'' And before you know it, some real time has passed.'' Others find they are distracted to the point of neglectfulness.Wiggins are having conversations largely with themselves. Wiggins, 48, a senior information technologist at Michigan State University in East Lansing, does not know how many readers he has; he suspects it's not many.But that does not seem to bother him.'' I'm just getting something off my chest,'' he said.So I have to do it again and again.'' Joseph Lorenzo Hall, 26, a graduate student at the School of Information Management and Systems at the University of California at Berkeley who has studied bloggers, said that for some people blogging has supplanted e-mail as a way to procrastinate at work. Pierce, who devote much of their free time to the care and feeding of their own blogs and posting to other blogs, do so largely because it makes them feel productive even if it is not a paying job.The procrastination, said Scott Lederer, 31, a fellow graduate student with Mr. '' You feel like you're participating in something important, because we're all doing it together,'' he said.Barbara Quint, the editor of the magazine, said she did all she could to get him to deliver his columns on time. Wiggins was busily posting articles to his blog instead of sending her the ones he had promised, she said.'' Here he is working all night on something read by five second cousins and a dog, and I'm willing to pay him,'' she said. Quint has grown more understanding of his reasons, if not entirely sympathetic. She stays on floors at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco with access to a free Internet connection.Perhaps a chronically small audience is a blessing.For it seems that the more popular a blog becomes, the more some bloggers feel the need to post.Blogging is a pastime for many, even a livelihood for a few. Such bloggers often feel compelled to write several times daily and feel anxious if they don't keep up. Wiggins, quietly so as not to call attention to their habit.'' It seems as if his laptop is glued to his legs 24/7,'' Ms. The number of bloggers has grown quickly, thanks to sites like blogger.com, which makes it easy to set up a blog.As they spend more time hunkered over their computers, they neglect family, friends and jobs. Technorati, a blog-tracking service, has counted some 2.5 million blogs.