What Is Wrong?

I swear there are days when I feel like giving up blogging completely.

Here’s my advice to each and every blog reader out there:  If you don’t like my blog . . STOP reading it!

I blog because I like to write and I like to “journal” my life.  There’s no way I’d get up every day and read a blog that aggravated me or whose writer I didn’t like, or whose spending habits I didn’t like, or whose ideas I totally opposed.  If you don’t like me or my blog, as my friend Elaine would say:  GO AWAY!

Last week I was accused of bragging OFTEN about the “stuff” I have.  Maybe all of you see it as that . . I do not!  I blog about my life.  I discuss my life.  I discuss everything I do . . where I go . . what I eat and SOME of what I buy.

There was another one ranting about something I’d done last week . . I’ve already forgotten what it was.

Today, I get this:

I wonder how we think we are helping the already poor economy by canceling our subscriptions?

Can this person not read or does she just want to complain?  This is what I said:

I’m certainly not saying don’t subscribe to these magazines.  They need us now more than ever but  . . I’d be careful about long term subscriptions.

Some days I wonder why I continue with my blog being public and this very comment has me re-thinking it all.  I’ve challenged this commenter to show me where she got the idea that I was suggesting canceling our subscriptions and I doubt she responds.  NEVER on my blog will I tell anyone what to do but I was simply stating that this company is having financial problems.  If you want to buy a 2 or 5 or 50 year magazine subscription tomorrow . . go for it!  If you are the type person who would rather know the financial solvency of a company you’re about to make a commit to doing business with, then read the article I linked and then make a decision.

Comments

  1. 1

    says

    Some people just don’t have anything better to do…..I’ve enjoyed your blog and views of your life from the day I found it….and I would rather be warned that a company is having financial difficulties BEFORE sending in a subscription than sending it in and finding out they were in trouble.

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    Freda Henderson says

    I love your blog too Judy and I haven’t a clue why people want to butt into someone else’s business. GO AWAY is right!!!

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    I love reading your blog and how you view life. I always find it interesting to see how other people view things like the economy and just life in general and blogging is one of the best ways because you can contact people all over the world instead of just your little corner. I wouldn’t change a thing about what you blog about! People need to understand that its YOUR opinion and if they don’t like it, they shouldn’t bother to read.

    Trying to be the optimist….maybe she just misunderstood what you wrote. As much as we try to convey our thoughts and feelings into words, invariably someone interprets it differently. However, I always find it odd when people really criticize someone on their blog. Its one thing to give advice and suggestions (like when strips and checks really shouldn’t go together 🙂 ) and its a whole other ballgame when you start criticizing how someone views the world. That’s just how they view things! There’s a reason this country is so diverse!

    While magazine subscriptions typically aren’t a ton of money, I would definitely want to know if a company was looking to close and I was going to buy something from them. If I were to buy a computer or car from a company and then find out they were closing, I’d be really angry since it would be highly unlikely to get any customer service. I’m glad you pointed out that a lot of these businesses may be in trouble and that we should just keep an eye on things. Personally…I love helping the economy out and buying more fabric! Now I just need to find the time to take all that fabric and make it into something useful. 😉

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    Cheryl L says

    Well, Judy, some people are just idiots—-really, they just ARE! Sometimes I think people are simply looking for anything someone else says that they can twist and make it into something that “offends” them. Or they’re just plain too ignorant to slow down and read all of what you write. A lot of the facts are missed in skimming! Hey, don’t let these fools get to you….there are plenty of us who love reading what you write and totally “get” where you’re coming from. Take heart! Don’t let these people’s ignorance get to you.

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    Jeanne says

    I, personally, was very happy to get the information you posted. I was a subscriber to “Digital Scrapbooking Magazine”, and was informed that it was no longer going to be published. I had 6 months remaining on my subscription, so when I called them, they wanted to tack it onto my Creating Keepsakes subscription…. no thanks, I said. How about Simple Scrapbooks? No, I think I’d rather have a quilting magazine… let’s see, I already get Quilters Newsletter, Quick Quilts, Quilters Home, and Quiltmaker… I’ll take McCalls Quilting. But, I digress… thanks to your post, I will be checking this situation out very closely before I go forward with long term subscription renewals. I went to the link you provided and got alot of good info! Thanks so much for providing information that I’m not sure I would have gotten otherwise.

