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September 30, 2010

hey everyone! hope you had a great last day of september.  mine was fantastic, thanks for asking.

breakfast, lunch and my snack were all boring today.  how about i skip the details and go straight to the good stuff?

moves

kristen and i decided to hit the high school track for another fun workout.  it was a cardio day and both my lower AND upper body are still super sore from my lifting workouts this week.  i sucked it up and did the best i could, regardless of my sore muscles.

we went to a different high school today and there were bleachers on both sides of the track.  for our workout, we ran the north and south ends of the track and then we ran up and down the bleachers (which were on the east and the west sides of the track).

the bleachers were 30 steps high, so we would go up and down twice for each set of bleachers and also run the length between the steps.  that is a total of 120 steps per bleacher, and we did a total of 12 sets of bleachers. sooo.. the math freak in me says we did a total of 1440 steps! and 6 times around the track total.

i know that ramble means nothing to you, but i like to look back and see what i did. so there :)

meals

before the workout, i had prepared green chile chicken enchiladas for dinner.  i had marshall pop them in the oven while we were exercising.  when we got back to my house, all i had to do was heat some black beans and dinner was ready!

i never use the same ingredients or measurements when i make enchiladas.  that is one reason i love them: they are so versatile.  tonight’s ingredients really worked well.

green chile chicken enchiladas with mushrooms.

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ingredients.

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  • 24 oz chicken breasts, boiled & shredded
  • 28 oz can green enchilada sauce, divided
  • (2) 4 oz cans diced green chiles
  • 15 oz can petite diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro (or more if you are me), chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, chopped
  • 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup cheese, shredded
  • 16 tortillas (i used some wheat and some flour)
  • optional garnishes: black olives, avocado, salsa, sour cream, greek yogurt, shredded cheese

directions.

boil your chicken, let cool, shred with two forks.  the plus side of boiling your chicken is you can put it straight into the pot of water while the chicken is still frozen, no need to thaw.

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set aside 1 cup of enchilada sauce.

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combine chicken, remaining enchilada sauce, green chiles, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms and cream of mushroom soup.  if your husband hates mushrooms, don’t add the mushrooms until you’ve filled his half of the enchiladas!!

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fill a tortilla with some of the filling.

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roll up tightly and place in 13 x 9 pan.  repeat with remaining tortillas.  i was able to get 16 enchiladas but it is always different because i never fill them the same.  if you have leftover filling, you can make extra enchiladas or do what i do, save it and use it as a delicious topping for nachos.

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see the toothpicks? they are to help me remember which is which.  this was interesting.. i made 3 white tortilla no mushrooms or onions, 3 white tortilla no mushrooms, 2 wheat tortilla no onions, 2 wheat tortilla with mushrooms and onions. gotta please all 4 of the eaters!  then i made a separate pan of 6 enchiladas with the remaining filling, which had onions AND mushrooms.. which means i will be eating those (marshall doesn’t do mushrooms, in case you are just joining us.)

pour the 1 cup of enchilada sauce over enchiladas.

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sprinkle with the cheese. IMG_0223

you now have a boatload of enchiladas!

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cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until they are warmed through.  remove foil right at the end so the cheese gets nice and bubbly.

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i served the enchiladas with chips, salsa, guacamole and black beans.

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for my garnishes, i did greek yogurt, guacamole and kristen’s mom’s yummy salsa.

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nutrition info based off using my wheat tortillas, which are 80 cals/11g carbs/5g protein per tortilla, pre-garnishes and 16 enchiladas for the entire recipe.

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the guacamole was made lovingly by marshall.

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he used avocado, greek yogurt, lime, salsa & salt and pepper.  IMG_0232

delicious!

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great dinner :)

the next chunk of this post is going to be very verbose and, to be honest, may bore quite a few of you.  if you really don’t care about the issue of commenting on blog posts, feel free to skip!

i recently stumbled upon a new-to-me blog.

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hollaback health is a blog that is geared toward healthy living bloggers of all kinds.  there are several different contributors who offer advice and know-how when it comes to blogging.  how did i not know about this blog previously?  the day i discovered it.. i read nearly all the posts.

um, the blog has been around since last march.  yeah, i was reading for hours.

anyway, they cover such a broad range of topics! these topics include (but are not limited to) blogging respectfully, not plagiarizing, spelling & grammar, how to network, the difference between mindcasting and lifecasting, and commenting.

commenting.

that is what i wanted to elaborate on today.  there are two sides of commenting: you are the one leaving the comment or you are the one receiving the comment.  hollaback health had two great posts that talked about both ends of the playing field.

the comments you leave on a blog post.

hollaback’s post on the topic can be found here.  (i am going to copy and paste some of the content, but don’t worry.. i have asked for their permission.) basically, they broke it down into two groups: reasons NOT to leave a comment and reasons you SHOULD leave a comment.

