The Truth About How I Blog

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SuperBLOGirl.

That’s the suggested ‘superhero’ name, bestowed upon me by Deborah of Ask Dr G (@AskDrG) due to the following myths:

Myth 1: I read and comment on every single blog out there.

Myth 2: I tweet 24/7.

Myth 3: I write a week’s worth of blog posts in advance.

I’m afraid I have to dispel those myths, set the record straight and reveal to you the truth about how I really blog.

Truth 1: I only read and comment on 20-30 blogs a day in my favorites folder. I then visit the blogs of readers who leave me comments if I don’t follow them one way or another (thank goodness for CommentLuv, and yes, another truth, I don’t and can’t afford to follow everyone) And, if  I have time, I’ll visit the blogs in my other folders (read second, read third).

Since we’re confessing, I’ll just say it. I don’t comment all the time on all the posts I read for various reasons. It’s mainly due to the lack of time and lack of something meaningful to add.

 Truth 2: I tweet more on weekdays, mostly in the mornings, as that’s the time when my tweeps are online (it’s their evening/ night). I leave Hootsuite on, but I’m not hanging out by it waiting to jump into conversations, or writing a witty tweet and waiting for someone to respond. I hardly tweet on weekends. I also set aside some mornings for #VlogTalk chats and #wineparty.

Having my toddler around in the mornings mean I can’t sit on my ass all morning, tweeting.

Truth 3: I am a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants type blogger, meaning sometimes, I write just before I actually publish a post. I don’t always have a plan. I do have an idea bank of sorts and I have a calendar outlining my fortnightly Guest Star series, guest posts I’ve been asked to write, the weekly Be Enough Me post for Just.Be.Enough for which I’m a contributor, and the rest of my calendar is blank. And they stay blank until I think of something to write.

I am making an effort to sit down and write a week’s worth of posts on Sundays, when it’s quiet in the blog world and Twitterverse. Occasionally, I succeed. However, plans don’t always go my way. I do have a family to spend time with, meal planning to do and grocery shopping to do on weekends!

However, I do make time to reply to every comment on my posts, and reply emails as soon as I can. That’s my commitment to my readers. That is part of what I talked about in this post, and I’m not about to go against my own words.

So that’s the truth. I don’t deserve to be SuperBLOGirl though I’d love to be. I want to be able to drop by all of your wonderful blogs all the time, write meaningful comments each time, tweet with every single soul out there and write awesome posts in advance.

However, I also need to be with my son. Have face-to-face time with my husband. Go out for playdates (for my sanity). Cook. Bake. Clean the house. Eat. Sleep. Read books.

I’m not SuperBLOGirl and that’s okay. I’m a good enough blogger, and I’m happy with that.

The Be Enough Me link-up is truly meaningful for one month, starting August 22. Bellflower Books is sponsoring us to provide memory books for women fighting breast cancer. We are targeting 120 posts to be linked up! Details here – please write about your Be Enough Me feeling and come and link up! 

What kind of blogger are you? How do you balance the reading/ commenting/ tweeting and life?

Linking with lovelinks #20.

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  • August 23, 2011 Julie

    I’m a completely random, unorganized, comment-when-it-comes-across-my-path, guilt-ridden-when-I-realize-I’ve-missed-several-posts-from-someone-I-adore blogger.

    I leave Tweetdeck open, but mostly I’m online looking at pictures of kittens and reading funny websites.

    Do you feel bad when you read a post and don’t comment? I do, even if I have nothing relevant to say. I look for a like button and click it if there is one. 🙂
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      I do feel bad when I read and don’t comment. I should remember to give it a SU thumbs up if it’s good, that’s a great idea. I do wish that all blogs have a Like button similar to Facebook, that the blog owner can see who liked it. Then people won’t feel like no one is reading and commenting.

      • August 30, 2011 Aubrey Anne

        I only comment about half the time, sometimes I’m just a blog stalker. No one has time for everything, and blogging shouldn’t come with guilt! Nice to know I’m not the only one who can’t keep up with it all.
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        • August 30, 2011 Alison

          Yes, it’s supposed to be fun!

  • August 23, 2011 jacqui

    I’m glad the myths you listed aren’t true. It would be kinda sad if they were, actually. Your family should always come first and it’s a very good thing when they do. 🙂
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      My family has never come second to anything 🙂

  • August 23, 2011 Krista

    That sounds a lot like the way I blog! And also, I have weeks where I have so many ideas and I can get stuff up every day. And then the next week…nothing. I need to learn to pace myself.
    PS. Great cause you all are supporting. I hope to participate if I can get some thoughts together.
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      I guess we’re sort of haphazard organizers? And yes, please support JBE’s cause, it’s fabulous.

  • August 23, 2011 Natalie

    I’m glad you told us the truth about the myths…b/c I reall was beginning to think you had super powers 🙂
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Hahaha! Darn, I blew my own cover.

