Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Words from my Momma to your Moms and Dads

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.


Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Oh Mango Momma, my mom feels your pain...and knows the same battle...

I also know she's been in touch with others feeling the same pressures...

We try to remind ourselves it is supposed to be FUN FUN FUN and then we wind up watching ourselves stare at the magikh tekhhno gadget and wonder how we got ourselves in this mess!

Life's too short fur this kind of pressure - especially when there are mouses to be relokhated and roaching to be done!

I know Mango RH will always keep his eyes of FT prize ;-)

Khyra and Her Mom

Sam and Pippen said...

Mango Momma,

We are new to this blog land thing and find it overwhelming too! We've also decided not to post everyday only when something exciting happens (because really who wants to see Sam and Pippen fighting everyday???)

Have fun with real life but don't let too much time pass between postings!

The hobbits - Sam, Pippen and Merry (that's our mom)

doyle and mollie said...

we so hear you mango momma but we want you to know like a good treat we will savour your posts and we do hope you visit us on occasions - my momma has a rule that she only really posts once a week and we use blue's true colours as a channel for inspiration a kinda theme to reign us in... maybe you guys could try that or something similar... love and licks from all of us xxxx arf arf arf our word verification was fan tip so we end saying this was a tip from a fan LOVES!

JD and Max said...

Hi Mango - oh, your momma is wise indeed! FH doesn't post every day (as you probably know!) and tries to leave blog comments when she can but usually only gets a chance to do it on weekends (this week has been different as she's had different work shifts!) She hopes people and pups know that she visits their blogs even when she's not leaving a comment and she also hope they realise just how much she enjoys EVERY post that our blog pals publish - seriously, it always lifts her day! Perhaps we should do what Norwood does and put 'click and treat' buttons on instead, it's a much quicker way to show that someone was there, with comments being used on a more ocassional basis. After all, we do like to chat from time to time, he he he! Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

houndstooth said...

Mom says she really understands this. She's been home for break, but soon she'll go back to work and have less time for comments, too. We hope you go out and have a lot of fun! That's how you come back with stuff to write about!


Peanut said...

My mom once felt this way. Then she found out that she was spending all her time on blogs and none on her actual family. So she put them on hold for awhile. She is now back to reading them but not making as many comments. We know it doesn't mean you care about any of us any less. You have to do what is best for you and the pooches (oh and the rest of the human family to of course.)

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan and Bibi-Chan said...

Read and well understood. There is one thing and one thing alone which really annoys us, and that is when people stop blogging all of a sudden, with no warning and no explanation, and completely disappear. This has happened a couple of times and we found out later through very roundabout ways that there wasn't really a reason for this except they just didn't feel like doing it anymore. So, please remember that your blogging friends are real, and are sad when they get no news of you!

GonetoTheSnowDogs said...

I know exactly how you feel! We just do what we can when we can. I can't read everyones blogs everyday, so every few days I read what I can and comment when I can. I try to blog a few times a week, do a link to our newest video, and that's as much as I can do! Between, Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, and this, I run out of time!! Shiloh and Shelby love all of their fans and we try to keep in contact when we can!

Wooo Wooooo
Shiloh, Shelby and Their Mom

brooke said...

With sooooo many doggy (and other animal) blogs there's no way you could keep up with all of them.
And unless youre making BUKU bucks off your blog like Dooce or The Pioneer Woman or some other big bloggers you shouldnt feel pressured to be doing it nonstop. It's supposed to be a fun thing, and we all know your posts are always fun!
We look forward to your posts and the adventures of RH and PeeWee!

Pearl said...

Oh Mango Momma, I completely understand where you're coming from.

Do what is best for you, your pups, and your sanity. Sometimes that means taking a step back.

We will still be reading and knowing that you are around! You are an important part of this community because you are YOU, not because of the frequency of your commenting.


Aniemother said...

Mango - your Momma is most wise. We're sure you've had some good influence on her. You already know we're a bit off and on, we try to post when we have the capacity for it and when we don't we usually read some posts but may not always comment. We love getting and leaving comments and reading the bloggies, but Mom is very anti-pressure and anti-stress. We're trying to never do stuff just because we have to (with the possible exeption of Mom's school work).

