Friday, 8 April 2011

I love people ♥

I really do!

(I mentioned this to The Doctor last night. He replied "Really? I thought Hell was other people, like Sartre said..." *sigh!* And there you have the difference between us, folks!!)

Anyway, I particularly love people right now because so many lovely people have been kind enough to respond with comments and emails after my post yesterday about our trip to Los Angeles. I am touched beyond words that so many of you took the time to contact me with useful tips, reassurance, good ideas, helpful suggestions and much more! Thank you all so, so much :-) I'm compiling a document of all this information so when The Doctor and I plan out our time there and figure out the practicalities we'll have our own handy reference guide to go alongside the bought travel books. Woo hoo, I'm so excited!! And your input has helped me to become even more so, thank you! xx

Hooray for Wordles!

As this run of Blogging for Scrapbookers draws to a close, I'm reminded that one of the reasons I blog is because of all of you. The truth is that I would blog anyway: I love to write; it's a good way of recording those 'moments', momentous or everyday, before we move on and forget the details; it's great to have all my Project 365 photos collected together and annotated ready for printing later; I love being able to share projects I've been working on and talk about them excitedly - oh, all these things and more! But to do these things in isolation would feel rather different. The added dimension of knowing that people read my blog, that they respond to my posts in some way (positively I hope!!), that they can relate to my joys and struggles and share them with me, and that we can become friends, and - of course - that I can in turn read their blogs and enjoy their snippets of everyday and their gorgeous photographs and their beautiful projects and their wit and wisdom - this is what makes blogging so special to me :-)


Lately I feel like I've been constantly playing catch-up. I'll work through my blogroll, reading as many posts as I can and commenting on a number of them, and I'll return visits to 'new' people who've commented on my posts. I'll feel briefly satisfied that I'm up to date again! And then I'll have two or three busy days or a minor lurgy and I'm way behind once more, to the point where 'catching up' is a task that seems overwhelming.... I'm Blogging Without Obligation, yes, and I won't forget that, but I'm sorry if you're one of the people I've been wanting to visit for some time now. I haven't forgotten you and I will get to you! I'm looking forward to it, and I'm just sorry it's taken me so long xx

PS Blog of the Week will return next week. I never promised to be consistent with it, right?!

20 comments:

Heather said...

Its amazing how the list gets backed up even missing one day of reading!! Im glad Im not the only one :)))

Mary B said...

Bless you Mel, you are one of the people who make blogging such a joy. When you live on your own with only cats for company, blogging friends are very important.

Karen said...

"I love people" and people love you back Mel. Your blog is always well worth reading.

When I felt overwhelmed by the number of blog posts and replies I needed to sort out last week I took the decision that the blogs I don't usually comment on I will mark all posts as read and just concentrate on the ones I regularly comment on. It made life so much easier.

Miriam said...

Overwhelmed is one of my middle names at the moment! I am having some time to myself this morning to blog visit :)

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Lovely post, Mel. I'm the same with feeling "behind" on my blog reading! I follow so many blogs now that it's nearly impossible for me to keep up with all of them.

I do the same thing that Karen does - read the blogs I typically comment on (my friend's blogs!) and mark the rest as read and start over. ;o)

Kim said...

love your blog! I know I don't comment enough, but sometimes google overwhelms me!!! :)

Abi said...

such a lovely post mel. I love reading your blog and it gives me such a lift too when I see comments! x

mise said...

Well you always comment beautifully and amusingly, but should never feel that you need to whizz around the blogs - we are an ebbing and flowing community and no one needs to rush - we think kindly of you in your absence as well as your presence. (And I had your pronuncaition right, hurrah!)

Beverly said...

Great post, you capture it so well. Before this round of BfS I did some housecleaning of my Google Redaer...probably in an attempt to put off real housecleaning. I've been adding on so many blogs the last 3 weeks I feel overwhelmed if I miss two days, so I tend to do the scrolling for my favs (of which you are one) I think I have figured out alloting a small bit of daily time works best for me otherise catchup sucks me in for hours!

Jimjams said...

We, the people, ♥ you back!
I don't read your blog every day, or even comment every time I read it. The same applies to the other lovely blogs I already knew about and the ones discovered through BFS. BUT like a good friend, I know that I can pull up a chair, pour out a drink (tea/wine/water) and have a good old listen to what you've been up to and maybe I'll get the occasional word in too! Lovely jubbly!

Jinnag said...

We love you right back girl - your blog is one I do my best to keep up with - though I don't always comment. I thought about it - and decided I would rather read as many of my classmates blogs as possible - and leave fewer comments - so that is what I have done this time round.

Lizzie said...

Glad you got lots of ideas and advice for your exciting trip!

I am also a "chasing my tail" blogger at the moment. I don't take it personally if someone doesn't visit for a while - I will be pleased to see you've been by, whenever you have time. I'm sure you'll be understanding when I don't comment for several days too.

Enjoy your holiday plans!

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

i'm playing catch up too. It's hard with so many great blogs to read

JO SOWERBY said...

what a lovely post and thank for ur ongoing support, i will email u the story later. looking forward to the la trip, do u need a nanny?
Jo xxx

Julie Ann Shahin said...

Awww...you lub me, you really lub me! LOL :) I have to say reading back my tips for California, can you take me with you? Now I want to go too! I've never been to the Prima Warehouse. Are you going to do A Year of Blogging? xoxo

Alison said...

Another great post,Mel....your LA post has encouraged me to go back and finish an album I started for a visit we had to the USA in 2008...will be blogging about it as I go methinks!
Alison xx

Kimberlee said...

Lovely post. :) You are much better than me... I never even was able to get through to sign up and get the whole class list onto my reader. Ouch! I just try to get through several each day and see where it leads me.

I'm just impressed with your Project 365 alone. :)

Margie S said...

I think you are the blog where I first saw "blogging without obligation' - I often remind myself of that phrase when I start feeling like my blog is running me and then I take a few days off (or sometimes months) until it becomes fun again. I love that philosophy! : )

Karen said...

Recently I'm more surprised to be caught up reading blogs than to be behind. It used to be the other way around. I just know I'll catch up eventually. I blogged for quite a few years before I became part of a blogging community, and I would miss it terribly. Hoping to meet up with a couple of blogging friends in the next month on our travels.

Rachel B said...

Great post Mel, I'm constantly playing catch up at the moment too! The posts mount up so quickly! :)