I have a lot of work to do these days but instead I find myself procrastinating. There are several papers to revise and resubmit, a grant deadline, plus an upcoming conference that I am organizing, so I should really be working at my peak efficiency instead of goofing around...
Since I started blogging nearly 2 years ago, posting and reading other people's blogs have become a habit on which, I am embarrassed to say, I spend way too much time. In recent months it has become painfully obvious that blogging, or more precisely -- blog-surfing -- is a major time drain for me.
I don't know how bad I am compared to other people, but I cannot imagine what those people do who have high-traffic blogs, and comment on other people's, and also tweet. Clearly there are people who successfully maintain an active online presence alongside a successful career. It just seems very challenging to me; for instance, I feel that if I started tweeting I would literally do no work whatsoever.
So I took down my entire blogroll, I hope only temporarily. I use(d) the blogroll to access the blogs I often read, and from their blogrolls continue to some other ones more or less frequently. It was just too tempting to constantly go back and check what's new from my favorite bloggers... So I removed it. I might go to Google Reader later on or bring the blogroll back, perhaps in altered form. For now, the non-existence of a blogroll is serving its purpose -- the barrier to accessing my favorite online writers is high enough that I may or may not do it only once a day.
How do you combat excessive blog-surfing? Do you feel that blogosphere participation has a net positive or negative effect on your productivity? Do you curb or embrace blog-induced procrastination?