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November 09, 2010

Roll Call; Where You At, Who You Be

I don’t pay much attention to my blog stats. I look from time to time, but mostly I forget. All that really matters is how many comments I get. {Don’t hate. You know it’s true.} Well, blog comments have been way down. I could be boring you. You could be busy. Maybe you’re shy, or don’t have anything nice to say. Today, here at Handbags & Handguns, I’m taking names. If you read this post and comment, you’ll receive an imaginary gold star. {Come on, people. You know you want one.} Tell me something about yourself. What’s your name? Where are you from? Tell me how awesomesauce you think I am. Share a favorite quote or fun fact. Sing me a song.

My inbox has been feeling rather empty lately. What are you going to do to fill it up?

71 comments

Jenn said...

I'm a new reader...haven't been here that long. I love your celebrity news, but I don't really feel like I have much to contribute back! :)

So, my name is Jenn...I came here via Ian @ The Daily Dose of Reality and I blog at www.brwnidgrljenn.blogspot.com. And yes, I am a brown eyed girl! :)

Do I get double gold stars for commenting first??? ;)

I'm just the MOM said...

Hey Hotpants! :) I LOVE that! Its Nicole from Life in the Boys' Locker Room via the great state of Texas (Austin)...GO HORNS! :) No fave quotes...I COULD sing for you, but then you might try and record me and pass it off as your singing cuz i'm just cool like that lol.
Hope ur having a great day! (now gimme my imaginary gold star)

Amy said...

i am a blog stalker of yours, for awhile. your blog name caught my eye...(very creative i must say) and i jumped right in.

i never pay attn to my blog stats either, and no one ever comments...unless it is my dad. which is sad, in its own right. oh well, i write/babble/vent for my own therapy. :)

so you are not alone, and your kidds are cute as cute can be!

amy

californiadreamin said...

I love reading your posts but I am too lazy to post comments sometimes :) I aint gonna lie, comments are one of the best parts about blogging!

Rachel McPhillips said...

I love that you posted that. I posted yesterday and today... No love. I feel like it might be wrong to ask for it, but you did it, so maybe I should too?? :) I'm a new blog follower, but we have have many convos via twitter, so I feel like I know you anyway...

Sarah in deepest, darkest Lomellina said...
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Sarah in deepest, darkest Lomellina said...

sorry comment hiccups !

wasn't me I promise, was computer (glowers at laptop accusingly)

I haven't commented on any blogs for months.

First hot and humid Northern Italian summer flattened me onto the sofa.

And then trying to sort out sulky pumps down wells, in the rain, in the dark,( with a husband who buggers off with the torch in case his feet get damp) took away my will to live as the heavens opened and my garden flooded.

Followed by grey days and constant inertia.

But I'm bacccccccccccck and will comment often ( =

Here, there and everywhere.

Unless raining.

In which case, see above.

Sarah said...

I'm one of those lurkers who rarely comments. But I do love your blog! :)

Beth said...

i'm here and i read all the time! faithful follower! now where's my gold star?!

Chrysta said...

I started reading because of your Talk of Tinseltown and now I'm hooked. What can I say, I like the snarky posts.

Mighty M said...

I'm making pumpkin chili for dinner.

I can't believe I have to wait until Sunday to watch Dexter again. I wish there was a couple more seasons to catch up.

Have a great afternoon!

C H R I S T I said...

I'm here! Commenting from the deep South! I am a faithful reader just really stink at commenting apparantely! :) LOVE your blog! And you are awesome!

fojoy said...

Present!
I have noticed the same thing with my blog (though I don't think I have nearly as many readers as you) - its getting awfully quiet around here...
I am trying to make an effort to comment more often :)

MiMi said...

Nobody leaves me love anymore either. Also, I read Mighty M's comment and what the hell is pumpkin chili??!!

Nikosmommy said...

