Here's my take, and do with it what you will.
What I did seemed to work for me.
Although I did have some angst about not being on top of the responses to your lovely and thoughtful comments, it was gone when I did respond. I did not ignore one of you. :-) I visited you randomly and then I spent time visiting you these past 3 days in a purposeful manner. Gosh that sounds rather like teacher jargon, but it's not meant to be. It took me 2 hours just this morning to get completely caught up with visiting and commenting. Okay, I spent about 10 minutes doing the banking thing I always do on Saturday mornings too! Still. TWO hours. Yesterday I spent many more, writing yesterday's post, and responding to all the comments from that Autumn-Coloured Glasses post, and getting my gmail inbox down to zero.
I've heard from several friends in QBL lately of varying degrees of angst regarding not posting enough, time taken away from sewing, not getting many comments, the volume of blogs they follow being out of control, stats of viewed posts, readership etc.
Here's the thing:
I don't really think about the number of comments I get, unless it spikes and then I think whoa, that resonated. I don't expect each of you beloved commenters with whom I have a back and forth chatting by email/iMessage relationship to comment on each and every post. If you miss a few, it's okay! If you comment on a couple posts in one email or comment that's okay too! If you don't comment on a few or several posts in a row that's also okay! Life happens, as we all know.
Here are two gifts from me to you:
In this week of firmly sticking to doing only what makes me happy and inspired, I want to tell you all to please, not feel you have to comment on every post. Start with this one. Read it, if you do, and then leave. It's okay. I feel your reading vibrations here in lovely Kingsville anyhow. :-)
|on the Chrysler Canada Greenway yesterday, the southernmost section of the Trans-Canada Trail|
Don't be offended if I don't comment on every post you write either. I am hereby giving myself permission to sometimes not. It just means I'm finding ways to cut down on time taken from me and my Bernina. (cue "Me and My Shadow" song now in my head)
However, I do need to point out something I wholeheartedly and firmly believe: comments do make the QBL go round. That and only that is what has led me to form close relationships with, well, lots of you wonderful wonderful people. You are my guild, my homies, lol. I nearly put the exact number of my extra-special, in-my-heart blogger friends down, but no, we know who we are. In all honesty, the number who I consider close friends is about a fifth of my bloglovin' followers. I'm not counting my friends and family in this group who rarely if ever comment! (Linda, you're the exception; you comment on each and every post, have done since Day 1, and I love you for it.)
I must say comments do increase the close relationships numbers, and I know that that number will most likely go higher because of them. For example, I've recently met Janine Marie who blogs at Quilts From the Little House, through comments she made here and my visits to her blog. We've discovered several things we have in common!
I rarely look at my stats pages more than oh, once a month. I'm not doing this for the stats. I just know I do love writing this blog, and it has taken off and improved my life in many ways, ways I could never have foreseen, and I am so grateful for all of the growth that has occurred and continues to occur through it. I'm just tickled when I see how many people do read this blog, or how many followers I have on bloglovin'.
Therefore I want, make that I am going to always feel happy about my blog, about QBL and about the fabulously talented and interesting and warm and caring people I have met and continue to meet through mmm quilts. Working this way, where I post, don't always immediately respond, and then visit blogs in chunks, actually has seemed to work a bit better. I still spend too much time on here IMHO, but part of that is my own doing, as I (cough) tend to overthink things, and over-proofread and wordsmith my writing.
My second gift to you this morning (oops it's now this afternoon) is a terrific easy and so healthy recipe I made this week for company we had for dinner.
|Roasted Beet Hummus|
Roasted Beet Hummus
--taken from a great site that I've mentioned before, Blue Zones, you can find the recipe here.
2 medium beets (or 1 large)
1 16-oz can chickpeas (unsalted; I rinsed mine first)
1/4 c lemon juice
3 cloves garlic
3 Tbsp Tahini
1/4 c olive oil
sea salt and pepper to taste
1. Rub beets with a small amount of olive oil, wrap in foil and roast (about an hour) at 375F until very soft.
2. Cool the beets, slice and put in food processor (I used my blender).
3. Add remaining ingredients and blend to desired texture.
4. Serve drizzled with a little olive oil. (I added a sprig of parsley for decoration.)
We've had it with crackers, but it would be great on a wrap too. Hey! It's after 12 noon, so that is what I am going to go and do this very minute (once I proofread this only once, wink) and then spend the rest of this rainy afternoon sewing.
Happy Saturday and weekend to everyone. <<Mwah!>> to you all.