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What do you do when your most favorite occupation in the whole world is making you disintegrate?

What do you do when your doctor says to get off the computer and MOVE?

What do you do when you are constantly called back to the second love of your life – your blog (the first being “husband” in case he’s reading this)?

What do you do when you are constantly returning to your in-box to see what others are doing on their blogs?

Dear Friends in the Blogusfear,

Have you heard this before?

My doctor says I’m doing the wrong thing for my body and my well being.  He says I should be in motion for more time than I am at the computer.  When I told him I can put in four to six hours a day with this marvelous hobby called blogging, he kind of smirked.  “Wrong!  You are doing the wrong things for your health,” says he.

“I am a blogger!” I said.  “You must understand this is my hobby.  And I love it.”

“What exactly does all this time at the computer really mean to you?” he asked. 

So, I went home and made up a list.


  • Blogging = Happy time thinking and looking and reading and never ever being bored.
  • Blogging = Using my new-found talent for writing; an outlet for self expression.
  • Blogging = Connecting with new and fascinating friends; people I love but have never met yet.
  • Bloggng = Filling my time with creative, exciting, challenges; focusing on things that matter.
  • Blogging = Discovering the beautiful, fun, funny things in life.
  • Blogging = Feeling connected with a bigger world than the distance between my kitchen and the laundry room.

When I returned to my doctor with this list, he once again smirked.  “Here’s what constant blogging and not moving is REALLY doing for you,” he said.

  •  You are heading toward diabetes.  You may already be there.
  • A lifetime of medications if you don’t get up and move.
  •  Loss of circulation from sitting too long with the potential for heart problems.
  •  Elevated cholesterol from lack of exercise, leading to vascular problems.
  •  Weight gain.
  • Deteriorating health.

“Bah! Humbug!  It’s Christmas Doctor!  Are you going to rob me of my most favorite thing to do in the whole world just before Christmas?”

“You need to be in motion my friend, moving more than sitting at the computer,” said he.  And then he offered hope.  “You can beat this.  You can compromise.  Time yourself.  Just start moving instead of sitting.”

And so here I am creating another blog post.  I know – I’m sitting!  But I  have a kitchen timer at my desk now and it’s set for one hour.  When it brashly rings it reminds me to get up and go!  Move!

I am determined to follow Doctor’s Orders now.  I will spend an hour in the morning reading other blogs and trying to comment on the ones I love.  Then I will spend another two hours in the evening when the kitchen no longer commands attention.  I will make walking  my daily priority.  I will wear a pedometer and aim for 10,000 steps a day.

These are my Pre-Christmas Resolutions dear Doctor, because I know you are dedicated to my own best interest.  You are not advocating quitting the blog – no – only advocating sensible, practical behavior.

Blogging remains my most favorite thing to do in the whole world and I know I just have to stand up sometimes and move in other directions.

I’m following your orders Doc!  And as the latest doggy commercial has the doggy saying, “I’ve been good.  I’ve been good.  I’ve been very very good.”



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The word, addiction, has been defined as:  the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming… to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma.

Some addictions have their own pleasant rewards.   Congratulation to Kate Kresse of Believe Anyway for receiving the Addictive Blog Award.  Her blog is inspirational (and yes, addictive) and a must for those of us who need a little extra push, a bit of motivation, the courage to go on.  I am privileged too because she has nominated me for the very same award.  Thank you Kate!

The rules of this award:

Thank the person who nominated you and include a link back to their blog.

Share a little bit about why you started blogging.

Copy and post the award onto your own blog

Nominate up to ten other bloggers you think are addictive enough to deserve the award.

Why I Started Blogging

About a year ago, my friend, Julie, the owner of a local gift shop, asked me to sit in on a training session on blogging for business.  I was writing promotional copy for her gift catalog anyway and she thought I might be interested in developing a blog for her as well.  So, I sat in on the session as a blog was created for Virginia Born and Bred called The Virginia Shopper.  I became “the shopper” and began to write and write and write.  I loved it!

I was writing to sell, but I imagined writing a personal blog too, and wished for my own blog to be something I could share with my grandchildren.  So, I started one called Technicolor Daydreams.  That’s when there suddenly emerged a blogging “community” of fascinating, delightful, interesting and inspirational people who love to share their talents and comment on mine.

I hold my circle of friends in cyberspace very close and each one is most dear.  Reading their thoughts and viewing their art and photography is every bit as addictive as writing my own and there is never enough time in a day to do them all justice.  I feel like a mother with way too many children and at the same time, a child needing confirmation.

Today I write this blog called Virginia Views. And surely I am addicted once again because blogging is now “psychologically habit forming to such an extent that its cessation causes me severe trauma!”

Addiction Can be a Wonderful Thing!

Recommended Addictive Blogs (in other words, here are some of my favorites):

A Daily Thought  http://judysp.wordpress.com

Apronhead  http://apronhead.wordpress.com

Bless Your Hippie Heart http://blessyourhippieheart.wordpress.com

Coming East  http://comingeast.com

Lydia Street  http://lydiastreet.com

Not Quite Old  http://notquiteold.wordpress.com

Mama’s Empty Nest  http://mamasemptynest.wordpress.com

Photos from the Loony Bin  http://photosfromtheloonybin.wordpress.com

Views and Mews by Coffee Kat  http://coffeekatblog.com

Winsomebella  http://winsomebella.wordpress.com

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