This is funny because it's true...sometimes there are so many comments on a post and other times, notsomuch!
I'd be lying if I said that comments don't matter, because they do! It lets you know that people care and they appreciate what you're writing about.
I suppose depending on the day of the week/time of year etc, it effects the number of comments.

And every day hundreds of new blogs pop up, maybe the internet is becoming saturated with blogs? It' s possible people just can't manage to read and keep up with following all the blogs they'd like to.

Go Mommy said...

I read every post you write, sometimes it is in between my classes (I teach) and I just can't comment because of time, but it doesn't mean I don't love ya'!!!
You and I share a love of vampires. (my blog is fairly new, a work in progress :))

AJ said...

HI! I'm here! I love celeb stuff and even have you linked on my new blog http://ajleftlane.blogspot.com

Oh, and I'm following you on Twitter (@ajakz)

I spend so much time catching up on things that I don't often get a chance to comment. I will try to do better... promise!

Natalie said...

You caught me. I don't comment because I'm shy.. I'm just very, very shy.

Erin said...

I blame it on Google Reader. I love GR but I HATE that I can't comment directly from my reader. I think of all these fun things to say and then...BAM...just like that, on to the next blog. I'm so easily distracted.

I am a regular!! LOVE your BLOG!!!! I love the Talk of Tinseltown...especially the funny pictures at the end.

Now...I am going to need that gold star :-)

XOXO
Erin

Karen Peterson said...

I noticed my comments have been really up and down lately, too. I'm sure it doesn't help that I got fed up with spam and disabled anonymous commenting.

Hey, question. I think you were saying something about looking for an updated blog look. Have you found a designer you like? I'm in the market, too.

PeaceLoveApplesauce said...

I'm sitting in my office chewing super bubble. & for the life of me I can't figure out why it's sticking to my teeth and why I can't get it to stop. Ok. That is all. I'll text you in a few.

Ed said...

I'm always here.

Gotta keep you in my Reader so I don't get behind on my celebrity gossip and news.

I don't comment much on anyones anymore. Rarely have time.

Caitlin (Pacifier In My Pocket) said...

Eek, I feel like I should apologize! I read through Google Reader and I'm soooo lazy with comments. But I read every post! You can quiz me!

Also, I noticed the same thing on my blog. Post, post, post, crickets chirping. Maybe it's just a busy time of year? Or maybe everyone else is being lazy too?

Either way, you're right! I should be commenting here (and all the other blogs I read too) more often. Thanks for the reminder!

Domestic Goddess said...

Hey Hotpants. This is Domestic Goddess. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

I love comments too. It is amazing how many people look at your blog but don't say anything. I know I am guilty of that too.

You get a gold Domestic Goddess crown for being awesome-sauce.
Linda

Angie said...

I am Angie from Iowa and I blog over at http://proudmamawolff.blogspot.com/

and it's OK I never get comments and barely have any readers BUT thats what I get for not ever commenting on others! ;) Sorry! I DO love your blog and I think I have been following for awhile (and I also follow on FB), I think what hooked me was the talk of Tinseltown posts. What can I say I am a sucker for celebrity gossip, LOVE it!

Sarahviz said...

I'm here! I don't always comment, but you are on my blogroll, so I am an-at-least-weekly visitor!

I know how you feel about the commenting decline. WTF is up with that?

(damn smartphones)

Sharlene T. said...

I've noticed the same thing, too! Must be the time of year... Was starting to feel very unloved. 8-(

Thought my other blog was showing up, as well, but NO, I had to go put a button on my site so folks to find out that I do think outside the solar oven! Several of my followers have also stopped blogging, altogether, and then stopped receiving notice, so that number fell, too.

Got your answers, today, and will post on Rockin' Reflections...

You know, I really enjoy blogging about solar cooking and passing thoughts on my blog, but I do have to say that things are getting a little out of hand with FB, Twitter, Blogger, etc. This can become very much like a job and folks may just be worn out!