We're sure a few fewer posts will work like random reinforcement, we'll all be extra super happy when we hear from the Mango.

Bajas, Virus, Hyssy adn Mom

Benny and Lily said...

momma said "Ditto" what ever that means
Benny & Lily

Martine said...

We know what you mean!! ... we just recently after a year of blogging stumbled upon the google reader and it automatically OVERwhelmed me... I just can't look at it so I don't!

I can also imagine that my blogging priorities will change after the human pup arrives!

xo martine

Anonymous said...

Aw, Mango's Mama, thanks for being so sweet and letting everybuddy know what your plans are! As you know, we are new to the blogging thing and are having a Most Wonderful time. But we will keep your wise words in mind cuz we can see where it might become a "have to" rather than a "want to."

I will very much look forward to whatever you decides to post and will be happy knowing that you might stops by our bloggie ever once in awhiles to check on me.

Have fun with those human friends of yours!

Wiggles & Wags,

Cinnamon said...

I think having lots of time and enjoying lots of activities with your dogs or humans is much more important than spending lots of time in commenting on every blog post you read. Blogging is a wonderful thing that allows you to meet many other dogs and humans all over the world, but you shouldn't feel pressured to post or comment, because it will not be fun anymore if you feel that way. Let's simply enjoy this wonderful communication tool!

Sam said...

Yeah, I've tried really hard to make it so that my blogging doesn't get overwhelming. When I get that feeling of the "to do list," that's when I take a breather and post maybe just once or twice a week. And I NEVER blog every day.

I, too, try to enjoy the blogs I read, and don't like when I find myself commenting a blog just so I can get a comment in return. Similarly, I hate it when I get a comment that seems to reflect that same phenomenon. What does the number of comments really mean, anyway? The people who matter are those who you've genuinely made friendships with, the ones who comment your blog because they want to, not because they're "forced" to.

So, in these respects, I totally agree with you! I've enjoyed reading the stories of the Mango and Dexter (especially his agility adventures) and will look forward to hearing from you as often as your schedule allows for.

Marjie said...

You've got to do what you've got to do to keep your sanity in check. Hope you'll come see Thor, another actually large doggie, once in a while. And I hope those fool mice stop visiting you soon!

pam said...

Pithy ending indeed. No modesty patch for the Mango Man, Oh Noes.

Bobo and Meja

ps. no worries Mango momma

Busby and Raymond said...

Our Mom totally understands! Just this morning when she was reading and commenting on all the blogs on her list she was thinking about how much time it takes. Now that the weather is getting better and Mom wants to get out and garden and play golf, she knows that she will be spending less time reading and commenting on blogs.

We LOVE reading your blog and we hope that you continue to post new entries as the spirit moves you. Thanks for your honesty!

Randi said...

Hey Mango Mamma...My mom/secretary has gone on to become my part time secretary...you know...with the economy & all, I couldn't pay her the full usual wage & kibble just wasn't what she wanted..

But she totally understands your message....& she has done the same thing..skipping around & looking at bloggies & not really commenting..

& now that I have a little bro...Geez! Her time is NILCH!

But hopefully we can get back to my Randay postings...

Please give my love to my little Cublet Dexter...& Mr. RH Himself..

Love & Licks,

Dory and the Mama said...

Dear Mango Mama....

You are a wise woman...

I think you just said what I have been feeling...what was fun, has turned into guilt for not being able to visit everyone, everyday...

Soooo...head over when you can..post when you can..I think that is a great mantra!

Hugs and Smiles,
Dory Mama

Shmoo said...

As the Queen, I must point out the obvious: You blog for yourself, everyone is along for the ride. Sometimes people say something along the way, other times they just enjoy the ride, no words needed, just appreciating the trip you take together.


Anonymous said...

It totally makes sense and I totally agree! Good for you for putting it all out there in a very nice way:)

Samantha said...

