But in addition to housework, the other thing that took a nose dive when I started writing seriously was reading. I'm a fast reader (about 100 paperback pages an hour) but even with that, I just can't read as much as I would like to and get any writing done. So I have a shortcut-- Book World. That's the Washington Post's Sunday book review section. I read it every week so I know what's happening in literary and popular fiction. I may not have read the books, but at least I don't sound like a total nimnul if someone mentions a hot new writer or a best-seller. I may not have the answer, but I have a clue.
The other day the Post blog mentioned a USA Today site (I won't call it a blog--maybe a pseudo-blog) that does for popular culture what Book World does for books. If you don't have the time or inclination to watch the Sopranos or Heroes or browse YouTube for hours, you can find out what's going on in those venues the old fashioned way--by reading about them!
Hey, it's what the web is for.