the hardest thing about blogging for me

Someone asked me recently, “what is the hardest thing about blogging?” I didn’t have an answer at first. I had to think about it for a few days before it really dawned on me what is the hardest thing for me: I wish I could interact more with those that read my blog and other bloggers. Many of you leave comments and with those comments are links to your own blogs. I hate that I can’t spend more time reading blogs and being active in the comment section of my own blog. Many questions left in the comment section go unanswered – that is really hard for me. I makes me feel like I am letting someone down by not getting around to answering a question. It will probably always bother me, but I am dealing with it because I know my priorities. I read several blogs where the blogger is immersed in connecting online. I know great friendships can be made online. I’ve experienced it. I wish I could do it more.

I would love to be able to take time each day to read and be inspired by other blogs. I’d enjoy connecting more with bloggers I have already had the privilege to get to know a little bit. I could do those things if I didn’t want to do other things. We’ve all been given the same amount of time each day. As much as I want to connect online with many of you – I can’t. For now, I am spending most of my time connecting off-line. Instead of spending 15 minutes reading lots of blogs, I’m playing with playdough. I’ll be honest, there are MANY times I’d rather be online than deep in playdough, but I know I’d regret that decision one day. Maybe I am not a very ‘connected’ blogger. Maybe people will stop reading this blog because I don’t always answer questions in the comment section. Maybe I’ll miss out on online opportunities. Maybe I won’t have a big, huge blog. I’m okay with that because I know I will never regret 15 minutes of playdough. Is it easy to choose playdough over being more active online?…not always. That is the hardest thing about blogging for me.

I read every single one of your comments….I may not get the chance to respond to all of them, but I do read them. So thank you for leaving them.


I love this picture. They look so little. I have a feeling I’ll be taking pictures at this angle for years to come.


Yeah for cute little faces, homeade playdough and 15 well used minutes.

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  • Julie B - I try to limit my blogging and blog reading to when I’m nursing. It meant the world to me when you commented on my blog. I have no idea how you could possibly keep up with all of your comments. I definitely don’t have that problem! It is so easy to get wrapped up in the online world. Just keep doing what you’re doing, it seems to be working! Besides the world can wait for playdough :)

  • liz - these are great I just found your blog very nice.

  • Melissa - Oh my gosh, that apron is adorable!!! And I know what you mean about blogging and comments, I don’t have nearly as many comments as you do, but visiting blogs and commenting can definitely be very time consuming, and is nowhere near as important as spending time with your family!!

  • Kat - It makes me smile to think that I am all the way over in Australia and when I leave a comment you are reading it all the way over the other side of the world. I too wish I could spend more time checking out all the great blogs on the net as this is where I get so much inspiration from. The trouble is then you become so inspired by something that you see that all you want to do is make and create. Then its time spent blogging and time spent making! For what its worth your blog is the only one that I follow everyday. Perhaps that might put a smile on your face??? I love peeping into your thoughts and ideas. Thank you.

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  • Susan Caing - i usually read your blog first before starting my work here in my office..=)

  • Jennifer - Thank you for blogging. You have your priorities straight. Thank you for all your inspiration. I too love Katie Daisy because of you!

  • Victoria - What a sweet momma you are. Love your blog and what you are doing- keep it up!

  • shauna reed - i think you have a good plan.
    responding is time consuming.
    my little babies would be right there with you, in all that playdough, on that awesome table, standing on those rad chairs….what a fun mommy. keep it up.

  • Jessica Cudzilo - My favorite post to date. Thank you.

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  • stephanie d. - i have an 11yrold, two at 3yrs., and one 19monthold. i choose playdough everyday bc i now how fast these days go. i’d give anything to have 15mins. of playdough time again with my oldest. i guess now, it’s 15mins. of videogames or skateboarding (if i only knew how) with him. lovelovelove this little apron your cute hunnybunny is wearing…please share! one of my twins is cooking in the kitchen and could use a fancy dancy apron!

  • Jodi - What a precious apron!! Great idea.

  • Carole Histand - Hello it was a pleasure visting your site.

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