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I love eating delicious food. And I love creating new recipes. But I don’t think I would consider myself a foodie: what I like about blogging and about making up recipes is the creativity involved.  I don’t watch cooking shows, don’t read cookbooks in my spare time, don’t spend hours upon hours thinking about food, and…

I feel so mean for what I am about to admit, but I don’t enjoy spending the day feeling like I have to read every single food blog out there. I really don’t want anyone’s feelings to get hurt, and I don’t want anyone to feel like I’m ignoring him or her, so I feel compelled to try and visit as many blogs of people who leave comments on mine as I can.  Lately, I’ve felt overwhelmed at the sheer number of blogs I feel the need to visit and comment on each day.  I try to be fair;

I’m definitely not one of those people who only leaves comments on the popular blogs. I hate to open up this can of worms, but it makes me sad to see the little blogs ignored. Just because a certain blogger doesn’t get 50 comments per day does NOT mean her blog isn’t good and she doesn’t deserve comments. In fact, I try to comment more on these blogs than the popular blogs because each comment means more to the bloggers.  I remember when I was first starting out and got only 5 comments per day. Those 5 comments might as well have been 500 for how happy they made me. Not that I don’t still get excited when someone leaves a comment on my blog: I really do!

Even the comments that just say simple things like “yum” or “cool idea” mean a lot to me. So I feel like a hypocrite if I don’t try my hardest to visit your blogs and try and repay that happiness.  You all do such a good job of keeping up with my posts that it’s only fair I should do the same. And everyone has such interesting, well-thought-out posts that I really wish there were time to thoroughly read them all. I love you all, and your blogs are amazing: creative, funny, delightful… Each of you offers something special and unique to the blogging world. But feeling like I have to visit so many blogs as quickly as possible (so I can fit all the other things I want to do into my life), I find myself skimming over your cute stories, creative ideas, and other ways that your personalities shine.

Yes, I know I’m over-estimating my importance in peoples’ lives. Logically, I can see you all probably don’t spend even a minute feeling slighted over such dumb things as whether or not CCK commented more on your blog than someone else’s. But not-so-logically, I have a fault of being way too sensitive and worrying about hurting others. I will still try to comment every now and then.  I am going to have to step back even further in the amount I comment, though.  It does not mean that I love you guys any less!

Blogging should be fun.  Lately, to me, parts of it have become a chore.  I want to bring the fun back… And I promise not to abandon you.  I’m still reading blogs, even if I don’t always comment!

Question of the Day:

Do any of you feel like this; like parts of blogging—be it trying to comment on tons of others’ sites or the pressures to blog about certain things or to not offend anyone—can sometimes get you down?  I’m sure many of you do!  Please know that I will NEVER hold it against you if you don’t have time to comment on my site.  Yes, I’ll miss hearing your thoughts, your cute stories, and your kind words.  But it won’t make me stop loving you.

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Zeus' Mom says:

    Katie,

    I love your blog. Your readers love your blog. And I’m sure your loyal readers don’t give a hoot about commenting frequency. (Anyway, when you feel like you have to do something out of obligation, it’s not as fun, so I wouldn’t worry about feeling like you have to leave comments.)

    Hope you’re having a beautiful Sunday too! Mine will definitely be filled with chocolate!

  2. Lexi says:

    wow sex bomb babies! those look great.

    I agree with you about commenting. I would never feel offended if I didn’t get comments from people. It’s not about how many comments I can get, blogging is just a positive expression for me, and I wouldn’t care if I got 0 comments everyday. It’s not about that for me.

    that being said, I do feel a little stressed sometimes when it comes to commenting on other blogs. I want people to know I’m reading, so sometimes I feel the need to have to comment on a lot of blogs. but I do comment on the popular ones and the little ones too. I enjoy what I enjoy. you know ?

    thanks for posting about this, it has been on my mind lately.

