Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Anatomy of a Blogging Day

Today we're gonna try to explain a session of blog reading at our house. Some of you may remember that we've queried you on how you manage to get around to reading so many blogs. We seem to have difficulty getting around to reading all the blogs we would like to read. And it may seem that our reading and commenting is, um, erratic, to say the least. So, we thought we would take you behind the scenes on a day of blog reading and commenting.
First, you have to know a couple of things about us:

One - we have the attention span of this:

A Gnat

Two - we are as easily distracted as one of these:

A Magpie

Some days we start out with a plan. We have several plans to choose from:

Plan A - Visit our Mayor Frankie Furter first because he is so good at keeping us informed about the goings on in our little corner of Blogville.

Plan B - Visit the blogs that commented on our most recent post, if we haven't already.

Plan C - Go to Google Reader and start at the top and work our way down.

Plan D - If there's a Blogville Event going on, for example - the Fiesty's Three's luau, we'll start there.

Plan E - If someone pops into our heads first, we'll start there.  For example, if it's Monday, we know Shawnee has a post about her weekend hike.

You get the idea.

BUT - Regardless of which Plan we choose, our blog reading and commenting session always ends up like this:

All Over the Place

Here's how a blogging session might look to an outsider: (The following examples are hypotheticals only and used for the sole purpose of illustrating our point although the events might have actually occurred at some point in time but not necessarily in the order or at the time stated below. This should cover us against libel, slander or defamation.)

Sometimes we all gather around the computer and read and comment together.  Obviously, this is a slower process and we don't get to visit nearly as many blogs during these sessions.  But, most times it's just 1 or 2 of us because someone's got to guard the perimeter and someone's got to stand watch in the kitchen in case there's any activity there.

Okay, here we go.  Click on Google Reader and start at the top.  Oh, look, Frankie's first on the list so we get to do Plan A and Plan B at the same time - you know, two birds with one stone.  Now, taking this route means we intend to go to Frankie's place, read, comment, then come back to Google Reader and go to the next blog on the list, right?

Visit Frankie's Place - Where we find out the latest news about Charcoal and get a peak at Frankie's beeyootiful garden and find out the Fiesty Three are having a luau soon. And there's a photo contest for biggest bug on the planet. Leave comment -

"Oooh, beeyootiful garden, Frankie. Charcoal is looking better. Looking forward to the luau. We're sure South Carolina has the biggest bugs on the planet!" 

Gosh, we've got to pack for the luau and get plane tickets!  Oh, and let's look through our photo library for some bug pics.  Spend the next hour looking through our photo library.  There's a few bug pics, but none that are outstanding.  Get camera and go outside hunting for humongous bugs.  Blogging session over for the day . . .

NEXT Blogging Session - We promise ourselves this one will be better - we'll stay on track and visit lots more blogs.  We're really behind on commenting and we haven't visited Ms. M and Mr. B in a while OR the Grey Ladies and Morgan and hey, is Puddles back yet . . .

Okay, let's get to it.  Focus, focus, focus!  Go to Google Reader.  Start at the top. 

Great!  There's our pal, Pip, at the top of the list.  We start there.  Oh, look how adorable Pip is in his sungoggles!  Oh, wow!  They sold their house!  Yippee!  (We're hoping this will be true soon!)  Leave comment about how happy we are that Pip will have his very own yard soon.  Oh, look, there's a comment from Wyatt.  We need to go see what's growing in his garden.  And we're off . . . Google Reader abandoned.

Visit Wyatt.  See all the gorgeous flowers!  Wyatt and Stanzie are helping their folks with some important gardening projects.  Leave comment.  Wyatt always reminds us of George (although we know they're not the same breed :), so we head over to George's to check out his steps.  Leave comment. 

As we're leaving our comment, we get distracted by the list of blogs he follows on the right side over there AND there's pictures.  There's Frankie with pic of a toilet plunger.  Oh, that's gotta be funny.  There's Sam and Pippen looking adorable.  Oh, there's Sarge!  Okay, we'll visit those three and then get back to Google Reader. 

