“Stary” Eyed Soup and Blog Traffic

I think its that time of the week. Its time for “what bloggers dont talk about”.

And although some bloggers do address this every blue moon, bloggers often dont post much about their traffic or their popularity.

But lets face it, whether they want they want to admit it, all bloggers care about their traffic/popularity. I have no doubt there are a good handful of bloggers that solely “write for themselves” , but I think even they secretly wish someone, anyone,out there is reading.

Some bloggers compare the blogosphere to high school. And yes, in many respects it is a lot like high school. But the “popular” girls in high school never talked much about their popularity. Same goes for bloggers. The “popular” bloggers rarely post about how much people love them, how they are getting offered book deals left and right, and how many comments they’ve racked up. Its just not classy.

But like high school, I think blog popularity is a rather unfair machine. Some people are naturally attracted to blogs that are popular. Everyone else seems to read it, so there is added pressure to read it. They get so many comments, surely if they leave a comment, maybe that popular blogger will some day grace their own blog comment section with their few words of wisdom (but this seldom happens).

When I was in high school I asked myself why the “smart” kids were unpopular. I ask the same question about blogs that to me seem  lack luster and yet seem to gain so much buzz and popularity.

But here’s some cold hard truths about blogs and popularity:

Young blogs are unpopular. It kind of sucks, but when one starts a blog, few people are interested in reading it because:

A) Most blog readers have a zillion blogs they read daily and having to add another one to the pack is a tall order

B) Young blogger are just that. Young, still experimenting with their writing and photography skills which usually doens’t instantly attract a large audience. And they don’t have much of a following because of their youth.

They are shiny. Its kind of like J.Lo. Shes not the greatest actress, or singer, or designer…but everyone knows her, shes successful, and “shiny”. Blogs that have a lot of traffic and readers are usually designed nicely and in an organized way. Or they are filled with food or photography porn. Personally, I don’t get swooned by shiny object and hence I’m not swooned by popular “shiny” blogs. But there is no shame in reading them and oogling their food porn.

They’ve “networked” although many of these high-traffic bloggers might not actually comment on other blogs themselves (because that would make them “blog civilians”), once upon a time when their blog was young, I bet their were out there commenting their heart out on every blog they could. They used “facbook” and “twitter” to pimp out their blog and submitted recipes to Foodgawker or Tastespotting. They probably had humble beginnings like the rest of us and did a hell of a lot of work to get their name out there.

So…….. what I think of my own blog’s popularity???

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like having readers or comments. I’m not so much after “popularity” but more about connect and reaching people. I’d like people to hear what I have to say, and I love some of the connections I’ve made through my blog. So I’m more hungry for connection as opposed to “traffic” I guess.  But I don’t bend over backwards to get blog publicity.  I think I’d need to quit my jobs (yes, I collect jobs) and dedicate a lot of time if I wanted to make my blog “shiny”. But in all honesty, I think my blog is shinier than it was when it was born! My pictures are prettier (dont even bother looking at my old food pics…you may gag), I think I’ve found my writing voice, I’m more mature, and I’m working on making the blog more organized and useful. “Popular” blogs usually dont attract me all that much, and the few that do read, I usually never comment on because they have over 200 other people saying “yum” and they really dont need another. And I know its unfair, but young blogs usually don’t grasp my attention either. I know, its mean, but its like I wrote above. I dont have much time to blog read with my job collection so having another blog to follow kind of stresses me out. I might read it now and then, but again, young blogs need some time to age before they start getting good, its kind of like wine. Don’t take it personally, its just that life gets in the way of blog reading sometimes. As it should.

Wow, I’ve written a lot! Ok so how do you feel about “traffic” and “popularity”? Do you read high traffic blogs? What do you like about them? If you have a blog, how do you feel about your own popularity? If you are a reader (a non-blogger) please weigh in on this too! I like to hear from you

Ok, so enough about traffic! who cares, right?

