Monday, March 16, 2009

A Confession


Someone should have told me that green tea has caffeine...this is not what I want to be doing at 12:39 at night...err..morning.

Anyway...moving right along.

I have been feeling a bit guilty over this lately and I need to confess,

I read the blogs of people I don't know.

Ok, it's out there. I feel guilty about this because somehow it feels like I am eavesdropping, or sticking my nose in where it doesn't belong.

There are a couple of people somewhere in the world, that I know way too much about. I know their kids names, what funny things they have said recently, what their husbands do for a living and what they ate for dinner last night. I found them through friends of mine, but the people who I read about probably don't even know that I am reading about them. Is that fair? Shouldn't I make my presence known? That way they would at least know I was there.

Here is where I begin to justify, just so you know. They have put their lives out there for the whole Internet world to, is it really such a bad thing? I don't know. Is it ok to comment on how cute their kids are? Or are they just blogging so their family and people they actually know can read what they ate for dinner? Someone please help me on the whole blogging etiquette here. Or is this all just some sleep deprived, caffeinated mama's ramblings at ohIdon'tevenknowwhattimeitisanymore?

Someone who has slept more than 4 hours at a time in the last 6 months, please help.

Oh, and for the record, you can make yourself known, you can comment on what I made for dinner last night, and then you don't have to feel like your are eavesdropping, because I have put my life out there for the whole Internet world to see.

Does chamomile counteract green tea?


  1. i'll confess as well.. i too read blogs of people i don't know.. and do i comment? no. i have once, and that's all... but.. i too have not gotten more than 4 hours of sleep for the past 2 months, so maybe i'm not the best person to ask. :) love you!

  2. I sleep now. So I have no excuse. I'm right there with you though. Their lives are so interesting. Especially on days when mine isn't. You know the ones that consist of laundry, making meals and napping babies.
    I know people I don't know read mine but I kind of like the oblivion of thinking only my friends and family read it.

  3. there are two different kinds of blogs/bloggers...
    1. writes a blog for anyone to read - usually semi-topical in nature (although mine is more random)
    2. posts family happenings for themselves and their family and friends

    I have to say that I have one of each - a family blog (mostly pictures of the kids and updates on life at our house) and a blog that I would LOVE for LOTS of people (even ones I will never meet) to read Personally, I haven't chosen to "block" the family blog to only allow family and friends to view it, but I know many people that have done that. I feel that as long as the blog isn't blocked, feel free to read, comment, and learn from somebody's life!! :-D

    P.S. Most of the blogs I read on a daily basis (even subscribe to) are people I don't know and probably will never know! :)

  4. i too read the blogs of people i do not know. i agree with the above comment and say if they don't have their blog blocked, then feel free to read. i have commented on some and have made some really good friends that way, and others i just read and never comment on.
    anyway...i am also one who hasn't had unbroken sleep in over a year, so maybe i don't know what i'm talking about...ha!

  5. I read your blog and you don't really know me. I've met Noah a couple times, but I don't know if he could point me out in a crowd.

    Anyways, it's quite the blessing for me to be able to keep up with some of the happenings at Barakel when I can't actually be up there all the time.

    So sorry to creep around on the internet, and thanks for blogging for us!

  6. I agree with all of the above--including the interrupted sleep part, so maybe your audience is a bit biased. It seems that blogs are great ways to be encouraged, but have low committment, cost, and time required, all essential for the busy mom!
    I read blogs of people I don't know or know only in passing, and some of them are my favorite. :) I say enjoy! (And if you find any great one's pass them along ;-)

  7. I like what Liz said, so I'll leave it at that.

    I love corned beef! I can't believe we didn't think to get one last time we grocery shopped! Enjoy!

  8. Hahaha! Hey -- we met through your blog before we met for real, so I have to say I am a strong proponent of blog stalking strangers! It's been so neat to hear about your adventures as you record them in your blog. Plus, I do look through your blog links from time to time. Reading stories from moms who love being moms makes me excited to be one someday, too. :)

  9. This makes me laugh because sometimes I start randomly browsing through links on friends pages (like the link to you on the Talberts blog!) and then I am reading about people and I all of a sudden feel like I am being nosey. Like what if they look at their stats counter and are like "What the heck is this person from Nevada?!" But then, on the other hand, like you said, they put their lives out there... I put my life out there... so they really must not mind strangers reading them. I know I don't mind it, I love it when new people comment and follow my blog. So I assume others don't mind either? I guess if they did, they'd just ignore my comments and set their blog private!

    So anyway- Hi! :)

  10. Well, I am glad that I gave you all a good laugh! And to know that I am not the only one who snoops in other people's lives!:) Thanks for the comments! It's been fun to hear from some new folks out there! Thanks for making yourself known!

  11. I confess..I read your blog and I don't know you!! I love your writing and I love Camp Barakel! Next time I'm there, I promise to introduce myself!


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