What's that?  Shhhh.  Did we just hear a peanut butter jar opening?  Let's go check it out.  And we're off . . . Blogging session abandoned for the moment.

False alarm.  No peanut butter.  Back to blogging session.  Where were we?  Can't remember.  Back to Google Reader.  Scroll through Mom's arts and crafts blogs looking for our blogging furiends.  Oh, there's Corbin and it looks like Oreo's back.  And those beautiful Sibes!  And, oh, look out the window - did you see that beautiful cardinal?  He was SOOOOO red.  Ack, is that a SQUIRREL on our fence.  No, no, no, focus, focus, focus.  Ah, there's Roo on his boat.  And Mayzie . . . Oh, WHERE do we start??? 

What?  Dad's calling us to go play!  How will we ever finish our blogging session? 

So, you can sorta see how this goes pretty much every day.  We just wanted to explain and we hope you understand our bizarre blogging habits.  We LOVE ALL our blogging friends even if we don't get around to visiting as often as we'd like!

The Road Dogs


Sharon said...

Sounds just a tad familiar......

Anonymous said...

I can SO identify with this!

Unknown said...

OMD that was a hilarious post about what you think when you go around to the blogs and what your game plans are! I love it!!!!

Thank you for stopping by recently and sening your love and good vibes our way. I hope to contact you soon to talk about some seizure stuff :)

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! YES Indeed!!! You guys have a great plan ... we should set-up one. It is truly hard to read everyone's blog post. We depend a lot on Google reader ... do lots of scrolling down in some days we don;t have time to comment). Oh! BUT we plan for No Blogging times/days (which I think it is very important). Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

BTW: we cant remember if we answered your ? re the cruise doggie potty room. Nothing special, just a regular potty room with paper but most of the dogs did their business before n was so good n did not need the doggie potty room. Oh! today's post we posted videos of me on TV. Golden Woofs

Robin said...

We love you too!! Hunter & Scout

Wyatt said... just described our blog style too! Gotta go play now...

Wyatt and Stanzie

Backcountry Brodie said...

BOL, BOL! I is panting so hard from eggsaustshuns after reading that - I dussn't get this winded hiking 15 miles! I need a nap now!

Berts Blog said...

OK, that pretty much sums it up for me too. Plus there are soooo many fun blogs to read and so little time.

Oh, look there is a magpie out my door. See ya


Scooter said...

Hey Road Dogs!
Wow, I can totally relate to this! It really is hard to keep up. I've tried every version too. I absolutely agree that guarding the perimeter and staking out the kitchen are top priorities! BOL Cute post and we all feel your pain. We always are just glad to see each other as often as we can. BOL
Grr and Woof,
Sarge, COP

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Ha Ha - great post - sort of puts it all in perspective:) We appreciate any visitors we get, whenever they come, even if it isn't for every post. We love that you always find time to stop by and say something to us, and it is always something nice:)

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Amber DaWeenie said...

Dat sounds like what happens at my house too....Sheesh! Butt...even dough we might not comment on every postee, we hopes dat every buddy nose dat we is tinking bout dem anyways. We wuv all our Blogville furends.

Anonymous said...

Yes, such is life!

Woos, Tessa

Oskar said...

Ha! That sounds very much how it goes around here!

Nubbin wiggles,

Pup Fan said...

Hehe... this cracked me up. I know what you mean - it's so hard to keep up sometimes, especially when I feel like I'm so easily distracted!

Vicky said...

I'm a bit all over the place lately, too! Always nice knowing I'm not alone :)

Barbara said...

I keep waiting for Puddles too...hope you catch up on everyone!

George The Lad said...

Brilliant post:) that just how I do it lol!!!
Have a good week
See Yea George xxx

Uji, Angel Izzy, Ziggy, Angel Bean, Angel Hiro and Momma Tea said...