here are the lists.

cases where you should definitely leave a comment:

  • If you’re new to the site and want to offer a compliment.
  • If you identify with something the blogger has revealed.
  • If you have a question about something in the post.
  • If something in the post struck you as truly amazing [note: these comments should be used sparingly] Example: “Holy crap, I never thought of adding THAT to my oatmeal!”
  • If you disagree with something the post states to be true AND can offer an insightful rebuttal.
  • If you’re entering a giveaway or are answering a question asked by the blogger.  There will be a buttload of comments on that entry, but hey – they asked for it.  Comment on, commenter.

i agree with this list completely.

i also wanted to add that i also think it is great to comment if you simply are blog friends with someone and want to comment on something (or everything) in their post. blog friendships are often stronger than real life friendships (you may be shocked to hear that, but it is true) and one way these friendships grow is through supporting each other through comments.  that does not mean you have to or should comment on every single post from every single blog friend.. but if you just want to say “hey, fun to see what you have been up to..” and ramble on about what you think of their post, that is a great idea. i love getting these sort of comments from my blog friends.  i never keep track of who comments on what post, nor do i care, but it is always great to hear from a friend.

onto hollaback’s second list.

when leaving a comment is probably a bad idea:

  • To simply plug your blog.  “Networking” is more than dropping a couple of empty words on every site you visit; a comment isn’t a business card.  And for chrissakes, don’t put your URL in the body of the comment.  That’s spam, and it’s tacky.
  • To remain relevant.  If you’re still subscribing to a blog, still giving it pageviews, and still commenting when posts deserve comments, congrats – you’re still doing a great job as a blog reader!  But not every single post warrants a comment, so if you find yourself scratching your head over what to type before finally deciding on “your salad looks yummy,” don’t waste your time.
  • To give unsolicited “holier-than-thou” advice.  If a vegan blogger has a headache, don’t tell him or her that meat is the cure.  Conversely, don’t preach vegetarianism to a carnivore unless they ask for it.  If a runner has an injury, don’t tell them they’re stupid to keep running.  Be respectful of each blogger’s autonomy; if they didn’t ask for advice, you’re probably better off keeping it to yourself.
  • To address a potentially sensitive issue.  If, for instance, you believe a blogger is showing signs of disordered eating/exercising, a comment in a public forum might only make them defensive.  A carefully constructed e-mail would be a better place for such concern.
  • To give nonconstructive criticism.  If you’re going to attack a blogger personally, at least do it in as helpful a way as possible, and definitely don’t call them names or use derogatory language.  Hurtful comments will usually only get you ignored.  If you want to have a real impact, start an intelligent conversation, not a mudslinging contest.

i think this list is so helpful and SO true.  the first bullet is right on the money.  i appreciate finding new bloggers and part of the way i do that is through the comments they leave on my blog.  but if you leave a comment that simply plugs your own blog, chances are i will not be subscribing or reading your blog.  if you leave an honest comment that somehow relates to my post and i see you are a new commenter and have a blog of your own, i always check that new blog out. always.

the second bullet is something i used to be guilty of.  when i first started reading blogs, i thought i had to comment on EVERY post on EVERY blog i read.  i honestly thought i would hurt feelings if i stopped commenting on peoples’ posts.  then i had a wake up call. for one thing, it is impossible to always comment on all the posts of all the blogs. it’s ridiculous. and for another thing, the blogger really does not get offended if you don’t leave a comment all the time.  if they are your friend in blog land, they will automatically assume you are still reading.  that’s what i do.  i realize that a lot of people don’t have the time to leave comments or really just enjoy reading what i have to say, but don’t necessarily have something to say back.  that’s fine.  and when i don’t get comments from people, guess what? i don’t care.  i love hearing from everyone, but if i don’t—no big deal.  i had to realize this one on my own. now i don’t feel pressured to leave lame comments that consist of a sentence of unmeaningful content, just for the sake of leaving a comment.  that’s a waste of everybody’s time.

the rest of the list also contains great examples of what you shouldn’t leave in the comments section.  that sort of thing is better kept to yourself, but  if you really feel like you need to say anything of that nature, you would be better off sending it in a private email.

i wanted to share these lists with you because i felt like i could really relate to hollaback health’s point of view.  gone are the days of feeling obligated to comment.  i do ask questions at the end of all my posts, but that is not to get comments.  it is to engage my readers and it really is fun to hear all the different answers.  sometimes my questions are serious, sometimes (okay, most times) they are silly.. but i always read every single answer with a smile on my face.  i don’t care if i get 1 or 100 comments on a post.. i just love to hear from whoever feels driven to comment.  with that said, i want someone to comment on my posts because they want to.  not because they think they need to.