But, I, for one, love your blog, try to comment on every visit, and look forward to your visits and comments, as well. (I have found that if you don't comment on other blogs, your own comments decrease quite a bit... out of sight; out of mind?) Come visit when you can -- ALL of you!

Rita/Fighting Off Frumpy said...

Hey. :) My name is Rita, I blog at Fighting Off Frumpy, I have three boys and therefore very little sanity. Which is why I don't comment on 90% of the posts I read: I tend to ramble like a madwoman.

See what I mean?

Michelle said...

Hey Hotpants! I'm Michelle from Einstein On the Beach. I too occasionally check my stats...but generally only to see if Brad Pitt is reading. I really enjoy your blog!

Cheers!

Natalie said...

I love gold stars-real or imaginary! :) So hook me up! ;)
To tell you how incredibly "awesomesauce" I think you are would take faaaar too much time to type out...so lets just say that I have following you for a long time. I read your posts every day, but sometimes I don't have to comment (please, don't hate me). I get bummed out when I don't have many comments as well, so you are with good company.
I am Natalie from Blonde at Heart (and Oregon). I am currently trying to figure out how to add some sparkle to my scuba diving gear. Its a rough and, so far, bland job, but I am determined. Your blog often makes me laugh, so thank you and keep it up! If comments are low, please don't think its a reflection on your or your posts! You are loved and so is your blog! :)

I love hotpants because cold pants aren't as much fun.

I love reading her blog because she knows whats in and where people go wrong.

I love leaving her comments because its like adding (to her day) a little sun

I love racking my brain so that I could come up with this little song.

The End.

Maritza said...

I love your blog! These past few weeks have been crap though so I haven't had much time to do anything on the internet.

My name is Maritza, we live in Orange County, CA, and I blog as often as I can!

Judy N. said...

I read you all the time, although I don't always take the time to comment (not just on your blog). I'm lazy...I FAIL!

Keep up the good work and keep those pants hot!

Judy (aka: Late Mommy)

Me (aka Danielle) said...

Hey! I read you all the time. I rarely miss a post. However, I don't comment often. My reason? I read you through google reader, because I can't access your blog at work (where I tend to read from -during the day. Darn filters). By the time I get home..I either don't have anything worthwhile to add to your comments or I'm too busy to sit down and read blogs.

For the record, you are TOTALLY awesomesauce. I've always enjoyed your blog!

Jessica said...

My comments have been low too! What gives? LOL.

Here's an interesting thought, why do we, as Americans, have one of the shortest alphabets (26 letters) yet we need a song to remember it? Hahaha

Oh and you are so the most awesomesauce in all of the land.

Tara said...

hiiii!!!!! i'm here!!

my comments have been so low. its really discouraging. its why i keep considering quitting the blog. i keep up w/ you and my other faves via twatter so sometimes i wonder why i even keep my blog! i've got almost 400 followers but get 10 comments? wtf?

Kelly @ Dare to be Domestic said...

HELLOOOO HOTPANTS! I'm guilty of not getting around as much as I used to... wait that sounded bad. I haven't been able to read as much as I used to so I will totally make more of an effort to get my buns over here.

Something about me... hmmm... My favorite Christmas smell is scotch tape so there you go. ox

Sherrie said...

Hey girl! I'm still here and reading...just don't have time to be commenting myself these days! LOL! I'm doing good to post. :) Still love your Talk of Tinseltown! :)

MissBrightside said...

Hey Hotpants! You are in my reader so I read ALL of your posts...I will try to do better :O)

Allena said...

I've commented a few times but have yet to have a return comment on my adorable (and sometimes Hotpants topic copying) blog... Hmmm...if you know we all love comments too share the love!!

Liz said...

Long time reader, first time commenter.
No, that's not true, I do comment every now and then. And I do SO love the blog. Just short on time these days, is all. I promise to get better!

Kelly said...

