Thursday, April 7, 2005

Blogging Addiction



You Know You're Addicted to  AOL Journal When...


If you can't access the site, you have a minor freak out - and a major case of hitting reload.

You found yourself composing journal entries during dates, movies, even at work (during breaks, of course)!

When you're out, you suddenly thinkof a witty reply to a comment somebody made to you... several days ago.

You've downloaded AOL Bot program which has only the purpose of making entries easier to write without going on the site manually.

You consider it a great offense if someone deletes your Journal off their Favorite Site  list.

The first thing you do every day when you go online is check your Journal - even before checking your email.
When your friends ask what's new, you get mad at them because you already wrote it in your J and they didn't check it yet.

You have put more time into J than all your housework.

You have more friends on J land than in real life.

You can't seem to call your friends by their real names - only J names will do.
You have posted about a party or get together on your J... and random strangers showed up.

You've written a private  entry about one of your J friends. (Extra points if they eventually found out about it)

You have written posts to notify people you're going to sleep.

You talk about your J friends to your real life friends all the time... like they're a part of your group.

You've created a J community, and people actually post in it.

You've been recognized in real life by a fellow J'er.

You have befriended someone because of their  Journal  pictures.

You have "pity friends" on your list, who you would defriend if you could.
Instead of doing housework,  you post pictures of it  on your Journal.

Your pets all have their own AOL Journals.
You've stopped being friends with someone in real life because of something they've said on J.
You have consoled yourself after a horrible day thinking "At least this will make a great J post"

You're jealous of people who have more friends and / or comments than you.

You have written a really great, solid post - only to be disappointed by the lack of good comments.

You're guilty of commenting excessively to get more traffic to your journal.

You've deleted a post a few minutes (or hours) after you've written it, because it seemed lame in retrospect.

You give shout outs to all your J friends on their birthdays.

You have an additional, secret journal that hardly anyone knows about.

 You have gotten mean anonymous comments (bonus points for figuring out who it was via their IP)

You've been reported (or reported someone) to  AOL J Abuse.

You've been featured on  AOL J’s   Editor Picks.

You actually get these jokes and pass them on to other friends who are J addicts.

I am an AOL J addict. I want to start a support group. I have been suffering from major blogging withdrawals since I started working. I was tempted several times to get online and check out J Land while I am at work. When I get off work, I walk in my house and say "HI" to my kids and then I log on. I usually have about 40 or more update alerts and I get so excited. We've been eating a lot of pizzas and take outs lately. I need help... 


karensull12 said...

This is hysterical.  Really funny...

ibspiccoli4life said...

LOL, great post. I'm right there with ya!  We need help!


danielled1 said...

Oh how funny....and way too many apply to me!!! Guess admitting I have a problem is the first step... ;)


tendernoggle said...

Hey, I am in line with you!

jcole16757 said...

Maybe there's some BA group locally!  Enjoyed the read, thanks for sharing!

ryanagi said...

Oh man...TOO many of these apply to me. LOL

dakotarose2852 said...

Oh man, these are so true.  I'm addicted, too, but at least we're not alone.  That work thing we have to do definitely cuts into our journaling time.  Now what we need to do is figure out how to get paid for journaling.  Susan

barbpinion said...

LOL  You have LOTS of company. *Barb*

jtuwliens said...

I hear there's a 12 step program for Journal/Blogging Addiction, but that's for quitters!  And what's wrong with pizza and take out, anyway?

Ce qui est bon pour vous est bon pour moi.  I'm taking you off my "Other Journals" list until you put me on yours!  So, there!    : )

Love the list!

astaryth said...

40 Alerts? Phhht! That's not so many <LOL> Too many of these apply to me to be comfortable.... Hi, I'm Astaryth and I am addicted to J-Land <eg>

yakima127 said...

OMGosh...I was in denial, but you have made me realize my addiction...!  JAE

fasttrack58 said...

This is too funny and oh so true!!! Have a great weekend! Linda

deveil said...

i believe I'm a aol journal addict myself at times, my family is so funny, cause every time I take a picture they say is this going in your journal?  My sister wouldn't give me permission of the breast feeding picture, but I still got an aftershot of Ethan when he was coming up for air.


candles102 said...

Haha you're so funny!  I'm on AOL all the time 2!!!  BEAUTIFUL picture by the way!!  :o)

cyndygee said...

You've thought MY thoughts!  It's spooky . . . which reminds me, have you been over to check out my photo entry for the week?  I'm doing an ad for my blog now!!!  

You're the best!  Love your list, even if it proves I'm an addict!


heyleesilentd said...

Ah, I said true to quite a few of those...
My name is Haley, and I'm a blogging addict...

alphawoman1 said...

Welcome to the crowd! lol!

belfastcowboy75 said...

Hey! I better not be a pity friend...

deabvt said...

Uh oh! I must be addicted!!

my78novata said...

canI join the support group. I love that pic. Ijust love it. I would love to frame it.

judithstwin said...

You have a secret journal?  Hmmmm.....  - Julie -

dreamynetta said... name is donetta and i am a journal addict.......i started journaling 2003 and though i've changed journals twice now, i still find myself online doing the exact same thing (reading journals, commenting, and updating).....i am trying to space out my time on the computer or at least in j-land........(not).......i love it. i won't give it up.....i won't.....i can not be helped until i am ready to help myself... i don't have a problem, no really i don' i in

sieblonde said...

uh oh..  Seems I'm an addict too.  Who knew?  It all starts so innocently....  just like all the really good addictions do.  

tschamberland said...

Not a day goes by where I don't grab whatever free time I have to see what's going on in J-land and what advice or comments people have left for me.  It's like mini-presents all the time.

ez2cee said...

OMG, I thought you were a new journaler.  I had a list of a few new journalers I was going to visit.  I thought you were one of them and then I wrot e that info on John . . .   YOU NEEDED THAT, DIDN'T YOU???

I read your list of ways you know you're addicted and LMAO!!!

Now, I think you were asking about my OPEN sign.  My fiance put that on the puter, so I'm not sure which animated site he visited to get it . . . lol


stronghands63 said...

I didn't realize how much of a J-land addict I was until my modem was zapped by lightening 2 weeks ago.  I just got back on yesterday (YEAH!)  I am normally a very calm not easily angered person, but let me tell you!  When the tech. support person (you know the one. . . speaks very little english because the company outsourses their tech. support jobs to Taiwan!) was walking me through all the tests, I about came unglued!  "What was that?  I can't understand you!  OF COURSE I PLUGGED A PHONE INTO MY JACK TO SEE IF I HAVE DIAL TONE!!!!!!!! "
How frustrating!  But I'm back now and can't believe how much I missed it.  I'm enjoying your journal.  .:Barbara:.