  • August 23, 2011 Dr. G

    This is actually inspiring. I am still getting my feet under me, looking for a groove to follow and read in any sort of organized fashion. I think that, since you are always in “tomorrow” for me, you’re still kind of mystical… And the tights and stilettos and cape might suit you!
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      It took me some time to get into some kind of groove, and there are days I feel like I’ve lost my writing mojo, and my reading and commenting capabilities (read: lazy). I like the idea of stilettos 🙂

  • August 23, 2011 angela

    Well, I still think you’re super 🙂 even if you’re not SuperBloGirl.

    I try to schedule in advance, too, but it can be tough with life and all that jazz. Plus YOU make cuppycakes. Yum.
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Angela! And that’s true, I do make awesome cuppycakes 😉

  • August 23, 2011 Tracy

    You have such an awesome blog. Love it! I’m now your follower & will definitely drop by more often. Happy blogging!
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Tracy.

  • August 23, 2011 Kiddothings

    No, I think you have some hidden superpowers somewhere you’re not aware of yourself.
    You are always ahead of most things. You’re very organized and balanced and that’s great.
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      My superpower is appearing to have superpowers 😉

  • August 23, 2011 Rach

    I very rarely preplan posts. Normally I just sit down and open up a new “post” and start typing until I feel like I’ve shared all I want to, haha! Love your honesty here!
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Haha, sounds a lot like half the posts I’ve written!! Thanks for reading Rach.

  • August 23, 2011 Elena

    This proves that you are super— 20-30 in one day??? Seriously lady–I need your super powers! As for tweeting, my tweets go down significantly once school starts again. I do schedule some posts in advance, but only so that I dont forget 🙂 xoxo
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      I just read fast 😉 That you manage to schedule posts in advance? Awesome.

  • August 23, 2011 Frelle

    I enjoyed reading how you read and comment! I have my own system, and it really does take a system to read and comment!! I tend to write right before I publish most of the time, though I don’t yet have weekly posting obligations anywhere. You are busy living life outside your computer, and we are blessed to have you in the community 🙂 you are enough!
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Frelle, thank you so much for your lovely comment!

  • August 23, 2011 Ann

    Hi Alison! I work very hard on finding balance, but I spend a LOT of time on the computer.

    Aside from blogging I also have to COOK my subject (but I get to eat it, so it’s a fair trade), take & edit pictures. Plus I need to make sure the recipe reads well. Then it’s research what I want to cook and make a menu for the following week plus shop for it.

    I try to be a very active commenter and blog reader. I probably comment on 70 blogs a day…I know I need to slow down, but I love them all and enjoy reading them.

    Fortunately, hubby is understanding and we are both retired so we have time. I really, really enjoy it so I probably do more on-line than I should, but I’m also aware of the risk of burn out – so I try to watch myself.

    I also make sure I read and reply to every comment made on my blog as well as visit theirs. I agree with you – it’s non-negotiable in my book.
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Ann I think YOU are SuperBloGirl!!

      You are truly an amazing supportive blogger AND you manage such gorgeous food posts. I know how much work it takes to do food posts and I don’t even do the step by step, just the final product, so I’m in awe you can do so many. I can only manage once a week!

  • August 23, 2011 My Inner Chick

    –Dear Mama,
    I have been blogging a little less than a year now…and you are the most generous blogger I’ve encountered thus far. YOU ARE the PERFECT blogger, shall I say. For Reals. xxxx
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Aw, that’s such a generous compliment, Kim. Thank you!

  • August 23, 2011 JamieAnne

    It’s great to know how another blogger works. When I started blogging 5 months ago, I tried blogging everyday and commenting every place I could. Trying to find my footing I think. It’s a wide wonderful interweb world, too much for one person to see and do it all.

    🙂
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Yes, exactly that, there’s just too much out there. We have to pick and choose what works for us. Ultimately, blogging is supposed to be fun!

  • August 23, 2011 tracy

    You are seriously about the sweetest woman on the internet. I just needed you to know that. xoxo
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Aww, Tracy, you just made me tear up! Love you. xoxo

  • August 23, 2011 therobotmommy

    I’m trying to comment more and I think it’s the best way to show that you really are reading and absorbing the content. And commenting something relevant, not just fluff, shows respect to the writer.

    Sometimes, I write fluff. I’m not proud. Things I’m working on.
    Same with scheduling posts. Sometimes I get so excited to post I wanttogetITOUTRIGHTNOoooooOOOOWW!!!
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Yes, commenting is a great way to show someone respect, interest and reciprocity. Which is why I KILL myself doing it. But I need to maintain a balance, which is why I try to do all the other stuff (writing, scheduling, tweeting) on some kind of schedule, so in my down time, I can sit down and just read and comment.

  • August 23, 2011 Bits of Bee

    Even with your truths, you’re still a Super Blogger in my books! You comment more than I could ever do, and pre-planned blog content? Awesome! I’m a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants blogger, lucky if I even re-read before hitting post, and although I’d love to reply to all my comments, I can’t even figure out how!
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Haha I’m hardly a super blogger, I’m just doing my best, without compromising my family time. Some days, I can do more than other days. And that’s ok.

      Blogger doesn’t allow replying to comments individually within the post, but you can always reply via email to commenters who have their email activated. Alternatively, reply in the post itself, though that means they’re unlikely to see it unless they go back. Consider installing IntenseDebate.