i recently stopped commenting on as many blogs as i used to.  this way, i am able to read and enjoy more blogs and when i do leave a comment, it is of higher quality.  i am sure many of you have noticed this decline in my commentary, but i am also sure not a single one of you is offended. that is what i love most about this community.

the comments you receive on a blog post.

and now for the second post from hollaback health that i wanted to elaborate on.  it is in regards to responding to comments and can be found here.

truth be told, i used to never reply to my comments.  sure, i would reply to any questions asked.  but just a regular comment? no, i wouldn’t reply. this is because i wasn’t aware that i should reply to anything other than a question.

after blogging for quite some time and being involved with several other blogs, i realized i was getting a number of replies to the comments i left.  i never expected to get a reply to the comments i left, but when i did.. it was always nice :)

i wanted to start responding to the comments i received on my own blog.  unfortunately, a wordpress hosted blog does not have an easy way to reply to comments via email.  you can receive the comment in your inbox, but when you hit “reply”, it actually replies to the comment thread, not to the email address of the commenter you want to reply to.  in order to send the person an emailed reply, you have to delete the “to” field and copy and paste their email address into the “to” field before sending your reply.  it may not sound like a big deal, but if you are trying to reply from your phone or if you have several comments to reply to.. this is a very tedious task.

i did the copy/paste method for awhile, but that got old.  i decided to try responding to comments in the blog post’s comments section directly.  i was doing this for awhile and then i realized something: i don’t look back on other peoples’ blog posts after i comment, so how would i know if the comments i was replying to in my own blog’s comments section were getting seen?  was it just a waste of time?  no idea.

lately, i have been trying to be more involved with both the comments on my own blog and on other blogs.  i like that conversations are held in the comments section and i want to try to be more involved this way.  the hangup i have is the time it takes to reply to individual comments, but i am trying to reply to more than i have in the past.

anyway, hollaback’s post touched on when a reply to a comment is a good idea:

  • [If the comment is] the kind of thing you’d reply to in real life with more than just, “Thanks!”, Then you should reply with a comment.
  • If a compliment is made on a specific point in the post, I recommend responding. It is important to give personal attention to comments that convey a personal anecdote that is relevant, tips related to the topic of your post (e.g. “Try spelt flour instead of coconut flour in your pancakes!”), and/or related links on the topic. Think of your blog post as giving a speech; if someone came up to you after the speech and said the same thing she wrote in her comment, would you have a real conversation about it? If you would, then have that conversation in your comments.
  • If there isn’t much to say back, you don’t need to respond. Responding to every comment can come off a little fake. We know you’re overachievers, but most people don’t expect a response to every comment they write.
  • If the reader divulged some very personal information, you might want to consider responding via e-mail as opposed to the comment thread. It’s good to comment, “I’m going to e-mail you about this because I have a lot to say on the matter!” This lets other readers know that you care enough to respond, but sometimes it’s better done in private.

i have based my replies lately on the first bullet point above.  i realize not everyone is looking for a reply.. but if i have something to say about their comment and i have the time to say it, then i am going to.

it is hard to decide if i want to do the replying on the post itself or in a private email. with the private email, the commenter is sure to see the reply.  but at the same time, other readers are not able to see the reply.  i think i like the idea of everyone seeing my reply, especially when it is a question and the answer is something everyone can benefit from.

i guess there is no conclusion to this one.. but i thought it was an issue everyone should think about when it comes to their own blog and the comments they receive.  i will continue to type my replies to comments in the comment section itself as i have been lately, so please check back on the post if you have time!  if you don’t, i totally understand, because i usually don’t check back on comments i have left myself. see? what a strange situation.  i would love to hear what you, as a commenter of my blog, would prefer in terms of how you receive a reply.

well that is the end of my comments on comments. told you it would be verbose ;) thanks to the girls at hollaback health for letting me pick their posts apart and use their great thoughts on my post tonight.  make sure you swing by the hollaback health blog for more awesome tips on blogging!

and now, i am spent. i am in an enchilada coma and i have cookies to bake.

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why, you ask? (pretend you asked..) well, tomorrow, october 1st, is national homemade cookies day! i am going to bake some to take to work.

i will be back tomorrow with october’s national food holidays as well as my own set of goals for the month of october. oh, and some flashback friday, of course!

Qs~

1. on commenting: how do you determine what posts you comment on? do you feel obligated to leave comments? if you are a blogger, do you respond to your comments? which ones? if you are a reader/commenter, do you expect a reply to your comments or just your questions? discuss! would love to hear your thoughts on all of it. personally, i don’t feel like i have to comment on posts and i also don’t expect people to comment on my posts unless they want to. i am going to try to be better at comment replies.. make sure you start checking back if you do comment something that you’d expect a reply on :)

2. enchiladas: green sauce or red sauce? i am a green gal all the way! but red is nice every once in awhile.

xo. janetha g.

