For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows grace and favor and glory - honor, splendor and heavenly bliss! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.

Psalms 84:11

Friday, April 17, 2009

Aloha Friday! #4

Check it out! I made a decision! I decided to make Chocolate Chip Super Cookies for the SITS auction! All proceeds go to support a very good cause: Mom It Forward. If you are interested on bidding on the cookies please visit Here!

From An Island Life:

In Hawaii, Aloha Friday is the day that we take it easy and look forward to the weekend. So I thought that on Fridays I would take it easy on posting, too. Therefore, I’ll ask a simple question for you to answer. Nothing that requires a lengthy response.

Thanks so much to ALL of you who helped me out last week with my question about blog comment management! I have recently started responding to most comments via email and I'm finding it SO much easier to keep up with! THANK YOU!!!

I now have a list of 4 more questions related to blogging! Don't worry, I only have one question today. Don't wanna clog your brain up too much. My question this week is: How many blogs do you follow? And more importantly, How do you keep up with them all?? Doh, I guess that's actually 2 questions. Oh well, never was good at that whole math thing.

And to answer my own question, I follow about 100 blogs. I know... it's a problem. I've recently gone through and took out some of the ones I'm not particularly crazy about, but that's still left a LOT of blogs! I'm using Google Reader in conjunction with Blogger to follow those blogs. So far I'm pretty happy with Google Reader... but seriously... I don't have that much time on my hands. Maybe you haven't noticed, but I have twin toddlers! As a result, at this very moment I have 676 unread new material in my blog reader. Part of that is due to the fact that I didn't get ANY reading done while we were all sick 2 weeks ago so I have a bit of a backlog.

One of my little "rules" that I made for myself is that if someone follows my blog, I follow theirs. So inevitably my list of reading material will continue to grow. Plus of course I follow some blogs that I just HAVE to read, such as Cake Wrecks and Pioneer Woman.

Any suggestions? Is there something I should be doing that I'm not doing? Is there a blog reader that's better than Google? I realize I'm following too many blogs... I'm trying to work on that.

One of these days I'd actually like to pick up a book rather than read everyone's blog. lol


Jinxy said...

I follow a little over 100. I use Google reader and Blogger follow. Every morning when I pull up reader I have well over 100 new things. It can get overwhelming. I usually skim through and open anything I want to read more fully or comment on in a new tab. Once I've cleared reader and my tabs, I walk away for a while. If I have time later in the day I will do the process again.
As my baby gets bigger I have less and less time for blogs.

Thanks for stopping by my AF.

Pamela Kramer said...

I don't know - it's a lot and I use Google Reader or subscribe via email.

Kristina P. said...

I only use Reader. I don't do the following thing because you can only follow 200, and frankly, I don't like the insecurity that Followers breeds in blogland. I've seen it affect a lof of people.

And I just looked, and I have 527 blogs on my Reader. Wow. Good thing I have a lot of down time at work!

diana said...

i follow only about 20 faithfully. but then i have another 20-30 that i stop by once in a while. that's about all i can handle.

i manage them through netvibes, which i love. i've given myself some grace in not reading each and every new post that shows up. even the blogs i follow faithfully, i may stop in every other day and comment on both posts.


I just took my followers off my blog thanks to a bad creepy follower who messed up my computer! It's good to know about google reader, I never used it but I may now... I don't want to lose any of my faves ;)

I have a few I read faithfully but 100... trust me when the twins get older you probably won't have time... what's nap time?? LOL!
Love your "Yes I have twins" poster on the side of your blog!!

Have a great weekend!

Melissa said...

I follow alot, I'm not sure how many. I skim through and read topics that interest me. I don't get to everyone's blog everyday, but try to keep up at least once a week.

I am Harriet said...

Always keep in mind that blogging is just for fun. Nobody will hate you for not dropping by and commenting. You should tend to your priorities first.

shopannies said...

I follow several blogs and it is either the reader or emails that keep me updated

janetfaye said...

I follow over 100 blogs and I find it very hard to keep up!

A Psych Mommy said...

I try to visit blogs that leave me comments, so that's one way. But now that I'm getting a lot more commets, it's a lot harder to visit each and every one. I try and visit each blog that I follow every few days though.

Helene said...

I follow a lot of blogs too and I do the same thing you do, if someone follows me, I'll follow them back.

Here's how I keep track....first I go to everyone who has commented on my most recent blog post and comment on their blogs, then I go to my blogroll on my sidebar (most of them have commented already on my blog so that usually doesn't take me much extra time)....then I go to Google reader and skim through the blogs. I usually like to go directly to the blogs so I can comment, rather than just reading the posts in Google reader. I want people to know I've read their stuff and I enjoyed it.

And then when I have extra time, I'll visit random blogs from other people's blogrolls or through SITS, MBC, Twittermoms and MoMs.

I usually do most of my blog surfing first thing in the morning or after the kiddos are in bed for the night.

Helene said...

Oh, also wanted to let you know I was happy to see you went with the chocolate chip cookies! I bid on them!!!

sues2u2 said...

I follow some & just put some in my catch when I can file. That way I can look when I get a chance but don't feel too pressured. Also I don't comment on every post when I follow someone. Nor do I expect them to do that for me.

Leslie said...

Just stopping by from SITS to thank you for donating something for the auction. It's people like you that make things like that so successful. May God bless you richly.

Martha said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog for the giveaway.
I follow quite a few blogs too, reader is helpful.
I think I will follow your lead and winnow down to the blogs I really care about.
Thank you and Beautiful Girls btw!

Angie's Spot said...

Hi Amy! I'm so excited that I won your cookies from the SITS auction!

To answer your question, I currently follow a little over 100 blogs and I use Google Reader to keep up with the majority of them. It's so user friendly!

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