  3. Nicole P says:

    Hey! I dont have a blog but ive been reading yours foreeeever and have even sent you a few emails! I tottttally respect your decision to put your priorities where you feel they need to be. And I really dont think youll lose ANY readers. That would be completely silly because it’s what you have to SHARE that makes people want to read your blogs, not whether or not you comment on theirs. I think you are an amazing girl and so smart. You stay healthy while running which is something I look up to when I read your blog. Just know youll always have me as a reader! Even if I barely comment, hehe. Hope you have an AWESOME day Katie! :))

    <3

  4. Jessica says:

    I completely feel like this. Honestly, if I take my time to comment on a popular blog about something meaningful, I really would appreciate a response back – in comment, email, whatever – at some point. I try to respond to everyone who EVER comments on my blog. After all, commenters are what makes peoples blogs popular. If commenters aren’t appreciated and shown appreciation, I just think it is rude. I agree with you that there are many ‘diamonds in the rough.’ I LOVE finding new blogs that are incredible.

  5. Abby says:

    Katie.. we all have a life (outside of sitting on the computer) SO I totally see where you are coming from. I find it hard to reciprocate comments as well.. Keep doing what you are doing.. you have a following of readers who admire your eats. That should make ya smile 😉

    Have a supper Sunday, hun!!

  6. CaSaundra says:

    I think the whole comment scenario is somewhat overrated–I mean somedays you just don’t have time, or other times theres just nothing you really feel is worth typing out and saying in a comment. However, that being said, I do tend to comment more on people that comment back because I find it somewhat like a conversation going back and forth and usually a convo is two-sided. That being said, I wouldn’t let commenting/blogging get in the way of real life–you know what you should do girl, and regardless, I will still be reading and commenting 🙂 Thanks for sharing this!

  7. *Andrea* says:

    those sex bomb babies looks deadly delicious 😉 i agree with you on blogging – i had to delete some from my reader because i was trying to keep up with reading all the posts and sometimes commenting on every blog like once a week and i just couldnt keep up! it also started stressing me out and taking time away from running, my job, homework, time with friends etc. soi completely understand (and i don’t even have a blog!!). i also don’t consider myself a ‘foodie’ – i rarely eat out at restaurants/never watch cooking shows/have maybe a total of 2 cookbooks…but i love the creativity from blogs and learning to be more well balanced with my nutrition and health patterns. anyways, have a great sunday! i hope you never ever stop blogging 😉

  8. molly says:

    Aw, Katie – you are amazing, but I think we all know that there are only 24 hours in your day just like everyone else.
    Just keep doing your thing, girl!!!

  9. Katie,

    You are one of the sweetest, most thoughtful bloggers out there.

    We don’t comment on your blog to recieve a comment in return!

    I think a lot of us understand, or at least I do, that when you have a following as large as your own it’s hard to comment and respond to EVERYONE who comments on yours.

    That would take up your whole day, and then you wouldn’t have time to bring us the lovely posts and recipes and fun giveaways you do all the time!

    It just shows what a good person you are to even think about this! 🙂

  10. Jenny R. says:

    you’re so cute Katie…I think everyone loves you and what you share and that’s why they comment. At least that’s why I do! Don’t worry so much..It’s not worth it 🙂

  11. Katie, I remember when I first started blogging, you were one of the FIRST people to comment, and you’re right…it meant the world to me! I can’t believe that anyone would comment or come down on you for only reading the “popular” blogs!
    You rock, just know that 🙂

  12. Anonymous says:

    You are not selfish at all for posting this! It only makes me want to read your blog more, because this confirms what a truly lovely, kindhearted and honest person you are. You fully deserve all the time spent doing what you love, and whatever you post, your readers will be waiting loyally to read and ponder! Thank you for your honesty and courage Katie.