94 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2010 9:17 pm

    I love you.
    That is all.
    Well, that, and I want your abs…but that’s another story.

  2. September 30, 2010 9:20 pm

    I don’t like being told when or what to comment and I don’t want my readers to feel like they need to follow certain protocol either. Sometimes I just want to say “Hi”, but I have nothing amazing to contribute to the comments – I think I should still be able to say hi :)

    So, um. Hi.

    • September 30, 2010 9:29 pm

      i always love to say hi to you :) i agree, like i said up there, one reason i comment is to keep in touch with blog friends, that is how our friendships grow! and they will grow even more when we hang in san fran!!!!!!! :D

  3. September 30, 2010 9:25 pm

    What a great post! I have been commenting less and less, because I don’t want to comment for the sake of it, and saying “hey, the same breakfast you’ve had for a week looks awesome…again” seems ridiculous. I notice that the less I’ve commented, the less comments I eventually get but it doesn’t matter. I’m reading what I want to read, and I comment when I think it’s useful or necessary, not just for the hell of it. I used to try to plug my blog, but once I noticed people did it on my blog, I stopped!
    I respond to some comments, it just depends if it strikes me as funny, interesting or anything else, and I just send an email. While I don’t feel like I’m super involved in the blog world, I have made a great personal friend here in Boston who I have a lot of similarities with. Other than that, I do hope to meet other people, but I don’t want to feel obligated to post on anyone’s blogs, or expect anyone to post on mine. There are some posts I don’t get a lot of comments on which can be disappointing, but I do know people are reading!
    Oh, and I like mole on my enchiladas :)

    • September 30, 2010 9:28 pm

      ahahah.. yes.. that comment about the breakfast cracked me up. when people comment on things like that of mine i wonder, if they really that impressed with the same thing or are they just commenting to show they read the post. but you are right, you know people are reading and getting quality, relevant comments is more fun than generic ones.

  4. September 30, 2010 9:27 pm

    I’m a new reader to your blog and have never commented before. Your post tonight made me want to comment, because they are all such great points.

    Sometimes, I feel like I have to comment when people leave me a comment. I don’t think it’s bad thing, because I am new-ish blogger and would love for people to leave me comments. It might sound selfish but I like it when people stop by that are new readers (or old ones) and leave me a comment. I have been trying to get better at replying to people’s comments, even if it is just to say thanks for stopping by if they are a new reader.

    Ps- your cookies look delicious and have me craving some now!!

    • September 30, 2010 9:39 pm

      leigh, thanks for commenting on this one! it’s always nice to hear from new people. i don’t think it is selfish to enjoy a comment. that is one of the best parts of blogging–to get feedback from all your hard work!

  5. steph permalink
    September 30, 2010 9:28 pm

    holy crap! we make our enchiladas the same!! i love green chilies! the only difference is i usually add half a packet of taco seasoning to the chicken. p.s. i miss you!!

  6. September 30, 2010 9:33 pm

    this post was really helpful!
    i still consider myself pretty new to blogging and commenting, so i needed to know some of this stuff.

    i usually only comment on posts that are informative (like this one), i’m trying the recipe, i have a question, or i’m trying to be supportive.

    • September 30, 2010 9:38 pm

      the whole hollaback health webpage is really helpful–and i am an old blogger. i found tons of useful info!

  7. Jackie permalink
    September 30, 2010 9:33 pm

    Hi Janetha! I have been reading your blog for well over a year and have never commented (or on any other blogs I follow, for that matter, mainly because I rarely click out of google reader.. unless wait, is there a way to comment from the reader pane?!) so I thought this was a good opportunity to finally say hi! and also, your dogs are so stinkin’ cute.. they are my favorite pups in blog land.

    • September 30, 2010 9:37 pm

      penny is peering over my shoulder and you made her blush :) randy is in the kitchen begging for cookies, but i will let him know you said that.

      i WISH there was an option to comment in reader! that would make life amazing!!

  8. September 30, 2010 9:39 pm

    I always respond to the comment when I get an email. I click reply in gmail and then it automatically goes to where it will reply in the comment section. Then, I also add the commenters email so they can see it as well. Best of both worlds!

    • September 30, 2010 9:42 pm

      i knew i kept you around for a reason! that’s so smart. it must be your new glasses that give you these brilliant ideas ;)

  9. September 30, 2010 9:53 pm

    Enchiladas are never a meal I would have thought of to make for one person (I am only cooking for myself 99% of times) but it actually looks like it would be pretty easy to make a smaller pan and then have leftovers. Yum!

