When I tell some of my friend and acquaintances about someone I met on a blog or something I'm discussing, I often get strange looks or even a snide comment on why would I want to waste my time talking to people I don't know.
We all need our time for recreation. The Wiktionary defines recreation as any activity that diverts, amuses or stimulates. My time on the computer, reading and writing on blogs, certainly meets the criteria for recreation. I could understand the criticism if I were avoiding work or other important responsibilities that I needed to attend to.
I work 40 hours a week. I take care of two places, not really well but then I wouldn't do that even if I had nothing else to do. I spend time with family and friends, no less than usual. I cook for myself and my dog. Maggie gets special home cooked dog food ever since the dog food scare. I garden, sometimes not so well. I still fish and play outside. That is limited due to the heat index around here this summer. It is just too hot except for a few hours either in the morning or in the evening. I do everything that I used to do before finding blogs to hang out on.
I guess the only thing I may do less of is watching television and sleeping. I'm certainly not missing anything important on TV and sleep is something I can catch up on when I'm dead. I have stopped going to the casinos. We have many of those here and when I felt lonely or depressed I would go to one of our casinos and play the slot machines. When I left, I was still lonely and even more depressed because the odds of coming out with the money I brought in, much less taking any extra out, was slim to none. Don't need that anymore. What I have saved there more than pays for my computer and Internet service.
Blogs offer a community that is bigger and more diverse than what one can find in a small or even medium sized town. I like to learn about and discuss things that my friends aren't interested in. For one, I'm a very blue girl trapped in a very red community/state. When I want to discuss politics, not only are most of the people I'm around at the other end of the spectrum from my philosophy, they don't even want to talk about it.
Blogs offer people to communicate with throughout the day and night. Not many people want to talk early in the morning or very late at night when I may be in the mood to chat. After working in a very intense environment all day(at the prison) with many people, many of whom are distressed, I need some space and down time. Blogs offer that space and time without losing any connectivity.
Blogging goes well with my ADHD. Under what other circumstances can you chat with people, jump up and cook a meal, run out and make a few casts with the rod, water your plants, go feed the birds, and do it all at the same time without someone saying, why don't you just sit still for a while?
There are so many other great reasons to blog. What do you think? I'm still very much in awe of computers and the Internet and all the potential they both bring to our world.
To each his/her own.