  13. Hi Katie
    I read your blog and comment just because I want to. No other reason. I feel blessed to have any commenters at all on my blog – just one is amazing enough to me…but i always STRESS in occasional posts that i DO NOT want people to comment just because they feel they need to “return the obligatory comment”…that would bother me cause its not real or whatever then, u know. I would much rather someone read my post, enjoy it or take something from it, or offer tips or advice or same experiences, etc. and then comment only if they feel like it. No obligations at all. Otherwise, its just a waste of time , right?
    I like this post and you bring up a great point. By the way, I don’t care if you never comment on my blog at all 🙂 I still like your blog 🙂
    Actually, I usually read blogs for the personality and experiences of the person. For example, I am not raw or vegan, but I still read some of those blogs…same with exercise…I used to be a big exerciser…but circumstances have squashed that…but I still read some athletic blogs occasionally. My blog is not really even a food blog…sometimes it show foods.. lots of times its a way to express worries, fears, experiences.,,,just a journey to mind contentment (to finally just be okay with me and accept where i am …be realistic, etc.).
    So, anyway, yeah, great topic.
    By the way, with a title that has “chocolate” in it , of course you are popular …cute creative chocolate covered Katie . Have a neat day Katie. Do what YOU want to do.

  14. lindsey says:

    girl,

    1. of course a comment from you on my blog feels awesome 🙂 not because of your “popularity,” but because you are so sweet! and funny 😉

    2. i do feel pressure to comment on blogs a lot, whether it be because they commented on mine, or i want to make others feel good about having comments? i don’t know, it does get stressful. but i never leave a comment because i feel like i have to, i only leave them if i really have something to say.

    3. sex-bomb babies?!?!! forreal? epic genius-ness goes out to your mama 🙂

    ♥ lindsey

  15. Cecilia says:

    oh my god, katie. This is gonna be the most random comment evaaaaa. I was watching youtube. And your mudslide oatmeal came out in a video! Watch it! It appears at time 3.02!

    😀

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQ7WdP2eqv4&feature=sub

  16. It’s really, really difficult to comment in response to each and every comment you get every single day. It would be a full-time job (and an unpaid one at that).

    I have a lot of blogs in my reader, and I will comment on ones that really move me to comment – or someone I happen to be closer to. Doesn’t mean I don’t read the blogs or appreciate what they have to say, but if commenting becomes a chore, then it makes reading less and less fun. Does that make sense?

    Maybe if someone could come up with a way to eliminate sleep, then we could all comment all the time LOL!

  17. Tanya says:

    You’ve got an amazing blog…..I think you’re one of the few blogs I actually click on to read the entire thing (out of my Google reader)! And we little bloggers thank you very much when you DO post….it means a ton. I wouldn’t expect anyone to read so many blogs either.

    Don’t worry, you’ll still have a billion people reading your blog, I’m sure 🙂 LOL, maybe one day I’ll get even 5 comments per day! But for now, I’m still just trying to get my blog out there.

    So we thank you!
    T.

  18. catms916 says:

    I totally feel like that sometimes!! There are really only a few blogs I actually read, I mostly just like to skim blogs for recipes so I often don’t comment/don’t have time to really read through them. I made my blog more as a way to keep track of recipes for myself, but sometimes don’t want to post on food or don’t have time to post and feel a little guilty. I’ve made peace with that though and after taking some time off blogging decided that I didn’t care how many hits my blog got as long a it made me happy. 🙂 Keep on doing what you’re doing – love the blog and I love that you have a full life outside blogging as well. Gotta keep a good balance!!

  19. Gina G says:

    katie! tell me you won’t ever change, you are such a wonderful person, you honestly dont even realize it. i understand completely where your coming from and there is no need to feel bad about it! your world isn’t supposed to revolve around staying on the computer all day, you need to do whats best for Katie! i feel bad that im not able to comment on your blog all the time because i know how much effort goes into each and every post, but im not able to because of homework, bowling, and just everyday life, just like what you were just explaining to us. Stay true to you Katie, im here even when i am unable to prove it =)

  20. catms916 says:

    By the way – I need to take myself out of the Vita mix giveaway… my parents just got me the new Vita Mix 5200!!!!!