I so totally agree on all points (although I don't know about google analyzing or even readers), but today on a walk with Sierra and her ma, we were talking about the very same thing. We need to be out and about with our doggies, most happily and not worrying about posting and commenting on 'puters (or if they're broken!)ALL the time (which neither of us does as much as you and many others). I know I just do as I can - I so empathize and totally unnerstand! BTW, you catches lots of mice!
It is GREAT to cyberknow you, Mango and Dexter and look forward to seeing as much of them as you desire to have us share of their lives - we really do love the blog as well as the doggehs! And we'll leave it at that!

ScrapsofMe said...

Oh..are there rules? I bet SHE doesn't know. She blogs when she wants to, NOT when I want to. She comments occasionally, time permitting...and her whiney x-cuse has something to do with work work work. She mentioned something about it being Blogging, not Flogging and you shouldn't feel like you HAVE to rather that you WANT to. That's why she put a disclaimer on her profile thingy..."Let's not put too much pressure on either of us, ok?". Come around once in a while. She says she follows blogs...reads em...not always comments, and not always reads daily either. Does her bestest she does.

She said when they used to live in the country and had 2 little fox terriers (not the fuzzy kind) and a mutt, they dogs would take off in the morning and make the rounds of the neighboring farms picking up other doggies on the way. When they circled back to our farm, they'd drop out and the other doggies would continue on to their farms. She says that's kinda like our bloggie world. When one of the doggies drops out to rest, the other doggies carry on.

warm woofie kisses to the Mango Momma, Bonnie

dewdana said...

I think we all understand! If you end up doing more than you enjoy I think it will show and people won't enjoy it as much either. As every good entertainer knows... 'always leave them wanting more' and I think that applies here too fewer posts that reflect a joyful experience will just mean your readers will be more appreciative!
Facebook is a time sucker upper in some ways but I find updating it more often with small things that would not be a whole blog post to be easier and faster and enjoy the commenting system much better. It does not support the creativity that a full blog does (it is fastfood vs gourmet meal) but while I might get 20 comments on a post that took me an hour to do I will get 5 or 6 on a single photo and I can respond to the comments. It is just different! Anyways I understand and support your shift even if it means we don't hear from you as much!
p.s. I have not checked out Google analytics but put the blogger rating thing on my post in hopes of giving an alternative to comments for busy people but no one uses it!
pps. I think that photo of Mango's 'ending' is very pithy!

Lola said...

We understand. This is one reason why Blog Mom won't let me join Facebook or Twitter. "Enough is enough" she says. When Blog Mom and I started this we only intended to post once or twice a week. It turned out to be more but it might not always be. We have already considered having posting days and commenting days as opposed to both every day.

My first blog hero, Hero the Shar Pei (I first read about Mango on his blog) only posts once or twice a week. We look forward to those a lot. It doesn't make us love him less because he's not an every day poster. After only about a month there are already more blogs that we enjoy than we can keep up with and we know there are more out there that we've never even read. The problem is that dogs blog so very well, I think. You do whatever you need to do. Just know that we love to know how Mango and Dexter are doing. It doesn't have to be every day or even every week. Just so we know they're doing OK. That's the important thing.

wags, Lola

Frankie Furter said...

Hey Mango Dexter, Momma, & Master: Thanks for the heads up. We would have been terribly worried, especially after the RH having recently been so sick.
This is meant to be FUN and when it starts being work it is time to make a change.
I will not be posting daily during my Boating and Garden time. I want to P L A Y.
I do think that doing our blogs is a COLD WEATHER sport, sort of like Hockey or Curling only different.
Love ya,

Kari in WeHo said...

i feel your pain. I spend my nights catching up!

Mack and Sally Ann said...

Mango Momma,
Mommy and I understand exactly.
Sally Ann

Sapphire said...

understood. totally. your boys rocks!

The OP Pack said...

We have to echo all the sentiments offered in your comments. We often hear the Momster voicing the same concern. Thank you for letting us see that we are not alone in this dilemma.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Dewey Dewster said...

I gotta tell ya Mango Mom....yer right up in Gram's brain seein' what she's seein' 'n feelin' too.....there's more ta life than sittin' at a computer readin' blogs and tryin' ta find witty comments ta leave based on the lesson of the day.....

I guess that's why we don't get ta use 'er computer much anymore.......'n she doesn't help us as much with the blog....

