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10 warning signs you have blogging issues

It’s been obvious to me for sometime now that I have some personal issues regarding my blog.
I spoke with a close childhood friend the other night (who occasionally reads here @Smoke and Mirrors)
and he said, “I can tell you really love your blog.”
He went on to say why he thought that way and I had to agree.
I do love my little place here.
It’s home.
As always with me, there’s a dark side, a side only seen by others like me.
It’s with that in mind that I came up with 10 blogging issues that you may be able to relate to:

If you’ve ever:

  1. Fallen asleep at your laptop (sitting up) while updating your plugins, theme, blogroll or widgets, you, my friend have issues.
  2. Spent longer than the time it takes to cook an 18lb turkey while looking for that elusive โ€˜perfect’ theme, I hope you had on your blogging Depends (for the times when the bathroom just has to wait)
  3. Posted a spam email because it struck you as oddly interesting and you just happened to find the perfect accompanying picture to go with it, it’s BCD, pal
    blogging compulsive disorder
  4. Had a conversation with a close non-writing friend and somehow wound up explaining how Google Adsense works, for the love of God, get checked.
  5. Seriously contemplated ordering bumperstickers, t-shirts and keychain beer openers with your URL on them, you need a support group.
  6. Suffered intermittent bouts of insomnia due to one of your unpublished drafts that’s been leaving you with desperate feelings of artistic inadequacy, there’s a strait jacket waiting somewhere with your name already written on it.
  7. Planned an upcoming summer vacation with more than one or two people on your blogroll, you’re justifiably insane. Your wireless mouse is constantly talking to you but at least you’re happy in your own little world. Eat a Snickers. You’re nuts anyway.
  8. Been jealous that Firefox can remember all 847 of your blog-related/ FTP passwords when you can’t even remember your cell phone number. There’s a word for people like you. Can’t recall what it is but yeah, you. (and me, I guess)
  9. Spoken to a Verizon rep in Tucson, Arizona to get your DSL fixed and somehow managed to slip in not only your blog name but your URL as well. Crazy people can be smooth sometimes.
  10. Wondered what you did with your time before you became a blogger.

I can say that this blogging thing still makes me happy
and that I am blessed to have a wife that
understands that.
Some people aren’t that lucky.
She knows what makes me tick, I guess.
And though I may tick a bit erratically sometimes,
she ultimately understands.
I’m nuts, but at least I’m lucky.
Don’t get much better than that.

“Still looking for that blue jean, baby queen
Prettiest girl I ever seen
See her shake on the movie screen, blog on . . .”


  1. uh oh… i’m in the midst of No. 7…. yikes. is there an intervention in my future?

    It’s possible . . .

  2. It keeps me from harassing my neighbors so it’s all good.

    Me too.

  3. In the immortal words of Nelson “HA-HA!!!”. ๐Ÿ˜› Could be worse. You could just be talking to yourself. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I talk to myself way too much.

  4. I’m thinking it would come as NO surprise for you to hear I can relate to all of these.
    Every. last. one.
    Having said that it made me giggle almost uncontrollably!!!

    Kinda figured.
    You’re as obsessed as I am with this blog thing.
    There’s a place for folks like you and me.
    Damned if I know where it is though . . .

  5. It is all true. I don’t even blog but there I am saying Yes that’s true and so is that, but then I realize that I’m like your wife. Married to a nutter as well.Ah all is well that ends well i suppose.

    But aren’t we all nutters? Really?

  6. You gotta feel sorry for the ones married to the blogging nutters, don’t you.

    And does a spring holiday and meeting up with another blogger count???? I hope so cause she is wonderful and her husband and mine must be sooooooo patient. God love them both.

    And yes, I agree with pretty much all of your list, especially the adsense one, although it wasn’t adsense it was page rank

    I’ve talked PR as well.
    God, we’re sick bastards . . .
    But we’re happy, yes?

  7. Now wait a minute, what’s wrong with planning a summer vacation with a blogfriend?

    And #9 made me laugh. You smooth dog, you.
    You are lucky and loved, in and out of blogland!

    As always, you are a peach, Lolly.
    Nice to see you.

  8. Yep, I have issues. :)

    Join the club, Cas, join the club . . .

  9. Uh oh, I’m in trouble …

    Me, too . . .

  10. Can I suggest something for No 11 – when you change blog hosts and after 24 hours your blog hasn’t transferred, you have to make a conscious effort not to obsess about it, refrain from checking every 5 minutes if its there and convince yourself that although it feels like the end of the world, its not really :)

    I understand this, I really do.
    Sitting on a self-hosting cliff sucks . . .

  11. How many times have you fallen asleep sitting up?I don’t know why you don’t fall over.It is the weirdest thing.”Blogging nutter” -interesting term-so true.

    you married a ‘nutter’.
    No worries, babe, no worries . . .

  12. Yeah. I seriously have bladder issues and I think it’s down to putting off using the loo because I’m tied up responding to someone’s inane post.
    I should be in bed –everyone else is–I’m going. Now. Really. I am…honest…
    On another note, I’ve tried to rewind something that happened in real life with an imaginary remote. (We have a pvr or tivo) Top that!


    Bladder issues? I drink Guinness, lass!
    I’m so with you.
    Responding to inane (or insane) posts is a waste of time and these days I’m a good judge of both.
    Tivo? I’m not that jealous because I rarely watch TV . . .
    I’m always here

  13. My name is Dolce, and I’m a blogaholic

    Welcome to the club, young lady.

  14. Pam – Don’t worry unless he falls asleep STANDING up!


    *that will never happen. ~m ๐Ÿ˜‰

  15. Some people just don’t understand… I’m with you on this… though I must say… I have not accomplished that whole list of yours, ahem… or not yours ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Made me smile, as always… and it does show. How much you love this home… it is why so many love it as well… great energy and pure heart. Have a wonderful day M

    you’re a peach, Enreal.

  16. How about waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat because you think you may have spelled a word wrong?!? Then getting up to check, and staying up and being comforted by the glowing lights of blogworld.

    Nah… I don’t have a problem.

    Guilty as well.

  17. HAHA! Good one. I am so glad that blogging still makes you happy!

    Thanks God it does!
    Thanks, Teeni . . .

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