Ohhhhh so nice to knows wee is not alone in our erratic-ness ovs commentin ( tho ours is cos DML is pretty useless.........BOL ). Mee N sista do try n read all ovs dem butts wee wood neva get any play time in ifs wee commented on all ovs dem and wee all knows all works n no plays makes fur a grumpy Uji...........BOL



Two French Bulldogs said...

reading and writing blogs is a fun chore
Benny & Lily

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Sounds PAWfectly NORMAL to me... well except fur the readin of MY blog... which I find totally BORRRRRRING...

Here is my plan... THINK about getting up outta Bed.. Sleep on that thought fur a while. Have a couple good dreams about my furends and what all they are doin.. get up and STRETCH.. Fall back asleep... Finally get off bed and head fur door... HEY YOU>>> MOM... Down here.. I gotta PEE.. Move it Woman or you're gonna be scrubbin fur an HOUR. THEN after I visit my FENCE.. I Scroll down to the Last Blog I read and read from there to the top... Unless>>>>>>>> as I am scrollin I see somethingy EXCITING.. like Artsy Fartsy Friday. Beclaws.. When I see Artsy Fartsy FRIDAY..
Well, you get the picture... What I'm sayin is... THIS was One FUNNY POST and I LOVED it... beclaws.. It Reminded me ..of ME!!!
Hey... guess what else.. I got to say Art and Fart on MY blog today.. and I was THINKIN of YOU the WHOLE time I Typed it!! BaWaaah!!!

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OH... and here is one TRICK that I use... NOTES.... I (Frankie Furter) make 87 notes every day...
Not the Post It kind though.. they just cling to the furs and make me look REEEEE Dick U LOUS. Just chunks of plain paper... and then you can Read the Notes to see Whose blog you need to go back to.. Well, it works grrrreat until your mom decides to Open the Windows and let the Breezes Blow through.. I'm just sayin.

This post was HIll Lar E Us.

Asta said...

Oh boy Oh Boy, this is all too familiaw and I'm the only one at my house , and I have no backyawd to patwol and thewe awe no bugs that I can find , so what's my excoose???
not enuff houws in the day that's fow suwe
I cewtainly undewstand and am just soo happy whenevew you do get a chance to visit, that I don't wemembew that you don't aways..I hope you feel the same about me
smoochie cooling kisses

The Adventures of the LLB Gang said...

What a great post guys!! Sounds like us on a good day!!

Dory, Jacob & Bilbo

The Daily Pip said...

This is hysterical!!! My mom has the attention span of a gnat, too!

It's really a challenge to keep up with the blogs and balance it with the rest of life. Unless there is a special event going on, we have cut back to posting and commenting/visiting to three times a week - usually Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We also do some weekend visiting if there's time. We know we miss some super cool Tuesday and Thursday happenings, but we just can't make it around every day.

Did I read that Frankie takes notes? If only, my mom were that organized!

Your pal, Pip

P.S.: SOLD OUR HOUSE, I wish ... unless you know something that we don't! BOL!

Anonymous said...

BOL! Mom's rollin on the floor choking! Y'all are hilarious! I've been trying to be more structured. You know like read and comment on A - M blogs then next day do Z - O BUTT I keep getting distracted and never quite manage to get to everyone before they post something new! :S Arg! So, I give. I have decided I will be the bloggy butterfly flitting here and there and landing when I tire of flitting and la tee da tee day ;P Hmmmm...maybe it would be fun one day to visit everyone and just paste and copy "Roo Was Here" into every comment BOL! Oooo I'd probably catch heck for that one ;D

Waggin at ya pals :D

PeeS: Roo Was Here ;P

Corbin said...

This post should be in the Blogville handbook!

HoundDogMom said...

This was the bestest post yet. Where you plugged into our brains when you typing this post. It so sounds like what happens to us when we start our review of blogs. We start with one then are so distracted by all the other blogs on the right hand side of someones blog. We hopes that when you get the process all figured out you will pass the info on to us. We could use some help on our blog reading, commenting thing as well. Sniffs, The HoundDogs