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{June 12, 2011}   Upside down sleep?

Things appear to be turned upside down and all topsy turvy lately. I’m starting to think there’s some kind of opposites week I’m unaware of. First, I noticed my views have decreased significantly over the past week. Not that I pay much attention to them anyways, but I do glance at the chart when I am checking my dashboard everyday and I can’t help but notice when the bars are way up and suddenly are really low. There could be many reasons for this.

1)In the U.S. right now, Summer has just started recently. A lot of people I follow have been away from their blogs lately for many reasons and I’m sure a lot of the ones that view MY blog have probably been busier as of late. Parents now have kids out of school, which means vacations and time spent with kids, and decreased computer time. It makes sense and this is the most probable cause.

2) A majority of last week’s blogs have had less of an interesting content than usual. I’m guilty for this, I know. I’ve just spent a lot more of my free time reading than doing my blog lately. I managed to finish all 3 of my library books I had checked out for a week plus my new book I bought AND just today, I read another book. Wow….I’m in bookworm mode like crazy at the moment.

3)Actually, I’m not sure of a 3rd reason but I feel like things should come in three’s so here you go!

Besides the blog view decrease, I have also had a sleep pattern disrupt. If you’re a follower of my blog, then you know I’m a night owl. Well, a few days ago, I was really tired and I didn’t know why but I ended up falling asleep really early…as in 9 p.m. early. The next morning I awoke around 5:30 a.m. and I just couldn’t sleep anymore so I got up for the day. After staying awake all day, I expected night time to bring the same wakefulness as always. Normally, night time comes and I am more alert than ever and can’t go to sleep for nothing! But that night, I started falling asleep while reading and ending up hitting the hay around 10 p.m. Next morning, up around 5:30 again. Yesterday, I awoke around 6:30 and last night I made it to 11:30 p.m. barely before nodding off. I slept in later than I had the past few days this morning when I woke up at exactly 7:22 a.m., but all in all, still VERY early for me. I’m not sure why the change in my sleep cycle and I have mixed feelings about it. I like the fact that it “feels” as if my day has more hours in it even though theoretically, I am still awake about the same as before. I don’t like how I end up asleep well before my husband does, though. We appear to have switched sleep cycles and it’s rather irritating. In fact, my husband told me yesterday that I was turning into an old woman because I was going to bed so early and waking up early. Ugh, really? Before it was HIM doing so and now it is me. Can we get on the same schedule, please? In the past I have stayed awake or woken up earlier just to try to get on the same pattern as him and it never works! Why, you ask? Because his schedule constantly changes and mine usually stays the same. I’ve ALWAYS, always been a night owl and now…I’m not sure what is going on. I heard about this solar flare this past week that occurred and I know they said it might affect machines slightly….could it have affected me too? Even though I am most definitely not a machine!?

AND if all of that hasn’t convinced anyone besides myself that the world has literally gone all crazy, then wait until you hear this! I am an avid follower of The Hook because his douchebaggery tales from being a bellhop are hilarious and crack me up. I’m sure at the time they are happening to HIM, they are not quite as funny but he just tells them so cleverly that his tag line of “You’ve been Hooked” rings so true! He had me hooked at the first sentence I read of his! He also has another blog called “The Book of Terrible” chronicling all the bad, dirty and ugly in this world…It’s so terrible that it’s wonderful. Just two days ago, he announced Bizarro Week on his blog. He’s going GOOD all week on his blog. What is happening?

I’m excited to see the good side of things but I can’t help but drop my jaw when I see Bizarro Week occurring right as my world seems to be turning upside down. Ironic? I don’t know…What do you think?

*I highly recommend The Hook’s blogs, by the way….His last post is very sweet and touching, which is also a break from his normal rants about the douchebags that show up at his hotels, BUT I loved it just as much! :)*

Are things feeling upside down for you too lately or have I just simply lost my mind?

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allison says:

not sure why your views are down, didn’t even know you could check that! one of the reasons I don’t blog often is because I really have to have something I want to get out before I write, and because of that, I never pay attention to whose reading, except for the people I care about! i like your blogs, whatever they bring, because you’ve committed to doing it and are sticking with it. As for the bizarro world, mine’s been like that for years. Just enjoy the roller coaster!