    I actually didn’t realize that when you click “reply” to a comment in the comment email on wordpress it doesn’t go to the commenter’s inbox! Silly Caronae. I guess there is no good solution. I’ll probably keep doing that and hope that people check back on the thread, especially if they left a question, which I always answer. :)

  10. September 30, 2010 10:05 pm

    I usually comment if there’s a discussion I feel like I can contribute to (like now), or if I want to comment on something that was super awesome in the person’s post. I used to comment a lot more than I do now, but I’d rather pick and choose which valid comments I leave than just leave meaningless ones everywhere.

    I always try to respond to comments that ask me a specific question (although sometimes they get lost in my black hole of e-mail and I end up replying a little late), and if I feel like I have something valid to say in reply I’ll say it. But sometimes if someone gives me a comment that makes me smile extra big, I still say thank you :)

  11. September 30, 2010 10:29 pm

    First off: tomorrow is national homemade cookies day? You should make cookie ENCHILADAS….I have no clue how this could happen without making it a crepe…maybe make the dough extra-thick, and roll the “beans” (chocolate chips) and “meat” (walnuts?) up in them…and top with strawberry preserves, marshmallow fluff, and orange sprinkles (“cheese”)….this sounds so super-decadent, but both the enchiladas and the cookie dough in this post looked so good, my first thought was to combine them…..ok way too much rambling. Moving on.
    I love seeing replies to comments within the post itself as opposed to email – when I comment AND on others’ blogs. Interaction fascinates me, and you can find out just as much about someone by the way they respond to others as you can through the post itself. That is not to say you should always comment back with the intention of other blog readers reading it, but it’s good to keep in mind when you’re debating email vs blog replies. And it’s always fun to come visit a post on which you’ve commented and see a response :)

  12. September 30, 2010 10:49 pm

    Very interesting post girl!! Question: how do you find out about all of these odd holidays? I want to celebrate them more than I do but dont usually know about them until I read your posts. THANKS

  13. September 30, 2010 11:14 pm

    comments are tricky. i agree that i comment more often on my bloggie-friends blog posts than others, but also comment when necessary on blogs with authors i am less close with – you are one of those examples – i appreciate your blog posts, but not every post is something i feel the need to comment on, unless you cook something that in my mind is absolutely fabulous, do something really fun, or just generally brighten my day with your words. otherwise i feel as if i’m being fake by sorta marketing myself and my blog with a comment that means very little, like “those enchiladas look fabulous!” i mean, don’t get me wrong, they do, but i can make my own enchiladas (thank you very much ;)) and appreciate the fact that you discuss more controversial topics on your blog such as this! so thank you :)

    mad love!
    -sofia

  14. September 30, 2010 11:16 pm

    I have so much to say about commenting, but this guest post abby (from “I have issues”) said it best on my blog http://edenseats.wordpress.com/2010/08/06/be-our-guest-post/

    As far as enchiladas, I’d say green, although I think I like orange better (pumpkin enchiladas)

    • October 1, 2010 1:09 pm

      abby always has amazing insight! and i love pumpkin enchiladas, i need to make mine ASAP!

  15. September 30, 2010 11:24 pm

    I used to comment on everything, but in the last six or so months have started commenting only when I really care about what the blogger had to say.

    Also, I know you aren’t self hosted, but for others who are, there’s great plug-ins that automatically e-mails the original commenter when you or someone else replies to their comment on your blog. Everyone wins! :)

  16. September 30, 2010 11:45 pm

    As you know, I’m a big commenter, even long before I had my own blog.

    I’m like PHEW, I thought the post was gonna say ONLY stay relevant to whatever the blogger posts as questions. I’m so guilty of ignoring the questions because I’m so busy commenting on some other random part of the post. But I’m just weird like that. :)

  17. October 1, 2010 12:06 am

    This was a very helpful and very insightful post! I’m a new blogger, so at this point I always try and reply to comments made on my blog. Simply because I’m trying to get to know readers and make blogworld friends as well! I can definitely see myself slowing down on the replying as I get more established (for lack of a better word!) and possibly more commenters. Also, I find myself feeling bad if I reply to one comment, but not to another. Especially if there are only a few comments on a post!

    That being said, I try to only comment on other blogs if I have something to say that entails more than just “wow, that looks yummy!” lol But for real, thanks for this post, I am going to refer back to this often!

  18. actorsdiet permalink
    October 1, 2010 12:19 am

    loved this post! thank you for linking to that other blog too – it’s cool. i have found that it is much much easier to just be able to read posts and then comment when inspired. it’s a lot of work commenting!

  19. October 1, 2010 4:47 am

    wow, thanks for that awesome website! I usually leave comments when I can relate to a blogger or realy am impressed with a meal, workout, etc. So needless to say, thats a lot because there are so many talented and amazing bloggers (like yours!). I love the honesty, the outlook, and the overall passion!

    By the way, green chili sauce wins my vote!

