like a chore.

    I think blogging can have an ominous side if you’re doing it to feel loved or be popular online. It’s almost an extension of the Facebook “like” button where people are fretting about whether or not enough people liked their posting. If you’re blogging because you enjoy writing, taking pictures, or sharing your experiences with people, you’re probably going to get more joy out of it than if you’re refreshing the statistics button every 30 seconds to see how many people have read your latest post. But this is all in my humblest of opinions.

    • Good points and thank you for your comment. I write on blogging often and have touched on some of your points in my ramblings. I too subscribe to blogs that do not visit here, but none are gardening blogs. They are written by professionals and are places I learn quite a bit. I also reference them often. If you want to see blogs that you might enjoy that post daily and are not “half-assedly”, here are two I like. Both visit GWGT and I am so glad I either found them or they found me. One is Phil Lanoue Photography and the other is Hoof Beats and Foot Prints. I don’t think blogging is bad when people want to be popular and have others visit. I read a few like that. You can see the enthusiasm in their posts and replies to comments. One will never visit here, but I enjoy her work. She makes money on the blog and has multitudes of readers, easily twenty times my total.

  9. Great advice, Donna!!! It has taken me a year and a half to start managing my time better. Still learning! However I still spend more time than I’d want to even if I also do my work simultaneously. Working on it!
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    Have a beautiful Wednesday!

    • Thanks Marina. It gets hard to juggle so many responsibilities when blogging. If I had children, I would never find the time. For me, it took almost two years before I got into a routine and put limits on my time spent. I realized I had to eliminate in order to continue. That was the hardest thing, but in the end, most satisfying. I lost a few blogs I enjoyed, but looked at it if they did not enjoy my blog, I had to make the tough choice. They were just not enough interesting or informative to take my time if they were not “in my regular community”. Some just are looking for reciprocity and are easily recognized. They are the ones you see once a year even though you might have visited them repeatedly! Those I subscribe to that will never visit here are ones I learn much. I never feel those where I learn is wasting my time. They offer value. Some like your blog are very uplifting. Every painting you do brings joy and beauty. One can never have enough joy and beauty.

      • …and that is so flattering, Donna. My aim with this blog was to do “art towards a happy day”. Thank you my friend!! Yours is both informative [in a very good way!] and uplifting! A great combination!!
        🙂

  10. Kevin says:

    Hi Donna — well said! I wrestle with many of these same issues, and then I remind myself about why I started a blog in the first place. It was for me. To write. To display photos. To share. By the way, as always, your photos are amazing.

    • Thanks Kevin. I appreciate your experience. I too started for me, then it quickly became about writing for others. I try to find things others may not know or have not seen. That is why I wrestle every month posting my garden. I found when I do it less, more folks come. I like to show other people’s gardens, small and large. That way I can add a little design remarks to my posts. I can’t show client work, (well I do sometimes but don’t call it out), because of the privacy issues. But on public tours I can show and tell.

  11. I remember talking to you about this in San Francisco. In terms of posting, I started at once a week, then gradually went to every other day. Just recently I’ve been posting daily, but that is because I have so much stuff I want to post about – between what I saw at the fling and what’s happening in my own garden. I expect I will cut back to every other day eventually. I am not familiar with the time saving techniques you mention but will look into them. What I find more problematic is time spent looking at other blogs and commenting on them. I can honestly say I enjoy the blogs I read – but there are so many. I try to limit commenting to those who comment on my own blog but sometimes I’m not sure if people qualify or not! Also sometimes I just want to chime in regardless. I try not to comment if I’m not really interested in the subject. You’d think that would be automatic but somehow there is always this reflex to chime in. I spend very little time on other social media. The main thing that concerns me is that I seem to spend much less time reading books and magazines, so I’m going to cut back on the time I spend on other blogs.

    • Hi Jason. It was a good discussion. I did talk to another blogger about it to, but you were the one I was referencing in the post. Like you I post a lot, but my posts span many subjects, most having something to do with gardening, even in a round about way, like the environmental stuff. The greater garden of nature is how I refer to it. My posts also do not interest every reader I have. But I designed it that way to focus on my many interests and abilities. I get to ‘talk’ with others in different blogging genres, like art for instance. It is an outlet for my creative side way beyond my architecture and landscape design.

