Friday, August 01, 2008

Why?

This is the third entry I have written this morning. My brain is in a quandry and I don't know why. Maybe it's the heat; I don't know. It's the first day of August. That must be it.


http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/


You have got to check out this website that someone (Dee?) sent me. Now granted, I am all over the place in my topics and life but this chick does one recipe with pictures and has 286 comments? I am lucky to get ten !!! And that's usually after I have mortally wounded someone with one of my newly sharpened Henckels. I am sure that there are these types of blogs that are unexplainably popular but I just don't get it. Can you explain it to me?

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just wanted you to know that everyone I know (well, almost everyone) reads and loves your blog. I have never commented on it but I quote you now and then. You are VERY popular even if no one tells you. Don't feel bad, just keep writing those great entries. Sue

Irene said...

Yours is the first blog I read every day and a day without Tommy is like a day without sunsine. I love your sense of humour and that little Bella is pretty darned cute too!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I 've read her blog too and actually tried a green bean recipe she has on her blog.....I found her via mention of said recipe.
Maybe you should put aside your henckels and try cutco knives.....I just learnt about the cutco brand recently, can't vouch for them though.
Now as to who reads your blog and your popularity.......uhhhhmmmm, maybe you should reply to comments, and not just to comments which piss you off, which send you into.....rages?
If people take the time to comment, you could show appreciation and reply now and again.
I read your blog daily, and comment, some of which send you into 'rages' but nonetheless, I still read because you have a good sense of humour and the content of your blog is varied.
Trailer Trash...lol.

Donna said...

Hi Tommy: I read your blog daily, and although I never comment (I am a lurker by nature), I have gotten many good tips and ideas from it, I quite enjoy it. I did write to you about the great tutorial you put up for binding a quilt, and have used that method several times with good results.

But, take heart at least ten people do comment, on my blog weeks go by without a comment, but that matters little to me, as I do it for myself really. Perhaps now I have broken through the deafening silence, I will post the odd comment on your great blog.

Cherie in Del Mar said...

Hi Tommy...

I too have been a silent lurker for a very long time. I look forward to reading your blog every day and return to older posts over and over again for entertainment and wonderful ideas!
I love your sense of humor, your wide variety of interests, your work, your puppy...etc...

Good luck with the wedding and more importantly your surgery...

Cherie in Del Mar

Del said...

Tommy - Just like some of your other readers I have your blog on my first in the morning list. I agree with Anonymous, you need to respond to comments, even if it is "Thanks for your comment." A blog seems like a one way conversation, but it isn't. Any good conversation needs at least two people. However, 200+ is too many. How can someone find the time to even read that many comments? Much less answer even half of them. I'll comment every single day if you would like. Not intelligently, just any old comment! Del

Cindra said...

I am addicted to her also. She has gotten a lot of press. She has different sections to her site. But she also gives out prizes from time to time. Some of her blog entries number in the 10 thousand range... imagine... how do you read them all? And how can you afford to give out to $500 American Express cards? Somebody is subsidizing, but I can't figure it out.

Cindra said...

oh, and Tommy... I read you everyday right after Mel...it's alphabetical!

Suze said...

Yours is one of my top 10 blogs look forward to reading..I just don't comment on most of them because I am snatching time to read and I am using a blog reader...I find your posts facinating..(And since you are pretty consistant with posting..I worry about you when you don't post!!)

I love the little froggy quilt!
And Bella and Chai's antics...
And the food...
And all your company..
And the competitions...
And retreats...
And your houses...
And the wedding preparations...
And the predicaments you get into...
Life is not dull in the Fitzpatrick household!!!

dee said...

Something, something,about quality not quantity....
I read you every day and nearly always first because you often brighten the morning and who doesn't need that. I did tell you about the Pioneer woman and I just love her sense of humor. She's a big city girl who fell in love with a cowboy and left her Manolo's behind for life on a cattle ranch. Something about the fresh manner in which she writes is charming.
That's what drew me to you and it's my favorite type of writing. It often doesn't please others but it's real and I like that so much better than the cutesy-poo stuff that you get on so many quilt related sites. You always make me feel like you are talking to one of your friends. That's really nice. Plus there's always the additional fun of Regina...or Bella...or the cooking. You don't comment elsewhere and that's o.k. but I can't tell you how excited I was to get an e-mail from you. Of course, I'm easily impressed with fame(your long-standing David Caruso connection is very yummy) and I'd had a lot to drink at the time.....hic. Love ya!

Anonymous said...

Tommy, I love your creativity and your travels and all the things you cook up for your friends to do. And your sense of humor! My god, you are a riot. I usually have to sneak Google Reader time into my lunch break and you are one of my top 10 reads (of 146).

I would not worry about getting hundreds of comments... you don't sit at home all day and have the time to read 'em anyhow. A year ago she wasn't getting that many either.

I've been following her site for a long time because of a recipe she posted way back when. It has evolved into all these vignette sites for her, and a BlogHer invite last year, and probably some subsidies from JCPenney a while back when she got a new washer & dryer and they had her as a 'guest' blogger or something on their website and she had tons of people go to the JCP site and vote on something or other. (geez, could that sentence get anymore run-on??) I'm sure she gets something from Nikon & HP for plugging them in her blog.

Plus, like someone else said, she's got giveaways every other day, so she's got 1000s of people who think she is going to remember them and them alone. Since you bring up this question, I'm now convinced she's got an alien tracking system embedded in her websites... all someone has to do is end up on her site and someone makes money which translates into free gifts for her.

To her credit (not defending her) she says that she gives away all the freebies she gets; and she has some great recipes. (speaking of which, did you get the recipe from the 'relative'? Are you going to share it????)

All in all, I think she is lonely and this is her way of saying 'look at me!'

Jeri said...

There are several blogs that I read daily, Pioneer Woman is definitely one of them. Why? I love to hear about her life on the ranch, see the beautiful pictures she takes of the landscape, kids and, well, ok her husband isn't bad to look at either! While I do enjoy the cooking section also, I really love her writing. It's funny. She's got such a way.

I want to have a blog, but I think nobody would read it because I live such a boring life, I don't like to cook, and I live in the burbs. Not much to share of interest.

And, besides I'd have to write secretly because my children would censor everything I wrote about them. (They're 20 & 16) and at least one of them would have to help me set up the blog, so they'd know all about it.

But Tommy, I do like your blog because of your creativity. Not just sewing, but cooking and crafting. You do such fun things with your friends. You're an inspriration to me. I aspire to be you.