I love your blog. The "talk of tinseltown" always catches my eye!
I have 2 blogs, one with my BFF and one for just my family. No one ever comments on eiter of mine and I have wondered the same thing....is anyone reading this? am I boring you? ha!
keep it up! I love your blog! :)

Lacie @ Creative Attempts said...

Well you totally deserve bloggy love cause you are fab. Well my name is laic and I'm from Montana. Wow that sounded like a personals add lol. In all seriousness I always look forward to your posts :)

Molly said...

I've been so bad at commenting in general lately. But I'm here. I read more than I comment. And I love your stuff, gal.

RAY J said...

I've been reading/following for while now, just haven't been commenting much as I've switched to reading blogs in Google Reader and half the time I'm reading on my phone and yeah... your stuff is usually pretty good though! =)

I'm from Rockford, Illinois though, just 90 miles west of Chicago and about 20 minutes or so from the southern Wisconsin border.

LouBoo said...

Blogger states are an enigma aren't they? I do marvel at how many people appear to visit and how few comment. So I say comment more!! Absorb what we have created in our blogs and SAY SOMETHING!! So - me, well you know me as you follow my blog, but hi, hello, I think your tinseltown updates are the best bit of celeb gossip I get. Hands down. I salute you. Lou x

The Random Blogette said...

I actually took an unintended blogcation last week and now that I came back this week my comments have been non-existent. I am even running a contest for a free piece of jewelry and only one person has entered it. Maybe it is the holidays.

I have to say though that I read every one of your posts, even though I may not comment on everything. And I love your posts!

Krista said...

Well now, you ask and you shall receive! Look at all the love! I'm feeling the f@#k-it's bad right now on my blog. I know I have serious stalkers, but no comment love. Frustrating! We fire fighter wives have to stick together!

Ian said...

Good freaking lord. I was offline most of the day and nice comment haul lady!

My name is Ian. I am a male asshole sonofabitch who lives in MD. I started reading and following about two weeks before I mentioned you in a post.

I tend to get to blogs 2-3 times a week so I will comment en masse if need be.

I also don't comment on everything and I read and I prefer the sports section, Life, and the funnies.

Favorite music is rock and metal, and I used to perform in a rock band (a real band, not the shit video game), and the Rocky Horror Picture show.

Oh and I like chocolate chip cookies. Feel free to make me some anytime.

Junie Bee said...

I'm Heather and I'm a blog stalker - or an email update stalker who comments sporadically but reads continuously. LOL

It must be that time of year. I'm not getting a lot of comments, but stats are the same. I don't check mine a lot in depth, unless my brother's ex-girlfriend and her friends are stalking my blog. Then I do to laugh. LOL

Scrappy Girl said...

Wow...50 comments! Well, make that 51. I love your celebrity posts and leaving comments about tv shows and such. I don't have alot of people in real life that is as vampire/real housewife obsessed like I am.

Ashley said...

Hi!! I've been a reader for awhile, and I'm not sure I've ever commented. Love your blog, and your Talk of Tinseltown posts make me happy! :) Oh, and I love that you love vampires..good stuff!

Cathy said...

Oh, hey dude, I'm Cathy, from Minnesota, Libra, brunette...wait, what is this for? Oh right, you're totes awesomesauce and duh I read, but you know how I am with comments. Sporadic. I read every single post, though, don't you fret.

And now for a song:
Hotpants is hot, so is her blog, if you're not reading her, you're a terd!

Anonymous said...

Hi my name is Nancy I live in Northern California. I love your humor. I also love to read about your fam, you must be one proud mama. Your kids are still very small, just wait til they are 26 & 21 (like mine) oh vey, what a road they take us on.

Keep up your wonderful blogging

Dana said...

Love your blog!!!! Love reading the celebrity buzz. I try to catch up on all my fav blogs about once a week. I don't always get time to comment. I am Dana live outside of Portland, OR. My hubby is a firefighter too.

Keep up with the great posts!

jennykate77 said...

Just letting you know I'm here!

