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I have always associated addiction with someone hooked on drugs, alcohol and even on cigarrettes. Now I find myself asking am I addicted?

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I don’t do drugs, have never even smoked and I don’t like alcohol. No way any normal person can call me an addict! Or maybe no way any one can call me normal…. But anyways, lately for some reason, people (like my family) keep telling me that I am addicted. I have no idea why. So that got me looking into the definition of addiction.

According to the Merriam-Webster online dictionary an addiction is:
1 : the quality or state of being addicted
2 : compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly : persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful

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Okay, so according to definition 1 the verb addict means:
1 : to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively
2 : to cause addiction to a substance in (a person or animal)

Sadly, after closer examination of definition 1 of the verb addict, I must hang my hang in shame, stand in front of all of you and say: My name is Susie and I am an addict.

At this point of time my addiction is blogging. In the past I have been addicted to exercise. (I have not been moving much from the computer so no, that is not a problem right now.) I have also been addicted (many times) to food. I have even been addicted to cleaning. (Okay maybe not really, but I was addicted to having a clean house.) I am thinking that at this point my husband would probably be happy for me to return to my cleaning addiction and my exercise addiction.

So it seems that if you obsessively devote yourself to something, you are addicted to it. In this day and age I would hazard a guess that most people are addicted to something. Some addictions are harmful and life threatening. Others are less harmful.

I really do enjoy blogging. I also think I am still learning the ropes which is why it takes me so long to get my blogging done. Finding good pictures to go with the blog is also time consuming. Add to all that the fact that I am trying to be part of the “blogging community” out there. There are some amazing blogs and bloggers out there with such diverse points of view. I will even venture to say that a few of the people I have “met” through blogging are going to continue to be friends for a long time. That is what is so beautiful about the internet. You can be thousands of miles away from someone and still connect in a meaningful way. In many ways sometimes even deeper than friends in your “real” life because you can be more open and honest.

Why Aren't You Blogging?
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So what do you guys think about blogging? Is it an addiction? A habit that should be broken?

So what now? How do I still continue to do something I love and enjoy while not neglecting other important aspects of my life? If anyone has words of wisdom, it would be great to hear them.

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