Guest Post: Seven Ways to Know That You’re Obsessed With Reading SG Blogs

This is a guest post from NewSoGoFan.

Recently I’ve had to overcome a certain amount of “SG blog reading mania,” as it was becoming a huge drain on my time. Nevertheless, I hope to turn my temporary mania to the good by providing some help for readers who may be on the brink of entering such a state themselves. So without further ado, I present the  seven deadly signs of obsession.

You know you’re obsessed with reading Southern Gospel blogs when…

1. You rush to your computer the moment you wake up in the morning to check for updates on Southern Gospel Blog, Musicscribe, Burke’s Brainwork, etc. before having breakfast or even hydrating yourself.

2. If possible, you check each of those blogs again at least three more times throughout the day. If you’re at work and close to or working on a computer, you sneak peeks when the boss isn’t looking—or when you just think you deserve a break.

3. You read every single comment. And I mean Every. Single. Comment.

4. You become so involved in passionate debates with your fellow commentators over the relative merits/demerits of Michael English and Brian Free that you start to think more about them than about your own immediate life issues.

5. You spend large amounts of spare time browsing the archives of all your favorite Southern Gospel blogs because you can’t think of anything better to do with your time.

6. You crave Southern Gospel blogs to such a wild extent that you read your least favorite blog as well as your favorite blogs—even read comments on your least favorite blog. Daily. This is around the time when you need to get some psychiatric help, because the definition of insanity is doing the same thing twice while expecting a different result.

7. You stay up late when you could be in bed sleeping, hunched over your computer, combing through the Southern Gospel blogosphere just one more time to make sure you catch any late-night comments.


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  1. So true, so true.

  2. I don’t get it. Isn’t everyone like this? 🙂

  3. LOL, I’m almost there …almost… but not quite, yet.
    Is this blog a warning sign? 🙂

    • All is not lost Riete. There’s still time before it’s too late! 😀

  4. I don’t have a problem because I can stop anytime I want.

  5. OK – how many of those items do you have to do before you’re considered addicted?!?!?! Nevermind – you don’t really have to answer that. I already know that I’m addicted!

  6. I use an RSS reader…. no need to check in 3 times per day! 🙂

  7. Dear me… I’m in trouble then!! Lol. You might want to add “Reading blog updates on your cellphone in bed… at 12am or later”! Lol;-).

    • Ah, I’d forgotten that people could get internet on their cellphones too these days! Consider it a variation on sign number seven. 🙂

  8. I write a Southern Gospel Blog, and I’m not as obsessed as New SoGo Fan.

    • Ah, ah, I said that I had OVERCOME my mania. But yes, there most certainly was a point when I was much more obsessed than you. 😉

  9. Well most of them make me breathe a sigh of relief. But #2 is an understatment, and #3 would be, but you really can’t take it much farther than that. 😀

    • No. 8. Forgetting you got a marriage partner :-)!!

      • Ha, good one! 😀

  10. I know this is OT, but there’s an audio video of Johnny Cash with the Cathedrals. The description says it’s with Danny Funderburk from 1985/86, but the tenor is clearly Kirk Talley.

    • Yeah, you’re right, that’s definitely Kirk.

      • But it was released in 1986. It’s kind of weird.

  11. I just went on over and listened to that Cash/Cathedrals…………wow. I loved it. I know the Cathedrals were awesome, but to have them as backup singers? That is soooooooo cooooooooollll!! And they kick some [EDIT]!!! I wonder if that is for sale anywhere?

  12. I presume it is from the album of Cash’s the Cathedrals backed him up on, “Believe In Him”. It was on Word, I believe. Younce hit a low Eb on it (a minor third above the double low C.)

  13. I was right about it being on Word. What I either didn’t know or forgot was when it was recorded. I presume that maybe Marty and Johnny did it on their own and it took a while to get someone to release it (or maybe it couldn’t contractually be done right away). Or maybe when the Cathedrals left Word and went to Benson there were some issues. Anyhow, here you go:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Believe_in_Him

  14. My name is Matt, and i am obsessed.

    • How long has it been, Matt?

  15. You know, I don’t have an internet connection at home right now. (The main reason that more of those things don’t apply to me.) And although we’re planning to get one, I have to admit that the enforced time unplugged feels really good.

    • Great point Amy. If for some reason I find myself without Internet access, or access to a particular website, it can feel very freeing. (Unless I have something really urgent that really needs to get done via Internet of course! :-))

  16. Is sitting on Southern Gospel Blog for an hour perusing through old posts to make meaningful comments to win a contest made by the moderator a sign? If not, that’s cool.

    • I don’t suppose there is any problem with it!

      • But hey, guess if you really want something that bad, you got for it with all you got.

    • Ah, you found one of my old contributions. Now I just have to construct a twelve-step program to help people recover from their addiction…