Step Away From the Blog


Do people from the blogosphere infiltrate your day? Not while you’re online and actually reading blogs, but as you go about your daily routine?

I’m on the interstate quite a bit. It’s easy access to the few towns near us as well as to civilization north of us. Today, instead of taking the back roads, I hopped onto the interstate to run to the bank one town over.

As I neared the end of the on ramp, I checked my mirrors once more before merging into traffic, and someone popped into my head – John the Aussie.

A man in Australia is suddenly with me on my little stretch of road in Ohio, and it’s not the first time. I see his smiling face in my mind, and I quickly check to be sure I’ve flipped my turn signal off. Crikey and blimey, is this a forever thing? Is this one of those things that you never shake – like the time a truck full of guys from school drove by and threw tomatoes at you when you were mowing the grass? I haven’t mowed grass since then, and I still see those guys standing in the bed of the truck whipping their tomatoes at me when I see someone else mowing grass. For crying out loud, I have three brothers, why was I mowing the grass in the first place? I blame my dad for that, but maybe he was the one laughing the hardest. Focus, Maddie. Get back on topic.

Yesterday, I ran through a Steak ‘N Shake to grab a quick sandwich while I was out. Of course, I saw Imagethe milkshakes on the menu, and I thought, “Kate would have a caramel one.” A fabulously funny girl in New Zealand is causing me to think about milkshakes!  For the record, I didn’t get one.

I turned my television on two nights ago, and it came on to the World Series. The announcer said, “Detroit,” and my mind instantly thought, “I bet Tim is all hunkered down to watch this.”

Plus, there are the blog things I have to share with my husband. Because I go to bed so late, I usually wake him on the sofa, and by the time we get settled into bed, we’re usually awake, talking, and laughing about something. At 2:00 a.m. one night, we were giggling like little school girls when I told him something Ruth said about her husband that was so sweet, and we could relate, but it struck our funny bones.


Embellishment includes lighted appendage. Cartoon:

Christopher is known to my mother, our friends, and my sister because of his fireflies story, and the embellishments my husband has added after we tell the original version. We should probably pay Christopher some royalties.

So, when I walk into the bathroom the other day, and I see an empty roll of toilet paper sitting on the counter, and I remember a blog post about empty rolls of toilet paper, I think I might need to step away for a bit and give my mind a breather.

The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is: Foreign. The very first thing that popped into my head was CLEANING SUPPLIES (see photo submission above). No kidding! These objects are completely foreign to me these days. This blogging gig has left our home woefully unkempt. To clear my mind from the blogs and bloggers who are continually running around in it, flicking at my synapses, I’m going to take the weekend off and step away from the blog.

NaNoWriMo starts next Thursday, and I’m going to take some time this weekend to put some thought into how I want to approach my writing. Hubby and I still have to clean up the tree mess from the storm, and someone really needs to buy some proper groceries. But mostly, I want to use some of those foreign products and do some cleaning. I don’t even know where the vacuum cleaner is.

Now, don’t leave me hanging out here like a freak. Bloggers get into your brain, too, don’t they?

70 thoughts on “Step Away From the Blog

  1. I am hoping for snow soon so I have an excuse to put off until spring the delinquent tasks (OK, perhaps blogging contributed to some of the delinquency) of cleaning up the gardens and raking . . . then I think of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Man’s lovely post on raking . . . ~ Kat

    • I read his post; very nice. We raked leaves until just a few years ago. Our son and the dogs had a blast playing in piles of leaves. It’s windy today, and our leaves are coming down fast, so I’ve been out a few times just to walk through them and listen to their crisp sound. Hubby will mulch them this weekend. Thanks for your comment, Kat.

  2. I’ve become obsessed with my blogger friends. First thing in the morning, last thing at night, in the middle of the night, whenever I’m near a computer, I need to know what they are doing.Talk of neglected chores. Well, I’d rather not. I’ll only say that you’re not on your own, Maddie and that hellp is on its way. I’m planning to start up a Bloggers Anonymous soon.