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    says

    Oh Judy I love reading your blog. I look forward every day to it. I agree with Cheryl, don’t let this person’s ignorance get to you. If this person was looking for some kind of response from you, well they got it. Just let it go. People like that don’t even deserve the time you have given this discussion.
    You inspire me, and I find your blog to be very informative and entertaining. I relate to some of the things you talk about and it makes my day to read your blog. Keep up the good work.

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    Barb Mikrut says

    I love to read your blogs. I don’t think you brag at all. You are just talking about your life and how you live it. I enjoy what you write. Everyone is can live that life as they see it. I have always lived by the motto ” you get out of life just what you put into it”. Please keep on writing.
    Barb Mikrut, Girard KS.

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    Karleen Taylor says

    Hey Judy, don’t give up because of one person or two or three! Think of all the positive comments you get! Someone’s always going to have a different opinion or take something wrong. Focus on the good and happy things! Don’t let someone else steal your joy. Okay, no more preaching! I do enjoy your blog and the activities in your life that you share. I’m hoping your house sells soon!

    Karleen

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    peggy says

    Judy-Your life is your life. It may be more than or less than the lives of other people. We have a right to our own lives! I love that you share your life with us. There have been a few bloggers I’ve read that were offensive to me because of their bluntness. I stopped reading them. Those bloggers have a right to put their stuff out there, but I don’t have to read them. I read your blog everyday. I actually check several times (maybe more) daily to see if you’ve posted again. Keep doing exactly what you are doing. (One thing. Will you be letting us know about the stashing busting project soon?) Another thing, I’d already started to rethink long term subscription to almost everything. XM, magazines, newspapers. Our world is changing, for sure.

  10. 10

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    People..you can’t live with em and you can’t live without them. Like you I had just as soon live without them most of the time. I agree with you, just GO AWAY and bother someone else. Don’t quit blogging, it is a mirror into the world that I really enjoy….

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    says

    I really enjoy reading your blog, and check in everyday. I have made several of your QIH quilts (should really send pictures) and because of you and several others actually started my own blog (so far few comments–thank goodness).. You are right—it is YOUR blog and like TV, a person doesn’t have to read it if they don’t want to.

    Stay with it!!! From the comments, others like it as well!

  12. 13

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    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now, and although I’ve never commented before, I enjoy reading what you choose to share about your life. If you enjoy blogging, then keep doing it and don’t let anybody run you off because they can’t refrain from sharing their negativity. I’d just delete the negative comments and e-mails and not even acknowledge them. Some people just live to spread their misery around. Don’t let them.

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    Cynthia says

    Hey Judy I love your blog. I check it at least 2 times a day. It made me sad that the last few days your writing has not been the same. It’s interesting but no fun observations about family and life. Now I may know why. Please go back to being fun funny Judy. I like your family. I enjoy hearing about them. As for the complainers- GO AWAY!

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    Elaine says

    Hey Judy,

    Do you want me to go push her down? HaHa! I’ll also tell her to just Go AWay!!

    Hey, I just sent you an email. Hope it went to the right address this time.

    Talk to you later,
    Elaine

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    Marla Southers says

    Oh Judy, please don’t stop your blog! It is one of the highlights of my day. I have learned so much from you and would love to meet you some day. I had a conversation with one of my co-workers recently and we discussed how e-mail messages can be so tricky. A person can say something but be interpreted differently by the recepient which can cause so many problems. I don’t know if this is what happened but stand strong in your beliefs and values. This is what makes you the person you are. You are a very special and talented lady.

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    says

    Judy don’t quit blogging! I love your blog, its one of my favorites. (I wish I could be more open). Don’t even listen to people who are negative. Your life is your life, its great for you to share your love of quilts, and family, and goodies. Who cares what some anonymous person says in response, its the people who you love and who love you that matter.

    Liz

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    lori says

    My hubby is the one that keeps up on my mags, I used to buy at the store, but it was getting harder and harder to find my Favorites, so I have yearly subscriptions.

    I don’t see any bragging going on. So keep up on the journaling.

