Wednesday, February 24, 2010

To Blog or Not To Blog

No, I am not the one who is quiting. I am hopelessly addicted to blogging. My friend Debbie at Wisteria and Roses however is calling it quits.  Maybe if she hears how much she will be missed she will change her mind. I understand her reasons. I am selfish, she is a real life friend and when she started blogging we were in touch so much more; it was like being neighbors again. Besides I just love Rachel Kaye's claymation videos they are so cute. They have chickens too, and the cooking, and the gardening and the kids! Boo hoo *wipes eyes*

Blogging really is a community of it's own. After awhile we do know each other, and some people do go to blogfests and really meet and have a good time. CBW has hosted some pretty fun events as the women who have attended declare loudly when they come home. I woud love to go but $ is tight. Not to remention bone problems.

(Then there I did not just say "then there" ) There are the food blogs; one of my favorites is noblepig We actually started bloggin about the same time. Her blog is fun, sometimes weird, she really did make a cake with saurkraut and love it when she ventures away from the kitchen to talk about her vineyard adventure. She and her husband plus two boys have moved to Oregon and are planting grapes, in a very big way. She still finds time to cook, post, and "walk 6 miles very fast every day," on a treadmill to keep her great figure. Grandma Tillies Bakery is another food blog that will kill you. You can get fat just admiring cakes. When you get tired of food just look out her windows at the lake she lives by in ALASKA; HELLO raising voice to a creshendo people- gorgeous isn't a good enough word!  She has become a friend, I hope we meet one day and in Alaska would be great.

There  are blogs that take you on journeys and let you see beautiful places and things. Lime in the Coconut Linda can find more beauty than I can even begin to imagine. Sometimes after reading her posts I feel so relaxed it's like I have had a mini vacation. The only thing that would improve it, is if the fancy cocktails could be downloaded and consumed.  In case you didn't notice that is a joke. Another place of beauty is Jain's place, once in a blue moon she lives on some beautiful acreage in California my native home, and being an avid gardener and cook she always has some lovely photos to share. She loves dogs too. Anyone in my book who loves dogs is stinkin cool alright.

I could do this with my whole entire blog roll. The post would be so long no one would read it! I found the farmlady Over Good Ground,when it seemed like nobody read her blog. As in zero comments, but it was such a great blog! I did a post about her place and all my friends showed up and now her blogroll is bigger than mine. Way to go farmlady! Another great photographer, writer, cook, gardener, artist, and animal lover; what more can I say? She is great. We both have spent time in the bay area of California and share some roots. She is another one I hope to meet in June when I go out there.

A fun how many ways can that be an understatement blogger is  Coffee Beanerwe met when she lived out here in the paw paw patch with me. The funny thing is we didn't know each other very well then. We know each other better now! When CB is on a roll she can win at Comedy Night, this girl is just plain funny. And yes, she loves dogs and yes she can cook.

Lately with a bit of time on my hands I have been hoppin around to meet some new folks and have a bit of fun. I have an excuse! I am recuperating from surgery right? I can't clean my own toilets yet, maybe never? I have not made the mistake of getting fully dressed smarter this time with makeup either. I am taking my time here.

While I am at it I have been wondering something. If you care to stick your neck out you can tell me wha you think about this. Sometimes you can visit a blog for a long time like I did at my messy thrilling life and she never ever replied. I may be a bit dense but after awhile, I figure that some people just don't want to associate with you, for whatever reason.  Blog snobbery? Really could it be? Doesn't that remind you a bit of being in the sixth grade? Not to pick on her, I have never heard too much from other people as well, so eventually I drop them from my roll. April at Cole Creek Farms and her sister The Country doctors Wife, I used to like to read;  but shoot, it's more fun to visit where people visit you back and at least tell you to dropdead when they don't agree, or do. Some folks are just too big like Ree for Pete's sake. But then there are sweethearts like  Cindy at my romantic home who has over 2000 followers and she replies to some comments. I love it when she posts anything from the coast of California because yes it is true we are nuts we lived there. Cindy has often commented back to a comment and she keeps a great house! A gorgeous place.

To conclude this, some write, some don't, some lurk, and some don't, some become friends, and some don't; but as for me, I am here for the long haul. I love it. I love blogging, blog hopping, blog comments, and commenting. Yep some folks are demented early in life easily pleased. Some folks will never spell right either.

A few new blog hops for me are these folks and you might want to visit them or maybe you already do.
Apifera farms quirky and fun--yes an animal lover
Fifi Flowers she is an artist and I just love her stuff, it's whimsical, colorful, and fun.
The Harwards she is a country woman, a grandmother and  a good writer. She is also having a very cool give away with enough prizes for 6 winners. She is a Mormon, I am not, but I do have Mormon friends, why the heck not? Is the world so uptight that if we hold different beliefs, or vote differently GODFORBID we can't find common ground to enjoy together? I hope not. In my book all you gotta say is you love dogs, or love food, or have kids, or like to have a garden, or read a good book, or eat CHOCOLATE! Yeah! Common ground!
tatersmamastakeonthings I can tell that I am gonna just love her. I have been reading back posts on her blog. She left me an e mail and said she liked mine too but didn't leave a lot of comments lest I think she is a blog-stalker, snorts coffee I got a good laugh out of that one.
Is there such a thing as a blog stalker?
bobbi boyd is also a great artist. She is a bit negligent on blogging but you can go take a look at her painting which are for sale, and  see her work it's fantastic. She is a real life friend and I have her daughters artwork framed and in my kitchen; and no I wouldn't part with it for love or money. I love it. It has survived a lot of years in my upheaval care. A few things have survived intact made it from the past. Bobbi makes art out of everything she touches the food she cooks the flowers she grows the way she decorates, she is a one of kind. If she ever gets to blogging about her life she will really go places.