I know most parts of the country have been hard hit by the snowpocalypse. Although I empathize, in all honesty, I’m a true LA native and I just don’t speak snow. However, I do know how to make a mighty delicious chicken and “star” soup. Campbells? Whats that?

For the “stars”:

  • 2 cups AP flour (or for a gluten free version, use 1cup potato starch and 2 cup tapioca flour)
  • 2 eggs
  • 4-6 poached chicken tenders (you can also use beans if your vegetarian or rotisserie chicken if your too lazy to poach. Dont worry, I won’t tell)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbs canola oil or olive oil

For the soup:

  • 1 tbs butter and/or olive oil (“and” in my case)
  • 2-3 medium leeks (most of the green stuff trimmed)
  • 4 medium carrots
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 garlic cloves finely minced
  • 4 cups chicken/veggie broth or 2 bouillon cubs
  • 1 cup water (if you are rich, you can use a fancy “fuji” or “evian” water)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste

First, take care of your leeks! Leeks are filled with dirty usually, but its so simple to clean it! Cut the leeks into the about 1/2 inch pieces and simply dump them in a bowl of cold water. Let them swim in there for about 20 min. The sand and dirt should sink to the bottom! Prep the rest of your veggies. I made little fancy carrot stars to go with the noodles but this isn’t easy and I spent two weeks just on carving vegetables in culinary school. Don’t feel like a dunce if you cant do that!

Now is a good time to get started on those noodles! In a large bowl combine the flour and salt. Make a well/hole in the flour, like the center of a volcano and crack the eggs into the hole (very similar to the pierogi dough from yesterday). Now use your hands to mash the eggs and flour together making a coarse and crumbly mixture. Add the water. Mix again until you have a nice, stiff dough. I like to knead the dough a few minutes to get it nice and smooth. You may need to dust it with a little flour to keep it from sticking to your hands. When you are satisfied with your ball of noodle dough cover it with plastic wrap rest for about 20 minutes in the fridge.

While they are hanging out in the fridge, you can start working on the soup. Now, you can sautee the leeks in the butter and oil. Just sautee them until they are soft and then add the garlic cloves, carrots, and celery. With a wooden spoon sautee them for about a min in the butter and then proceed to add the chicken/veggie stock, bay leaf, and water. Let it simmer and fetch your noodles that are hanging out in your fridge.

After the dough has rested, lay it on a lightly floured surface. Using a rolling pin (or my personal favorite, a wine bottle!) roll the dough out thinner than pie crust. Fancy shmancy noodles are made from rolling the dough out until it is almost see-through, but I am not that dedicated. Here, you can make real noodles by using a knife or pizza cutter or do what I did and cut out stars or any other cool cookie cutter shapes you’ve got laying around.

To cook the noodles, drop them in the boiling broth of the soup. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, or until the noodles are tender enough for eating.

This bowl of soup will give “campbells” a run for their money!


52 thoughts on ““Stary” Eyed Soup and Blog Traffic

  1. Meh. I do read a few high-traffic blogs but my own blog is a nerdy girl/boy and we like it that way!

    If someone comments to my blog, I always try to make a point to read their blog and leave a comment too. I like networking that way. I like getting to know bloggers through comments and emails as well as reading their blog.

    Whoa. Those carrots are cool! I’d probably cut my hand off trying to do that.

  2. That’s an interesting post! My blog is not popular, not by a far shot, but I like it! :-) I have never done anything to increase popularity and only comment and follow blogs I find interesting. None of the really popular ones to be honest, it just feels… weird. I don’t know why. Now if you become the next blogging star, that would be a different story… :-) I would lie if I said I don’t like it when people do get out of their ways and read or comment on my posts, but I like it even more because all of these people are actually pretty cool and have the same interests as me and make interesting comments and I would actually really like to meet them in real life. That’s my personal criterion.

    • Yes! meeting them is real life is very cool. But its weird because sometimes, the person has a cool blog but doesnt “mesh” with me in real life and vice versa. But when I do meet a blogger, I do suddenly become 10X more interested in their blog. Its only natural.