      I wish I could pass on the actions and scripts, but it is too complicated to do so as they are written specific for what I do with them. Some people make them downloadable, but users can never figure out how to load them in Photoshop or on their computers. It needs to be put in nested folders on the hard drive, so many don’t get that. Scripts on the other hand have an app to make them on most machines and it can be complicated as well.

      The batch loading is easy. Just upload all the images to WP and make sure they are all selected, then upload them as a group to the post. It works 80% of the time. The other twenty percent, one has to close the window to load them in the post and open the window again and it works. The window sometimes freezes. The blogs that I read that never come here, I never comment on. I know that maybe why I never get them to visit, but they get so many readers, I never thought they would anyway. Books and magazines I read on my iPad, so it is not much different since I am still online. I like both better on the iPad because it has video, interactive linking and is just plain more fun. Plus, if I have problems reading too slow, I am slightly dyslexic, I can make the book or magazine read to me. Love that feature.

      We had a good talk and I see you are now limiting your perusing. It is best in the long run. If the blogs you stop visiting like your blog, they will be back. I find that happens here too.

  12. Denise says:

    I can imagine blogging takes a lot of your time. You post so often and your posts are so full of information. Plus you get so many long responses. I don’t know how you manage.

    • Hi Denise. Not so much anymore since I limited time to blogs that visit here. I do this by comments, so when a blogger makes a comment, I make sure to visit their blog. If the over 1000 views I get on posts all commented, I could not do it. I would probably quit at that point. 😀

      A few posts that had over two hundred comments almost were my breaking point. It is hard to keep up and respond thoughtfully, which I always try to do. This type of post generates discussion, which many don’t, so that also is factored into time spent. I knew this post would get long comments, so I made sure it was on a day I could respond. Also, posts like this one come from a discussion I already had, so it is easy to just jot down what I remember. The posts taking time are those researched.

      The next post is on a local news story. It is kinda funny and has been going on for seven years. No need for research since it was written about quite a bit ago. The story really is a doozy too. Posts like that one were written a while ago and sit in the hopper until I feel like posting them. I have a bunch sitting in queue.

  13. I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, too, Donna. I’ve found ways that work for me to cut corners–for example, I usually don’t read all the other comments on all the posts, as much as I’d like to. Weekends during the summer when we head north, I have no Internet connection. So, that forces me to step away–if only for a couple of days. I also only commit to posting once a week, although sometimes I post more often. I love writing and have about 10 ideas going at any given time, but once a week seems to be the sweet spot for me. This gives me plenty of time to visit other blogs. Your advice to not “work for” other bloggers is a good one. If a blogger doesn’t comment back at all, I tend to reduce or drop my participation in their blog. This morning on the news there was a piece about FOMO (fear of missing out). It’s explained a bit in this article from the New York Times: http://nyti.ms/PtIHjA.

    • I too have been traveling to places with either no internet or sporadic reception. I find it is liberating to a degree. I do not miss the iPhone one bit, but really should be better about keeping on top of it for business. I have been working less for health reasons and am actually much better off not tethered to the phone constantly. The computer I am on for work, so it is unavoidable. Posting is never a problem as a result nor is visiting blogs for this reason, especially after putting limits on trying to cover so many blog posts. I really enjoy those that come here and it makes my day to see some that return after a long while. Thanks for the link. It really fits in with this post and my thoughts on responding to constant cues. I felt the same way that all of technology makes one feel that they might be missing out. I did not look at it quite the same way though since I am rarely on FB to see all the wonderful things people are doing, but did say just yesterday in a post on FB how I was a bit envious of a beach visit even though there was no photo. It really does have a way of making one wish they were having the same experiences…

  14. A.M.B. says:

    I love visiting other blogs–I learn so much from them–but it does take a lot of time. A blogging vacation sounds like a very nice idea! Great post.

  15. Karen says:

    Hi Donna, great points about wasting time on the web. Sometimes I find myself wandering aimlessly around the internet and then I’m amazed at how much time elapses; time I could have put to good use. One thing leads to another, especially on YouTube, yes, you’re right, do I really need to watch silly videos? But laughter is good for the soul, too.

    We’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to do much of anything online, though I do miss reading blogs and writing posts every day. I’ve been trying to get back into the swing of things and it was good to stop in for a visit.

    • Glad to see you back! I have been visiting so many gardens lately that I too have been limited in time for general blogging and can relate to the busy life. I am not one to waste time on the web though from the standpoint of wandering aimlessly, but I can see the pull of that. One link leads to another and another and so on. Not to mention, the videos make one laugh and like you said it is good for the soul.

