Friday, October 3, 2014

Blogging Is A Time-Suck

Blogging is a huge time-suck.
If you're a blogger, then I'm not telling you anything you don't already know.
If you're not a blogger, then just trust me, blogging takes up a lot of time.

That's definitely the number one thing I didn't know about blogging before I got into it. I had no idea how much time was involved in being a blogger. From brainstorming posts, to writing posts, to editing pictures, to publishing, to social media, to responding to emails, to reading other blogs, to commenting on other blogs, and to all of the other stuff, it's all just so time consuming.

So, I honestly don't know why I love it so much.
But I do, I love blogging. Anytime I tell someone in my real life that I blog the first thing I always say is that I can't believe how much I actually love it. I've learned so much from blogging and from other bloggers. I've figured out and learned so many things about myself through this blog. I'm thankful for it and I can't give it up.

But, it is very time-consuming. When I look back to the time before I started blogging, I realize how much free time I had. I've been struggling lately with my time management and I am trying to find a balance. 1st step was admitting I had a problem and the 2nd step was admitting I can't do it all. I'm working on the 3rd step now, but I'm not totally sure what the 3rd step is. Go figure.

Anyway, because I had nothing of real substance to write about today in the 20 minutes I have to get this post together, I'm going to talk about something that irritated me last night.

I saw another commercial for that new Nicholas Sparks movie The Best Of Me. I now feel the need to rant about it.

First of all, I'm definitely one of "those girls" and I love Nicholas Sparks. I have read almost all of his books and I've definitely seen all of his movies. When The Best of Me was first released, I had pre-ordered the book 4 months before. So when the book finally downloaded on my Nook, I read it that day.

Here's my issue, about 4 or 5 chapters before the end, I had completely figure out how it was going to end - and I was pissed. I finished the book in tears, but most of them were angry tears. I was so angry with that ending that it ruined the entire book for me. The whole thing. I'm a big re-reader, as in I'll re-read a book a hundred times if I liked it, but I refuse to re-read The Best Of Me. Actually I deleted it from my Nook. Anyone who has asked me about that book I've told them how much I hated it.

So needless to say, I have zero intentions of watching this movie. The only way I might see it is if I hear that it's been totally changed from the book. For the first time in my life I'm hoping that the movie is better than the book. I've never disliked a book so much.
I'm just throwing this out there in case you also have to suffer through the damn commercials on TV ever commercial break about that stupid movie. I ignore it as much as possible every single time.

And with that, Happy Friday!


  1. Happy Friday! Blogging definitely does take up a lot more time than I initially thought when I started. I tried to listen to this book on tape earlier this summer, and I just couldn't get into it. I finally quit listening after a few chapters...

  2. I love your honesty! I had read the description of that one and wasn't sold on it- thank you for saving me a few hours of my life!! I hate when they are so predictable- it kind of defeats the point!! Maybe the movie will be better? They are usually different from the books anyway.

  3. oh I had no real idea when I got started how time consuming blogging would be. Nor that I would find myself saying [outloud] "oh man, this would be a great blog post" judgy eyes from my friends + everything!

  4. I gave up on Nicholas Sparks things awhile ago. Nothing will top A Walk to Remember or The Notebook.

  5. oh that it does! recognising it is the key part though i think and making sure it doesn't rule your life!
    love nicholas sparks! such good books and dare i say...movies :)

  6. I am not a huge fan of the books. I've tried to read a few and they just do not suck me in like other books have. The movies are decent, but it's basically the same stuff over and over again. It's kind of getting old.

  7. It IS a time suck!!! Happy weekend :)

  8. I am struggling with this right now too. I miss my free time to be able to do some of the things I want to do like read more or work on our house, but I refuse to give up blogging. So I'm just trying to figure out how to make it all work out.

  9. Now don't get me wrong I LOVE The Notebook and A Walk To Remember. They remind me of my teens and if I catch one on tv, I always watch it and reminisce. But I have to admit, most of Nicholas Sparks' novels/movies are either really predictable or end kinda depressing.

    & yes, blogging is in fact a time suck.

  10. So disappointing about the book! I saw the trailer for the movie so many times this weekend and was going to get the book beforehand. Now I am not so sure!

  11. The Best of Me was definitely not one of my favorite Nicholas Sparks books either. But it's not the first one that I thought was totally predictable. I won't be re-reading this one either but I'll for sure keep reading his books even if I know how they're going to end before I even start them.

  12. Blogging is the biggest time suck and I love it! (Although I've been failing miserably these past two weeks. Werps)

    I feel like The Best of Me looks like a combination of all of his books that have been made into movies. He's now just cheating.


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