Sunday, April 1, 2012

You May Have Seen It Coming...

My friend Linda said it best...(comments) are the heart of the blog. And I feel sort of like Amy Adams in "Julie & Julia"--is anybody out there?

I have loved blogging, first as a way to cope with the illness and death of my dad, then just for fun.  When I began posting pictures of some of my projects, I found a great source of friendship and inspiration in other bloggers of the "DIY" ilk.  And they have been kind and generous and yes, a little patient with me.  Because I can be a handful.

I have tried to be a good member of this community by visiting blogs and leaving comments and linking back and everything I think I should be doing to promote other blogs even though my knowledge of the technology is minimal.  My heart is in the right place, even if the computer stumps me.  But I'm at a loss--my biggest "readership"--in other words, no one, comes from hoodia.com or a Russian scam. 

Lots of the things I find out in blogland are participatory, and I have participated.  I volunteer to guest post, I send e-mails asking questions, and I do respond to most of the folks who comment--maybe not right away (my full-time job takes me away from the computer, for the most part), but when I get a chance.  I invited others to guest post and have given them shout-outs.  I've linked within my post to anyone who has given me an idea that I'm using. 

And yet, here I am--it's the same few folks who comment every week (bless you all!) and readership has dropped dramatically.  Not only that, but I have contacted a few bloggers to ask questions about where they got items that they've used in projects, or where their booth space is, or just some general information--not stalker-ish stuff--and I never even get the courtesy of a reply. 

So I'm turning the blog over to my friend Eliza Duffey.  She'll be posting while I finish out the end of the school year--at least through our End-of-Grade exams.  I have to focus my energy on my students and Eliza has been kind enough to step in.  She doesn't have her own blog, but would like to test the waters here, and I am happy to acquiesce.


24 comments:

  1. I understand Kirb. When you told me about your midlife baby coming in June, while I was stunned and worried for you I was also excited. I hope that wasn't confidential? Your students don't read here. Anyway, after you adjust to being a mommy again, come back while you cuddle the babe and blog for us. Just think of the new pink dresser you can paint and the decorating turning the guest room into a nursery.

    Love ya.
    ~Bliss~

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  2. Opps forgot.... CONGRATULATIONS on your expanding tummy!

    ~Bliss~

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  3. Ok, I wasn't sure what to say...after reading bliss's comments, I should start with congratulations! I will miss you, but am not going to say good-bye...just see you later! Xoxox and a big welcome to Eliza! Take care of yOurself Kirby!

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  4. I just remembered that it is April Fool's Day...so maybe I'll see you tomorrow?!

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  5. You sneaky pete! You better be April foolin' because even if I don't comment, I loooooove reading your witty posts!
    AND, you have a big ole surprise a comin'!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

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  6. KIRBY IS GOING TO BE A NEW BABYMAMA!

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    2. Let's start planning the baby shower Kerry...

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  7. This can be her nursery inspiration...http://housetalkn.blogspot.com/2012/04/and-winner-is.html

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    1. I decided I should give her a shout out too in her delicate condition.... http://blissranch.blogspot.com/2012/04/everyone-say-hey-to-kirby.html

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  8. I'm going over from Bliss Ranch. I feel sad after reading your post. Blogging can be a lonely business sometimes, but even a small readership can feel like friends after a while. Best wishes to you.

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  9. I'm your newest subscriber! I saw that you won a contest on House Talkn, and you describe yourself as "Betty White of Blogland", so I had to check you out!

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  10. This had better be an April Fool's joke. The time off and the baby news ... what happened to menopause?

    :)

    Linda

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  11. I'm visiting from Bliss to let you know (as far as blogging goes) that we've all been there. Put our heart and soul into our posts that nobody even reads, much less leaves a comment. I think I've gotten past that, because there are bloggers with thousands of followers that get very few comments. I, like you, try to comment on every post I read bacause it is entertaining and I know the time that went into creating that post. In the end, if YOU are happy with your posts and it has been a creative outlet for you, you are successful. Don't even bother with the popularity graphs. If ONE person enjoyed your post, you've accomplished something!!!

    I don't even know you, but as far your other news, you will wonder how you ever lived without your soon-to-be-born child.

    Best wishes to you,
    Vickie

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  12. Urm - that's just not the Bliss I know and love to blurt that out - so you ladies are on April Fools huh !
    Followers schmollowers - I used to analize it all, but I have stopped. There is no point. Some people just ain't gonna play the same way you do - that's life. I just like my online diary and it's not my everything, it's just a place to be inspired and occasionally inspire, maybe.
    Don't let people bring you down, come back soon xx

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  13. Ha ha ha - you got me - as your penance, go to mine and watch the video - I basically did it for you and Bliss. I thought you might have a laugh at the accent !
    If you have been, and it was too boring to comment then the coffee is on you !
    xx

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  14. Thank goodness I read Bliss' blog first, where she fessed up to the April Fools joke!

    Jessica
    stayathomeista.com

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  15. Oh - I really enjoy this blog, even if I don't comment every time I read. Congratulations on your baby.

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  16. Okay....you two are hilarious! April Fools to you. I was wondering if you were going to backpack that baby when you went house stalking :)

    blessings,
    karianne

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  17. I'm holding off on any real commenting until after April Fool's Day. :)

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  18. Who cares if anyone reads any of this stuff! Write because YOU LOVE TO!!!!!!!!!!! (you're an English teacher for crying out loud!)

    ps - If this is a joke, the baby, the blog.....yeah, it was funny.

    But I think YOU are WAY funnier WITH A BLOG and probably A BABY, TOO!!!!

    xo
    ~K

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  19. Well, thanks to Bliss and her "joke"... I am stopping in and truly loving your blog. So, yippee!
    I look forward to checking out more and more of hilarious endeavors and projects.
    And Happy day after the day after April Fool's Day!

    -Joanne

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  20. Now this is funny...so happy I read Bliss's post first or I would've been really bummed. Happy April Fools to you!!

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  21. lol I had to come over and read this after your post this year (so sad...). Pregnant? Over 50? Um, I think not. I was a grandma at 47!! lol Ok, off to read Bliss's post from last year. Thanks for the chuckle.
    Debbie :)

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Your comment makes me feel twenty years younger and thirty pounds lighter!