I did mention that EVERYONE on my blogroll has a great blog and there is a huge variety there. I like to visit all kinds of people and all kinds of blogs. If you have been travelling around lately and discovered a new blog  or have a favorite, leave me a link. If you love Debbie over at Wisteria and Roses and will miss her please go tell her so. She is leaving her e mail on and that great playlist!  Happy hopping? isthathowyouspellhopping?


Fifi Flowers said...

Keep blogging as long as you LOVE it! ONce you don't love it... quit... but I'm sure you wil be missed!l

Tatersmama said...

Omigosh! You mentioned my name! (see, I really DO read everything, even if I don't always comment!)
I feel like Sally Field at the Academy Awards when she gushed "You like me! You really really LIKE me!" *snort*

I started out blogging about a year and a half ago, and as much as I love doing it, I found that it was the " bloggy people" that were completely and utterly drawing me in, and that kept me coming back. Kind of like the list you shared...(which is going to keep me occupied for days 'n days, so that's the excuse I'm gonna use when the toilet isn't cleaned. It's all YOUR fault!) I like the fact that you can take your time and get to know people- in spite of supposed 'differences'or likes and dislikes- and that you can learn to care about the friends that are as yet, un-met.
I may not always agree with what I've read, or have the talents that others do, but I love getting to know the poeple 'behind' the talents or politics or whatever.

Oh geez... I shouldn't have had that 2nd pot of coffee this morning!!
I'll shut up now. ;-)

Jeanie said...

Thanks for sharing your favorites. There are as many reasons for blogging as there are bloggers, I expect. It would be hard to wander around the blogosphere for long and not find a few kindred spirits.

Unknown said...

A blog and friend that I love. She is wonderful and her family is too.

Do you ever feel like you are skitsofrenic (how the heck do you spell that??) on your blog? or is that just me...or should I say one of my personalities??? Hmmm, something I should blog about, I think. lol!

joanne said...

Oh what a sweet post..even though I'm not in it! I love dogs, food, chocolate, gardening, cooking, eating, crafting, blog-reading...I feel like I'm filling out a date form. O.k., so anyway, cute post and thanks for sharing, I always like checking out new blogs. I truly love Deb and I must go over and have a talk with her. take care...;p

how funny~~the word verification is "share."

Mental P Mama said...

I wish you could come to CBW's...we have a blast there! And you are not allowed to quit blogging. Just sayin'.

Karen Deborah said...

No I am not quiting, there is no way I am quitting and EVERYONE on my blogroll is a favorite of mine. I love Jojo!

Cindy said...

Oh, thank you so much for mentioning me! I really wish I could reply back and visit everyone that leaves me a comment but time-wise it's just impossible for me! If only I didn't have to work full time...oh, I shouldn't say that...I'm really happy I DO HAVE a job right now! I also have to share my laptop with my 17 year old so that cuts down my computer time also! Shhh...I'm leaving this comment while I'm at work right now!

Thank you again for mentioning me!

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said... fun...more blogs to meet. You nailed it. It is a great big community!

Thanks for your sweet mention...A limein the coconut cocktail is on it's way to ya!

Grandma Tillie's Bakery said...

Hey thanks for the shout out! I love visiting your blog because I truly don't know what I'm gong to get.

I am sad Debbie is leaving as I do enjoy her blog and her writing. But, sometimes a decision has to be made that benefits her family and I understand that totally.

It would be so neat to have you visit here one day. I would enjoy showing you around and then we could bake bread together and eat it all ourselves. LOL

Kat said...

I know. I was so sad to hear about Debbie. She will definitely be missed. :(

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh you named some good ones. It is a community all in it's own. There have been so many great friends made... I can't imagine stopping. But I do understand why some decide it's time to say goodbye. It's a huge time commitment and then there is a little pressure to come up with posts and keep in touch with commenting. It can feel like a job. Hopefully your friend will leave on a high note and not feel negatively.

Kathy said...

Debbie quitting!? No way! I will have to go to her house and have a talk with her.
I used to blog.......

Michelle said...

I have to say that I really enjoy the blogging community and I hope you will not quit!!! Thanks for sharing some of your favorites. I am going to check them out!

Trudy said...

I've never expected people to reply, or even especially comment when I blog. I enjoyed MMTL, and I wondered why you had dropped it from your blogroll--I enojy most of the same blogs you do. Now that my computer crashed and I've lost all my "stuff" on it--I will have to start over.

Blogging is a personal thing to some, and very "OUT THERE!" for others. TO me, it's a way to journal about things I do or in my life. My family doesn't even know about it, and I prefer it that way!

I get tired of bloggin or dont' have anything to say, so I don't for awhile--then I do--I guess I'm just that way! I enjoy reading YOURS though!

Cat Lady said...

Trudy, I hope I made myself clear that I just prefer the interaction with people. There is only so much tiime in a day and even if I like a blog; I'd rather go where there is some gab going on. It's just me I like people.
I reply to every cooment where there is a return address. That's just my style. I agree Brin has a lovely blog.

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

Darn your hide. I CANNOT follow any more blogs. I don't get to the ones I do follow now. I will NOT go to any of those sites. Well, okay, maybe only one...or two...stop being so persuasive!

Angela said...

I really enjoyed this post Karen. Much of what you shared, I have thought or even voiced myself...

Thanks for sharing some blog lovin with us..((hugs))

Laura ~Peach~ said...

i read all those you mentioned up top... :( miss debbie... but understand.