    • Thank you, Mary! I’ll be attending the first meeting — so we can talk about blogging, and check up on all of our blogger friends, while we eat snacks from recipes posted on blogs. 🙂

    • That’s pretty funny, Paula, but it sounds like fun. I’m wondering how long it will take before I happen onto the blog of someone I went to school with or worked with – or they find me.

  3. Yeah, I wonder about the whole blog friends deal. I was pretty relieved when Robyn posted the other day, though I did refrain from sending her an email during this absence. No dreams about anybody, but my poor wife gets an earful sometimes. (shoulder shrug) You were the first person that came out of my mouth when she got her new Kindle yesterday and was wondering about what books to buy. “Well, Maddie writes chic-lit. Maybe you’d like her stuff.”

    And yes, I was glued to the tube during the Tigers’ game… and tweeting back and forth with a blogging lady writer that lives in San Francisco.

    But I’m not crazy. I’m NOT!!!!!

    I’m just lucky enough to bump into good people like you.

    • Thank you so much for telling me about Robin! My reader hates me, and I had no idea she posted. And you were kind to suggest my books to your wife. Sometimes I think all those years of being home alone with a kid – with little interaction with other adults outside of my husband – makes me like a kid in a candy store with blogging. “Oooh, look! Another adult who is fun and interesting, and another, and another, and another.” It’s fun bumping into good people. 🙂

    • Richard, I just realized I am not following you! Unless a gremlin changed my settings. I seem to cross paths with you on Six Sentence Sundays (when I participate). I will remedy that shortly. Then you can work your way into my mind! 🙂

      • Ha ha! No problem. Yes 6SS is where we first met.
        I must apologise, I just realised how creepy my comment sounds. WP deleted the “insert evil laughter here” which I put in angle brackets on the first line to show some humour. Lucky I added literal evil laughter at the end or it would have been even worse! 🙂
        Thanks for the follow. I think I do remember you followed me a while back and I also have a feeling my follower count dropped at some point (but that could have been any or many!)
        Looking forward to 6SS tomorrow! Woo-hoo! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  4. Waving hand in air*** Over here!!! I think about blogging all the time! Now when I go somewhere or I talk to someone I wonder in the back of my mind if there is a story there! As for dreaming about them. I plead the fifth! 😉

  5. Guilty, oh so Guilty. And I have to say that it has become a bit of an obsession. . . Best of luck with NaNo this year. I as well am entering that state of Insanity and blogging every day about it 🙂 So While you have never been a star in my Dreams Maddie you take more of my time than some of oldest friends.

    • William, I’ve been reading about your readiness and enthusiasm for NaNo. This is my first year, so I have no idea what to expect. I’m just going to start writing and see what happens. … Blogging is definitely an obsession. 🙂

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  7. Yes as a matter of fact you were on my mind when I was scribbling red all over my chapter 1. Don’t you remember being there? 🙂

  8. Haha! I find myself actually dreaming about blogging sometimes and noticing that no one is commenting anymore. Or I can’t find the blogs that I love to read. Or people have blogged about things happening in my real life and I wonder how they heck they would know this stuff about me. Kinda stressful actually 😛

    • You know, Marie, I didn’t think about that, but it is kind of stressful at times. Because I read everything everyone I follow posts, and then I’m always thinking about my own blog, and then I comment on so many blogs … well, it was really nice to take the weekend and stay away from them. I think I’ll try harder to give a block of time each day to blogs, and stop trying to keep up all throughout the day.

  9. Oh they do that. A lot. And w/o paying any rent too. 😉

    So how did the storm leave you? Where in OH are you? I was in a ‘burb of cleveland for a few years a while back.. hearing abt OH always makes me go back to that time and space. 🙂

    • We are just south of the Akron/Canton area. It gives us the best of all worlds – rural, small town living, but close to cities and all manner of restaurants and entertainment. People don’t realize it because of all the jokes, but there is actually a lot to like about Cleveland. We had high winds for a day, and a huge branch from a maple tree couldn’t fall straight down into the road, it had to flip over onto our property and take the power lines with it. It’s the second time we’ve had the lines taken away from the house because of high winds.