  • August 23, 2011 Robin

    You might not be a superhero but you are super. I like your system. I did move to Google Reader over the weekend and I think it’s going to make it a lot easier to keep up.

    Also, I think it’s funny that you have #wineparty in the morning. That must make for some funny tweet reading.
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      It’s a system that’s work in progress. I’m constantly cleaning up my Reader!

      Haha, yes #wineparty in the morning CAN get very interesting!

  • August 23, 2011 Jessica

    I can’t really write posts in advance because I like to write about what is on my mind. I have this idea that my posts expire. I have a whole bunch of ones in my docs file that I wrote that will probably never get published.

    I’m a SuperTWITTERGirl. I can name myself that right?
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Absolutely, it’s an apt name!

  • August 23, 2011 Amanda

    Great post! I have to admit, I had kinda bought into those myths – it seems like you are never NOT on Twitter! It’s a bit of a relief to hear you don’t actually have magical powers and need sleep like the rest of us. 🙂
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Hahaha, yes, I’ve let the cat out of the bag now, haven’t I? 🙂

  • August 23, 2011 Jessica

    I struggle with this now that I’ve decided I really want to get out there and connect more with other bloggers (as opposed to more or less just keeping an online journal for myself and my family). I want to follow tons of people, chat on twitter, blog every day. But there are three males in this house who object if I pull out my laptop or phone too often. And those boys are growing up way too fast as it is. So I’m glad to know I’m not alone in being just a human being! AND I’m trying to get out there more in the evenings when everyone else in my house is asleep anyway. : )
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Yes, time flies, children grow up too fast, and we’re pulled in a million directions. It’s a matter of finding balance, and giving up something. For me, it’s sleep. I mean, I still do, just less 🙂

  • August 23, 2011 Barbara

    You are more organized than I could ever be! I really need to classify my blogs into read first (second, etc.). I also wish I could keep up with my email. I want to reply, but sometimes life just gets in the way. You are super though!
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      It’s really easy, you just need to sit down and dedicate yourself to that task for 30 minutes. In the process, you’ll probably find yourself unsubscribing from a few blogs. I try to keep my Reader at 125-130 at most. Which is still a lot!!

  • August 23, 2011 Jessica

    I think you do an amazing job of keeping up with everyone. I used to have a great system but the less my kids sleep the less I can keep up with all of the bloggers I want to read so I read them whenever I can and respond to comments whenever I can and have decided that my system or lack of has to be enough for now :). Great post!

    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Jessica, the fact that you get such amazing posts written and take the time to connect with your readers the way you do? I’m in awe. I mean, I have one kid and I’m barely keeping up. And you with 4, I’m in awe.

  • August 23, 2011 Kir

    I still think u are a super BLogger for sure, goodness knows you do lots and lots of stuff in and around blogworld, plus I can always find you and that’s amazing to me. I envy your tenacity with all things “blog”. 🙂
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Kir. I do tend to throw myself into things I enjoy!

  • August 23, 2011 Lola

    I don’t know what it is about hearing how other people blog, Tweet, and read/comment on other people’s blogs, but I LOVE to hear about it! It feels slightly voyeuristic. And we all do it differently. It’s almost as good as hearing about what goes on in the bedroom. Hmmmm…maybe that should be your next post?
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Hahaha! That is one post that will NEVER make it on this blog!

  • August 23, 2011 Jenny

    You sound like you have the whole blogging thing down even if it is on the spur of the moments at times. I actually found you bc of 3 different blogs you read, I read as well. So I thought, I best come and visit!

    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Hehe, thanks Jenny. I tend to throw myself into things and I just learnt a lot of stuff about blogging early on, and applied them. Some comes instinctively, like responding to people, be it via comments, visits, emails or tweets. It’s just in my nature! Thanks for the visit!

  • August 23, 2011 Erin

    Holy hell woman, I would say that does make you SuperBLOGirl! I don’t know how you find time to do all those things.

    On a good day, I catch up on 5 or 10 blogs a day and comment on a couple. Only a few times have I had the time to plan posts in advance. I might post three times a week. This, my friend, would be the definition of a non-superblogger. lol!

    Then again – I have 3 kids and 5 extras every day… if I did anymore I’d be considered negligent. I’m a bit jealous I think!

    Go SuperBLOGirl! Don’t be coy, embrace it! <3

    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Erin!! If I had 3 kids and 5 extras every day, I probably would not even be blogging AT ALL. So kudos to you!!

  • August 23, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    I’m impressed that you’re a last minute post-er sometimes! I think I ought to do that b/c I tend to overthink my posts, and really, it’s not like I’m writing a dissertation or anything, lol!

    I got to a point where blogging was overtaking my “real” life, but now I’m taking a bit of a step back and taking the pressure off of myself. Blogging should be a fun hobby, at least for me.

    But Twitter? Is so addicting!
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      I think it’s important to step away occasionally. I find that I have greater appreciation for my blog, my writing & my bloggy friends when I do!

      And oh yes, Twitter. Gah. #timesuck

  • August 23, 2011 John

    You & I are quite similar.

