Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Hypocrisy

I spend a good deal of my time telling my children not to do it, and yet here I am, devoting an entire post to it. Shouting. Or more specifically shouting out. Or giving shout outs. However you put it in the plural.

My sister, the mother of the famous little singer, recently told me (again) about what wonderful readers I have. She's wondered in the past how people (I) can read blogs of people they don't know. Like what could possibly be the draw. When she reads the comments you guys leave on here, I think she gets an inkling. And also she starts looking in on some of your blogs sometimes too! You're converting her!

I recently saw some pictures that made me smile hugely in wonder and amazement. Pictures of a little girl I have no connection with. Then I clicked over to see some more. Oh my GOSH. That is one darling girl. And those are some terrific pictures. If I lived near her mom, Melissa of The Howell Harold, we'd be best friends and she would be my photographer for my kids pictures because that's what she does, and she's amazing. So if you live in or near Denver you should totally hook up with her and have your kids shot!!

Now I want to tell a story about a girl who had a little lamb. Just kidding, but I want to wonder soMething out loud. How Are some people able to be everywheRe at once? How do some people follow so many manY blogs? I mean, and actually read and comment on them? I'm kind of thinking of one person in particular (in case you couldn't tell), and I'm also wondering how she manages to leave the cleverest comments on every blog nearly every time. Not like it's a competition, and not like I think comments need to be clever, but I'm just thinking, if I was keeping up with so many blogs, I and leaving such funny comments every time, it would take me all day every day. I would spend 5 minutes coming up with something hilarious to say after reading each post. But somehow she manages it and also has her own hilarious, and I mean hilarious, blog plus a clean house and two little kids. HOW DO YOU DO IT? Sheesh.*

I'm having difficulty adding new blogs, even though I keep coming across awesome ones. I start reading and think, should I just pop in for a visit once in a while? I'm getting nervous about following too many blogs since I like to read every word of every post, and I already feel like I'm spending too much time on the computer. How is one to do it?

Soon I'll scream at some of the people whose books I want to buy and read and keep on a special shelf for books written by my talented fellow bloggers. Or maybe I'll yell at them. Or give them a shout out, or whatever.

Two little footnotes: My dad was a professional photographer and when we were little we had a bumper sticker on our huge green station wagon that said, "Have your family shot today." with the name of the photography place in fine print underneath.
Also, I was planning on putting in that part about Mary BEFORE she started following my blog. It's not like we made some sort of deal or anything.

25 comments:

Sheri said...

I am glad I don't live in Denver, I don't want my kids to get shot.

McEwens said...

I live in Denver... anyway.

I totally get what you are saying. It gets so overwheming! I am thinking of one blogger too, she always leaves great insightful comments. I see her all over the blog world!

Basically I stopped seeking new blogs. I have as much as I can handle now. I also just skip reading or posting some days. Mostly cause I feel like if I dont I am going to get huge from sitting all day!

Annette Lyon said...

I don't get how some bloggers do it, either. Mary's one of them, but there are several others. Wow, is all I can say.

Heather said...

I have also wondered how *MARY* does it. REALLY! She is so nice and always leaves such great comments, in addition to her own witty blog posts that brighten my day. I had another thought along the lines of me spending too much time on the computer, this nomo whatever thing is not helping. I mean I still want to post every day in November, but then it makes it hard for my normal family and friends who blog just a couple times a month to keep up with my posts. And every time I post, I want to read other blogs but my real-life friends and family don't blog that much so, I start searching for new cool bloggers and then I spend hours on the computer. It has gotten to the point where I decided to see who all of Mary's 83 followers are thinking their blogs might be as cool as hers, but then I can't commit to start leaving comments on all of them. Anyway, yours and Mary's are my favorites.

Trying to Stay Calm! said...

I hear you! I try and only blog when my boys are in school or they are gone to work so I can spend time with them while they are home. Which isn't that often anymore since they all have jobs and are teens :) I ♥ your blog and I'm thankful for the love and time you put into it! I hope you have a day as beautiful as you! ♥ Hugs!

Kazzy said...

So many blogs to read and so little non-blog time! I think reading blogs written by people I have never met is a fascinating thing. I have all of these new friends that never have to see my weaknesses in person! Glad I found your blog anyway!

JustRandi said...

Hey, I live in Denver, too! I wonder if my kids are too big to be shot?

I know what you mean about the dilimma between too much blogging time and wanting to see new people and make new friends. I love meeting new bloggers... but I always feel like I should comment, which is a big part of what takes up the time.
There's got to be a balance in there somewhere.

