Monday, August 8, 2016

The Hazards of Tea Blogging


The other day I stumbled upon a VERY old article about the hazards of blogging. They recommended staying anonymous, avoiding making public profiles and advised bloggers to never, ever use their pictures online. My how things have changed! Most of the tidbits they offered were the opposite of the way things are done now but it got me thinking, what are the hazards of tea blogging? This is all meant to be a bit tongue in cheek of course!

Carpal Tunnel

Hours spent in front of the computer writing blog posts can definitely take a toll on the body. I've only noticed this cropping up recently but I've definitely got some carpal tunnel syndrome going on. For now, it's just some numbness in my fingers but I'll have to be careful to keep it from becoming painful. Blog writing can also put a big strain on the back and eyes. Fellow bloggers, make sure that you take frequent breaks!

Tea Taking Over

We all start off with a single shelf where we stash our first few prized teas. Slowly but surely, tea will take over every nook and cranny of your house. I think my fiance can vouch for that being the truth. When we moved in together he was totally unprepared for the sheer amount of tea and tea-related objects that I own and continue to accumulate. I would say about 1/4 of our apartment is dedicated to my love of the leaf. To his credit, he's very understanding about it all most of the time.

Caffeine Addiction

When caffeine addiction is mentioned the typical coffee drinker, jonesing for his fix, is often what comes to mind. The effect of tea on the body is much milder but I do find myself a bit addicted at times. If there's a day where I'm a bit out of sorts, it's usually either because I'm hangry or because I haven't had any tea yet (frequently a combination of the two). Other sources of caffeine (energy drinks, soda, etc.) never seem to lift my spirits so I'll just pretend what I'm really addicted to is L-Theanine.

Budget Limitations

The trouble with being a tea blogger is that despite receiving free samples, there are always teas to covet. We're constantly in search of things that are new and exciting. Our significant others will never understand why needed that new White2Tea cake when there's already a ton of puerh in the house. Jason is pretty understanding MOST of the time. He's even enabled me a bit from time to time but I think there are still moments where he questions my sanity. I find that we all have a bit of a teaware hoarding problem as well (see the Tea Taking Over section of this post).

Data Overages

For those of us who aren't lucky enough to have unlimited data plans (curse you, Verizon!), blogging can present a real danger. Most months I get extremely close to going over my measly 2GB. When I look at what apps use the most data on my phone, they are almost always the ones that I use for blogging. Instagram and more recently SnapChat are the biggest culprits. It wouldn't be so bad if it wasn't for my very long commute. Scrolling through Hootsuite helps me cope with riding on the crowded subway every day, 

Is there a hazard of tea blogging that I missed? Let me know about it in the comments!