    Your more than welcome to join me in my happy bubble, my boss suggested I put around me last week. I deal with a lot of unhappy and rude customers, I do have to say I also have wonderful people. I’m working on remembering them over the mean people.

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    says

    I check in on you everyday. If I start to read an entry and it’s not to my taste, I just stop reading. I don’t think I’ve ever made a negative comment on a blog. I think it’s counter-productive.

    I think it’s cool that so many read and comment on yours. I know it’s not why you write, but having so many followers must be gratifying. I wish people followed mine. I get lonely. LOL. I think it’s because I’m just not that interesting. You are!

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    Patricia says

    Judy, it’s your blog, write what you wish for whatever reason you wish. Some days I agree with your point of view and some days I don’t, but those viewpoints always push me to examine my own motives and feelings and I thank you for that.

    Before I retired from teaching, I was often asked why one student would do or say “awful” things to another. My response was usually, “That person, for whatever reason, needs somebody to feel as badly as they do.”

    Perhaps that person just scanned rather than read for comprehension, or maybe that person is terribly frightened for their very livelihood and your comments pushed their fear further. But that was their choice to feel that way and act that way, not yours. As long as you, or any other blogger for that matter, have the comments section enabled, you risk a difference of opinion or even a “flame.” It can be hard to read those negatives and it’s hard not to take it personally. But, it makes you think and it makes you evaluate why you are upset that someone has disagreed with you and that makes you stronger.

    So keep blogging; you are important to us.

    Respectfully,
    Patricia

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    Kerri So Cal says

    Judy,

    I am so grateful you take the time to share your life, purchases & family with us. I love your blog and would miss it greatly, yikes! I have learned so much about cooking it is awesome. From a gal who never knew a thing about baking and cooking growing up, it is like learning a another language no kidding. I have a mill on my wish list of things I want and hope to really try and bake good bread sometime. I would never have found something like that if not for your great pics and links. Also your link to tinkle times has been so fun. You two are like a fun better home and garden mag to me! Having three sons ages 19 20 and 22, I also enjoy Chad ‘s adventures. Bye for now from an internet fan and fellow quilter. Kerri Youngdale

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    Sandy says

    I enjoy your blog so much Judy and it is one of the highlights of my day. Please don’t let someone’s unkind words make you want to quit blogging.

    Some people are never happy and some are jealous. I have never thought you bragged about anything. You are generous enough to share all your ideas and thoughts with us. I really enjoy hearing about your family, your son going to school, things we can all relate to.

    Your site is my #1 quilt blog I read everyday. Please hang in there and like you said, if someone doesn’t like it, they can GO AWAY. There are so many of us who
    do love your site.

    Sandy

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    Colleen says

    Hi Judy, I love your blog. Please don’t let a bunch of brainless maroons ruin your day. The maroons should go away! Keep blogging!
    Thank you,
    Colleen

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    Linda (Petey) says

    Judy,
    Bless you…some people are just hard to understand!
    I truly enjoy your blog and learn so much from it. I feel like you are a ‘sister friend’ I need to meet personally.
    May the sun shine on you…
    Hoping you find your ‘farm’,
    Linda (Petey)

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    becky rhodes says

    Please don’t stop! We love you and your blog!! Besides, that we’re in the middle of this project. I guess everyone is entitled to a bad day now and then, too bad they have to share it, huh!
    I think my favorite them you wrote about was Vince and him going to school, and oh yeah, when you were working for the attorney and raising your son. It’s interesting to me to get to know you. So, just know we love ya!

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    Cindy says

    Don’t you dare stop blogging, I would miss you and your family. I never thought you were bragging about anything, well, maybe Chad every once in a while but that is what parents do. In fact, I wonder about you when I do see a entry from you. Just ignore people that need a life because you have one and are kind enough to share it with the quilting world.

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    says

    Judy, you must have really been getting it lately from your posts. I am like many who have commented. I love the information you so freely share with all of us. You also “kicked my hiney” into gear on starting a blog with your Slap Ya Mama giveaway (can’t win without a blog to post the recipe on!) and you spent a lot of time and energy in emails with me to get me up and running on blogs and other things. Thank you for what you share, and please don’t stop. Misguided is a good word for some folks. They just don’t get it and never will….and misery loves company!

    Thank you for inspiring the rest of us!

