Saturday, August 08, 2009

Where have all the bloggers gone, long time passing

Seriously! A lot of the people whose blogs I used to follow have vanished into thin air. Or migrated to facebook and twitter.

I get about one-third of the comments I used to receive. Perhaps I comment one-third as much on others' blogs, because I read most blogs VIA Google Reader.

So, am I going to stop my aimless drivel here?

Nope.

Because every once in awhile I get an email from somebody who never comments, telling me, "I love your blog". Or, "You brighten my day."

Yesterday I received such an email from a lady in Independence. She sent me a recipe for butternut squash fries, having read about my abundance of squash.

She told me, "I've been reading your blog for several months and thoroughly enjoy it! I live in Independence, MO, so I like reading about places close to home. Thanks for the enjoyable reading that you provide on your blog! Nancy

You see, I realize it isn't all about comments and "hits". There are folks reading this nonsense who have never once left a comment, and that's just fine with me.

Besides, I have few relatives who make their way here from time to time, and several long-time Internet friends. As long as I have at least two readers, I shall forge on.

Oh, and to my cousin Carolyn: I shall see you at the reunion tomorrow.

21 comments:

Paula said...

I've thought the same thing. You just miss them and wonder if they are okay.

Hyperblogal said...

I always read your posts... don't always comment. I haven't been posting lately because I've been so gosh darn busy. I just took a break from restoring and resizing a bunch of photos for a dvd that will be played next Saturday at a wedding dinner. Probably have to work on it for three more days. Plus do all the regular sittings a such. Things should slow down a little after this month. Thou shalt never find me on Twitter and I'm just about ready to chuck Facebook because people can't seem to keep politics to a minimum.

Rachel said...

We had butternut squash for breakfast today! LOL Thanks! I, too, found a lot of folks talking about butternut squash fries, so we'll be trying that soon. Remind me to tell you about the salsa squash that Michelle made tonight. Yummy.

Sheila said...

Well I haven't commented like I should, but I read every entry. I've never eaten butter nut squash. Been hoping to see some recipes...Have a nice weekend, Sheila

Tawnya said...

Face book seems to be a sucking vortex, I think! We are all addicted and we forget to blog. I still blog. Although lately not about much of anything good. I read, but don't always comment... I am still around..

Robin said...

I admit I have slacked on the blogging and commenting...but I am still here and I still enjoy what you have to say. :)

Robbyn said...

It's strange but it seems like what I think of putting on my blog is something I've already talked about before. And our lives and our projects seem to go a lot slower than other folks whose blogs I read. I'd read other blogs and get frustrated that we're not really going forward quickly in any one area, but are plodding along at our jobs as we get out of debt...which seems to be takinig forevvvvver. Then things got really busy when when my vehicle died and we have to share one...I don't get to read blogs much at all and feel like a bad blogger friend. That's why I'm not around much, but we're still here. So glad you are, too!

:) Robbyn

Marlene said...

I don't alwys comment either. Geez, at times I think maybe if I comment too much people will think i am STALKING them. Now that I think about it, maybe thats what it actually is. Your blog is usually the first that I look for. Why?? Darned if I know. Maybe I am a closet country person. Or a closet motorcycle rider...Hubby has a Harley, but I don't go near it. But I DO like hearing about your little corner of the world.

Fawteen said...

I check your blog nearly every day. I appear to be one of very few male readers, but that may just be cuz the guys don't comment.

The way I see it, you're "real folks", with a quiet, rural lifestyle, not all hung up on consumerism and bling.

My kind of folks, in other words.

One of these days, I'm going to have to get to Missery. Know some other folks down that way :)

Midlife Mom said...

Yes comments are sure down but I hope it's just that it's summer. I do know some of my regular readers have gone the Facebook route too. I see lots of hits on my sidebar but they don't comment. I try not to let it bother me but sometimes I wonder why I am spending so much time doing this and then I think of my faithful few and I continue on.

On a completely different note, do you get Farm and Ranch magazine? They have lots of good tractor articles in it and I always think of you and Cliff.

Pat said...

Oh no, don't slow down or quit!! I have been reading your blog for several months. I have noticed some of my favorites have just absolutely quit - dropped off the face of the earth. One blogger had a cabin in the back of her property - she wrote all about it and what it was like to cook/sleep there, many times by herself. I loved it but in April - Gone.
We have a lot in common (you and I) - love to garden & can/freeze, my husband had two stents put in 10 years ago, married 41 years, have a dog named Sadie & live in a double wide. I will be 65 in Dec. haha And I love the term "polished off" you used in the newer post. Haven't heard that one in years.
I'll quit now - just keep writing. If I had any smarts, I'd start a blog but will just keep reading them instead!! PS, My husband loves tractors (John Deere's, of course). Pat/Texas

Kathy said...

Donna, I think you've struck a chord. I forge on. Not as often as I'd like; there's been some interesting (not blogable -- is that a word) twists since we've been moved from you-know-where.

That being said, I miss those folks that don't write as often as they used to ... or at all ... and honestly, I miss them! Some folks find it strange that we can befriend others on the internet through blogs, but I find it no different than the pen pals of my youth. :)

And silly as this may seem, I worry a little bit (or maybe wonder is a better word)about those that leave with no word of 'why'.

Keep blogging and if you ever find yourself down to ONE reader ... jot me a note, I'll be sure to leave more comments so that you know you have TWO.

Kathy

Sonya said...

Any time I've considered quitting - which is rare - I have had people that say "noooooooooooo don't quit". It helps to see those Live Traffic feeds so you can see that people really are at least pulling it up. I think only a few really like to comment or know what to say. But we all LOVE our comments. Makes us feel special. Have a good Sunday. I'm waiting on bathroom time to do my makeup. lol Everyone is late for church this morning. No one was motivated.

The Guy Who Writes This said...

Yes, please keep it up. Though I don't comment often, your blog is a must read for me. Between the tractors, haying the field, raising livestock and making butter...you are the real deal. I wish I could post three times a day like you often do.

BTW I rode a fox trotter yesterday. I may be bringing her home next week. Very nice.

Anonymous said...

Oh the places you go and the things that you do. Surely I must have been a country girl in another life. I really enjoy your gardening, canning and travels, Thanks for sharing your days with us. Vicki

Hollie said...

You just keep on writing this drivel & I'm going to keep on reading this drivel! :)

madcobug said...

I love to read your blog. A lot of people have done what you said. Went to Facebook and Twitter. Me, I will just stick with the blogs. I don't have much to say anymore so why go to a new place. Helen

LYN said...

I JUST WROTE A SIMILAR POST!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I'll be reading yours as long as you write for sure just as I'll keep on posting one too for the same reasons.

MoxieMamaKC said...

I am a very faithful reader, but a not-so-good commenter. Keep up the good work, I love reading about your little corner of the world, which is what blogging is all about to me...

m.v. said...

It's after 1AM I drove 600 miles today and I am reading this (and 400 literally other posts in my reader),just so you know :-)