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My apologies to my faithful friends! I was tired and cranky last night. I visit over 100 blogs daily and only about 9 of you are returning my visits. I will be visiting the blogs of the folks who visit me. I won’t be visiting all those people who no longer stop by.

I did not mean to make the faithful 9 feel unloved or unappreciated. I am also not going to quit blogging. I am taking some time to play with my family, though. I may visit during our wind down time in the evenings, but there’s a good chance you won’t see much of me between now and Wednesday.


  1. I’m sorry you’ve been feeling down about blogging. I go through slumps like that too when readership is low. I know things around my blog have been slower than usual too with the long holiday weekend, and while it hasn’t been a holiday for me I’ve definitely been less available to get around with the kids on summer vacation.

    Still love you though ;).

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  2. I do think it comes and goes, at least I know mine does and particularly in the summer when people who have been holed up all winter are able to get out and do stuff. And I have busy times, too. I do hope you will continue though, Quilly! Have a fun weekend!! Enjoy your guests!


  3. Q…what can I say but I love you to bits. You know I said the same thing when I came out with my new theme and haven’t stood by my word. But I tell you I’m going to do it now. I’m so tired of commenting on people’s blogs and then getting lucky enough to get one response from them in a week. So I’m joining forces with you and going to stick to my word now and only comment on those blogs that comment on mine. And this time I’m going to stay true to my word. When blogging becomes a chore it’s no fun. Have fun with your family and I say Three Cheers to you and your decision. It made me realize I need to do the same thing. Only I’m not giving fair warning LOL I did it before. Oh and BTW I’m not commenting on your testy post ROFLMAO!!! cuz I would just say the same thing there LOL πŸ™‚

  4. If you’ll allow, I really do think the expectation of reciprocation is toxic to bloggers. Read what you feel like reading and write what you feel like writing and, of course, enjoy your family while they’re around. If I’ve learned anything from blogging, it’s that the bond between two egos is made from a vacuum.

    All of which is to say, don’t let us suck your brain.

    1. Doug, amen.

      I know I’ve hurt some feelings and angered people, but OH well — I read the blogs I like. I read a lot of blogs I never comment on, simply because I don’t think that what I have to say contributes in any way to the post (I know, doesn’t stop me elsewhere, eh?) and to be honest, I just don’t have time to visit lots and lots of blogs every day anymore.

      Wish I could! I’ve really enjoyed some folks’ places, but jeeez, life and all, it’s out there.

  5. And thank you for the clarification. I’ve had a nagging “uh-oh” on my mind since I saw your post this morning.

    Thom, pffft.

  6. So glad to read this! I totally understand though and hope you have fun with your family! Don´t even think about the blog but let me tell you, if you´re a true blogger you will miss us by Tuesday… πŸ™‚

  7. Since I’m hardly getting around much (blog wise) this summer, I totally understand!
    I miss my blog friends, but FAMILY needs to be #1 priority.

  8. That’s MUCH better! Sounds MUCH more like the Quilly I know and LOVE! Thank you Ma’am! You are most CERTAINLY entitled to your family time! πŸ™‚ See you when we see you!

  9. Don’t sweat it, Quilly. Summertime is busy for you and for your blogger friends. I decided that I was not going to let my blog pin me to my computer. I have far too many other commitments in life like my family. I hope you enjoy your family time too without having to take the time out to blog. We will ALWAYS be here when you get back!!! I enjoy reading your posts!!!!!

  10. Not a problem, Quilly! Take all the time you need. I’ve been up to my ears with my scanning project, too and have a hard time getting around to visiting. You visit that many blogs? You’re amazing. I have a hard time keeping up with those on my sidebar.

  11. Ah, just saw this one – yep, getting testy is perfectly understandable, Q.

    I personally don’t have the time to visit all the blogs I follow every single day, and when my favourite bloggers post a LOT, there’s no way I can get to every fresh post in a timely manner. In the same breath, I also don’t generally read the sponsored posts (sorry) or the memes I don’t participate in – I much prefer (and look for) the personal ones that come from the heart. Only so much time in the day, you know? 2 busy kids, 2 full time businesses to run, 2 singing groups… there’s that life thing again πŸ˜‰

    Enjoy your time off!

  12. Well, I, for one, visit your blog at least once a day, but don’t always leave a comment. And I find that a lot of people visit my blog and don’t leave a comment, either. It does not matter to me. I don’t necessarily write for others; I write for myself — a form of self-expression.

  13. I came over here because Barbara at Stray Thoughts had a link over and I was following it.

    Just a note to say – I have a lot of faithful followers – but only had a hand full leave a comment. I consider that fare though because I follow quite a few blogs and only leave comments on a few – because, as someone else said, life gets in the way and I can’t leave a comment on every blog I read. I do my best and I think that’s all that can be asked of everyone.

    Summer IS a downtime. People are NOT on their computer as much.

    At any rate, I wasn’t sure where to leave this comment for the contest you were hosting. I browsed through your site but it was a little unclear and then I came to your most recent posts and wasn’t sure if the contest was still going.

    So! At the very least – please do consider this just a follow up commenting supporting the others who have said “summer in bloggy land is quiet.” It just is.


  14. It’s hard for me to eek out the time to read as much this time of year. Point in case, I haven’t had a day off in two weeks now, so I unfortunately don’t make it by as much as I’d like.

    Hope your discouraged feelings are easing and you’ll continue to write.

  15. At least you have readers! I’ve enjoyed your blog and hope you continue.
    It’s the usual summertime busyness around here, like looking for a job, hauling grankids, gardening, cleaning…. what happened to quiet summers at the lake… reading books… playing cards… ?
    Geez I’m becoming an ol crone before my very eyes.

  16. .
    Quilly, 100 plus is too many for you. I mostly leave comments on those who leave them on mine. But I have stopped blogging every day (I may start a new daily blog). Some I like to read and leave comments but am never answered. Others I don’t like to read and have stopped leaving commnets.
    My feeling that I tell people about blogging is that blogging is like having over a hundred pen pals. People can relate to that. [And you can pick your pen pals.]

    I left this over at the other earlier post:
    Your tale of the Gremlin reminded me of the movies we saw on board, “All about Steve.” There was a Gremlin that got picked up by a tornado. Fortunately our heroin was under the road in a culvert with the driver and another fellow. The Gremlin still ran minus a door and windows, etc.

    Please count me in as a reader. I’ve been out lately but will soon be back in Houston traffic. Your story happened to me one day. I was on a motorcycle and came over the overpass onto a stoppage (that’s what we call them). I did a story book stop with both tires screeching. The car behind me pulled over onto the shoulder.

    We always go as fast as traffic will allow here. I’ve only had one accident in 46 years on the Houston freeways. It was minor, my fault, and no one got hurt except a rustly Maverick’s tail light the other fellow’s car.”

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