  20. October 1, 2010 4:50 am

    When it comes to commenting, I feel like I have a select group of blogs that I read every single day. I feel like these people are my friends and when I comment, its kind of like I know that I am catching up with my friends. It’s really important that I always at least say “hi” just to let them know that I care. I feel that if they are important enough for me to read their posts everyday, I can take a second and let them know I love them! :)

    mmmmm, cookies! :) Love you girl.

  21. October 1, 2010 4:59 am

    i love this post, janetha! and i HAD noticed that you’ve been replying back to comments the last little while…thanks for taking the time to do that. when i leave a comment, i do try to check back later (because i leave comments when i am inspired by the discussion or the questions posed)…and it’s great when the blogger DOES take the time to respond.
    thanks for pulling together the “do’s and don’ts” of commenting, too.
    i love your blog because you do inspire discussion. and your blog style feels just like i am sitting and listening to a friend tell me about her day. love it! :)

    • October 1, 2010 1:43 pm

      thank you for the compliment! i find it is easiest just to write the same way i talk.. glad to know it is working.

  22. October 1, 2010 5:24 am

    I read that Hollaback post and thought it was great!

    I’ve cut back on my commenting, too. I don’t want to comment just to comment. Although, I admit that I will comment consistently on blogs that don’t get many comments or a blog that is new and just starting out. It really means something to them to get a comment so they know that someone is reading their work!

    I’m LOVING your enchiladas! That is a great party idea. Bookmarking….

  23. October 1, 2010 5:39 am

    I need to find someone to do a track workout with….sounds like a lot of fun and talk about good bonding time! Ow ow ow those enchiladas- fantastic. Big batch= lots of leftovers=awesome. I usually use red sauce, I think its about time I give the green a go. Is the favor totally different or? Interesting thoughts on commenting/receiving comments. I have to say the most annoying thing is when someone always leaves the same comment on your blog and it essentially says “that looks good”. While I appreciate the props…not everything I make looks good hahah. I always try to respond to questions asked in the comments. I think its best to do this via email (if you know the person) or to respond in the comments on their blog. When people respond to the comment in their comments and it doesn’t email it to me…I always forget to look back! Hope you are having a fantastic first day of October.

    • October 1, 2010 1:45 pm

      i definitely think red and green sauces taste 100% different! and yes, everything you make looks good.. ha!

  24. October 1, 2010 6:01 am

    Great post! Really interesting topic.
    Over are the days I comment on every post as well. I still read my favorite bloggers’ posts every day, but I only comment if I really have something to say! I like when people do that on my blog as well… though I appreciate the support of my readers, empty comments are a bit annoying.

    I have NEVER had enchiladas with green sauce, only red [which I love]!

    xo
    Kris

  25. thedelicateplace permalink
    October 1, 2010 6:22 am

    i’ve never eaten an enchilada!!! but i do love the green sauce :) i don’t comment intending on getting a reply unless i’ve asked a direct question pertaining to the content of the post like: hey where did you find that product or texture/taste reviews. i think you have to have a bit of a thick skin to blog in the first place. you cannot let the interwebz destroy your soul. seriously people, let’s get real ;)

    • October 1, 2010 1:46 pm

      NEVER?! that’s a downright shame. get on the enchilada train! stat!!

  26. October 1, 2010 6:34 am

    Oh gosh, you are reading my mind! I was just telling Cerina all those things the other day. Oh, and there’s one that bugs the heck out of me- when someone leaves a comment that shows they didn’t even read it! Like i’ll get ones that say, “oh I love that you ate a muffin” and I never said anything about eating a muffin. Bad example but you know what I mean!

  27. October 1, 2010 6:46 am

    Hear you on the commenting. If I’m going to comment on someone’s post is determined by a lot of things. First it’s about if I have time and am physically able to comment (I do a lot of phantom reading!) Second, I want to make sure I have something important to say or ask. That way I don’t feel obligated but if I want to I can! I would never want someone to comment on my posts because they felt like they had to either! I like green AND red! Christmasssss

  28. October 1, 2010 7:06 am

    Very interesting points. I comment less than I did four months ago. I think it’s because I started using GoogleReader. Sometimes I can click on the page to comment, other times I have to scroll back up to the top of the page and then open the blog in another tab (I am generally too lazy to do this).

    I have never made enchiladas before, but love them. This might be a weekend recipe! How spicy is your recipe? Thanks!

    • October 1, 2010 1:48 pm

      it’s isn’t spicy at all. the green sauce is very mild, but i believe you CAN buy a spicy variety. if you want some heat, add jalepenos.. my husband is anti-spicy!

  29. October 1, 2010 7:06 am

    You know, I’ve never really given it that much thought regarding how/why/who/where I comment. If I have something to say, I say it. If not, I don’t.