    I have about 10-12 blog posts in some form of draft stage, but most of them will ever be lucky to have the “publish” button hit for them. The vast majority of my posts are “sit down, write, half-ass proofread, and post.”

    I have the “must read” bloggers, and the “should read, if I get time” bloggers and the people who comment at my place.

    Lastly, I really try to comment whenever I visit . . . but only if I have something to add. It’s not that I don’t want to write long diatribes at every blog post I visit (I love long diatribes), it’s just that I barely have time to keep my head on straight as it is.
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      John, that sounds like me, especially the last part. Sometimes I’m really stumped for words. Confession: I no longer comment on fiction pieces. I just don’t have the know-how or the words to concrit those. I read but move on.

  • August 23, 2011 Leslie

    I’m so glad I clicked through SITS to this post!  I find it hard enough to keep up with commenting on 20-30 posts per day!  Don’t get me started on Twitter and Facebook!  I have a full-time job and a toddler, so my posts are most often written the night before they’re published and tweets are limited to about a half hour or so in the early evenings…as long as dinner doesn’t take too much prep and the toddler isn’t feeling needy.  Don’t even get me started on weekends.  How can anyone get a whole weeks worth of posts done in one day?! I’m usually cooking and cleaning…

    Anyway…thanks for dispelling the myths behind blogging!  Your honesty has encouraged me to push that little “Follow” button on the right! (and sorry for hijacking your comments section!)

    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Leslie, thanks for coming by and visiting. You’ll see I’m all about being honest here, so I hope you won’t be disappointed 🙂

      My trick to reading/ commenting on that many blogs? I read fast, and I type fast. When I comment, I already know what I want to say, so it’s easy, it only takes me a couple of minutes. I don’t spend much time on Facebook at all, but Twitter is a total time suck!

  • August 23, 2011 Ilana

    I thought I coined you Super Blog Girl! Or maybe it was just superwoman or something. Anyway, you are still impressive to me. I love that youare the first comment on my blog every morning. And it always adds to the conversation, it never feels like tacked on just to get credit. So thanks superblogirl!
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Hehe, you gave me some other superhero name. Which reminds me, where’s the button you promised me?

      I love being the first to comment on your blog, it’s when everyone’s asleep yay!! And so glad to hear they add to the convo, I’d hate for it to be otherwise!

      • August 24, 2011 Ilana

        Now I remember— it was “Comment Queen”! I will totally make you a button. Can it be a variation on my “Caption Queen” button?
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        • August 24, 2011 Alison

          It can be anything you like 🙂

  • August 23, 2011 Dumb Mom

    20-30 blogs a day?! No way will the Dudes sit by while I read that many blogs! I envy you! I wish I had time to connect with people online that way. For me it’s always like one or two here or there. Even on Wordful Wed. I have to pick like 20 to read and chose Tweetfaves for before I’m back to Dude Life or work. Yeah, I have to worry about stinking old work too:(
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Ah, crap, work!! Boooo. I don’t blame you only picking 20 for WW – the response is usually so overwhelming, I don’t think I could do it either!

  • August 23, 2011 Charlotte

    It’s impossible to do it all and I think it sounds to me that you are striking a very healthy balance: one that affords you ample time for blogging and also for family. Though I still have no idea how you do it all (and maintain a household!) I have to hand it to you!
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      The balance is teetering slightly. Sometimes, something’s gotta give, and it’s online life. I tweet less, comment less, mark all as read in my Reader. Life is too precious to see it go by while I’m busy on the laptop. So in reality, I don’t do it all, I just appear to 🙂

  • August 23, 2011 Aleta

    Sometimes I will blog post ahead. The reason is that life is never a smooth ride. At times there’s a LOT to blog about that has happened within just a few hours. Other times, life is boring and that’s not a bad thing.. in fact, I think boring is under-rated. But it doesn’t make for getting the muse willing to blog post. So, when inspiration hits, I might do multiple posts and schedule them.

    I don’t tweet much. I like reading tweets, but, eh, not much to say for a one liner 🙂

    I try to comment whenever I visit a blog. I doesn’t take long to do so and if I enjoyed the post, I like to share that. 🙂
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      I think it’s great you manage to blog post ahead. I do that on the rare occasion I can, like my food posts. I only post those once a week and I cook and bake more often that that. So I just store those up for days I have no inspiration!

      I think it’s great that you always try to comment!

  • August 23, 2011 Jackie

    Wow, I’m lucky if I read 15 posts a day. But I do my best, and I comment on all those I read. I can read a lot more on weekend mornings before my son wakes up. I may have to create folders. I always hear about them, and it sounds like it’ll make things easier.
    Also, I have to work on my posts throughout the day so that I can finish and publish at night.

    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Yes, folders are awesomely easy. Also while you’re doing that, you’ll find yourself reevaluating all the blogs you follow, and you may even unsubscribe from some.

      I think it’s admirable you push through the day to get a post published at night.