  3. Your soup looks great — I love those star-shaped noodles! I just got a pasta machine myself, so I’ve been going to town with rolling out pasta, and even using the machine for extra-thin whole wheat crackers. So much fun.

  4. Your soup is adorable, but WAY too much work for someone lazy like me! I do comment on “popular” blogs once in awhile and then compare my views that day to the day before. It’s ridiculous how the numbers go up when you do that!

  5. You know that star-shaped things taste better, right?

    I am an unpopular blog. I have a great network of blogs that I read and comment on and they comment back on mine. I’m not in it for the big bucks (obviously) and I really do love the connections. I think I lack the regularity, pretty pictures, and structure to be one of the big guys, but I’m OK with that.

    I only read 2 of the super popular blogs and I rarely leave comments unless it’s a discussion I would like to add to or feel I have something different to say.

    • yes, I’m well aware that star shaped things taste better! I actually have a little obsession with stars. I would never get a tattoo, but I think if I did, I’d get something with stars in it.

    • I dont think anybody should do it solely for the money. Its kind of an unstable income ya know? I do want to note that unpopular does not mean “unloved”. Because I do think many love your blog!

  6. I’ve been thinking about this recently. I don’t read many popular blogs right now b/c one, I haven’t come across many with very good writing and, two, I rarely agree with their food and fitness advice. I do read a couple traditional food blogs that I think are top notch but they don’t post very often. Most of the blogs I read regularly are b/c I really like the people or I find them educational or I find them thought provoking. Occasionally, they are all three things. I actually prefer lifestyle, photography, and travel blogs over health blogs as well. Making friends with a blogger makes all the difference to me.

    My blog is not wildly popular but it has a decent following. However, I have gotten added to a few blogrolls of people I really respect. That feels good and has helped traffic. I also think I have a very high quality readership. (I think you do too.) I don’t get very many “nice apple” or “great post” comments. I also get very nice emails. (I used to get more b4 I buried my email address on my blog. Couldn’t stand getting whiney “help me help me, but I don’t want to put in the work” emails. This way if someone wants to contact me they have to look to contact me.) My traffic has grown slowly and organically of the last few years. I’ve not promoted it very much at all. In fact, I had NO CLUE there was a blogging community until about a year ago. Recently, I’ve been talking to a friend and thinking I should do some more promoting. I’ll attending BlogHer this year and Fitbloggin’ (I’m also speaking there on kettlebells) and hope to learn a lot about growing an audience. I like my blog. It’s a fun hobby. I love encouraging people, making friends, sharing advice, but mostly celebrating the successes of other women.

    • yea, I agree with much of what you said and cracked up at “nice apple”! And I usually never agree on the food/fitness philosophies of popular bloggers..but then again, I have serious issues with food and exercise. I have dont use twitter very often so my promotional skills are also lacking. But I have confidence in my words and foods. I feel like I attract the right people ;)

  7. I’d say that most of the blogs I read are pretty high-traffic, and actually once-upon-a-time when I was nurturing a baby blog I wanted to do a post about why I generally subscribe to those most popular. It’s not for the quality of writing nor the daily pictures of the same food over and over again, but rather more due to my philosophy of “you are the company you keep.” I’ve definitely read my share of less popular blogs too, but given my interests (whether natural or ED-induced), the blogs I read are generally premised on food/fitness. To me, one nice thing about these popular blogs is that they’re consistently friendly, reliable, and upbeat. It’s nice to be able to depend on a positive, chirpy voice each day, and I guess part of me hopes to emulate that attitude if I have enough exposure to it over a long period of time. On the other hand, the less popular blogs I’ve found can (emphasizing CAN and not MUST) be tend to be depressing in one way or another, and don’t generally uplift me. Utilitarian of me I guess, but it is what it is.

    Whatever the case, it always makes me happy when a blog I read that was initially unpopular begins to gain recognition. Maybe that’s my loser-in-high-school complex rearing its underdog head!

