Saturday, August 15, 2009

Internet Burn-Out and Asking for a Volunteer

After five days of not exactly keeping up with my Google Reader while visiting my sister and spending most of my time with my hands on her baby bump feeling little Grady kick, you might say my Reader was congested. I have completely cleaned it out by looking at hundreds of posts. Usually, it takes me about 20-30 minutes a day to blitz through the numerous blogs I subscribe to, and it's jolly good FUN. I comment when I can and feel really good about it--you know, it's totally inspiring and peps up gray mornings and generally gives me a warm glow of sheer joy to see other people's work, to read other people's words.

Right now, I'm just glad it's the weekend and most people don't post.

I don't even have a single card favorited for this week's favorites thread, either. I feel horribly guilty about this. WHY? No one pays me to do it; I do it out of love for Clean and Simple and a desire to give cyber-kudos to people whose work inspires me. I'm all about sharing the love, folks, and hope you know this about me.

But today, I'm gonna ask someone else to start that thread tomorrow while I take a little vacation for a few days. I'm gonna stamp, relax, refresh myself. 'Cause you all know how much I love you, love CAS, love bein' out here in Internet Land.

Does anyone else hit these slumps of internet burn-out? And who wants to start the CAS favorites thread at SCS this week? First to volunteer and leave their SCS screen name gets the job!


  1. Everyone gets burn-out and needs a break to get re-energized. I'm glad you had fun with your sister!

  2. I know exactly how you feel. As much as I love creating everyday and sharing on my blog and visiting other blogs, sometimes it can get overwhelming to keep up with it all. Especially when other things start to pile up and I realize that I could have had it all done if I didn't spend so much time blogging. So relax and take a break and know that we will be around to visit your blog again when you come back.

  3. Oh yeah, many days I'd just like to throw the whole computer thing out the window......

  4. I'm not sure what the CAS favorites are - but sure I'm willing to try it out.

  5. Hi, I will start the thread tomorrow (tennisrules). I totally get internet burn out...and I often do people do it? I just found the thread last week!

  6. Enjoy your well deserved break from cyber space!
    My family is grown up and away and I still don't get through half as much creative work as you. I don't have a blog either (let alone 3!) I am in awe of you (and all the others out there) that consistently produce amazing papercraft, hold down jobs, run homes, bring up children etc,etc. Do you run on a 36 hour day?????
    As I have said many times you are the 'Queen of CAS' and long may you reign....I look forward to your return refreshed and full of inspiration for us mere mortals ;-)

  7. Hey Susan,
    Sounds like you had a wonderful time with your good to spend time together especially when you can share in the exciting time of a new baby coming soon.
    I have been off this week...busy painting and it is so much easier doing that without all my little daycare children....running around. Unfortunately, I did not get to 'play' in the cas challenge this week and have not been in the gallery much either.
    I think it is great that you take a break. Well deserved. There have been a number of people who have asked me to start a blog but I just am not into it and need to delegate my time to other places as I know it is a big commitment to keep a blog updated and running.
    Please let me know if you ever need me to start the cas thread. If I am able, I would be glad to as I am usually in that gallery the most and like the challenge of finding those other little gems hidden elsewhere in the general gallery too. You do such a great job of it all.
    Hope you take lots of time to know that I am one of your greatest stalkers....giggle...I always wait with great anticipation to see what you will come up with next!!!!
    take care and enjoy your time,
    Karen {k dunbrook}

  8. I once got overwhelmed and realized how silly that was because this was suppose to be my "fun" time!! So, I've erased everything (actually my hard drive crashed!!) and stared again but this time, I just do what I can or feel like!! Good friend blogs and a few of my all time favorite blogs / galleries!! I refuse to put pressure on myself any more and I've really enjoyed blogging / crafting since!! Take a break and enjoy!!

  9. Oh yeah.

    I just got back from vacation to a reader of almost 300 threads. That's way more than I can handle, so I am just cruising though them and looking at the pictures. If something really catches my eye I will star it to go back to it, but I have my limits. I no longer feel guilty about not being able to read and comment on everything that gets put out there, even though I wish I could.

    I'll do my bast to catch up today, and tomorrow I'll get back to my regular routine. The Internet is great in bringing almsot limitless information on any subject you can think of to your fingertips at any moment in time, but that can also get pretty overwhelming. I cruise blogs/sites/reader during the weekday, but little during other times- I just need a break. So I overload during that time, and then I can enjoy my actual hobbies with my evening/weekend time. A person could easily spend every minute online, but then what kind of life would you have? You'd just be reading about all the fun and interesting things other people were doing. While that's great in doses, it's key to make sure we all have time to actually get out there and do some of those things for ourselves.

    Enjoy your computer-free time :)



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