We know yer estate will survive the additional attention it is given and that Mango and Dexter will love the extra walks and play time.....we know we sure do....

We all thought of firin' Gram but there's no one who can replace 'er....fer sure....

Dewey Dewster here....

Kira The BeaWootiful said...

Wooos! we understand Mango Man, Our Mom feels woos Mom pain, and we have cut back a little ourselves, sometime, just to keep it fun and no so much a chore. We love woo and look forward to seeing more of woo, even if it is less often!
~husky kisses~
-Kira The BeaWootiful

River said...

We are right there with you. My mom went from bloggin several times a week to once a week to every 2 weeks. We read and comment on a couple blogs every day but we can't keep up with everyone everyday--it's fulltime job! We do value everyone and if they need us immediately we are there. You have such funny, creative blogs and we really enjoy them. We want you to enjoy them too!!

love & wags,

Ina in Alaska said...

Amen and well said. I understand completely! xoxoxo

TwoSpecialWires said...

From reading these comments, it is a relief to know that so many of us are feeling the same way. I think, given your big following, you have just give a lot of people and their dogs permission to do what they must, how they must, when they must.

You know. We've been so wrapped up in what you wrote about, that we've been feeling daily guilt for not blogging about the lovely medal that Fergi (and we) notice and smile at every day. We've wanted to "do right" by thanking you and acknowledging the special honor you bestowed upon Fergi, and in not having a good time to do it, we've not done it at all. (Does that make ANY sense?) I hope you know what I'm saying.

We're adjusting how we do things, as well. And thinking about it a lot. We're coming up on summer, and things will dramatically change for us. We're gonna be traveling. A lot. To lots of cool places. And we look forward to that. Everything that we'll see. All the new experiences. And hopefully meet up with some of our friends. If we have time, Moma would love to help us blog about it all ... because it serves to make such good memories, putting it all to words and pictures. But only time will tell what we decided to do. And what actually gets done.

Mango Moma. Once again, you are incredible. Thank you for putting this out there. It has helped us a lot. A whole lotl

Now we ask. Does this qualify for the blog's longest comment? We kind of got on a roll, but it was an important one.

We're here. We'll be here. We'll be visiting. Like we always have.

Love ya, buddy.
Jake and Fergi and Sally (and NinaGirl)

Pee esS. We're not checking for typos. Live with them!

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Mom is totally with you; sometimes she goes for days and days without checking bloggies - it's not that she doesn't care, but she has other pressing business, even if that "pressing business" is sitting on the couch watching teevee. She has long since stopped feeling guilty about missing posts and figures that others will do the same regarding us. And Mom is a very big supporter of "if it's not fun, why do it" - so she completely understands.

*kissey face*

PeeEss: Thanks for the post about TaiChi - Mom was very touched by all the people who stopped by and left words because of your post. Thanks so much!

Stella said...

Mango Momma, that was a good post expressing the feelings of many people. Since we have started posting on Saturdays only, its getting fun again, but the reason is because of knee surgery I will be having.

Although I do hate to see you lighten up on posting while Peewee is able to catch a ball with his front paws. Seems like that would make a great movie.

Cheers and hugs,

Jo and Stella

Amber and Nala said...

Mango Momma, we completely understand! We have also stopped posting as often as we once did and we try to catch up on blogs once a week or so but try not to feel obligated to do it. Like you said, it can be quite overwhelming and that's not the purpose. We started blogging as a way to keep a record too and it has been great making so many new and wonderfully crazy dog people. Somehow, I think most dog bloggers out there will understand. :)

Nala & Amber

Life With Dogs said...

I'd be amazed if anyone blogging for a year or more didn't get that sentiment. It's amazing how things snowball and you're left with no time. Summer is coming - I think your timing is great...and I always expect to see blog activity drop off in the summer as we all get out to play!

But I'll still be checking. :)

Moco said...

Totally understand. Same difficulty at our house. We believe that you do the best you can and enjoy what you do. If it's not good enough for someone else, than so be it. When it stops being fun, is it worth it? We think not.

Marvin -The Hollow Hound said...

Dear Mango's Mama

Your post caught my eye this morning, and after reading it, I have to say, you have encapsulated everything I have been feeling just lately.