Let me know if you find it.

Melissa said...

Gosh, Lisa, THANK YOU for giving me a "shout out" (even though you are opposed to such things) and linking abundantly to my blog/website. You are awesome! And yes, we would be best friends and I would also shoot your kids, but not with a gun. Just wanted to clarify that.

Erin said...

I like good writing. And I also like people who are real and write what they are thinking, but not in a mean way. And that's why I like you!

(P.S. I'm totally not trying to suck up or anything) :)

Heidi Ashworth said...

Very clever and witty post! I am glad you are doing the every day blogging thing!

Melissa said...

By the way, I was reading an older post of yours (the one about Polish cake, I think) and noticed you used the word "hyperbole." You are the only person I know who uses that word (beside myself. Or is it "besides" myself). I swear we were in the same line in the pre-existence.

Melanie J said...

Hey, I use hyperbole, too! I just may not have used the actual term on my blog although I have employed it as a device on many, many occasions.

The only way Mary can do it (I believe) is that she's just so naturally stinking hilarious that she never thinks up stuff, it just comes right out and so she can get through all of the blogs fast, because there's seriously no other way.

Becky said...

So true! Sometimes when I get a comment from someone new, I freak out. It can definitely seem overwhelming some days.

Moody said...

I laughed when I read "have your kids shot!" and I liked the bumper sticker--oh man, I do love a pun! I don't know how people follow so many blogs either. I spend WAY too much time following the ones I do. I would love to spend my whole day reading them though, but can't stand the guilt (and the dirty house and hungry , neglected kids staring at me!)

Jillybean said...

I've met Mary in person.




Yes, I'm name dropping.

nevadanista said...

I keep telling myself to stop looking at any new (to me) blogs, because I keep finding awesome ones too. It's getting out of control for me!!!!! I saw a hilarious picture on 'No Cool Story' of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Underneath it said, "peanut butter and jelly, because I had time to blog, but I didn't have time to make dinner."

I enjoy Mary's humor too!

nevadanista said...

I keep telling myself to stop looking at any new (to me) blogs, because I keep finding awesome ones too. It's getting out of control for me!!!!! I saw a hilarious picture on 'No Cool Story' of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Underneath it said, "peanut butter and jelly, because I had time to blog, but I didn't have time to make dinner."

I enjoy Mary's humor too!

kitchenditcher said...

OH MY GOSH!! I have wondered the same thing many times! How DO they do it?

*MARY* said...

Mary's the devil!

Carlynn said...

I can hardly keep up with the limited blogs I read.

You are superwoman!

Barbaloot said...

K-I was about to comment, and then saw the pictures of your kids (when they were MUCH littler) on your sidebar. How have I never seen those before? Theyr'e awesome.

And also, I kind of laughed at the photography paragraph cuz you said we should go have our kids shot. Thanks for that:)

Sue Q said...

How does Mary do it?

Simple...I figured out a long time ago that she's a robot clone from the Planet Blogalot. See, her Evil Nemesis is really her father, and she was abducted by aliens and banished to earth to spread jealousy and covetousness by feigning maternal perfection and impeccable witticism through her daily journaling techniques.

So relax. She's just a refined form of propaganda.

Alison Wonderland said...

It's true Mary is absolutely ubiquitous. So is Kristina Pulsipher. And they're both really funny. I wonder if they're really the same person? Hmmmmmm....

Kimberly said...

www.bloglines.com is my best answer. Couldn't read so many without it. It's a struggle though. Blogging has given us access to so many wonderful women we otherwise wouldn't meet. It's kind of intoxicating in a way. How do you draw a line and say here, and no further?

Personally, I'm on the verge of a nervous break down from it all pretty much most of the time. But I'm happier than I ever have been too. It's crazy.

Steph @ Diapers and Divinity said...

I thought I put you in my reader a couple days ago, but I guess I didn't so I'm playing catch up. I understand what you're saying about the whole bloggity world of networking-- can definitely be overwhelming. Here's my two cents:

1. When I start to feel like I've got more blog connections than I can handle, I go through my reader and just start deleting some that I know I could live without. For me, I try to focus on the ones that are the most uplifting. Some are cool and funny, but heavy on empathy (making me feel normal), but not on making me want to be better. Does that make sense? So I just clean house every once in a while.

2. I'm thinking I should make myself some kind of strict time limit kind of like I do with my kid's TV time, scan everything in my reader, pick out what sticks out the most and go from there. When time's up, it's up. (Oh, and I made a rule I can't blog if I haven't read my scriptures for the day.) The self-discipline's tricky though. :)