  • August 23, 2011 Devan

    you are one of the most supportive bloggers out there though – that’s for sure 🙂 always love getting comments from you & reading your posts. love this post & yes you are enough & amazing 🙂
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thank you Devan 🙂

  • August 23, 2011 Sarcasm Goddess

    You are more than good enough – you are fantastic! And very supportive of other bloggers. I just wrote a long ass comment on Laura (Catharsis) blog about how I feel like I don’t have enough time to do it all. I’ve developed such good bloggy friends that I feel so TERRIBLE if I don’t stop by their blog, not to mention the panic attack I have about missing out on a great post. For awhile, I thought I was developing a system that worked for me, but now I feel like I just run around the blogiverse like a schizophrenic squirrel on crack. You are an inspiration.
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Hahahaha, I just had the most awesome visual with the squirrel! My advice? Don’t panic, just don’t. Do what you can, when you can.

  • August 23, 2011 Megan (Best of Fates)

    I admit… I believe this post, but in my mind you’re still superBLOGirl.
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Hehehe, thank you Megan.;)

  • August 23, 2011 Sweaty

    Well, I’m still going to call you SuperBLOGirl. Because you are a SUPER blogger. You mean reading 20-30 blog posts a day is not super in your book?!? Here’s one comparison for you: I probably only read at max 10 posts a day (I know, I’m starting to get the Lame Ass-ness of Mr. LA).

    Excited about your THE BE ENOUGH ME link. Very cool, I must say.

    Talk to you again soon, SuperBLOGirl! 😉
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    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Thank you my dear friend. I love so many blogs, I can’t possibly limit myself to 10. I’d feel like I’m missing out 🙂 You do what you can, no comparisons allowed!

      And do link up with Just Be Enough, it’s for a great cause!

  • August 23, 2011 Heather

    I think commenting on 20-30 blogs is super impressive! I’m 100% fly by the seat of my pants- whatever, whenever! Although I always say I’m going to get ahead one day… 😉

    • August 23, 2011 Alison

      Hehe, thanks Heather. Some day, you will get ahead. 🙂

  • August 24, 2011 Desperate Housemommy

    A week’s worth of drafts on a Sunday? Holy smokes, woman. You ARE SuperBLOGirl.
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    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      I said ‘try’. 🙂 So far, I’ve only managed 3 posts on Sunday. One was full of pictures. Better than nothing, right?

  • August 24, 2011 Amanda Austin

    Some days I comment and Tweet much more than other days. I try to write my blog posts on the weekends and at least have Monday and Wednesday covered…and all I need to write is my Celebrity Roundup for Friday. I have to admit, I use my comment luv an awful lot, even with people’s blogs who I do subscribe to. I have a bad habit of just subscribing to everything I find and then just marking all posts as read.

    You do a great job with your Tweeting/commenting, etc. And with a toddler! It’s great 🙂
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    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Amanda! I do love CommentLuv, it makes it a lot easier to return the love, as I usually do it instantly when I check comments. I’d say you’re pretty organized!

  • August 24, 2011 Courtney

    It sounds like you’ve got a pretty good balance figured out. I wish I could comment and visit each and every blog out there, but then I’d be glued to my computer even more than I already am…and that just won’t cut it.
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    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      Yes, exactly, there’s no way to do it all. So I just do what I can!

  • August 24, 2011 Christi

    I’m such an unorganized blogger. I keep thinking I need to write a bunch of posts, have them saved up, and develop a plan of when to post. But I never do. Instead I just write and post when the mood strikes. And I can’t seem to save a post – I want to put it out there right away!

    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      I still do that sometimes! Actually, some of my best posts have been written immediately before publish – I go back and correct typos/ other errors later 🙂

  • August 24, 2011 Hopes

    I’m such a newbie blogger! I’m still trying to find my footing and can totally see how the whole thing can become overwhelming. My priorities are 1) to make sure and be myself on my blog, on twitter, and in my comments (which is pretty easy because I don’t know how to be anything else), 2) make sure I comment on each and every one of my comments and 3)continue learning all I can.

    You my dear are A-MA-ZING!! From your blog content to your support of others, you truly are an inspiration. I’m feel honored to have “met” you in the blogosphere!
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    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      I think you’re doing fabulous Hopes, by staying true to yourself. That’s very important. And thank you for your comment, I just try my best. Glad to have met you roo.

  • August 24, 2011 Jessica

    I love your approach to blogging and think you are doing a great job in balancing it all. I, too, read far more posts than I comment on, only because I only comment if I feel I have something to add or if I just plain feel compelled to say something.
    Jessica recently wrote…A “good” wife and “good enough” momMy Profile

    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Jessica!

  • August 24, 2011 Kristin

    Right now, I feel like a hopelessly unorganized, totally-discombobulated, spinning-out-of-control blogger. I had a pretty set editorial schedule all summer, but now my calendar is a jumble of unscheduled ideas and half-written posts. I have no real deadlines which,for me, is both good and bad. It means freedom, but it also means aimlessness. And for me, aimlessness leads to anxiety and anxiety leads to burnout.

    I subscribe to my must-read blogs by e-mail, try to respond to all my comments, and also attempt to read the blogs of my commenters, although that often gets away from me.