  16. I actually have Internet service that is working this morning so I can read your post and comment. You and I have discussed these points a lot. My time on the computer is naturally limited by how busy I am with the nursery. And, as you know, I don’t have a celll phone. People are amazed at that but I don’t need one in the true sense of need. Of course it helps that everyone else including you have one :-). Loved the photos of St. Lucia. I figured out posting on the iPad but all the photos loaded fuzzy.

    • I just got to your comment so I see no help was needed. I called before reading. I too am limited somewhat by work, but being on the computer for work allows some blog time, but I usually just use it for making posts. Reading posts is after work. I really could do without a cell phone, but it comes in very handy like today, getting an address for my Jeep’s GPS.

  17. Donna, this is a post dear to my heart and it’s pure brilliance to boot! I often write about unplugging and simplifying at my own blog, in case you’re interested–here’s a link to one of the posts that relates to this one:
    http://www.joyfullygreen.com/2013/04/my-love-hate-relationship-with-social-media.html. (I also wrote one about “Unplugging to Reconnect with your Child” and “The Pitfalls of Busy-ness”–among others, so you can tell you’re preaching to the converted with this post!
    As a fellow blogger, I especially appreciated your thoughts about blog-hopping and making your online time at other blogs worthwhile. There was a blog that sent me a lot of traffic, but I just found it so off-point to its supposed topic that I quit visiting it. I feel better already! 😉
    Lovely photos, as usual.

    • I checked out your post and you really do share my views on social media. I cannot wrap myself around it even after all these years. I am now in your eco camp and should be getting post alerts.

  18. lolabees says:

    My answer is yes to all of the above! My husband and I were just talking about this yesterday. We were (and are) both so stuck to our computers that we wondered how life would be now if there was no internet. We imagined for about 30 seconds and concluded that it is so much easier with it. Easier can be good, but I guess it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s better. 🙂

    • So true on the ease, but it still has a bit of a hold on people. I too would find it hard to cut the ties, but have been getting better about limiting the time. I find when I travel, I never think about blogging. Too much to do and see for real. At home is where the pull is the greatest. That is the problem with working from home. When I am on job sites, I never think about it either.

  19. I was sure yourpost was going to be direct to the point. Because of me moving to a new home I have not been able to blog normally for the past weeks and I missed it so much! i kept filing ideas in my head to remember. But I now feel a little overwhelmed because I want to catch up with blogs I read and I have to consider how much time I can spend on reading and how much on posting. I really feel the need to post, it is no news that I publish three blogs for different topics, and that is time consuming, so I had to take measures to organize myself about blogging and reading. I am interestied in many subjects, always learning is fundamental to me, but I love so much books and magazines that I am constraining my time in internet to go back to books, ones in my lbrary and others I buy or I borrow from the library, yes I love libraries! Are so inspiring places, sometimes the only places where I can find some serenity, there and in museums, ah! but that is another story. Thanks for your post.

    • Thanks for the comment Lula. I know what you mean. Ideas pop and time keeps them stored. I have been reassessing lately. I know I have been very lax on doing good photography work, but the summer months have been doing this to me. Bald skies make for boring photos. I think I need a new way of looking and seeing. I have been getting to many gardens and just don’t have anything to say about the gardens, yet there is so much TO say. I think if the blog was all about just photography, I would have a bit more enthusiasm at this time of year. What I find so ordinary since I am around it daily, I do know would interest others. I so need to rethink garden posts to make them have more substance. I always worry about those home gardening not like hearing my design perspectives.

  20. I read your posting and the subsequent comments a couple of times in the last two days in an effort to sort out my own thinking on the subject. I am taking a “blogging holiday” by reducing my number of postings, but I WANT to begin blogging more often again– ideas are running around in my head constantly. I have become accustomed to spending more time reading, researching, and actually gardening, among other priorities. I am not too “addicted” to the social media especially as my cell phone receives no signal here in the mountains. As it takes me rather a long time to produce a posting (although I don’t often reply to comments), I am reluctant to return to that lifestyle. I need to follow some of your suggestions especially restricting how many blogs I visit. What did you mean by “consider writing scripts to save time?”. I think if I could save more time when actually blogging, I would start posting more often again. Very insightful. Thank you. Pam x