  8. I definitely read a few high traffic blogs that I NEVER comment on…but i do it because I like the way they write and they make me laugh. smitten Kitchen and Joy the Baker being two. But other than those, I go with the bloggers who I feel a connection with. (Like someone whose blog I may or may NOT be commenting on. Right now. As we speak.) I also make it a point to ALWAYS comment back on someone’s blog who comments on mine because i know how much I LOVE getting comments! Ah great post.

  9. i think that blog popularity is kind of a “receding horizon” kind of thing…kinda like an anorexic who loses weight and then wants to lose more and more…and then more.
    thats how i feel about it at least. i feel like its one of those things that you get a few followers and thats GREAT! but then maybe 5 would be cooler than 3 and then maybe 20 would be better…etc.
    at some point i think it’s best to just blog for yourself and the bloggers/regular commenters who you “care” about and leave it at that. my blog is not popular by any means and probably will not be because i don’t have the time/energy to post regularly enough and i think a lot of people are like “ew…she’s in highschool!” but i’m just coming to terms with that and learning to roll with it i guess :)
    thanks for the thought provocation, eden ;)

  10. I like to read blogs that I connect with, ya know? To me, its kinda like having virtual pen pals. I love that! I do read a few high traffic blogs, but mainly for recipe ideas, etc. I like “knowing” who I am reading about, again that connection. Blog land is kinda like high school, but its up to you on how you “shine.” I like your shiny blog! ;)

  11. I have a post just like this ready to go, but now I have to hold onto it so it doesn’t look like I’m copying you. Witch.

    Anyway, since I stopped writing about food and exercise and those issues all the time, my comments have gone way down. I totally don’t care. It gets old and anyone who has that much time to comment on a million other blogs has a luxury I will never know, as I have a) a job with a lot of responsibility and b) a life offline. More power to the people that can market their blogs and get a million comments, but I read and write what I enjoy and figure quality beats quantity–in posts and comments.

    This might be why my traffic is down ;)

    • at least what you write about is interesting. have not got a blog so i have o idea about traffic etc but as reader i go with content over kale chips and oatmeal any day!

  12. eden, i think what you talk about is really interesting. i’m new to the blog world (well, i’ve kept a blog with a one person readership for years but just recently got into reading food blogs). at first i ended up at those really “popular” blogs because i kept seeing the names and was curious. however, i’ve took most of them off of my reader because the content got really repetitive and boring. many were posting like 3 times a day and even with a nice camera their food wasn’t even that amazing. i don’t need to see your same oatmeal everyday, you know? but to each his own – clearly that just wasn’t for me. i prefer blogs that post less but are either funny, off beat, creative, or super passionate.

  13. I find that I read the super high-traffic blogs less and less b/c they feel impersonal. I’m sorry, but respond to your commenters once in a while please. I understand having so many comments you can’t reply to all, but there are some that never seem to reply period. I love the interaction of commenting. That’s why I think I blog – like you said – connecting with other people.

  14. I do care about blog traffic and whatnot but I don’t really go out of my way to get more. If I end up getting more readers then that’s great! However, for the moment, I just like writing on my blog because I find it enjoyable. I feel like it would lose some of it’s appeal to me if I tried to make it “shinier” because then it would feel more like another “job”.

    As for the more “popular” blogs, I read maybe.. 3 or so. I’ve checked out other ones but they honestly don’t appeal to me at all. To be honest, I find a lot of the more popular ones really boring and most of the bloggers don’t seem very relatable.

  15. I used to follow the popular blogs once I discovered ‘blogland’, but then I got disinterested once I learned that they were making a living off of it. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but it puts me off for some reason. Now I just have a small handful that I read. I like the smaller, more personable ones that I can communicate with and who seem a little more genuine and have different motivations for blogging.