    Being new to a city (well, an entire State and other side of the country), it’s been really great becoming involved in the blog world and making blog friends, especially since it can be difficult at times to make friends in “real life” when moving 1,200 miles away from home. I like to “pipe up” now and then to say “hi” and offer words of encouragement and for those I leave comments, it means you are one of *maybe* 20 blogs I follow. 20 out of how many blogs out there??? Hopefully when I leave a comment bloggers know that I’m interested in their lives or their content and not just trying to come up with something to say:)

  30. October 1, 2010 7:14 am

    I love the novel length comments you leave on my blog! I get excited when I see your name pop up in the comments because you always have good insight or just make me laugh.

    Great post! Hollaaaaa!!!!!

  31. October 1, 2010 7:19 am

    i always try to follow those rules, leaving comments when i really mean it, but sometimes I do it just to let people know i’m reading, or to say hi :) i’m still trying to get over the guilt thing when i just can’t keep up with everyone’s posts, but it’s tough! i respond to questions, but don’t really otherwise, only b/c i never go back to look at my own comments on other blogs… not enough time!

    and did you save me some enchiladas?? :)

    • October 1, 2010 1:51 pm

      sorry, just ate the last one! ;) it took me awhile to get over that guilty feeling, too, but now that i just comment when i can or want to–it’s so nice!

  32. October 1, 2010 7:23 am

    i think it’s nice to comment even if i don’t have much to say…letting blog friends know i’m thinking of them is important to me…you’re right! it grows the friendship :)

  33. October 1, 2010 7:23 am

    Agreed with every point on this post. Especially you adding in to comment if you just feel like saying something to a blog friend. I’ll say hello without any insightful comment or question just because I want someone to know I read and was thinking of them. But no, don’t do that all the time and on every blog because then i would have NO life. LOL

    And green sauce for enchiladas. Yum!

  34. October 1, 2010 7:47 am

    Great point! We don’t have to be too scared of what we comment about. Simply making blog friendships is just as relevant, important, and fun :) Thanks for pointing this out, and reading up on Hollaback!

  35. October 1, 2010 8:14 am

    Sometimes I simply don’t have enough time to respond to comments – I am much more of a reader as opposed to a commenter lol. I do love to send e-mails when I have a chance, but wish that wordpress would improved their reply back functionality…

    Green Sauce all the way! I really have been wanting to make sweet potato and black bean enchiladas…one of these days I’ll mark it off the to-try list :)

  36. October 1, 2010 8:15 am

    um.. how did you know that I’ve been craving enchiladas for the past week now?! I can’t find the green sauce out here.. I guess east coasters only like the red!? I’ll keep searching… yum!
    ps.. still working on my GP for ya.. I know I’m a slacker!
    xoxo
    Morgs

  37. October 1, 2010 8:25 am

    i think you’re right on the $$ with this one… and thank you for taking the time to write it all out! i was gonna say it, but it looks like lisaou11 already beat me to it about responding to a comment via the blog as well as through e-mail to the commenter. i think that’s the best way to keep the conversation personal and interactive. it’s funny cause i used to be all gung-ho about commenting on other people’s blogs & waiting to see my question answered, but now i hardly have time to read blogs, let alone write my own! funny how blog priorities change :)

  38. October 1, 2010 8:55 am

    I was never sure about the commenting thing so your post gave me some food for thought! I’m a new blogger so haven’t been “around the block” so to speak. Anyways, because i’ve thought this for awhile but never posted, I do love your blog and thanks for the great link to Hollaback….good things Hubs is out this weekend so I can spend lots of time reading!

  39. October 1, 2010 8:55 am

    So glad you found my post helpful, as well as others by my fellow talented Hollaback Health ladies (I learned a ton from lifecasting vs. mindcasting too).

    This is my first time on your blog but will definitely be back!

    PS if I have cookies for breakfast, it’s because of these drool worthy photos you posted :)

  40. balancejoyanddelicias permalink
    October 1, 2010 9:10 am

    great post! I agree with you! there’s no need to comment all the time. I used to feel obliged to comment… but now I just comment in the posts that I really like or feel a need to say something.
    I don’t replied to all the comments, but definitely try to reply through email to comments that contain question. I know it’s bothersome to reply by email but from my own experience (I don’t usually check back if I leave a question), I know the only to really give the answer is through email. ;)

  41. October 1, 2010 9:11 am

    Hi Janetha,

    Thanks for sharing the link to the Hollaback Health, I have never heard of them until you mentioned it. Based on your post, they seem to have a lot of helpful blogging tips.

    I started my blog and it was private for a few months. Then starting July I thought I would start making my posts public and see where it goes. When I started getting comments, it was a new thing for me. Each comment felt like an “introduction when you first meet a friend” since I didn’t know who was reading my blog. In this case for me, it was helpful when the readers commented, (any comment) because I got feedback and questions. Some readers are shy, those who are not familiar with the blog world and will not leave comment and send email instead. So I made extra effort to respond to the shy readers when I finally see them leave a comment.