    • Hi Pam. It is hard at this time of year for blogging because the garden is in full swing and needs the gardener’s attention. Tomorrow is our City’s garden walk and although I am not participating, it still needs to look presentable. I am posting my garden on Sunday night so that is my main reason for at least getting out and doing the deadheading. But also because so much happens in the garden in summer, I had the camera/macro lens outside too and could not help myself shooting the tiny insects for a post I am calling Lotsa Little in the Garden. I always find myself multitasking no matter what work I am doing! Makes one a bit frazzled but combining something I like doing with something I have to do makes the job a bit better. It is why I can compose a post when doing my design work too. Gives the mind a little break for something a bit more light and less brain taxing. Most of my posts don’t take me long, but they are either stuff I know or things I have advice or opinion on. Like you, when I research, it is a post that may not upload for a month as I add and rewrite.

      To write scripts is advanced. I mentioned it for those that really know computers and some programming. I learned it in my CAD application and again in Photoshop. My Mac has a script writer app that lets me do general scripts for any application. AppleScript is a powerful scripting language that comes built-in to my operating system. Like I can tell it to do almost any action if I write the script properly. The main use for AppleScript is the automation of tasks that are normally repetitious and time consuming. AppleScript uses plain English mostly to make coding extremely simple. A window opens and is called a “tell block” because you are “telling” an application what you want it to do. After you are finished with your command or string of commands for the application, you end the block with “end tell”. After your code has compiled, click on the “Run” button and the action occurs. So with a one button click, an action is completed that would take you much more time to do over and over. I mentioned it for those that can use scripting just to let them know it has application for the stuff we do over and over again for blogging. Like if I want to write some HTML to add to a post that will appear often, I can make a script to do it. Say I want to end each post telling my readers to subscribe to receive a monthly gardening newsletter for instance and also tell them the benefit of receiving it, that is a great script because you don’t want to post a long paragraph every time.

      • Thanks, Donna. I believe I use a simplified method — much of what I repeat in every posting I have put in my Blogger template in ‘settings One way I am going to keep on top of the problem of finding time to blog: I’ve decided I am going to write more than one posting at a time and save some for publishing at a later date. I think somewhere you said you do that. Thanks again. P.x

  21. Work keeps me from reading blogs quickly or commenting…I only have a work cell so I try not to stay on Social Media. Even if I can’t get outside, I have lots of other things to do…but I love to write and would love to blog more than once a week…maybe someday.

  22. I’ve had to cut back on the number of blogs I follow, and I’ve had to set most of the remaining ones to arrive as a weekly archive. Between creating the posts for my own M-F photoblog and keeping up with READING countless blog posts, I’ve had no time to devote to finding an agent for the 2nd edition of my book, which is what I need to be doing right now, since I would like to see my self-published book picked up by a publishing house. I need to examine my time spent on the Internet compared with my core values and life goals. If my “passive” usage is so time-consuming that it keeps me from being creative and productive and accomplishing personal goals, it amounts to an addiction.

  23. bittster says:

    Interesting comments and responses! I’ve been back to this post a couple times going over what everyone’s opinions are, but I guess I’m a little bit the odd guy out…. I’m fascinated by the number of people visiting my blog, but post what matters to me. I’m glad when people find something interesting on it, but do it more for myself. Maybe it’s selfish but my favorite part is going back and having a record of my own garden and my own thoughts.
    I also caught onto the “like” nonsense early on when I got several likes on a post, but view numbers that didn’t match. So now I follow who interests me and hope if they follow me they do it for the same reason…. and don’t worry about reciprocal-visiting my blog just because of this comment, I follow your blog because I like it, not for self promotion!
    btw, Love the photo of the water drops and lily blooms you posted today and I’m really looking forward to your next post on the garden you loved so much from the walk!

  24. Brian Comeau says:

    Hey Donna, Great post. I’m behind in your blogs and was going to work backwards when this one caught my eye. Interesting thoughts and things that I’ve had to contemplate myself over the years and making sure it all doesn’t cut into family time. It’s a juggling act and I’ve had to cut back for some of the exact reasons you’ve mentioned. Good on you for getting the conversation started.

  25. Fergiemoto says:

    Good advice along with lovely images again. I have had to cut back on my time on the computer, and more recently, I’ve blogged noticeably in spurts. Given all that is going on, I blog and visit blogs when I can.

  26. I work with every image individually because I like the process.

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