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No, Mom, I Didn't Lie!
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I scanned the comments here and realized that at least 7 of you were wondering about that mention of reading 282 blogs. Actually, i thought nothing of it, until tonight I was talking with my mother. And would you like to know what she said...?

"So, do you really read all those blogs, or is that just a number you threw out there?"


That was my OWN MOTHER questioning that claim? I realized then and there a follow up post was indeed necessary.  

So.... blogging secrets revealed:

I use bloglines. I'm considering making it public, as a blogroll of sorts, but I shudder at the hours of repetitive clicking that would involve.

There are indeed 282 blogs in there. It's about 90% Mommy Blogs, 10% Other.

I have a mental 'shortlist' of about 15 blogs that i check very often and would not ever miss a post on, ever. Most are blogs that I found immediately upon my arrival in BlogLand. I've admired them publicly before, but a few that come to mind:

The Geekwif





Heather Ivester




(In my mind, Shannon and Heth are as inseparable as the washer and dryer in my laundry room. Shannon's the dryer. Duh. Heth is the washing machine.)

Julie Carobini

Yellow Mama Real Life Friend!


Used to be here: Corina. I left comment after comment on her abandoned blog, asking if she was okay. Actually, I joked about checking the obituaries since she's been gone for months without explanation. Then I remembered she's a POLICE OFFICER, and that was a DUMB JOKE, and then I really did google the Springfield obituaries, but she wasn't there, and she's ok. I found her email address. She's working crazy hours.

And yes, I did leave a few off that list. A ton of others I email regularly back and forth with great consistency and little maturity. You know who you are.

All blogs I visit out of sheer joy. I do not keep any kind of mental tabs on who visits mine or comments or who doesn't. I don't care, and if I did I'd drive myself nuts.

Repeating: I don't visit any blog out of a sense of obligation, because this is what i do for fun.

I visit all the blogs on my bloglines about once a week, week and a half. I sometimes read all the posts I've missed, but usually not. A lot of times I read a few posts, but comment once.

Do y'all really care? Is this getting lame? Because I could tell you in more detail about how horrifying it is to think you've made an insensitive joke about a police officer blogger friend being dead and then not knowing if it were true... gah. Can't believe I did that.

Bombshell Secret:

I don't blog when I'm on child duty. In fact, my kids have no idea I blog. I don't do it when they're awake. I have a blog session in the afternoon during naptime (Ethan-6yr does Quiet Time), and then not again until after they're all asleep. (Seth-8mth knows what I do, but so far he's kept it quiet.)  If I allowed it, this blog stuff would totally take over my Mom/Kids time, and I don't want to go there. They deserve so much more from me.

Ha! Did y'all buy that load? Seriously, it's never once been tempting to try to blog while diapering kids or breaking up fights or just being a mom. I have no delusions about being capable of doing both at the same time without losing my mind, or I surely would.

There you have it. My blogging secrets revealed.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'll be in my room since I have a lot of reading to do, Mother.


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owlhaven Said:

ok-- you make me feel better about my list of *cough* 83 blogs on Bloglines!


on Jun 15, 2006 11:48:04 PM
Heather I. Said:

Oh my -- 282! You weren't kidding. My head begins to swim after I read more than five at one sitting. I laugh, I cry -- and I WORRY. If anybody blogs about something disturbing going on in their life, I start to really WORRY. Though often my worry turns to prayer. For example, I'm praying for someone named Minnie, who I don't even know, but who has been blogging about her health issues.

Can you even imagine what God has to deal with every day? And yet He takes the time to "comment" personally to each of us. Even more than 282! :)

on Jun 16, 2006 5:54:53 AM
JennG Said:

Wow! 282 blogs! That's insane. I, too, TRY to only blog while my child is asleep (early, early morning) or after she goes to bed but I'm not always successful. Opps!

on Jun 16, 2006 7:21:45 AM
aggiejenn Said:

I think you have a healthy perspective on blogging! If you read all 282 every day, I'd be concerned. You're a great mama who has her priorities straight. Now where is that kid of mine...? (only kidding...he's napping!) Have a great weekend!

on Jun 16, 2006 8:08:13 AM
Diane Said:

O.k....call me naive...but I believed you! After all--we call you "Holy" Mama!


on Jun 16, 2006 8:10:05 AM
Lisa Said:

Wow, you are my hero. I have to figure out bloglines. am new to this blog world. but really would love to be as organized to read so many blogs.


on Jun 16, 2006 8:19:39 AM
Angie Said:

Ok, good, the kids are still asleep. You are starting to convict me. I do blog while the kids are running around and fighting and whatever else they do, who knows now! I used to do it while they were in school but now they are out and, well, I just do it!
So, maybe not so much anymore! But I still can't believe 282, I have a hard time getting around to my 40something on my bloglines.

on Jun 16, 2006 8:20:53 AM
Paula Said:

Thanks for making me laugh today! I got worried when you wrote about not blogging when the kids were awake, convicted is more like it... I admire this Holy Mama!, so thanks for setting me free!

on Jun 16, 2006 9:30:26 AM

LOL...I'm SO honored to be on your list (and to be grouped inseperably w/ Heth). You're on mine, too.

I am beyond impressed that your kids don't know you blog. Mine know it allllll too well. As I write this my seven year old is standing on the coffee table shooting suction arrows across the living room...all because I'm not in there to stop him! :)

on Jun 16, 2006 9:38:48 AM
Carol Said:

Okay, I was just wondering...

