Thinking Aloud On a Sunday

Blogging Time Differences.

Not long after I woke up this morning, I turned on the computer. As I did so, I thought about the many bloggers who would just be settling down for the night, or even welcoming tomorrow.

One of the interesting things about blogging (well it is to me) is to notice the time differences around the world. This is particularly noticeable if you follow a lot of international blogs, and have followers from many different parts of the world. I am happy to have the majority of my blogging friends from two countries, equally split between the USA, and Britain. But there are others in many European countries, the UAE, the Indian sub-continent, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, and the Far East too.

When I start blogging fairly early in the morning here, (7-8 am) I get comments or replies from bloggers in The Philippines. For them, it is already the end of the same day. If someone pops up from the east coast of America, you can be sure that they are up late, as it will be around 1 am there. Many of the Europeans will have already left for work, (if they work) as most of them are one hour ahead of the UK, with parts of Russia some three hours ahead. Those from Australia and New Zealand are already a whole day in front, and probably fast asleep.

Later on, when I return from walking Ollie, the bulk of the American bloggers have arrived. From the mid-west, to the west coast and south-west, their time-zones have kicked in, and their day is just starting. After dinner, most of the British bloggers start to post or comment. Back from work, or a day out, they have probably eaten, and started to relax for the evening, finally getting round to checking the blogs they follow.

As I am thinking of closing down for the night, sometime around 11 pm, the American bloggers are in full swing, as they have finally got home too.
From waking to sleeping, blogging is a 24 hours a day possibility, and that makes it even more delightful to enjoy as a hobby.

Do you have any time-zone examples to share?
Please add them in the comments.

Best wishes to everyone, whatever time it is where you are.

60 thoughts on “Thinking Aloud On a Sunday

  1. I am aware your day is almost over when mine is just beginning. Sometimes I have looked at my clock expecting a response from you (because you are always very quick to reply!) and realize, silly, it’s 3 AM. He should be sound asleep!

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  2. I totally get where you are coming from! I notice all the time differences and then I worry I am bugging someone. Lol. But by the time I am getting settled and my kids are asleep its alrwady early morning for you guys and U have friends that are feom India with a 12 hour ahead difference. It’s definitely a great hobby and so cool how global we are.๐Ÿ˜€xx!

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  3. I’m often writing late into the night just as you are getting up. Sometimes I go to bed and wake up with a bunch of activity having taken place while I was asleep. One or two times I’ve been commenting back and forth live with someone which is fun.

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  4. I have sometimes wondered whether there is a best time to post. First thing in the morning? Afternoon or evening? But having readers from around the world takes the pressure off. No matter when I post it will be someone’s morning, and someone else’s middle of the night. So go ahead and post whenever the mood strikes and someone will be up to read it! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŒ

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  5. I get confused in two different ways. Arlene is often already in the next day in the Philippines which always throws me. The other total conundrum for me is the season difference between the Northern and Southern hemispheres. I always am taken aback as their summer is in full bloom while I am digging out from a blizzard.

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    1. Yes, Christmas at the beach in Australia always seems strange to me, Elizabeth.
      But the the north-south time differences are not as extreme as the east-west ones.
      For instance, South Africa is only one hour ahead of the UK, but it is 5,600 miles from London to Johannesburg, and only 3,400 miles from London to New York! ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.


  6. Depending on the time of year, there is either an 8-hour or 9-hour difference in time between Las Vegas and Paris, France. As you know, I write lyrics. My partner, Chris, composes the music. He lives near Paris, and we frequently engage in video chats. Typically, I’ll chat with him on a Saturday morning, starting around 8:30 or 9:00. For him, though, the evening hours are just getting started. I’ve just had my breakfast, and he’s looking forward to dinner.

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  7. With Blogger, Facebook friends and family in Australia I often find myself looking at an Australian sunrise while I’m still trying to get off the computer and go to bed! At present my sister is seven hours ahead of me, but that will change when our clocks go back. Our son is 8 hours behind in Las Vegas – they change their clocks, but not on the same weekend! I haven’t got all the USA time zones in my head yet.

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  8. It must be wonderful to have a blog that gets responses from several time zones. Even after 8 years at the keyboard I have never experienced anything so wonderful as that. I get the United States and Great Britain. But — that is enough for me … that makes me feel good .,.. I am happy with that.

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  9. Like you I follow a lot of bloggers, most are from different timezones. A lot are in America, some in Canada, and some even from places that are even farther away ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š It is always noticeable to me as well. Especially when I wake up. I often have more posts to read in the early morning hours, and evenings, then during the day. Which sometimes is a bit incovenient as I am at work during the day..(and am already noticing that itโ€™s hard again, as I had to work yesterday and the rest of this week, I hardly got any blogging done). But overall itโ€™s fun to see bloggers from all over the world. And even more fun establish some real friendships with people across the ocean who you might never meet, but have really turned into very good friends ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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  10. It is mid-afternoon here and for me exactly as you have said but our time stays constant unlike the Uk who change the clocks so now it’s 7 hrs instead of 6 my family in the UK should be stirring by now I am like Peggy about to put the meat in for dinner ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. You’re just up and I’m cooking dinner in Australia. But the time-zone story that really strikes me is China. Officially the entire country is on the same time zone! That applies to banks, post offices and the like. But when you’re way out west in China, you’ll find that the shops set their own times.

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    1. Thanks, Peggy. I have only been to the area around Beijing, so didn’t experience that. But when I travelled in the Soviet Union, I was aware of substantial time differences in the same country. It is not that long ago that Britain had its own time zones (1800s), and train timetables varied accordingly. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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