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    Patricia Andersen says

    Please do not go away! Many of your observations cause me to think or clarify thoughts I didn’t even realize I had. I envy your ability to organize your thoughts on ‘paper’. Those few times your train of thought is of no interest to me I move on to return another day. Thank you for your blog.

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    I read your blog all the time though I don’t often comment and one of the things that I like about it is that it is more than a quilting blog. I think it is actually rather generous of you to share so much with (probably) millions of other people. Don’t stop – I for one would miss your blog very much. A blog is personal to the author, not a public service announcement, and anyway, as you say, if I don’t like the views of the author, I stop reading the blog. Simple.

  29. 31

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    I enjoy your blog so much, and all the help you give. I have even replaced Ebay as my front page with your Blog page.. so it is the first thing I see when I boot up my computer!
    Maybe that also helps to stop my spending so much money on Ebay Ha Ha!
    Maybe you could start looking at bad comments as if they are spam and just delete them and move on… WE NEED YOU

  30. 32

    says

    Judy, please don’t let a few bad apples put you off blogging. You are sweet and good, and your loyal readers all adore you. I love to hear about your son and husband (and Speck!) and all your adventures in America. I always feel like I am visiting with a dear friend who is just discussing her day with me. It’s wonderful. Some people are just mean and like to stir the pot. And they probably get a perverse thrill out of upsetting you. Just ignore them. As a wise woman on the Stashbuster list said one day, “let the Delete button be your friend.” Take care, Dianne B. in England

  31. 33

    says

    Ignore people like that and stick with the REST of us, Judy….the ones who really get a kick out of your blog. Here I am up EARLY (4:30) to get to the guild’s quilt show bus trip on time and YOUR blog is something I’m reading already. THAT should tell you something!!! Have a good day….and to the person who wrote that latest nonsense…learn how to READ (which means COMPREHENSION) because Judy didn’t say what you implied!!!!

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    Dawn L says

    Judy
    some people out there are so pathetic they get a rise out of the negative attention. dont worry about them. just ignore them. we all love you and enjoy your adventures and reading about your life.
    this person ( or people) wants to get a rise out of you. something like when someone watches a fire on tv that they set. it is a sick mind.
    if they dont want to read your blog, blog off!
    Please know that many MORE people love you and enjoy your blog.
    dont let the kid in school with gum make the rest of the class stay in for recess.
    LOL remember those days when you couldnt chew gum in school? my how times have changed!
    keep on girlfriend!
    Dawn a friend in MA

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    pdudgeon says

    it’s the economy, dear. *S*.

    there are now a lot of people who are out of work who never ever thought it would happen to them. For them, life as they knew it has come to a screeching halt.
    or to put it into perspective, the effects are very much like a death in the immediate family.

    yes, they’re going to react and no the reaction might not be appropriate. So if in these days you get a negative blog comment, read past that comment and see if they lost a job in the family. most of the time (including the aforementioned blog comment) that information is in their post.

    on the flip side there are also folks who haven’t been affected by the economy, so for them life goes on as usual.

    in addition to quilting i’m also on staff at 3 different websites, each with an international membership base. i deal with people from a multitude of cultures and what they say every day. yes, there are more negative comments and arguements back and forth than there usually are. people who have never left rude comments before (or ever made irate, flaming blog entries in return) are now doing so en mass.

    it’s time to just chill out, take a breath, and be greatful for what we do have (or have left).

  34. 36

    says

    Maybe you should point out to her that you and Vince pay more than your fair share of taxes to help the economy and that it’s not your personal responsibility to keep tired and poorly run magazine businesses afloat. We aren’t a solialist nation yet.

    I don’t get it. There were about a dozen “craft” blogs that I read last year but their political content got on my nerves so much that I unsubscribed and never went back. I can’t imagine reading a blog that I don’t like. OK, I read one that I don’t like but that’s just because I enjoy watching her randomly explode about once a year and then she has to retract it all because she overreacted. That’s entertaining to me. 🙂

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    Christine says

    Oh my. Please don’t go private on the blog. I get so much inspiration from your posts. You always amaze me about how much you are able to get done and I need posts like yours to keep me focused. Those of us that blog have our own style and it reflects our blog purpose. If we follow blogs we have to decide which we enjoy, are inspired and/or entertained by and adjust our reading list as the blogs change. Today would be a very good day to bake bread from scratch and knead it well.

