It seems like it's getting harder and harder lately to stay on top of this whole blog thing. I think it's the cycle that gets created after having been a blogger for period of time.
In a few weeks I'll be celebrating my 2 years from this little perch up on the cloud, and during this time I've accumulated dozens of friends and commenters as well as a healthy blogroll of amazing bloggers to read for myself.
In general, this should be considered a good thing. No, a GREAT thing for sure. But sometimes the time involved in cycling through all these wonderful sites is more than a guy can keep up with. So suddenly you look and your feedreader says you have 97 unread posts and you kind of gasp and think, "Oh crap - I can't even imagine all the cool stories I'm missing out on!"
And then you start to imagine that all these people think you're an a-hole for not showing up for several days and that you're one of those selfish bloggers who wants everyone to come to your site, but don't feel the need to have to visit their site in return.
And then you start to feel a ridiculous kind of imaginary stress about the whole thing and begin to imagine that if you don't visit some of these blogs in the next 5 minutes, NO ONE will ever come back to your blog again and even if you were to write the most inspiring or hysterical post in the history of all blogs ever written, you would not even receive ONE comment - because everyone hates you and has abandoned you.
And then you calm down and look at the whole thing realistically and realize that you're overreacting, because come on, it's just a blog and fun hobby - not your career. And besides, everyone else who does this is probably experiencing the exact same kind of "backlog" and no one is really thinking any of these things at all.