    All I can do is hope that my faithful readers understand that I have a life that includes a job (that actually pays me), a husband (with whom I do like to spend some free time), and a toddler (who I don’t want to remember me being tethered to the computer as she was growing up.)
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    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      Kristin, I think you’re doing remarkably well juggling all those balls in the air!

  • August 24, 2011 Mary

    Wow! you comment on 20-30 blogs a day. You are my hero!

    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      Haha, thank you 🙂

  • August 24, 2011 Stasha

    See I always imagined you running a big Mamawants this operations headquarters like the Pentagon, with dedicated department for twitter, comment and posts. So you don’t have a staff of 100plus PAs? Oh well.
    While we are confessing, I only comment on about 30% of all the posts I read. Mostly because I don’t have time to fill all the captchas and fields and other stuff. And I know there are lots more people reading my blog then there are comments. It is nice to have the dialog and feed back but i do not measure my work by it.
    Also very often do I read a post that is beautiful, but very personal. I could leave a comment just for the sake of it but really if I am speechless, it is for a reason. I remember you and I tweeting about this once…
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    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      Ah yes, the time suck that is captcha, filling in fields and stuff (this is why I love Google’s autofill).

      I think it’s great you don’t measure your beautiful posts by comments. Alas, many do, and get disheartened if they don’t get any or many. Which is why I try to comment as meaningfully as possible when I have time. Yes, the speechless part. Sometimes, that happens to me, hard as it is to believe 🙂

  • August 24, 2011 The Mommy Therapy

    I just found your blog today through scary mommy’s blog. I was intrigued by the title because figuring out “how I blog” is something I’m stuggling with right now. I have three little kids and a husband that works a lot so finding time to blog, comment, respond to comments, emails, etc. has been very overwhelming to me, especially this summer.

    It was nice to read how you prioritize it and your view on what is important.

    Thanks for sharing! I’ll stop by again!

    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      Thank you for stopping by, glad you did!

      It is hard to strike a balance, and sometimes I don’t always do it very well. But at least we try right? I think being focused on what’s important does help!

  • August 24, 2011 Missy

    However you’re doing it, whatever you’re doing – it’s working for you! Your blog is always fun to read and you are so supportive of other bloggers. I’d say that makes you a SuperBLOGirl So keep it up.

    I’m a pants-er (as in, seat of), too, when it comes to posts (and my guess is that comes as no surprise to my readers!). I blog when I can, when I have something to say. I used to stress over schedules and commenting, etc., but now I do what works.
    Missy recently wrote…The Meltdown, Or Why I Need a Good CryMy Profile

    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      Yes, the key is to do what works for YOU. If you’re a pants-er, then that’s cool, you write so gorgeously each time anyway, one wouldn’t have known.

      I used to kill myself reading hundreds of blogs and leaving comments. Now, I just do what I can at my own pace.

  • August 24, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    I am a commenter! I love to read blogs and leave comments if I think it will be meaningful. I try to write two or three times a week for the week. I wish I could get ahead.
    JDaniel4’s Mom recently wrote…Pause Life for a Moment- Bees with HoneyMy Profile

    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      You are, I see you everywhere Deidre!!! You are amazing.

  • August 24, 2011 MommaKiss

    How do I do it. I rarely schedule posts, because I’m lazy 😛 I tweet w/ the phone mostly – or the web when at work (hello? Work?! HA!) It’s there when it is, but when not? I feel OK about that.
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    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      I like your approach!

  • August 24, 2011 Mandi

    Great post, insightful, makes me feel better. <3

    I want to get myself a little more organized. Right now I post willy-nilly, whenever something dawns. Sometimes while I'm writing one post I've got to quickly save and start a new post because something else is dawning and those are always the one's I hit "schedule" on. Feels like I won the lottery when I'm able to do that!

    Family first, absolutely. I rarely post on the weekend and if I do, those are usually the "scheduled" posts or they are rushed. I don't get to my Sunday Gratitude List very regularly for this very reason. It's family time. And I don't want to write that one early because it's usually the weekend family time that makes for grateful moments. So that post is a weekly battle and I simply don't do it sometimes. Maybe those are my MOST grateful weeks, then?

    I too have my favorites folder that I religiously go to and read daily, weekly, etc. When I find myself with extra free time (what?) I hop around to those I've been meaning to read but haven't had the time. I have the best of intentions and try to visit everyone who comments on mine and get to my daily/weekly visits but there are just times that I can't. Family and real life first and all that jazz.

    Thanks for the post!

    Mandi
    Smile and Mama With Me
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    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      Mandi, I’m struggling a little with my gratitude posts on Sunday too, as I try to do so much then. I’m fortunate that my husband is so understanding of my blogging and does not insist on family day on Sunday! The deal? He gets to sleep in! In the afternoon when the boy is with his grandparents, I frantically try to do it all! So that’s basically where I try to do the most. The rest of the time, is just 30 minutes here and there.

      I’m glad to see that everyone’s priorities is right there with family!

  • August 24, 2011 Mama And The City

    Now I know why you don’t always read me. Just kidding.

    I have been facing what you said in your entire post. With so little people I’m following, I find it hard to read them all. I so want to, but I just haven’t come up with the perfect system.

