“Are you ever not on your computer or iPad? Remember me, the man you married and haven’t interfaced with nearly as much as little devices over there?” Yes, this was the question posed to me at dinner time tonight by my husband.
Yes, I am an online constantly being an blogger/writer and just when I think I don’t have another thing to write something else comes to me and like a flash I am off and writing, yet again. Or sometimes someone that I am friends with through writing messages me asking me a question and am chatting real-time on Facebook messenger.
I love my writing life truly, but I guess it could be a bit of a pain for those who live with me like my husband. He truly does put up with a lot with me constantly being connected with the outside world via the good old internet.
He even asked me that night, “Why do you say such nice things about me online, but when I am in your presence you are too busy to have a five minute conversation with me?” Because, unlike those (like Kevin) who work 9 to 5 jobs, when you leave work, you are actually leaving work behind. When you write for a living, you never really leave your work behind. If you don’t believe me, here now is a typical day for me.I Could Be Bart Simpson on a Daily Basis…
My day usually starts by 7 am, while my kids are still asleep and my husband showers for work. I get up and turn the computer back on, where I go through my e-mails, delete what is just junk mail and then deal with what isn’t. Not the most glamorous part of my day, but you get the picture. I, usually then, check for new comments on my blog, new blog posts and Hubpage articles by my friends. I try so very hard to read, share and comment on the new articles and posts, because writing online myself I know how much other writers do appreciate others reading and commenting, too.
Once that is done, I usually have two kids that are getting up and need to be fed for the day. After breakfast, then I continue to keep up online with new emails, posts, and articles as the come in. I also try to write a blog article or Hubpages article sometime during the day, whether it is in the morning while my kids play and watch a bit of Disney Jr. TV or during their nap time.
Lunchtime, I usually make lunch complete with chocolate milk for my girls. We eat and clean up by around 12:30 or 1 pm. Then, it is indeed nap time for my kids. This, of course, is if Emma doesn’t have pre-school. If she does than I have to drive her to school, before nap time can begin for Lily. And I have to pick her up by 3pm on those days.
Dinner is usually served for the girls between 4-4:30 pm, followed by bath time. Then, it is time to cook dinner for Kevin and myself, because he gets out of work and is usually home by 6 pm.
All throughout the day they, I try to keep up with my e-mails and such, which include new posts or articles by friends, new comments on my posts and anything else that may arise. I have a Apple MacBook, iPad and iPhone to keep me connected whether I am home or I am out dropping Emma off or running any errands.
So of course, this particular night, we were finally sitting down to eat and my iPad was open next to me updating and I got two messages on Facebook from writing friends and was just trying to answer them and of course I got the total guilt trip from Kevin. Did I feel bad? Hell yes.
Ask me what I did though. Well, I wrote this blog article, because it was too good of a writing opportunity to pass up. Seriously, I have issues and just can’t stop writing.
By the way late at night, those who follow me know that I have been also writing my novel for the NaNoWriMo contest if time doesn’t permit during the day, because once I opened that flood gate I couldn’t stop writing that either. I am now almost up to 14,000 words and just don’t want to ever stop, it feels so good to write and get this story told, but that is neither here nor there.
The point is maybe I need to step back once and awhile, but I am so not sure how to close the outside world out at times. I love my husband and kids, we did talk more about this later that night. In the end, Kevin does understand and is truly supportive when push comes to shove. So, he does deserve my undivided attention once in awhile and am totally going to make more of an effort to do just that. However, he just has to stop giving me such good writing material though first!! Sorry, I couldn’t resist!
Now check out this funny YouTube parody video about Internet addiction:
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