JennyKate is the name. I'm from Oklahoma. I love sparkly vampires and smokin' hott celebs *achem*RPattz*achem*. I love your blog. I think you're fabulous.

A Real Housewife said...

i'm behind on my blog reading. le sigh. with the baby boy coming tuesday, i fear i may not be caught up for a while...booooo.

Dezzy Lou Where Are You said...

57 comments? I wish I was that popular! Go girl!

Christine said...

Totally missed this post yesterday! I try to stop by and leave ya a comment or two, but I'll admit I haven't been lately. Busy with the kids and what not. Oh and I just found out that I'm apparently going to be havin' me another baby!

Much More Than Mommy said...

This is super clever.

I've been at my blog, speaking well of The Husband. ;-)

Impulsive Addict said...

I LOVE that you posted about this!

I'm here via JennyKate and I was complaining to her about this EXACT.SAME.SHIZ. and she referred me to your post.

You have balls. And you may be a little sassy. I like that combo.

I will now be a new stalker to your page but I leave comments because I'm cool like dat.

Allyson & Jere said...

Wow! That worked out well for you didn't it! 62 comments. Sheesh!

I'm feeling your pain. I'm lucky if I get 9 or 10 comments these days. And I had to laugh at your "don't hate" comment. It's so true. We all know we just loves the comments.

Oh, my name is Allyson. I like pizza, have 2 of the cutest kids ever, and I sing. How's that for some info.

Now, I feel it only fair that you play the game in return. Come read and comment. (ewww, did I just do that. I hate when people ask me to come read their stuff, just because they commented). Oh well, yeps I said it.

Lipgloss Ninja said...

Hey! I am not new..you may know me as Simply-Mel but this is my alter-ego. :-)

I have been crazy busy painting my house and refurbishing furniture not to mention that its end of school year in SA so that means dance recitals, prive-givings, music recitals blah blah blah.

And lets not even talk about getting ready for 7 weeks school hols and christmas around the corner.

But yeah, I read you, I love you but have been *slack* on the comments.

Olivia Carter said...

I have been a slacker on my blog commenting. But I'm here, reading, and LOVE YOU!

Date Girl said...

Psshhhh woman you know you are awesomesauce. You get so many comments per post!

Nothing too exciting going on with us lately. Work started letting me work from home 3 days a week, woot woot! So I should be blogging a whole lot more. ;-)

Thanks for my gold star, I loves it.

Heligirl said...

Hello awesome lady. Jen here, AKA Heligirl: The Positive Discipline Mommy. Just stopping by from Seattle to let you know you are awesomesauce. My comments are way down too. I think folks are just really busy out there in blog land. No bother. Just write what's on your heart and get out there when you can. :)

cornflakegirl74 said...

I know what you mean. I get really sad when I pour my heart and soul in a post and don't get much of a response. I'm wondering if people are just prepping for the holidays and otherwise really preoccupied??

Similarly, I feel as though I have been a bit of a blog-comment-slacker myself lately. Boo.

Thanks for the gold star :)

Oh, and I'll leave you with a quote to kick off your weekend: "We must be the change we wish to see in the world."--Gandhi :)

Clemson Girl said...

You know I was just thinking that I've been lurking way too much lately and need to comment more often. I know I love me some comments too. come visit.

Shelley said...

Hahaha! I should do this on my blog too. I have a decent amount of followers and yet I'm lucky if I get like 6 comments. WTF? Oh well. I haven't been as interesting as I could be so I can't say I blame them! I'm just glad I haven't seen my followers leaving me yet!

You stop by my blog every once in a while. Hi, I'm Shelley, and I'm a Mistyholic!

Nancy said...

Hi! It's me! Nancy!

Jessica said...

I love you and you're totally an addiction. I've just been busy with this thing called school. If you're wondering, I would totally pick you over *that* if I could...any day. Somehow I just don't think that's best for my future right now.

*sigh*

So, I'll settle for reading your posts at 2 am because I MUST know celeb gossip...and I love you! :)