    I also, want to comment on all of them if I have something meaningful to contribute, but I also don’t find all that precious time.

    In other words, I can totally understand the trouble for someone that has 10X a longer list of bloggers to read.

    This was a very nice post. Liked it a lot.
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    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      Thank you. It’s a constant struggle and sometimes, something’s gotta give. First out the window is reading that many blogs, I have to cut down, it’s really too much. And I only comment when I have something to add. Family comes first!

  • August 24, 2011 Runnermom-jen

    Ha! It sounds like we are a lot alike. I often write a post right before I publish it. I often THINK about what I’m going to write when I’m running…but often forget those words as soon as I get home. I reply to ALL comments on my blog as well. I’m lucky to have my smartphone (that goes everywhere with me).
    Runnermom-jen recently wrote…The Yin and Yang of it…My Profile

    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      Yes, you are awesome at replying to your comments 🙂 I usually think of what I want to write at the oddest places – in the shower, preparing dinner, grocery shopping. So I try to retain the info until I can sit down and type down some notes! Doesn’t always work 😉

  • August 24, 2011 julie gardner

    Okay – I have to admit to thinking you WERE super blog girl.

    And you have to admit you’re more efficient/prolific than most.

    But I love your honesty here.
    And I completely understand the priorities.

    I still don’t know how you do it all, but I’m impressed.

    YOU are one of the nicest people in the blogosphere.

    So superblogirl or not, I’m a fan of your super powers.

    Oh yeah.
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    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      Julie, getting a comment from you always make my day. How do you do it? Make someone all gushy with your words?

      Oh I really don’t do it all. I don’t cook every day. I clean just enough. I don’t play with my son every minute. I don’t sleep enough. I rush through showers. It takes me months to finish a book. I don’t iron. I write very short posts. Sometimes I just post a bunch of pictures. I don’t read as many blogs as I’d like to every day. Sometimes my comments suck.

      My cover’s blown now! Hope you’ll still be a fan. 🙂

  • August 24, 2011 Kate F.

    I think you are AMAZING! 😉 I just returned from Bloggy Boot Camp in Chicago and this is the question I asked nearly every blogger I ran into: When do you write? When do you have the time? I love your idea about Sundays… I also am a contributing blogger elsewhere and am responsible for a 700-1000 word post a week there. Between my personal blog, the blog I contribute too, teaching graphic design classes part time at a community college and 3 kids under the age of 9… It can be HARD to dedicate the time I’d like to my personal blog. Then put twitter, Facebook and everything else onto the mix…

    Personally, I think you do an AMAZING JOB. Thanks for a great post on a topic that has been on my mind for a while. I love to hear how other bloggers cope. 🙂
    Kate F. recently wrote…Are We There Yet?My Profile

    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Kate, that’s so sweet of you to say. I do try my best, it’s in my nature to give everything I do my best shot. Sundays work for me as family time for us is Saturday, and my son visits his grandparents on Sundays.

      You just do what you can, family always comes first 🙂

  • August 24, 2011 Momma Teacher Lady

    Well, damn. You completely dispelled all the myths I created in my head about you. They were pretty good, too. I don’t want to give it all away but it did involve robots, caffeine, child leashes disguised as cute backpacks, and fire-breathing dragons (are there dragons that don’t breathe fire?).
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    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      Hahaha, too funny!! You’re right about half of them *ahem*

  • August 24, 2011 Laura

    20-30 blogs a day? Still mesmerizing. I think you can safely hold on to that title, if only for fun. 🙂
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    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      I think it’s hanging onto me, rather than the other way around 🙂

  • August 24, 2011 dweej

    Honestly I am doing good if I can read 10-15 blogs a day, seriously!

    Anyone who comments and has a replyable email address gets a reply from me, but that’s all I KNOW I can do every day.

    As for posts in advance: NEVER. It takes me 2 hours to write a single quality post! I couldn’t imagine writing for 14 hours in one day….well, I can imagine it and it seems GREAT 😉
    dweej recently wrote…Paul, who wasn’t born in the van after all…My Profile

    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      Ah that’s my other trick. I write fast. I don’t labor over my posts, I think it’s obvious haha!

  • August 24, 2011 Mrs. Weber

    I’m so happy you shared your secrets with us! I have been wondering how you do it all…in a complete opposite timezone from all of us here in N. America. Regardless of having real powers, I still think you’re pretty darn super. Keep on keepin’ on like you are, girl!
    Mrs. Weber recently wrote…How to Make a Banana Slurp + Blogger Fun in DetroitMy Profile

    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      I think the time zone difference helps – I don’t have anyone to distract me on Twitter in the afternoon as y’all are sleeping!! And thank you, you’re pretty special yourself 🙂

  • August 24, 2011 Janice

    I’m glad you wrote this post because I was wondering how you do it all… Eventhough you think you’re not SuperBLOGirl, you kinda are. It seems you’ve got things pretty organized most days and you have some sort of plan for keeping your blog alive. I have much to learn about blogging effectively, and I learn alot from you!
    Janice recently wrote…Tuesday Night Poets: LullabyMy Profile

    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      I skate by the seat of my pants mostly!!! I try to stay organized, it’s my nature 🙂 And I’m glad I’m somehow imparting some knowledge, at least this blogging thing is helping someone!