As much as I love the Dog Blogs, and have for many years, it is physically and mentally impossible nowadays to keep up. My computer connection and my computer are not always good either, which sometimes makes for very slow and frustrating progress.

Then I feel guilty because people have taken time and energy to comment on Marvin's, but I haven't done the same to them. I then try valiantly to catch up, but like you, I feel kinda swamped by it all.

And it no longer becomes fun, but a duty. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on all this, I have admired your blog for a long time, and also admired your ability to comment etc.

As the Aussies say "no worries", real life has to go on outside in the real world, and no matter how much we like to dog blog, you have to enjoy "real things".

Sitting at a computer trying to "keep up" is not an enjoyable thing.

I am sooooooooo with you on all this, and have been feeling this way for some time.

I resolved a way back, to just do my best, comment on a few, and blog occasionally.

We love your blog, your photos and the way you write, but quite understand the way you are feeling, and I don't think you are alone ;0D

hey, I don't work, and I still find it hard! ;0D

Many hugs to you across the pond, and slobbers to Mango and sweet Dexter.

And like Moco says so wisely, "when it stops being fun, is it worth it?"

love and much light, Jeannie xxxxxx
Marvin's Mama.

monica said...

hear hear Mango momma! one must respect one's limits! ..and choose one's battles... or whatever... :o)

I check out blogs at work... hope I don't get caught... when at home, the computer isn't switched on every day, at all...and posting; only when time and desire is there...

Love the Mango, and the Mango Momma posting/comments. For the future: less is more :o))

Mr Koda MD said...

Good one MangoMom!
I'm sure that all those "peoples" are feeling the same pressure!
Don't feel bad!!!!!!!! We all know you are out there enjoying those funny dudes and living life - like most of us are/want to/need to.

PS Facebook = bad idea! Ma doesn't check hers often!

Maggie and Mitch said...

We totally understand, Mango Momma! Blogging is all about having fun and if it becomes a chore, then it's no longer fun! We love your posts and if we get less of them, then we'll just have to re-read them until you have time to post again. You're worth waiting for!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

hero said...

No worries, Mango Momma... your life, your way! ;)

Licks, hero

Sasha said...

Hi Mango Momma

I love your blog (and others), but I don't often leave comments - that way I can save my important commenting for when I have something important to say. Like this.

This is your 48th comment. If I had that many I'd feel obliged to spend my day looking at blogs instead of sleeping, and I'm only as gorgeous as I am because of the amount of sleep I get - any less would be unthinkable!

You go do your human equivalent of doggie sleeping. Which is not sleeping. And which explains why humans are not as beautiful as me.

Puppy kisses

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

someone had to say it. we are the same. then i disabled my comments for this very reason and got hate mail! haha! well, i started the blog just for my family and friends and had no idea anyone else would read it.
it was my idea to post a nice picture once a day. and occasionally throw in a story. so i have stuck to that, and i certainly don't expect anyone to comment--just peak in if anyone so desires---look at the picture for 5 seconds, smile and be on your way. so i will keep blogging this way for myself. we try not to go into foolish everyday going ons, but something cute from the dogs perspective only. if and when it becomes redundant, i will stop, but for now, i am still doing it for me. thanks Mango!

C.l.o.v.e.r. said...

Hi Mango Momma,
You took the words right out of my mouth! (And probably put it much better than I could.)
I feel exactly the same way, the sense of obligation and guilt... that is part of the reason I have been on and off lately.
I love all my new new animal friends and their blog helper humans too, but I have a hard time keeping up. I totally agree that we need to use the blogs in a way that brings us joy. Thanks for sharing this, and we will still be around too, even if we aren't "seen" with posts and comments.
We love you!
Love Clover & mom, Jess

SGR said...

Woof! Woof! Totally understand your sentiments about blogging n truly agree that blogging totally gives joy especially to my family. Glad to be blog friends ... Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

MAX said...

Hey there dear Mango Momma!
I am totally empathetic to how you feel...and you are totally correct about your approach...do what you can, when you like, motivated by positivity and fun! Those who follow you will never 'forget' you - as you know from the blogs you follow. We are human after all!
I love you and your canine companions!...you have led the way for me...and continue to do so...as we all suffer the same obstacle!
With love

Tucker said...

