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100 Happy Days – Day 57

You might think that it’s a blogging challenge (or nightmare, depending on who you are!) to commit to writing and posting something every single day – and yes, some days it certainly can be. But truthfully, I find that it’s a far bigger struggle – to me, anyway – keeping up with reading other bloggers’ posts.

Thing is, I am connected or involved with several blogging support and networking groups, plus I have a number of long-time blogging friends – and let me tell you, they are prolific writers! My feed reader fills up quickly… and if I’m not diligent about checking out, reading, and commenting on new posts every single day, it doesn’t take long before they build up to the point where getting through them all becomes increasingly difficult (if not impossible).

And now it’s happened again.

I think it started with my travel last month, where blog reading fell pretty much completely by the wayside. Since then I’ve struggled to catch up, while the “unread posts” count in my feed reader has continued to grow at an alarming rate. I’ve been feeling more and more panicky and overwhelmed by what seems like an impossible task… so rather than let the stress build any further I decided to bite the bullet, cut my losses, and click on the “mark all posts as read” option in my feed reader.

And as soon as I did, I breathed a sigh of relief.

So today’s happiness is brought to you by a “no unread articles” refresh. Arriving at this status in my feed reader was admittedly a cheat… and I humbly apologize if I missed out on any of your posts!… but it was a necessary action, and I feel orders of magnitude better about life.

100 Happy Days - Day 57

100 Happy Days – Day 57

No promises – after all, I’m coming up to a rather stressful time with Peter’s impending surgery – but going forward, I’ll do my best to stay on top of my feed reader so that I don’t miss a single brilliant word that you write. 🙂

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NaBloPoMo November 2014

Laurel Storey, CZT – Certified Zentangle Teacher. Writer, reader, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Myke Todd November 8, 2014

    I rarely find myself over loaded with unread blogs now, but back in the days of Myspace, it could get ugly in a hurry. Now, I always leave myself some breathing room, so when fate leads me to a Laurel Regan, as it did, I am a willing, open vessel.

    I have a current ongoing project on my Facebook page, where I post daily in my status update, “30 Days of Not Thankful” and I can see, it is going to be difficult to keep this up until the end of the month. But, I will make it. I am dedicated.
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    • Laurel Regan
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      November 9, 2014

      There are just so many interesting blogs out there, but I have to remind myself that there are only so many hours in the day and that I can’t possibly keep up with every single one of them! Still, I can afford to be a little more disciplined about it.
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  • Andrea B (
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    November 8, 2014

    I never look at that. It’s so annoying. It’s anxiety-producing. I read what I can, when I can. I’m glad you refreshed!

    I need to do this with my email next. 😉
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    • Laurel Regan
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      November 9, 2014

      I get pretty stressed when I’m not at Inbox Zero, both at home and at work, so I’m generally really good at dealing with it. I need to be as diligent with my feeds as I am with my e-mail!
      Laurel Regan recently posted… 100 Happy Days – Day 57My Profile

  • elly stornebrink
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    November 8, 2014

    Laurel, I can SO relate to this! My inbox is filled up to the brim and more it seems with the never-ending blog posts. This is why I am usually up very late or rather early in the morning! I was committed to reading all the blog posts of all the people who responded to my blog posts, though I am not sure if I can keep up. I also have befriended a number of bloggers through my initial Ultimate Blog Challenge, then moving to the Ultra Blog Challenge, though can’t say the same for NaBloPoMo. I appreciate the ‘refresh’ tip by the way…will keep that in mind! Thanks! 😉 <3
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  • Suzy
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    November 8, 2014

    What a good idea. That’s one of the reasons I am limiting my participation in monthly challenges. I feel quite bad when people take the trouble to comment on my posts and I just don’t have the time to reply and reciprocate. All the best with the challenges.
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    • Laurel Regan
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      November 9, 2014

      Thank you! I’ve always made it a priority to respond to all the comments left on my blog, but just haven’t been able to get around to reciprocating with comments on every single blog. I wish I had more time to do so. 🙁
      Laurel Regan recently posted… 100 Happy Days – Day 57My Profile

  • Wendy of the Rock November 8, 2014

    As a total newbie blogger, your post created even more anxiety in me… what have I got myself in for? I may never sleep again.
    BTW I’m stopping by from Nablopomo. Thnx
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  • usha menon November 9, 2014

    Laurel, I know it is very tedious to reply to every comment. The refresh tip is a good idea. At the same time why don’t you reply to some limited comments every day.

  • nabanita
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    November 10, 2014

    I know what you mean..I feel so releived when I’m able to visit all the blogs that I read..
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  • Andrea B (
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    November 14, 2014

    This is why I don’t use a reader. It would be soooo stressful.

    I totally get it, though. I have a bunch of groups I’m in, too. That’s why I don’t participate in them every day. I never want to feel completely obligated. And I love the ones where there’s no – YOU MUST COMMENT ON ALL – because who has time for that?

    That said, I came back by today after seeing your link on nablopomo and saying, I need to see her – it’s been a few days. Much LESS stressful!!
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