On WordPress, it shows you how many people viewed your blog that day and which posts they viewed..all the statistics, it’s pretty neat. It’s on the same page as where I check my comments! 🙂
That’s also part of the problem with me, before this challenge, I only blogged when I really, really had the urge to and now since I’ve committed to doing it every day, that means I am blogging on a lot of days where I don’t really have anything to say. Sometimes it’s a struggle to come up with something I feel even worth taking the time to blog about which is why I like the day I added for what I’m reading, the weekly photo challenge once a week and the five question Friday…now 3 days of every week have SOMETHING for sure to fill my blog. I don’t want to have all 7 days as something already picked out though because then I feel like I’m not challenging myself enough…like it’s already done and I’m not having to work at all for it.



allison says:

omg *WHO’S* reading, not *whose*. i can’t believe i posted that



Haha….Were you worried I would tease you about that? Did you see that you can comment on my blog posts using your Facebook now also? 🙂
I think that will be very useful for my Facebook friends who may read my blog and don’t have a WordPress.



Tehehe… I heart “The Hook” too! 🙂

Becoming a first-shifter rather than a second-shifter is good sometimes. Just go with it until your body adjusts again. Definitely don’t fight sleep… lol… I WISH I could sleep more, but it seems we are similar in that I can sleep MAX about 7.5 hours, then I wake up. If I try to lay there and sleep longer, I’ll just end up with a ridiculous headache and neck ache..

Maybe we are just growing up… 🙂



That could be it….Growing up…~sighs~
I tried to fight the sleep a bit but it’s definitely taken over lately!



Stacey says:

My views have been significantly down for a few weeks now. I think you were right with it being summer now and everyone being busier this time of year. I miss a lot of my blog buddies though 😦 Hope you are sleeping better!



Yea, I’ve noticed some of the people I follow have lessened their posts dramatically or have disappeared altogether 😦 It’s sad!



ElizOF says:

Yes, yes and yes to your questions… Summer blog readings drop and sometimes significantly so that has a hand in it… Also, sometimes it’s the Google algorithms that are “recalculated” creating mayhem for some and Nirvana for others… But not to worry, if your body needs sleep, enjoy it!
The Hook sounds interesting… will check him out soon. 🙂
Take care !
E



Definitely check out The Hook, he is awesome! 🙂
Have a great day!



The Hook says:

I’m sorry Bizarro Week has thrown you for a loop, young lady! Things will be back to normal soon, I promise.



I like the positive spin on things you’re doing, it’s different and a nice twist. It’s just funny how it correlated to things in my life that were topsy turvy too! 🙂



knotrune says:

Weird, I’ve been getting the exact same thing! Both the reduced blog stats and also the waking up early and falling asleep earlier than normal thing too! Freaky 😀 Maybe it’s just getting older… And the blog thing being summer sounds reasonable, it’s good to know it’s not just me 🙂



Yea, I’m really thinking it’s mainly the “Summer” thing….the sleep pattern thing is pretty freaky….makes me wonder if it has something also to do with the changing seasons or environmental factors beyond my understanding? It’s not like either of us live anywhere close to each other so I guess I will just remain somewhat stumped!



There’s nothing wrong with going to bed early and getting up early. The early bird gets the worm… I’ve been going to bed later and later recently and I’m pooped because I still have to get up early in the morning. You should stick to your new schedule and do your writing in the morning. You’ll probably notice you write better and faster then. Just a thought…

As for the reduced blog stats, I blame it on Google. They change algorithms every few months and it messes up the whole web world, including the blogosphere.



What if I don’t want the worm? They just have never appealed to my picky eating tastes! 🙂
Let me guess…you have been going to bed later because you’re up reading? Lately, if I lay down to read, I end up falling asleep and it drives me bonkers because I don’t want to sleep, I want to read….but I think my body has come to associate reading with “It’s time to shut down for the day!” and I wish it would stop that! I’ve tried writing in the mornings and it doesn’t seem any easier for me, so I don’t know….
Google could be to blame as well but I also think some of my readers are away enjoying Summer because I know some have been missing blog posts 😦



Jackie Paulson Author says:

I love THE HOOK too, he does get to everyone daily. Yes, my numbers and followers dropped too. I am looking for a job, reading and still trying to visit all of you on the challenge. It’s fun we are all from around the world and still some manage to faithfully blog and post. I love the comments. I guess in August the numbers will go up. I cannot believe we are almost half way to posting a day or week done for 2011. What will we do THEN? That is a great post idea right???? Love ya Sharon My Night Owl.



I have no idea what I will do after the year is up. I only know I hope to at least keep up a blog on a regular basis, if not a daily thing. At that point, I may be so used to daily that I can’t do anything less. That would be a good thing, though! 🙂



[…] summer days; especially a slowing down of sorts and a reluctance to be or feel rushed. Sharon at The RealSharon’sBlog wrote a piece about the diminishing blog stats and visits and this is definitely one of the signs […]



[…] summer days; especially a slowing down of sorts and a reluctance to be or feel rushed. Sharon at The RealSharon’sBlog wrote a piece about diminishing blog stats, including # of likes, comments and visits, and this is […]



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