      • Ah. Inspite of being there (near strongsville) for 3 years, I wasnt too sold on cleveland myself. I should have met you earlier, you could have have introduced me to the Cleveland you know (and like) 🙂

        Still have friends in the area, they tell me the temperature’s dropping like crazy and the rain’s pounding on and on. You take care.

  10. I can’t say I relate to this. I think it’s great that you always think of other bloggers when you see something, it means that you care about them enough to remember them, but it hasn’t happened to me yet! I do think of bloggers occasionally when I’m away, but it’s usually out of context.

    Also, I agree with you about cleaning supplies being so foreign. There are so many of them and each has a specific purpose, so it gets confusing trying to keep up!

    • Zen, I was simply spending so much time with all things blogging. People and posts would just pop into my head. Taking a couple days off definitely helped. But I will probably still see you and Daniel whenever I encounter decadent chocolate creations. 😉

  11. It hasn’t happened to me too much. I think it might be because I’m still getting to know people, what they do and what they like. I know some bloggers by name now, but I haven’t really connected one specific thing with them yet. It will come with time, I’m sure!

  12. I love that cleaning supplies is your take on foreign! That cracks me up. You’re a girl after my own heart. Although I’m new to this blogging world I find myself wondering what Maddie will think when I hit publish. Have a great time doing NaNo!

    • Yours is a blog that I can’t wait to see what you’ve posted. I’m so glad you stopped by here one day. I love your artwork, photos, the horses, the dogs, and just this morning, I saw that you are a writer, too! I’ll be by later today to check out your weekend posts closer. 🙂

      • LOL. Ah, the stick figures. Do you know I did an entire art-journal project in nothing but stick figures? I have a great imagination, but am aggravated by the fact that I’m illustratively impotent. Hence the stick figures in clever situations.

        I didn’t think about it at first, but now I associate everything Canadian with Michelle Proulx (she hangs out at my blog and I read her stuff, too).

  13. They stay with me too, Maddie. I even think some of them may be related because we say and do such similar things. I’ve been thinking about the bloggers in New Jersey this week who are facing a big storm and had I not been blogging I wouldn’t have even known about it!

    I love the way you have mentioned certain bloggers here who have gotten into your head – I’m crossing over now to check them out 😉

  14. This is exactly why I took a break and have decided to cut back on blogging (I wasn’t really going fishing). I started feeling like I knew my blog friends more than my real life friends. My house is a mess and I’ve been neglecting my family. I just can’t do it all, and am always wondering how my blogging buddies seem to do it… now I know they don’t. Thanks Maddie!

    • Maggie, I can’t believe how much I love blogging, and what great new friends I’ve met. It was definitely taking over too much of my life. I’m going to try to give myself a block of time each day for reading and commenting on blogs, and then I must move on to other things. I’ve noticed a couple of my friends signing off on Friday nights and reappearing on Monday. That might be a plan, too. My mistake today was going back and trying to read where I left off on Friday!

  15. You DIDN’T get a milkshake?? Obviously I am not doing my job right!!

    I think it’s super sweet you think about bloggers in real life. I have no real wall between my ‘internet’ life and ‘real’ life – I talk about one in the other and the other in the other one. All one big mess. I love it.

      • Haha thanks so much 🙂 For some perverse reason, I decided when I started the thing that I should make myself embarrassed at least once a week. With this weeks posts I got a twofer, so that’s pretty exciting!

  16. This is brilliant! And yes, I can totally relate to this! I was taking photos of a derelict building today and maybe think of a blogger called Trish. Blogging really does become a part of your life. 🙂

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