We understand! We are big time readers that don't always comment. The Momma really enjoys reading the blogs and learning new things but sometimes she just can't read them all. This is why we don't use a reader, it's just too much. We visit the bloggies on the days we have time and comment when we can. We try to post twice a week but sometimes I'm just not doing anything that interesting. We take a little time on the weekend and write a couple posts and schedule them, this lets us focus on reading blogs versus writing mine during the week.

Also, we are always amazed by those that comment on our blog almost every post, we really don't expect that but we do appreciate it! I think you can view it as a fun activity to do and if someone really needs your help or has a question they can email you versus posting it in a blog.

Spend time with us doggies - that's what we really want.

woof - Tucker

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello mango mama its dennis the vizsla dog hay yoo gotta do wot yoo gotta do!!! i no it is hard for me to keep up sumtimes with all the posts frum my frends!!! ennyway we wil see yoo wen yoo ar arownd we hope it is fairly offen!!! oh by the way i think a pikcher of a horse roaching in the dirt snuck in their at the end of yore post!!! ha ha ok bye

Mack and Mia said...

Mango, tell your momma that it is ALL good in the neigborhood! We are new to the bloggy world and we hit the street running, but our momma qucikly realized it's tough to keep up on it every single day! She tries though! We will be even more excited to read your bloggy to see what you guys are up to and make sure you check ours when you can so Mack and Mia can get their dig in against Mango, who secretly wishes he was as cool as a labradude!

Wags and Woofs,
Mack and Mia

elbouwii said...

MANGOMOM sann know that
we have to alot of furiends but we dont always comment them we try to all

and mango you still looking handsome :D

El'bow & Hauwii

Sam and Pippen said...

Mango Momma...

We just want to say 'thanks' for talking about that google analytics thingie... our mom is totally obsessed now!

Thanks again... sigh...

Sam and Pippen


Hi Mango,

Not to worry, we know how it is when you have a very busy Assistant.

We luv you!

Riley and Star.

Clive said...

Dear Mango's Momma

Thank you so much for voicing exactly what I feel at the moment! Totally swamped under and never getting the time to comment on all the blogs we follow and then feeling so guilty about it!

We think we are going to have to take a leaf out of your book as well! There is so much else going on here with us that it is hard to keep spending so much time on the computer!

We'll really look forward to reading your posts when you get the chance to blog!

with best wishes
Murray's Mom

Dog Foster Mom said...

It sounds like almost all of the doggies and their humans who read your blog need a break. So you should just stop visiting all of their blogs and just visit mine - then you'll have lots of time for non-blogging things. Okay?

Okay, fine, I didn't mean it. I just thought you might need a break from all of the "we totally understand and agree" comments. See, wasn't that a nice change of pace?

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Mango Mom I agree with you totally. I have been blogging since 2006 and it does seem that when I look at the number of comments sometimes I am totally overwelmed.. I feel that I need to read them all and comment back. Thanks for the advice. Now I feel that I am not the only one.. I will probably continue to blog everyday but not leave as many comments..
Thanks for the great advice..

The Happy Heeler's Mom..

The Army of Four said...

I think a lot of us feel the same way. It gets to be overwhelming, doesn't it? I may follow suit, too. :)
Karen - mom of the Ao4

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Oh Goodie...

This means you'll have more time to plan our wedding...

I'm so looking forward to being a June bride...

Or are you the bride?


Weirdest thing just happened here...Mumsie was thinkin' bout you and your blog...and Stanley was countersurfing the greasy,er noo trish ous pizza she had just brought in....

and Mumsie yelled at him...but she called him the wrong name...

She said...



Talk about falling hormone levels.

The scary thing was he listened.




My word verie is hipte...sorta like hippy...NOT THAT I AM....

Nuthatch... said...

I think most of us understand what you're saying. I know I do. I do look forward to your posts so I'll keep an eye out for them. Drop by when you can and I am definitely coming to Master Chew Sits in May so tell Mango there is no avoiding it. He has to visit.

The Thundering Herd said...

