Mango Momma here with many words (interspersed with favorite photos) to your humans...
I started blogging because it was a fun way to record Mango's (and eventually Dexter's) many adventures. Much better than a photo album for me and also a creative outlet. It also turned out for a great way for my family to know what was going on here at the estate.
When I started getting comments and making friends I was thrilled. I never imagined that the boys would be so popular.
Then I started getting lots of fiends and having lots of blogs to visit and comment on. Fast forward to the present where I often find myself tumbling into the weekend with a google reader crammed full of upwards of 200 unread postings from all my pals and followers. Suddenly, catching up, has moved from the "activity I am looking forward to" to the " to do list." Not good. Something has to change.
I add blogs to my google reader because they represent postings that I WANT to read and enjoy, but it is just too much for my wee brain. Not to mention that work has become quite consuming (yes, I confess that up until a few months ago I used to - gasp - read blogs at work) and I find myself doing more activities with the pups and being very busy with my non-doggie life. So even though I really want to read and know what is going on, there is no time!
Along the way I have made friends with some humans and now I spend some of the time that was previously spent commenting by sending actual emails to actual people! Shocking, I know.
Once again, I am taking my queue from my blogging mentor, Bogart. He doesn't blog every day, doesn't leave a ton of comments, but he is still there in blog land and I feel like we have an unwritten agreement to check each other's blogs now and then and leave comments whenever. That is great. Hopefully it makes sense.
Which is all to say that we will not be posting as often as we have in the past, not commenting on every blog we read and sometimes even using the "mark all as read" button to clear the decks. I don't think that I am alone in feeling a bit overwhelmed by the whole thing. That is why I have resisted joining FaceBook. The last thing I need is another forum demanding my attention.
I hope that every mom and dad uses their dog blogs in a way that brings them joy. For some of you that means daily blogging, for others less often. For some you will read and not comment, for some you will read and comment and others will not read at all sometimes. It is all good.
I love looking at all your doggie (kittie, horsie, and donkey) faces and knowing how many cool and crazy people there are out there. I am amazed whenever I meet the actual human behind a blog how easy it is to talk and get to know each other. Of course I also like getting comments, but I do follow my traffic with Google Analytics, so I know and understand about reading without commenting.
Given that I don't have a pithy ending, I am just going to stop now.
Mango Momma! Oh yeah!
P.S. Mouse number 7 stopped by last night. He will be going to the woods behind my work place.