If you’ve read any of my previous posts you’ll know the one thing I find hardest is not having any time. Three very young children and an Open University course is hard work. You’ve seen photos of my ironing basket ( admittedly its now about three times that size ). So how am I finding time to blog, when usually I’m complaining I don’t have time to brush my hair?
The answer is blogging is taking priority over other things. Where I used to check facebook first thing in the morning, I’m now on my blog and twitter, I’m neglecting my actual in the flesh friends for my new virtual friends. That can’t be right can it? When the kids beg for ‘just one more Peppa, Mummy’ I’m saying ‘OK just one more’, cause it gives me 5 more minutes to blog. What a bad Mummy. As for my OU course, well lets just say I’ll be one giant ball of stress 2 days before my next assignemnt is due. I was wondering whether it was just me experiencing this sorry state of affairs when I read this post from Kate Takes 5, which made me feel a little bit better, although the rooms of my house already look far messier than Kates.
My other half is quite happy, as me on the laptop means he gets to play ‘Battlefield’ on the computer without a lot of disapproving looks, but then it seems quite sad that the only time we get to spend together we are doing different activities. Is this the way our lives are going? Where we become so involved in our virtual worlds that the real world gets left behind. Obviously with three children there is no way I could retreat totally into a virtual world, but I wonder about people who live alone, is there the possibility they are living through their computer, becoming more and more detached from reality.
Even interacting with people face to face at work is becoming less common as people work from home more and use instant messaging instead of picking up the phone. Obviously technology has huge advantages and I love facebook and twitter as they allow me to keep in touch with people that I would never have time to visit or call, but I worry about the future, especially for our children. I dread the day when they want to be alone in their rooms on a computer instead of playing outside enjoying the sunshine. I want them to grow up enjoying the outdoors having fun with friends playing imaginary games. I hope I can help them find a happy medium between enjoying and appreciating technology and being happy and socialable outside the virtual word.
I don’t mean this post to sound negative towards blogging or any kind of social media, I love technology and I am constantly amazed at how far it has come in the 10 ( or maybe 12 ) years since I started university and e-mail was in its beginnings. The internet is fantastic, I love that you can find our anything almost instantly, and information sharing is invaluable to us as a human race. I just worry thats its too easy to leave a real life behind.
Blogging has for me been massively positive step. I have already ‘met’ some fantastic people who have welcomed me wholeheartedly into the community of Mummy blogging and I am always astounded that people take the time to read what I have written and comment on photos. Blogging is a fantastic way to meet like minded people, share experiences and help each other through good and bad times. Its an outlet that perhaps people might not have elsewhere, which can only be a good thing.
I really want to keep blogging so I’ll have to find a way to split my time, so if you see me tweeting past 10pm, please tell me to go to bed, read a book or talk to my husband.