  • August 24, 2011 Motpg

    I wish I had time to be more consistent. But after nearly two years I have determined that I am a disorganised blogger and that’s just the way it is : )
    Motpg recently wrote…Who Are You?My Profile

    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      As long as that’s how you roll and you like it, why not? 🙂

  • August 24, 2011 Lady Jennie

    I’m much like you, except for the guest series and except for the amount of blogs I can read weekly. But I am a faithful blogger in that I value the shared blogging relationships (reading theirs as they read mine). There are very few that I’ll keep reading if they don’t comment back and I do make an effort to visit as many who comment on mine as I can.

    My posts I mostly write as I think of them, although the food posts are planned ones.
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    • August 24, 2011 Alison

      I like that you’re a faithful blogger, we need more like you!!

  • August 25, 2011 Galit Breen

    Fantastic post Alison! It’s so good to just put it all out there- limits and all!
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    • August 25, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Galit! Yes it’s somewhat of a relief!

  • August 25, 2011 Mama Track

    We’ve talked about this before but you do so much more than I could ever do. I’m still in awe!

    And I’m super excited to finally move to WP so I can at least respond to comments on my own site–now, if I respond to them, they don’t get emailed to my readers. What a waste, right?
    Mama Track recently wrote…Breaking the News (Toddler-Style)My Profile

    • August 25, 2011 Alison

      Aw, don’t be in awe, I’m only human, promise!

      Your readers can still get emailed replies from you when you respond on the site itself. Get the plugin Comment Reply Notification, and voila!

  • August 25, 2011 Booyah's Momma

    Hmm. If you are NOT SuperBLOGGirl, I’m not sure what that makes me. 🙂

    I think you do an amazing job of connecting, reading, and adding meaningful ditties on people’s comment section. It’s a really, really hard balance to strike and still keep your sanity and maintain what’s important. Whatever you call yourself, I think you’re doing fantastic.
    Booyah’s Momma recently wrote…She doesn’t rememberMy Profile

    • August 25, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thank you. That’s very kind of you to say. I figure I can at least do my best, no matter how little. So if I make only 10 comments, I want them to be awesome ones 🙂

  • August 25, 2011 Sandra

    No. You are SuperBLOGgirl. Own it! 🙂
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    • August 25, 2011 Alison

      I have a strange compulsion to do what you tell me to……….

  • August 25, 2011 Kid Id

    You know, I’ve wondered myself about Myth 1. You do seem to be everywhere on the blogosphere. It’s still a mystery how you find the time to do all that and take care of yourself and your family. Although you are a SuperBLOGirl to the rest of us, I’m glad you are just striving to be good enough – that’s the healthiest attitude a blogger Mommy can have : )
    Kid Id recently wrote…Monday Blues (and Blacks and Browns)My Profile

    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      I only appear to be everywhere, but they’re just the same places really 🙂 I don’t think I successfully do it all daily. Sometimes things slide. The most important person in my life is my son. As long as I know I devote myself to him fully, a less than perfect shower, less sleep, no toilet time – all worth it. And thank you for your kinds words.

  • August 26, 2011 Carrie

    I read a lot of blogs and I try to comment on all the ones I read. And not just borign generic comments but real heartfelt, applicable comments. Which means I don’t comment on nearly as many as I’d like 🙂

    I can’t spend too much time on my blog, or my family would kill me 🙂 And I’m trying to reply back to comments on my posts more. That;s my goal for the next year of blogging. More interaction!
    Carrie recently wrote…Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop: RepercussionsMy Profile

    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      You have a great goal, Carrie. I do like the part about meaningful comments. I try to do that as much as possible. But yes, family always comes first!

  • August 26, 2011 Alexis

    You absolutely ARE a super blogger! I barely get out 10% of what you do and I’m actually trying (sort of, when the weather is too nice to go outside, and we’re out of ice cream). 20-30 blog comments a day is FANTASTIC. I tip my hat to you sir!
    Alexis recently wrote…When CoSleeping Means NoSleepingMy Profile

    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      Thanks Alexis 🙂

  • August 26, 2011 Jamie

    I’m always curious about how others manage their time and attention with their blogs and blogroll. Thanks for sharing!
    Jamie recently wrote…mama on the bus says wha wha whaMy Profile

    • August 26, 2011 Alison

      The cat is definitely out of the bag!

  • August 27, 2011 Jen Has A Pen

    I’ve always wondered how you do it. 🙂 I’m so fascinated in your ability to keep up and make me feel important in every post. 🙂 I need to set aside a day to organize in some sort of way like you do. I’d have less guilt on my shoulders then, I think. 😉
    Jen Has A Pen recently wrote…Annnnd…. Breathe.My Profile

    • August 27, 2011 Alison

      Oh Jen, I’ve missed you so!! Never feel guilty, this blogging thing is supposed to be fun. Remember what you love and just do that. 🙂

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