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    meredith says

    There are two blogs that I always read immediately when there’s a new post, Bonnie Hunter’s and yours, Judy. I can’t wait to see what you’re up to each day.
    However, when you were bragging on how much you had under your kitchen sink I felt a bit jealous and envied you all your ‘stuff’. But I’ve got over it now…..

  37. 39

    says

    Blog stalkers. That’s what I call them. High maintenance readers. Wasn’t too long ago I stopped my blog for reasons like that. It’s YOUR blog. YOU get to choose what you write about and share with us. YOU are queen of this blog. If someone doesn’t like what you write…. OFF with their head!

    :)~~

    Seriously. I get someone perhaps debating an issue, that’s okay, even fun and always interesting. But making pointless comments and barbs out of jealousy… well that’s another thing altogether and grounds for beheading.

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    Diane says

    I love your blog. You are so real and so inspiring. I love when you blog about your frustrations and challenges. I can relate to them. I rarely post comments but I felt compelled to chime in to let you know that you have many many readers who would be disappointed if you went private. Thanks for every juicy post!

  39. 41

    says

    I love your statement!!! Your blog is what it is…we all do what we can or want with ours, and noone has to read it if they don’t want to…you know what they say about bullies…they are just trying to bring you down to their level.

  40. 42

    says

    I always wonder why people take the time to leave comments like that. I don’t think you brag at all. Really. You don’t.
    I love it when you share tidbits of your every day life and hope you don’t stop blogging. It would be such a shame to lose you in the blog world. Your quilts are such an inspiration to me. I come by here when I need a little motivation to get in my sewing room. I love when you share stories about your son and what he’s up to….even when he is driving you crazy. Same with your shoppin’ hubby. You’ve made me laugh out loud numerous times. 🙂
    You hang in there!!!!
    dawn

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    says

    You GO Girl!!! Judy, I really enjoy YOUR blog. After all, it is YOUR blog. Do what you want, just know that there are many of us out here that enjoy what you are doing with YOUR blog.

    I’m off to Quilt Camp. Do you suppose someone is jealous of the fact that I can do this and would say that I am a terrible person? Just because I like to spend a weekend with 24 of my closest friends. Just let ’em turn green.

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    I’m a non quilter who reads your blog. I love your quilts, your irons, your laptops. I think my fabric stash is trying to mimic the size of yours! I will really need to learn to quilt soon! I envy all your kitchen appliances. I enjoy hearing about your son going off to college (mine is in preschool!). I love that you and Vince have such a great relationship. I enjoy reading what you have to say. Thank you!

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    says

    As my Mom would say “She’s just got her panties in a wad”. There are plenty of us that LOVE your blog. You are such an inspiration and I hope you keep on blogging for a long time.

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    says

    Judy, I hope the number of responses to this post are enough to overcome the one previous post. I enjoy your take on life…it’s so different from so many of us. I, for one, would never think of having chickens and I’m looking forward to hearing how you do with them! You’ve been a huge help to me in so many things…I’d miss my morning tea with you if you stopped blogging!

  45. 47

    says

    Wow, I am off the internet for a couple days and look what happens!

    I agree with the rest of the comments – keep blogging and keep it your blog. You are a friend that a bunch of us now have – we drink our morning coffee with you and get inspired to clean up our stash.

    As I was driving down I-44, I gave you a couple of “hello” beeps from the car – so I was thinking about ya.

    Have a great day…

  46. 48

    says

    I was going to go back and leave another comment on that post, but you addressed it here. Here are my thoughts on the whole deal.

    I seriously doubt canceling a subscription is going to hurt the economy. In my case, canceling or not renewing mine have definitely helped the economy – a lot!

    I wanted to find an issue of a magazine someone mentioned recently. I passed a Barnes & Noble, so I did a U-turn and went in to look for the magazine. I didn’t find it, but I did find over a hundred dollars of other books I couldn’t live without. Check, helped the economy!

    Went to Joanne’s one day last month at lunchtime to browse their magazines. Didn’t find a single one that interested me, but I did leave with a bag of embroidery thread, some elastic, a zipper for a purse I’ll never make, and some needles. Check, helped the economy.

