Last week at Fitbloggin (I cannot believe its been a week! Is it reunion time yet?) I overheard many conversations which went something like this:
DUDE! I love your blog! I dont comment a lot because I read from my phone whenever I can but when I can read it I love it.
I suck. Im so overwhelmed by my goggle reader I’ve started just deleting everything. Im sorry I havent read your blog in a while. Whats happening with you?
You have a blog? Whats the name again? I wanna start reading you. Ill add you to my reader!
Does anyone read our blogs—or do we just all read each others?
Last week at Fitbloggin I was asked by many people:
How do you read so many blogs and make the time to comment more than just “Great post!!!”? Aren’t you overwhelmed? Im overwhelmed.
Quite frankly Im not—and the only reason why is, as with all things in my life, Ive drawn my boundaries with Sharpie & I have a few secrets.
Today I’m here to share my secrets.
method to the madness way approach blog reading and maintain it as something I both look forward to and do not get overwhelmed by.
- I dont have a Google reader. Im still not sure how to create one and add blogs to it. Please to not enlighten me. I dont have any kind of reader. From all I can tell/hear on Twitter said reader is nothing but a source of frazzlenessment/pressure & creates a feeling of “I SUCK” when it’s full.
- I have a routine & rarely deviate from it. OK so I’m a highly routinized misfit–but I find it helps me juggle work and motherhood better. I get up, meditate (always. my first appointment of the day is with myself & my G-d.), grab coffee and spend some time with all of you. I let my day take shape through reading about how your lives are shaping up (literally & figuratively).
- I pick a blog, start reading, & click around from there. Ive been asked repeatedly if I have a schedule and read certain blogs on specific days. I long to be that organized in my LIFE let alone my blog reading! I start with a random a blog, click on comments or a blog-roll link and read, read, read. I like it that way as Im always discovering new bloggers in the process.
- When the coffee is done—the blog reading is done. OK, so Im not a fast coffee drinker, but you get the point. I tend to sip & read for about 45 minutes each morning. Some days more. Other days, when life gets crazy earlier than planned, less.
- I do my best and Ive decided that is enough. Of course I see people tweeting/FBing new posts and am wholly intrigued. Yes, I feel a twinge when people tweet their new posts at me and ask my thoughts. I’ve decided, however, what I can do, enjoy (see bullet below as well) and be present while reading is time spent in the morning. Anything I miss I bookmark and read the next day. It’s the best I can do with the myriad roles I play and, for me, it is enough.
- I really, really enjoy it. I love following your journeys. I adore cheering you on. Im honored when I can lend a hand & type a sentence or 10 which may help yank you out of a slump. I selfishly steal your motivation during the mornings mine is lacking. I never comment on a blog in hopes you come here & leave a comment in return (the ole blogTIT fer blogTAT scenario. though I do love me some TAT…). I fear if I attempted to read every.single.post. or filled my every.spare.moment. with blog reading Id lose that feeling. I’d be really, really sad to lose that feeling.
I chatted with a bunch of Fitfluential ambassadors last weekend and a number of them pointed out to me it seems I tend to read the same blogs repeatedly.
They asked if I felt “guilty” I repeatedly miss posts of ambassadors who published later in the day and insinuated it wasnt “fair” I tend to read the same grouping frequently.
I shared with them what I’ve explained above & elaborated I feel ZERO GUILT.
Blog reading for me is like fitness:
I do the best I can each day & git back up the next and do it again. Does it matter what the perfect
workoutapproach to blog reading is? It does not. What matters is Ive found a workoutway to blog read which works for me & which I happily sustain.
And, as always, that’s just how I see it.
- Do you have a Google reader & find it to be a lifesaver?
- Do you graze on posts throughout the day & find that approach works best?
- Do you long for this post to be over so you can click away! click away! & get to another blog already?!
- Do you think it’s just us bloggers reading each other?
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