During my blog break I found one of the benefits of daily blog reading as opposed to weekly blog reading to be that the inspiration will permeate. Speed reading blogs once a week is much like wolfing down fast food in the car on your way to somewhere else. Will you remember either in an hour let alone a week? I know now from experience, it's just not as good.
Productivity guilt likes to plague me and I don't think I'm the only one. I've found a way that soothes my guilt from time spent on the internet. Why not think of it in terms of "creativity immersion?" One of the best ways to learn or maintain a language is to immerse yourself in the culture and speak it every day. It's rare that someone would become bilingual if they didn't have outside help. The same can be said for creativity. Regularly reading blogs by creatives talking about their process gives the info a chance to simmer. The flavors take on depth, become greater than the separate ingredients and end up bringing richness to your own work and process.
Voila! Goofing off, uh I mean, gathering inspiration from blogs is productive. I enjoyed my break, like the trip to the ocean shown here, but am looking forward to getting back to my favorite blogs and savoring them properly.