    Went to a quilt shop to pick up a copy of Australian Patchwork & Quilting. Didn’t find that issue, but you can bet I helped the economy since I was already in a quilt shop! Check.

    My point …. I would have never stimulated the economy so much if those magazines had been delivered to my mailbox!

    Judy, I got a few comments since I’ve been blogging about my “bragging” about my stash, about the amount of fabric I buy at my favorite online quilt shop, about the projects I’m working on, and believe it or not, even when I bought my new QuiltMobile a year and a half ago. Even though it’s very hard for me not to reply to those comments, I decided it was best just to delete them and move on. First, it keeps my tiny world a happy place. But even better, I’m sure I totally tick off the commenter by doing just zapping them into non-existence and not responding.

    It’s your blog. Say what you want to say about your quilting, your life, and your thoughts on various subjects. I’ll keep reading your blog. If it stops being of interest to me, I’ll stop reading it. Your blog is one of the most interesting, freshing, inspirational blogs around. Heck, you’ve even inspired me to cook, and I don’t cook! Keep up the good work, sweetie!!

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    Darlene B says

    I LOVE reading your blog all about you, your family, and your amazing quilts! I hope you will not let one bad apple ruin everything for the rest of us who truly appreciate you. 🙂

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    Jan says

    I love your blog and look forward to it every day. Please don’t stop. 🙂 Jan in Northern Virginia

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    says

    I look forward to reading your blog daily, twice daily. I check it several times a day. I like to read about what other people are doing in their lives. Don’t stop blogging, there would be a lot of people who would miss you.

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    says

    Judy, I sorry you’ve received unkind comments. But as you can see you have waaay more nice comments. You post whatever makes your heart happy. It’s your blog and don’t worry how some may interpret. You inspire us, teach us, and make us laugh countless times. And you know what? It was all free to us–yup, didn’t cost us a dime. Thank you for looking out for us.

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    says

    Judy,

    I am so sorry that people who disagree tend to quickly hit the SEND button! “Back in the days…” when we had to write the letter, put a stamp on it, and then take it to the mailbox everyone had time to think before sending. Now with the instant sending of email our fingers may kick in before our brains and good manners.

    I am enjoying your blog very much. As with all blogs, EVERY post is not necessarily of top interest to me, but that is OK because MOST of them are!

    I was bemoaning the fact that so few people see my blog (mostly close family and quilting friends) but now I realize that if I have to deal with strangers criticizing my life and postings I don’t WANT lots of people viewing! My comments now are filled with love and support, and that is just what I need.

    Let’s face it… life isn’t always interesting, everyone has a different view of things (usually according to how they were raised), self-centeredness has become a disease, and we are NOT to be the judge of others! LIVE, LOVE, LAUGH…

    Keep writing… many of us LOVE it and we that love you promise to NOT criticize.
    Kat

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    Toni says

    Love, love, love your blog. Please don’t stop. I started letting my subscriptions expire about two years ago. After twenty years of quilting I was seeing so many quilts coming around again but in a different size or color. Isn’t there some way you can put a hold on certain commenters so their comment won’t even show up? I’ve stopped going to several blogs because I didn’t share their view of the world but certainly never left a comment, it’s their blog after all.

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    says

    Well, it was obvious they didn’t read the whole post because that is not what I got out of it. I love your blog, please keep it up.

  54. 57

    says

    Once upon a time ago, I subscribed to an Australian magazine that was on Applique – it folded, they gave me a refund… There are worse things to happen…

    I am not renewing my subscriptions, becasue I recently went through them to bring to a GF – 90% did not appeal to me, so now I am allowing myself to buy an issue here & there off the newstand.

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    says

    Why do people think they should “comment” on every entry on a blog or every article on the web? Magazines are a tricky business anyway. They depend on advertisers not on subscribers, or the subscription price would be out of anyone’s price range. Go look and buy the ones that you like or not, just look.
    I enjoy your blog. You always make me smile and you quilt like a dream. The quiltalong is fun! Thanks!

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    Muffet Schroer says

    I read your blog daily: usually the first I read each day. I don’t comment, although I should, I suppose. I don’t blog, but admire those of you who do; you all bring much joy, inspiration, and knowledge to my life. Please don’t go away, or if you do, put me on your email list, please!