Let's see - I am commenting a day after you posted, so that should tell you a lot. I enjoy posting, emailing with people, Facebook (yikes, I know), etc., but I decided long ago that I would not feel the pressure to read every blog. I tend to read some everyday, but I never clean GR totally out. I often read 3,4,5 posts from a single author at one sitting. And I probably comment on 1 in 20 I read. Like you, I started my website as a scrap book and am always surprised anyone else cares to read it. But its cool they do and I have made friends because of it. But friends understand that we have other things to do too.

Relax, enjoy, and do exactly what you want with it.

doyle and mollie said...

pssst when you do take a mo to look at some bloggys come over and see our turquoise post - its got you flying as a huge native we didnt think you would mind
loves and licks


Mango momma
I think you have lingering burn out from mango minster and it is finally nice outside- spring fevah! And never mind you spend your Sat mornings with moi! Yep.. it should be fun not a chore! Do watcha like! You will always have fans and friends.


PS mom says you should still think about twitter or facebook. I do it. You can get a quick foto or smart ass comment ( i mean quick witted) out without doing full posts. AND>.... you really don't have the same expectation to reply as you do in blogging.

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

I have to agree with you on all levels on this - and from the looks of all the comments you've received (that I don't have time to read) you are not alone. This has to be a fun thing and not feel like a job. Your boys have brought so many smiles to my face and your writing is unique and I always enjoy it.

I'll see you around the blogosphere and when we meet, we know we are among friends.

The Rocky Creek Scottie Mom, Lynn

1000 Goldens said...

I really understand where you Momma is coming from. My Ma says she feels guilty when she gets behind on visiting and such too. You are very smart to approach it in a way that gives you enough time with the boys and helps keep blogging the fun and happy thing it is meant to be. We love Mango and Dexter, and we will always check in on you!

Bella the Westie said...

Those are funny photos of you two!
I really enjoyed them. :)

Love, Bella.

Agatha and Archie said...

PL2 is saying "HEAR HEAR HEAR"It is her day off and Google reader says she has 300 and she was getting all nervous until she read your Mommas wise comments. Now forget about that and let me discuss your last post.....ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? MOUSE RELOCATION PROGRAM????ARE YOU KIDDING ME MY MAIN MAN??? HELLLLLOOOOO DO YOU REMEMBER WHAT WE ARE TRAINED FOR??? WE YOUR FRIENDS DOWN THE ROAD?????DOES THE WORD RATTER MEAN ANYTHING TO YOU??? whewwww got that of my chest....Lvoe A+A

Penny and Patches said...

We know exactly of which you speak! (How do you like that grammer?) Our mom used to work at a real job where she spent almost 6 hours a day reading the DWB. Now, she doesn't have 6 hours to just read blogs and get to know other doggies and their peeps, so she reads when she can so she can, at least, keep up with the impawtant news. I guess that's the best we can do, for now!

Penny & Patches

Abby said...

Hi, Mango Momma...

Abby's Mom here:

I know the feeling...That is why we took our little hiatus...

Abby & I ended up missing everyone sooo much that we decided to come back on smaller scale...

We don't post everyday...We read & comment when we can...But now it doesn't feel like a "Job"...

We all LOVE your Blog, but like you say, actual time with our wonderful pups & the humans in our life is top priority...

So Abby & I will be watching for your posts & loving everyone of them...

Abby & Her Mom xxxxxxoooooo

Mack said...

Mom says she totally understands how you feel. Sometimes life is just too crazy. And our momma is definetely going through a bit of that right now.
Paris keeps asking when Mango is gonna take her out. WTF?

Ludo van Doggy said...

Mum totally gets you! As much as I would love to just spend all day visiting blogs I casnot! I has cut my visitings down to once a week now, I just check my sidebar for any very important posts in the meantimes. Mum only gets one day off a week at the moment and she spends that with me and TNP.
Stupid work!
~lickies, Ludo

Lacy said...

w0w, u sure hit the nail on the head..I am soo behind in my bloggy reading, i will prolly never catch up...the other nite i started crying, i had missed mango being sick and little truffles and Paco's infection flaring up again and missed the 4b's friend going to the bridge, among other things..then i got to thinkin i should have put twinkies GABE on the news and other important things..when i have my treatments, i am down for at least a week (usually starting) on the sat afterwards...Thats why i depend on u all to let me know the things i should know..with spring and summer coming, and gardens to b planted and attended, yard work, agility work, our pups playing in the sunshine, we need to post when we can, read when we can, and enjoy life..


