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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Time-consuming (02/24/11)

TITLE: Blogging
By Adele Butler
03/02/11


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"Mommy,look," my toddler calls as he comes over to me, proudly showing off the shape he made from his blocks. I barely glance at him because I am in the middle of writing the day's post for my blog. "Good job," I mutter. I glance at the clock. I have been on the computer for over two hours. Still, I have two more posts to write.

"Mommy,I want to sit in lap." He leans against me. Without taking my eyes off the screen, I try to discourage him from climbing onto my lap. "Not now, Sweetie, Mommy's busy." He insists so I sigh, stop typing and pull him up. "If you touch any thing I will put you back down," I warn.

He sits quietly for a little while as I type but then he starts touching the keyboard so I promptly remove him from my lap and amidst his protests, I remind him, "I told you that if you touched anything, I would put you back down." He wanders off.

I finish the post and save it. Then, I add the tags so people would find my blog. I view the post and am dismayed to see that the tags are not there. I sigh and fret before I painstakingly add them again and this time around I make sure that everything is saved.

On to the next post. It's about Miss Colorado who got evicted from her home. I come across a video but I can't watch it on my computer because it doesn't have any sound. So, gathering up my notebook and pen, I walk around the table to where my husband's laptop sits. I play the video but there is no rewind button so I have to back out of the file and then go back into it each time I miss something. This takes a while. I manage to scribble down a few notes. I hurry back to my computer and quickly type the information. In the background the TV is playing and I can hear my husband reading to our toddler.

I add my tags and save them along with the post. Two down, one more to go. This one is harder because I don't know what I want to write about. So, I sit here, trying to come up with something. Time is going. Finally, an idea comes to me and I pull up all the information I can find from the Internet. My fingers fly across the keys as it occurs to me that I have spent more time on the computer than I intended. I finish the post, add the image and the tags and hit the save button.

I preview the posts to make sure everything is there and then I log off. I exit out of all the applications I am in and shut down the computer.

It's late. I have to put my toddler to bed and then take a shower. After I do these things, I call it a night and head off to bed--too tired to spend any time with my husband.

I go through the same process for a while and then one saturday morning I am reading my Bible and the words from Luke 10:39-42 jump out at me. Jesus is spending time with His friends Martha and Mary. Mary was sitting at Jesus' feet while Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me."

And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."

It hits me that I am like Martha. I become so distracted with blogging that I don't have time Jesus or my family. Most of my time is wrapped up in writing posts for my blogs and another blog. My love for writing has consumed me. It distracts me from the people who matter to me--my husband and our son and it robs me of the times I can be sitting at Jesus' feet.

I need to be more like Mary. She was always at Jesus' feet. Time is precious and should be wisely spent. Blogging less has many benefits such as spending more time with my family and doing other things I enjoy.


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Mary Toll 03/03/11
I enjoyed how the the joy of blogging progressed into a relational problem. Nicely written.
Laury Hubrich 03/05/11
Very good words - please be careful because, before you know it, that little toddler will be a 6' grown teen running out the door with the keys leaving you plenty of computer time. Very good words of wisdom.
diana kay03/05/11
this is very topical with twitter facebook and other internet sites taking over other forms of communication.It is not only teenagers that spend there lives on the little screens
Bonnie Bowden03/07/11
I'm surprised you could get anything done with a toddler begging for attention.

I liked your analysis about communication systems taking up too much of our time.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/15/11
Congratulations for placing 11th in level one!
Kristine Esmalla06/02/11
This is excellent writing and I was very involved with the characters. Keep writing!