Presently, I am in my 75th consecutive hour of being with my children since summer vacation began on Friday.
75 consecutive hours with my children means NO consecutive hours devoted to blogging. I am having to sneak my posts in after 11 p.m., when my husband is overtaken by sleep and I am overtaken by the sound of his snoring, which I like to call his Man Meowing.
I started wondering…WHY have I missed my blog activities so much these last few days? Obviously, the top answer is that I’ve already grown weary of negotiating such earth-shattering discussions as “Mooooooooooooooooommmy! I wanted to give you the hand sanitizer FIRST and Boy Wonder didn’t LET ME” and “Mommy, Little CEO took a 1/2 inch piece of thread off my carpet and I NEEDED that” and “WAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH that’s not FAIR!!!”
But the other reason is that in looking back at my illustrious short blogging career, I can see that I have gained some very valuable skills as well as health improvements. And so I present Why Blogging Is Good For You:
1. Blogging helps to protect you from skin cancer. Since beginning to blog, I only leave the house when I absolutely have to: we are out of milk, or I am getting to drop my kids on someone else for the day. My sun exposure has been reduced dramatically.
2. Blogging will help you be more ambidextrous. My frequent scrolling, mouse-clicking and hunching over my laptop in positions resembling long-legged birds such as storks, flamingos and ostriches, sometimes hurts my right hand. No worries! Blogging forces me to use my left hand to keep up my ever-important writing activities!
3. Blogging will improve your time management. Why sleep when there is valuable Facebooking, twittering, blog hopping, meme-ing, drafting, networking, Blogfrogging, commenting, plug-in-searching and obsessing why everyone has more followers than me to do? I’m learning to get by on only 4 hours of sleep instead of 7! How efficient is THAT?
4. Blogging will teach you patience. Sitting and waiting for CAPTCHA and verification words to load in people’s blog comments doesn’t infuriate me. I look at it as a way for me to cheerily sit and pass time for just the perfect moment to submit my comment. I can file my nails, organize my desk or yell at my kids. Sometimes, Blogger refuses to accept my comment or doesn’t like my login. Do I get angry? No, I just smile and take a deep breath, and resubmit. Things happen the way they’re meant to, right?
5. Blogging will expand your math skills. Where else could I embrace the opportunity to calculate why one person’s blog gained 200 followers in a week and mine only gained 2? I couldn’t get this knowledge in an advanced college-level course!
6. Blogging will enhance your marriage. Our dinner conversation is now lively and vibrant, filled with my daily tales of making $2 in Sponsored Tweets this week, explaining the ins and outs of WordPress, and brainstorming with my husband about why a goth holistic scrapbooker who works as a doula part-time in Taiwan is following me on Twitter. The dialogue is so deep, so intimate – it’s never been better!
7. Blogging is a workout! I said this the other day, but it bears repeating. Think about how much exercise your middle finger gets scrolling through items in your Google Reader. Your reflex response time improves each time you dash off comments on 337 Wordless Wednesday posts in one day. It’s a veritable boot camp for your fingers.
8. Blogging teaches you perserverance. Anyone wanting more followers knows that the main requirement is to comment on other people’s blogs. Well, commenting on other people’s blogs requires tenacity. How many times do you type in your name, email and the name of your blog every day – plus your Twitter handle? Blogging is not for the faint of heart!
Now…you tell me…why is blogging good for YOU?