Minnie-Moo (Rescue Lab) said...

Muzzle says you're right, blogging should be fun, not become a chore. Blog when you like, no-one's going to forget you guys, that's for sure :-)

M-M (and Muzzle)

Butchy, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby, Hootie said...

Oh Mango,
We totally hear ya. Mama goes crazy trying to keep up with all of the blogs we read & there just isn't enough time in each day. Now with the weather getting nice, we're outside more, not to mention the little furry pupster that is coming here on Saturday. Mama will be so busy training her. We're hoping to at least post lots of photos of Katie growing up. We know everyone loves puppy photos, but we might not write much on each post. Don't you worry, just enjoy things, people will still be reading your bloggie.
Wirey Hugs, Purrz & Licks,
Butchy, Ruby, Sylvester, Scuby & Hootie
PS Sylvester wants to help with the mouse problem at your house!

the booker man said...

it's okay, mango's mama! i am new to bloggin', but i can see how it would get really hard to go visit everybuddy and comment on everythingie with so many friendz. bloggin' is supposed to be fun, not a job! you and mr. mango and dexter dude just have fun togethers. i will enjoy reading your bloggie when you feel like posting, and it's okies if you don't make it over to my bloggie! ya'll will still be my friendz forevers! :)
the booker man


Oh Mango's Mom. Thank you for this post. My Mommy feels the same way. DWB is so popular now and it's just to hard to keep up. We will always be here for you guys.

{{{huggies}}}...Mona and Mommy too!!

HoundDogMom said...

Oh, Mango. HoundDogMom feels the same way and she doesn't do nearly what your Mom does on her blog. We do appreciate you stopping by and saying hey. And we will continue to check-up on you guys no matter what. The HoundDogs

ocmist said...

Grammy, too, feels the same kind of pressures and that's why we've backed down to only posting a couple of times a week. We try to catch up on reading, but we have gotten so many friends, too, that sometimes we are glad that someone hasn't posted for a day or two... let's us catch up better.

We WILL keep checking and reading, but may not always post a comment... That is if Grammy doesn't start feeling to guilty... Maybe a comment that covers several posts? That might work for us... We are trying to work this same problem out, so we understand... We all loves you and your Mom, Mango, so do what's best for you, OK! The CCC

Eric said...

Thanks. You expressed exactly how Mom was feeling. Face book - would love to join but have resisted for the same reasons too. Now we've seen Norwoods comments about it maybe we'll give it a go. sometime Might even see you there!

Oh and get Lacie to go a diet before the wedding. I can hear the singing now...here comes the bride ...hips fat and wide....

Haaaa!!! Wiry love Eric x

Ms. ~K said...

I had this same conversation w/ Ina when I met her in Anchorage last month...logging should not be a chore, we have enough already!

Piappies World said...

Hi Mango and Dexter Mom,

Worry not, we understand. You're not alone in this. We think that you're right don't be pressured to do things, just do what you feel. We will always look forward to your posts and we would also love to see you visit us when you can.

-Fudgie, Princess, Frappie, Mocha, Sugar, Wai-Pai, Wai-Max & the Piappies

Tiffany and the Munchkins said...

I know how you feel. I am perpetually behind on reading blogs but it is what it is. I read them when I have time and can actually enjoy it. The same goes for blogging. I don't blog on my blog or the munchkins' blog every day anymore and that has made it a lot less stressful. I don't feel nearly as much pressure. And if it causes me to lose followers then so be it. I started blogging for the same reasons you did, to record my adventures and the lives of my sweet little ones, and making such wonderful friends was just a bonus. We are such a close community of dog bloggers that I think everyone will understand. I do always look forward to new posts on this blog and I DO read them all even if I don't comment for me or the munchkins. I normally read the posts several days late, but just know that the munchkins and I are devoted readers no matter what.