Friday, June 1, 2012

Getting my axe on....

One of my guilty pleasures is watching the antics of Ax Men on the History channel and my favorite character is Shelby Stanga (and his pup Willy) from the swamps of Louisiana. If you've never watched the show, it involves a "competition" between different logging companies in different locations around the country. They use varying methods of operation from the more traditional, to the old fashioned (horses/oxen), to the specialized (river/swamp) and high tech (helicopter). We've watched all but the first season and we still enjoy the high action/adventure and often silly actions.

But, like the loggers, it's time for me to start chopping. Not my novel, it's still in the first draft. This time around it's my blog list. Over the last three years it's grown from a couple dozen RVing blogs well over six hundred, covering a wide variety of topics: RVing, motorcycling, computers, software, gadgets, photography, simple living, personal motivation, handcrafts and writing.

During the April A to Z Challenge I added over 100 blogs and then during my first Insecure Writers Support Group date, I added another 20 or so. I even sorted many of the blogs from their categorized folders into "Must Reads" and "Quick Reads" (meaning, mark all read). Then factor in finding another half dozen weekly through blog hops, blogger award posts and other references.

So I think it's well past time for me to dig out my ax and start chopping down this kudzu list of blogs before it takes over my life entirely!

For the next couple of weeks, I may not be commenting as much on your blogs, but I will try to read every day. I still need to squeeze in some writing time. Then there is the drive from MD to TN (hubby will drive the RV, I will drive our pickup, Scooby). We're trying to cram in all the last minute family time before we hit the road, too.

And last but far from least, I have to prepare for and then ENJOY the four days of CMA Music Fest in Nashville early next month.


  1. Been there done that - in both respects. We do not have television at home, so I've never seen this program, but I have attended some actual logging competitions at the Cradle Of Forestry National Park, and I watched as a huge helicopter hauled logs from a remote mountain side to the French Broad River.

    I once found myself spending 4 to 6 hours EVERY EVENING reading and commenting on blogs. That can really cut into time for other things. Perhaps more important things. I understand your dilemma and wish you luck. As for me, I'm taking an axe to some of my own blogs. The forest has grown too thick. Time to select the best and cull the rest.

    (Told ya I'm not known for brevity!)

  2. Busy lady! I chop mine every few months. There just aren't enough hours in the day for everything!

  3. I haven't done this yet.....but it's something to think about!! There is so just so much I want to read!! :)

  4. Funny! My twitter gets like that. Love a good reference to kudzu! Those lists can grow like that, can't they? Look around at Exit 29 on I-81 south on your trip. That's my hometown. Give a honk!

  5. I still chopping away...unfortunately for every two I cut, I seem to add at least one new one. LOL!


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