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I’ve had an epiphany, and also a realisation.

OK, we all know Ree so I won’t need any links or anything (well maybe later). I haven’t been blogging all that long, and Ree was one of the first blogs that I came across that made me think “hey, they’re not all geeks an anarchists, and this one even has a sense of humour”. Like most people who either stumble on or are directed to Confessions of a Pioneer woman, I stayed loyal and my loyalty has been rewarded by not only consistent laughs, but also a friendship that I value.

In the early days, Ree had a few regular readers and averaged around 10 comments per post, which built up rapidly to average around 20 comments before it just exploded to the point that now you have to make an appointment to make a comment. On the other hand, I average around 15 comments per post. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining (like hell I’m not), I love each and every one of my blog friends (that’s not quite true but I’m too scared to risk offending Melissa by naming her).

This got me to thinking, “what has she got that I haven’t (apart form a gazillion readers)?”. I mean our similarities are almost freakish, except that she’s a she and I’m a he; and she raises cattle and I watch television; oh, and she’s very positive and wholesome and I’m, well I’m just not; she has four kids whom she home schools and I’ve never had kids (but I did go to school); she lives in America and I live in Australia (see, both start with A).

It’s obvious that on the surface there is very little difference between us. So why then, is she doing so good while I’m just taking up server space? Come on, don’t tell me you haven’t asked yourself the same question. We’re bloggers for chrissake! Don’t give me that crap about it being cathartic, there’s gotta be some ego involved or you wouldn’t write.

This morning I left a comment on Ree’s latest post about one of my earlier posts. About three hours after I left the comment it occurred to me! The simple truth is Rees is just plain smarter than me. Her post had 17 different photos (yeah I went back and counted them, its my Virgo side) of preparing and cooking a steak, which would have taken about 5 to 10 minutes, meanwhile I was able to produce 1 photo of cooking beans in a pot, which took me 6 hours. You do the math.