    I don’t care too much about the numbers or ‘traffic,’ but it is kinda fun to watch! I started mine as a project, with no intentions of it ever getting ‘popular’ or paid. I do love knowing there are people that read it and are interested in what I say though. It’s like meeting new friends! :)

  16. I don’t really read many “popular” blogs… and I never comment on them. I’ve spent my entire life feeling “lost in the shuffle,” and I’m not interested in continuing that voluntarily. Sort of for the same reason, I never really expected my own blog to be popular, since it’s sort of an extension of me. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t make me happy to know that people do read it, since when I started it I didn’t expect to get any readers at all!

    “High school never ends.” I guess it’s really true…
    <3 <3

  17. again, so much to say in your comments… sorry in advance…
    1- food and crafting intersect! joy! Fun recipe (would be neat to make with a kid!)
    2-I have certain days that I plow through the web checking out blogs. Sometimes I end up reading super lame ones that show the newest Louboutin heels or something, with no real interest value to me, but I’ve also come across some really interesting, funny, and creative blogs this way. It’s sort of like sorting through a bookstore, you gotta take the time and read a few stinkers to find the next Harry Potter.
    3-Super popular blogs? Well, I’ve come to realize they are usually about recipes and running, and since I hate following recipes and don’t run, I lose interest. I like to check in on them for good restaurant recommendations and pretty photos though, I’ll admit.

    One day my blog will be shiny. I currently have a blog friend working with me to improve it. Hooray!

    Have a happy Thursday Eden!
    Meri

    • hahaha! yea, they are usually about running! Sometimes they have cool recipes I guess. But I mean theres so much you can write about running, right? one foot in front of the other?

  18. That soup is so…cute!

    While I do love having readers and getting comments, I really like being able to forge relationships with other those readers/commenters, and I feel like if my blog was more popular I’d have a hard time doing that. I rarely read the bigger blogs because to be honest, a lot of them tend to sound the same. Which is fine and dandy, but I prefer to read more unique voices. Less structure, you know?

  19. Hey there girlie! [Why did I just say "girlie"? I don't use that term in real life, ever...not even with my students. I'm sorry...but I'm not taking it back.] Of course I love this post, written in your fabulous style. I think what first drew me to your blog was your openness about saying what you have to say regardless of perception, and you know I am trying to blog that way, too!

    Ironically, I discovered you had linked to my “Blogger High” post because I was checking the “Traffic Sources” tab on blogger. Yes, I love to see what’s happening with “stats” but to be honest, I don’t pay much attention to numbers anymore, so much as looking to see what random things people search for that lead them to me…I am, in fact, about to dedicate an entire post to answering questions people typed into google and then came to my blog looking for answers…probably not what they were expecting. :)

    Anyways…power too the unpopular! I actually think people are just dying for relatable bloggers who fall off the wagon now and then and just open up about whatever they want. I can tell you as far as commenting is concerned (and oh, how I LOVE LOVE LOVE comments–I am not ashamed to say it), I get much more response when I do crazy things or eat things that AREN’T healthy… I’m considering renaming my blog to Hummus & Bacon.

    OK, not really.

  20. I kind of felt like I was in highschool at Foodbuzz, where there were lots of cliques and talk of “popular bloggers”.

    I am drawn to such a mix of blogs, but I definitely catch myself looking at “shiny” blogs and wondering why I’m reading something that doesn’t really interest me.

    Whether I like it or not, the business side of me likes to get more blog traffic. I have a lot I want to do in media, so if I’m able to get a good response it makes me feel like I’m taking a step in the right direction. I also love the feeling of having a “voice” and that I might be able to make some kind of positive impact, whether that seems hopeful or not! I also blogged for around 4 years with the occasional comment or none at all, so definitely not the most important thing.