    You’ve gotta ignore the tactless negative folks. Sometimes people don’t intend their messages to sound at all negative, but don’t realize how their printed words will sound when read by a stranger. Others use comments, email, and written messages to say things they’d NEVER say to your face. And, they’d be just as annoyed were your situations reversed. Frankly, you’re a better person for even replying to their tactlessness.

    I personally look at negative comments, emails, notes, from the *humorous* side. The more they get hepped up over things and rant on and on the funnier they are. I often read them to my husband: “Hey, DH, here’s a real doozey!” Thank you, to all negative commenters; you’ve no ideal what laughter you bring into my life.

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    Hi Judy – just wanted to give a show of support. I love to check your blog, sometimes 2x a day. Although I must say, when I first started reading blogs (happened to be yours) I really felt like I was a stalker!!

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    Helene says

    Another HUGE fan of yours! I love reading your blog — you are so talented and it inspires me. I also love the posts about Chad and your husband and your dog and the stuff under your sink and the herbs your grow and the oh-so-public garbage can and oh just EVERYTHING. My life is not at all like yours so it’s fun to see the world through another pair of eyes. I’m blessed more than I should be and I have no complaints.

    Please keep doing what you are doing — you bring joy to so many of us.

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    Hi Judy
    I’m so sorry that any person can make you consider stop blogging. I would be very sad, if you did. I surely can understand your reasons to do so. But my advice to you is to “just” ignore idiots like that. It’s them who has a problem, certainly not you. Ignore, you have so many happy readers, enjoy life and the happy ones.
    And don’t ever give up blogging ;)))
    Happy Thoughts
    Laila

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    If you quit you’ve let the sniper win. I am 73 and because of you I have started a blog of my own. Right now it’s not very interesting but I will be better because of your wonderful musings.Love Detta

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    I personally like your blog, and enjoy reading it. If you feel you need to go private, I hope I’ll be invited.

    I think the person who made the comment about your possessions last week was out of line, but the person who made the comment about supporting magazines–well, she just has a different viewpoint than you, that’s all. I didn’t see it as a criticism, and I think you might have taken it a little too personally. Just shrug it off. Anytime you or I express an opinion, someone is not going to agree. As long as they’re not being ugly in their disagreement, so be it.

    Did I just blow my invitation?

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    Wow1 Did you see how many comments you have? I read quite a few of them and I have to agree. Tell her to go away! I love reading your “journal” Reminds me of my kids and other people I know. I hope you never stop blogging.

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    Hmmm … I’m trying to figure out what browser and OS make it mandatory that we read anyone’s blog! 😉 Gosh, I thought we all *chose* to read your very entertaining and informative posts and that, therefore, we could *choose* not to read it or only to read certain entries.

    Don’t let the grumps get you down, Judy. We’re here because we want to be. If some don’t want to be, they have the choice of leaving. Meanwhile, is there a way you can block certain addresses? 😉

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    Cindy says

    Eh, screw ’em if they can’t take a joke.

    Hey, are sure you can HAVE chickens in town? I’m sure you, and by you I mean VINCE has already checked it out.

    Or did you move to that farm over the weekend?

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    Rebecca says

    I don’t comment often, but I really enjoyed your post about “do you really want to trade places?” It was very personal and revealed your character (to your benefit, I must say). You are at the top of my list on my Google reader. I think you are a level-headed and very generous blogger. If ever I read an entry that I don’t agree with, I might tell my husband my opinions, but not you! Your blog, your queendom. If you said a whole bunch of stuff I didn’t like or understand, I’d stop reading (been there, done that with others). So keep on. Please!

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    Hi Judy,
    I didn’t read all the comments on this post, but let me offer a differing view. I did read all the comments in the last post, and even though you didn’t say that people should cancel or let their subscriptions last, that was the general feeling when you read the comments.
    I think the commenter was simply voicing her opinion, just like you were. When I read the comment, it didn’t feel like an attack to me, just a contradicting opinion. I welcome those on my blog. For me, that is the point of opening a dialogue, to get all the opinions.
    On the other hand, s/he could have meant more, and I gave them the benefit of the doubt. It is hard to tell the tone in writing sometimes.