I'm just like, Wow! I'm on the short list. That is amazingly better than getting the short end of the stick. Or being had by the short hairs. Or getting short-changed. It may even be better than being short, although I think being short probably does have its advantages. Unless you're a cop, maybe. Or a bass player.

Is it naptime yet?

on Jun 16, 2006 11:17:08 AM
julie Said:

Hey, thanks for the mention, HM! I too am honored. This is me bowing: -\ -\

I read about a dozen blogs regularly and, um, my tush is beginning to show it. Dare I ask what 282 blogs does to one's, uh, derriere?

on Jun 16, 2006 12:50:04 PM
HolyMama! Said:

no julie, let's NOT!! :D

on Jun 16, 2006 2:30:17 PM
Diane J. Said:

HolyMama!, It sounds like you have the right attitude towards blogging AND raising kids. Mine is 18 and going to college soon, so I am pretty much free to blog without worrying about her. I do however have a hubby who comes up behind me here in the puter chair and asks, woefully, "Is there any chance of you cooking a hot meal anytime soon, or do I need to eat a boloney sandwich....again?" Well, that's only happened a time or two, honestly!

I do have to prioritize my time on here. I'm getting better than when I was first afflicted with the blogging bug. I am thinking about subscribing to bloglines, but didn't know how complicated it is to sign up and get it going. I wondered about blogrolling, too, but haven't asked anybody about how hard it is to get off the ground, either.

And I did believe you about the number of blogs you visit, because I know you visit lil' ol' me, but I wondered where you found the time. I just figured you never slept, just absorbed energy from Cheetos and Diet Coke, LOL. ;-)

on Jun 16, 2006 3:15:33 PM
Yellow Mama Said:

You are more disciplined about not letting this get into mommy time. Thanks for the kick and by the way...you are on my last post. If you want to kill me...you know where I live.

on Jun 16, 2006 3:48:36 PM
Megan Said:

Wow. 282 bloglines and you have the time to leave comments on mine??? I am soooo honored. Really and truly!

Love reading your blog, thanks for convicting me about when I choose to blog and "surf".... I really need to set time limits for myself!

on Jun 16, 2006 6:20:08 PM
sarahgrace Said:

Bloglines is the best!!! I'm a user too. Otherwise I'd spend way too much time checking to see if people had updated or not...

on Jun 16, 2006 7:19:27 PM
Lauren Said:

Another truly honored blogger here but I feel the same way about reading you.

Now, I completely believed that you read 282 blogs I just can't understand how that can be done. I am coming to the conclusion that I am one extremely slow reader!!!!

on Jun 16, 2006 8:16:43 PM
Stacey Said:

That is cracking me up. No wonder I only get a couple comments every time. I only check about 15 blogs a day. Plus, you're super funny and I love your blog, even if you do only pop over every couple weeks : )

Lauren's been great to me on my blog!!

on Jun 16, 2006 8:27:01 PM
Waya Said:

And here I thought I was addicted to blogging and reading it! I'm not even close compares to you, but I'm still addicted, according to my hubbie.

I'm with you there about leaving a comment, I read the blogs and if I like what I read, I'll leave a comment but don't expect a reciprocal comment.

Glad to have found you via "blogging chicks"!

Ps: I've learned not to tell my parents about my blog any more.

on Jun 16, 2006 9:21:03 PM
Rebecca Said:

Well I, one of the original 7 I believe, am glad you cleared that up.

Now that my kids are older, it's not kid time I have to worry about. I have often wondered if all you ladies' husbands were pining away for you during your blogging time. But, then, leave it to me to be different.

cause I'm,

a blogger who sees her husband on his lunch everyday.


on Jun 16, 2006 9:26:51 PM

Wow, I thought I read a lot with my measley 29 blogs! But I read all 29 everyday! Obviously you are one of the 29. Anyway, My big kid knows I blog, she likes it when I put pictures of her up, she doens't like it when I put silly pics up! I did a post about her never flushing the toitie when she does the poopy and she was soo mad at me!

on Jun 16, 2006 10:44:38 PM
Michelle Said:

I like your style! :-)

on Jun 16, 2006 11:25:06 PM
jessica Said:

Wow! 282... that's is a lot. I was thinking my 50 or so was a lot! One blogger asked how we have time for all this... she felt like it was almost like a fulltime job... I disagree... it is a view into other people's lives who have the same struggles and great wisdom to share.

on Jun 17, 2006 11:16:41 AM

I use BlogLines too - and currently subscribe to 218 blogs - yours is one of them. I read through the updated ones daily.

I always add blogs that have posts I enjoy to my BlogLines subscriptions. I also always add the blog of everyone who comments on my blog to my BlogLines subscriptions so that I can continue to visit them and comment on their blogs.

on Jun 17, 2006 11:27:22 AM
cheeriobutt Said:

Okay, well you remind me of how I need to be more balanced in my blogging outlook. I think I've let it absorb me a little too much. But hey, I love to write when it doesn't involve my sicko handwriting and when there is an audience as well that laughs at me. Yeah, I'm not balanced. I know. But I am back to being a better mother now that I have cut my addiction to this thing down! Are you proud?

on Jun 17, 2006 6:40:46 PM