  21. I love that you talked about blog traffic. You’re right, it’s a taboo topic. Many of us out in blog world have been there a long time and still don’t have huge numbers. I’ve had Eat Move Write since 2008 and it’s ever a work in progress. Nice to see people talking about taboo topics. Very cool. :)

  22. I love reading your blog. It is a ton of fun!

    As for “traffic”, it is just exciting to me to know that someone is looking at the food I’ve worked so hard to put together for myself and my loved ones. I leave genuine comments on stuff I find fun, entertaining, delicious or on something that just tickles me. It is all about making contacts with people that share my love of food. Plus a chance for me to ramble a bit in the process. =)

  23. I’ll admit, I like traffic. Not so much for the popularity as it’s nice to know what you’re typing is actually being read, you know? I remember first starting out and getting SO excited that one person would be on my blog and even more ecstatic if they commented. And while comments are more common now, I still get a little excited for every single one of them. :)

  24. My blog is over a year old and I still have a tiny readership, and I really don’t care because I love the ones I have! Truthfully, comments light up my life way more than traffic numbers do!

  25. I fully confess that I am slightly OCD when it comes to checking my stats & looking at my traffic. I have an unpopular blog, and somedays I do wish it was shinier & prettier, but then again, that wouldn’t really reflect me at all! And I know I have readers–They just don’t always like to comment, which is fine too–Although it makes me happy when I DO get comments. I quit reading more of the popular bloggers out there, just because the more I read, the more grating & pretentious they started to sound. And while I love oatmeal & eat it myself most mornings, I do not need to show it every single day. I don’t think my readers would care to see it every day either!

  26. This is such a great post! And unfortunately, so unbearably true. I’m a “young blog” but not to toot my own horn or anything, but I’ve taken photography classes and actually think of my photos as pretty spectacular. I know you said you don’t like these so called “young blogs” but it would truly make me so happy if you’d check out mine and maybe comment once in a while…I love reading your blog so much! :)

    http://littlehealthjunkie.wordpress.com

  27. That soup is adorable – kids would love that!

    I read some really high traffic blogs, but only the ones that got me interested in food blogs in the first place and that keep me coming back due to excellent recipes/writing or photos. I don’t judge a blog by it’s number of readers, but yet by how excited I am to read it.

  28. my blog is a baby, and it sorta feels that way, ya know? but thats part of the fun, and part of the reason I like it. I have to admit, I’m still at the point that when someone comments, I get an email and I get so super pumped. The comments I receive are always thoughtful and personable, so that makes me happy. (what can I say, I crave approval? :)) What I’ve noticed on the big blogs I read is that the comments are usually so dumb. And it seems that the author doesn’t respond back unless they think you are attacking them in some ways (I use the term author loosely, here. sorry, i’m a bitch like that). Anyways, I’d really like to make carrots like that, but I’d probably cut off my finger.

  29. when i first started blogging i wanted everyone and anyone to love and read my blog haha and then over time i realized i didn’t have the time to read 5,000 blogs so i could get poeple to comment. then i just started reading the people i liked and being more of myself and hey if you like it then you comment if you don’t then that’s cool i’m down with that. i just blog for fun now and it is what it is ya feel me b?

  30. Love all your serious blog posts ;) It is actually funny you write about blog traffic and what not, because it is something we talk about too. We hate when we see someone twitter about their blog traffic or what not. Honestly I do not care what others get. But sometimes it is nice to get recognition for your hard work, yes I think blogging can be hard work. I do not mean to be rude, but I am hear to make friends, learn from others, not compare. But it is hard to do. I felt so weird at Foodbuzz, because I did not really get along with some bloggers as much as I thought. I guess because I was not popular enough, or maybe not interesting enough, who knows. I think there are a lot of great blogs and people out there, but sometimes it just does not mix with me, you know? I do not, now I am rambling. But great post girl as always!!!

    • O I totally agree with you! I’m not here to blog to try to rake in money or “traffic”. Comparisons suck and I never compare! I think the blogs I like are all different and individual so there is nothing to compare. And your dead on about foodbuzz. Next year, we have to hang out, ok?

