I read a lot of blogs. At this moment, I follow 105--the number goes up and down (mostly up) depending on links I come across, blogs not being updated for months at a time, or me losing patience with people who blur the line between satire and snark once too often. I'm not that sensitive, but I have my limits. Others don't and that's cool. One person's snark is another person's pearls of wisdom.
Thankfully, not all 105 of the blogs on my list post everyday. When I read a blog, most of the time I leave a comment. Maybe it's because I have my own blog or maybe it's because I have a hyper sense of politeness. Whatever. It's just my way of saying, "Hey, I stopped by today." It matters to me to let that blogger know. Could be overkill on my part but that's me. When someone leaves a comment on my blog, I try to acknowledge it. That's not always possible, especially if they have no email address in their profile. In those cases I'll comment on their comment on my own blog. I suppose you could call it BOCD--blogging obsessive compulsive disorder. Goes well with my CRS.
But it's not as crazy and time-consuming as it sounds. I get nice comments but nothing like The Yarn Harlot or Dooce. I doubt they even read all their comments--they can number in the thousands. Who has THAT kind of time? In that case, I hardly ever bother to leave a comment--I figure it just gets lost in the crowd, but I'm happy they get that much traffic. There are big-time bloggers and designers, however, who always acknowledge a comment on their blog and I've tried to model my on-line behavior after them. Knitspot comes to mind. She almost always emails a few words back. I know she has to be crazy-busy, and I'm always surprised and pleased to see her name in my inbox.
I suppose I'd have more time to knit if I didn't have these crazy compulsions, but once in a while I get an email from somebody telling me how much my comment meant to them, and I know it's all worth it. I'm not curing any diseases or altering the time-space continuum but I'm making the effort to connect with people and that feels good.
I also like to give shout-outs to people who have great stuff out there. Turtlepurl makes these awesome magnetic chart place markers that make my knitting go so much faster. I love them! She also has some really gorgeous yarns. Check her out.
I'm at the gusset of the laurel socks. Hopefully I'll be turning the heel today then I'll post some more photos. Happy almost weekend everybody!