My Master Gardener program requires 40 hours of volunteer/leadership work the first year. You are committed to the cause of sharing the gardening experience whether you like it or not. You can count the monthly meetings and the time spent driving to and from places. Since January I have put in about 10 hours. This week I am committed to several errands and an event which will add another 4 or 5 hours of my time. Of course, as spring commences, gardeners are needed everywhere. I was talking to a fellow MSTG (Master Gardener) and she said when she first started her project, there were few places to volunteer time in our rural area. Over the past few years, many more opportunities have developed. I am guessing this is due to baby boomers nearing retirement and looking for things to do and thus creating community gardens for areas. I must say that our business meetings are certainly energetic and the last one had about 30 attendees!
While I was thinking of this process of joining I recently noticed new joiners (followers) to my blog(s). I do not know how they found their way here in most cases. I do not know if they even read my blog, because many do not comment on posts or comment only once. I keep thinking that sometimes bloggers like to collect followers like friends on FB. No communication is involved. It is just a collecting thing.
I have two lists I follow in blogging. Sometimes I "follow" the blog on their page and then that blog shows up on the Blogger Dashboard page if they have made a recent post. The other way is the old-fashioned way of creating a link to the blog in the html code of the my blogs design which then shows up in my sidebar of my blog page when they post. This I still tend to do more often than the former. I keep forgetting the other list. Many on this second list have drifted off into the digital black hole of neglect. They started writing with the best of intentions and then blogging lost its appeal or they were using it as a tool to sell something and not really blog, or life and living got in the way.
My concern has become that this following of blogs is just like joining. My lists are getting long and I feel an obligation to read the majority of the posts of blogs I follow. (Although I am not talking about your blog, of course, I head there first every time!) I do not want to hurt anyone's feelings although I do not always feel a need to comment on the post, and as cute as that kitten is, I really have no time to read about it.
These blogger lists are somewhat like my speedwell plant that I posted about on my other blog. It is lovely, interesting, and in the beginning a most compelling plant. But then it spreads and becomes a maintenance issue and must be tended, and the fun starts to fade a little and obligation rears its hard head.
Do any other bloggers face this concern? How do you deal with it? I bet most of you are women...is this all just silliness on my part?