  31. KIDDING! There is no apple in this post! Hahah.

    For as long as I’ve been reading blogs, Derek and I have a running joke about one of the big girl bloggers- I no longer read her blog, but sometimes, Derek will read it (?!Um, really?) and say to me “oh you should see what Nice Apple did today” hahah.

    I don’t read any of the big blogs anymore. Mainly because i have no connection with any of them even though I’ve met them. If I don’t click with someone, I need to have a very compelling reason to read and comment. I can’t even get to reading all of the amazing smaller blogs that belong to people I really like.

    I don’t have a huge following and my hits are tiny. The only reason I even got on the map was because Heab liked me and pimped me something fierce when I started.

    Also, I look back and CRINGE on my old posts. In fact, I’m so horrified that people out there (god love them) are actually reading my old shit, that I really want to go back and rewrite all of the posts. I’ve actually done that when I happen to stumble on to an old clunker for back-linking purposes.

    Also, I’m not on FB or anything like that so I have no monetary investment at all. Plus I only post once a week. I’m shocked that anyone would even bother to read my blog!!

    Great post.
    ;-)

  32. I don’t read the “big” blogs because I find most of them boring. If I read them, I don’t comment. But I usually don’t read them. I honestly don’t give a shit what you eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, especially not when it is the same thing every day. I don’t mean to be rude, I know that some people enjoy looking at multiple bowls of fibre 1 or veggies and hummus, I’m just not one of them. I don’t have that much time to waste on the internet, so I like to waste it well.
    Also, I honestly don’t care about blog traffic at all. I do care about certain people who read my blog, the people who I’ve made connections with. I appreciate their comments and look forward to them, but I don’t feel a need to have tons and tons of people reading what I write. As long as I feel like I have my voice and my outlet, and my little group of people, I’m good.

  33. I do care abt blog traffic. I like reading comments. I read each and every one of them, and I certainly have gotten my share of “that looks yum” comments. Oh well. At least they visited?

    I don’t think anyone really starts blogging just to generate hits. Most of us start it with a goal like yours: to connect with people. The irony is that the more popular you get, the more impersonable your blog because precisely because you got so “big.” Thus, in a way I’m glad I’m not a “big” blog.

  34. So, I’m kind of one of those “new bloggers” but this post was really interesting because it’s totally something I’ve thought about. It’s also interesting the DIFFERENCE between some of the popular blogs… Some of them still do take the time to help out the little guys, and some do seem a little “high and mighty”. It’s sort of interesting to see how things play out and the little cliques that form, the mini circles of peopel who constantly comment on each other’s blogs, etc…

    Definitely good for observing social stuff ;) haha

  35. Mostly I don’t care about my blog traffic but like a recent post when I have written something that I really want to get out and there is only one comment I do get a little sad :-(
    That is the cutest soup BTW

  36. I read all different kinds of blogs and like to support the younger ones, the way people did when I was young. I rarely comment on the “popular” ones simply b/c they probably don’t care or read what I have to say! No worries though, I can understand how innundated they must be.

    Kudos to you for speaking your mind. Love this post.

  37. First things first. Cute soup.

    As far as blog popularity and all that- I do admit that the whole thing annoys me sometimes. While I enjoy reading the high quality writing of many of them, and looking at the beautiful pics, sometimes I don’t really feel like commenting into a black hole. I do wonder sometimes just how many views those blogs get per day.

    As far as my own blog, I get excited when views go up, but I love comments the post. When someone comments I know that I’m connecting with them, and that’s what makes this whole thing so cool.

    I try to get around to other people’s blogs and comment as much as I can, but I don’t usually chime in unless I really feel that there is something I’d like to say.

    Thanks as always for keeping it real, girlfriend.

  38. I appreciate your willingness to put the truth out there, very admirable. I grew my blog slowly and it is rather niche so it will likely never been that popular. But I am OK with that. I’d rather be true to myself.

    I have to say that I do appreciate some of the bloggers who have amazing photography, visual appeal is important to me. But some of their skill is wasted on bowls of oatmeal. The ones who can get past that and grow keep me coming back.

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