Sometimes I sit for long periods browsing mindlessly and half-heartedly through my Google Reader blog roll. Even worse, sometimes I scroll intently through the posts, enraptured by the delicious meal that so and so ate or the new skinny jeans that so and so bought over the weekend.
When I finally come out of my blog-induced stupor, I often feel an overwhelming sense of frivolity.
characterized by lack of seriousness or sense: frivolous
self-indulgently carefree; unconcerned about or lacking any serious purpose
of little or no weight, worth, or importance; not worthy of serious notice
Did reading about a certain blogger’s luxury-infused trip or new purchase improve my life or, even more importantly, the lives of others?
I hate to describe anyone’s blog as frivolous, because I know how I would feel if someone assigned that unfortunate adjective to Scintillating Simplicity. But, as Elisabeth pointed out, lifestyle blogs can often be a form of escapism.
But then I read blogs like Branch of Jasmine by Kathleen, which details her time working with a women’s empowerment organization in Rwanda. Or McArabia’s and Chipsy by Sarah, which she updates as she works on her Fulbright on the evolution of food systems in Egypt. And I remember how important it is to balance time spent perusing fun, carefree blogs with time spent on blogs that address interesting, pertinent issues.