    As for leaving comments on blogs, iI leave comments when I have something meaningful to say…even if I am the 1,000th commenter and probably won’t get read by the blog author.

    On with the food…can you tell me if you know how long enchiladas keep in the refrigerator? or if they freeze well? I would like to cook a batch and eat it throughout the week.

    Thanks,

    ~ Lea

    • October 1, 2010 1:55 pm

      thank you for sharing your story with us :) i know i am not one of those bloggers who gets a thousand comments.. but i know i read each and every comment i get. i love each one! sometimes people say “well i am like the 100th comment so you probably won’t read this…” but that isn’t true! i read every one!

  42. Nicole C permalink
    October 1, 2010 9:21 am

    1. I don’t feel that I need to leave comments every time, I only leave them if I have a decent comment or in most cases (like today) another random thought or as I call it a side note.

    2. I think I could deal with either sauce, mainly red though. In the past, if it was green I wouldn’t touch it unless it was grapes or money. :)

    Here is my random thought/side note: I think you would really love this inspiration and I thought of you when I read it so here is the link if you have a moment:

    http://www.lemondrop.com/2010/09/29/how-i-recovered-from-brain-damage/?icid=main|main|dl3|sec1_lnk3|174444

    and to her company: http://www.jennaphillips.com/home.php

    • October 1, 2010 1:56 pm

      thanks for the links! off to check them out. lol @ your greens comment!

  43. Michelle permalink
    October 1, 2010 9:32 am

    Hey Janetha! What a great post. I’m new to this whole blog reading/commenting thing and your post was really informative. That’s one of my favorite things about your blog; you always have a variety of posts in addition to great meals and moves. I’ve tried some of your recipes and they’re always a hit with my boyfriend (woo hoo!). Speaking of, his favorite food is chocolate chip cookies so I’m definitely going to try the recipe you mentioned in this post. Have a happy friday :-)

    • October 1, 2010 1:56 pm

      they are seriously the most delicious cookies. let me know how you like them!

  44. lowandbhold permalink
    October 1, 2010 9:49 am

    I spend a lot of time each day reading blogs so I like to comment because it gives me something to do during slow times at work and when I’m watching TV. That said I try not to comment unless I have something pertinent to say. I do make more of an effort to comment on my friends blogs, because it makes me happy.

    I’m glad you brought this up though, I think it’s something we don’t talk about very often and a lot of people feel like commenting is an obligation when it’s really not.

    I like sour cream sauce, not gonna lie.

  45. October 1, 2010 9:49 am

    I really enjoyed reading this Janetha. I also had never really thought about my ‘commenting style’ before…. I only comment when I want to. …and I comment a lot. Sometimes my comments are long and sometimes short, but I would never just make shit up bc I feel like I have to. If I don’t have the time or the motivation, I won’t comment. Simple as that. (and hope no one thinks I’m simply plugging my blog by commenting all the time) I don’t like the commenting system on my vanilla blogger account bc I can’t really respond to my commentors the way I would like to (perhaps by email since I don’t have many hehe). I do respond, but I am also pretty sure no one goes back to read what I said either… and I’m ok with that. I blog for fun!

    My favorite kind of ench… boy, didn’t think this one would be that tough, but it’s hard to decide(ench’s are one of my most fav foods)! If I have the time, I really enjoy making my salsa verde (link below) and using that for the green sauce. I would really like to try my hand at making homemade red saue though… I’ve been researching recipes for a while now and hope to soon.

    http://whatscookinwithmary.blogspot.com/2010/06/salsa-verde.html

    • October 1, 2010 2:09 pm

      thanks for the recipe link! your recipes always sound and look amazing.

  46. October 1, 2010 9:58 am

    i wish i was more into the enchilada thing! especiallybc i have a bottle and a half of tjs enchilada sauce just waiting to be used. i think i’m gonna use it in my quinoa the next time hmmmmm :) enchis are such a great thing to make for when you’re feeding a buttload of people. i feel like jon & kate +8 should have made them more often. maybe they wouldn’t be divorced if they did the enchi thing more often

    i liked this post on commenting! i always comment on my friends blogs even if its not something important i need to say because i feel like its a way of saying hi everyday hahaha

    so hi!

    • October 1, 2010 2:10 pm

      you dont like lasagna or enchiladas? you have something seriously wrong with you, joolie.

  47. Mary permalink
    October 1, 2010 10:08 am

    I loved this post. I never expect a response to comments I leave, but when I get one, I feel like a celebrity responded to me!

  48. October 1, 2010 10:16 am

    I too don’t have the time to comment like I used to, but it’s true that there are some friendships that just exist…even if you NEVER comment on the other person’s blog. I have several bloggers that I consider “friends” that almost never leave me comments and vice versa.

    But… ““hey, fun to see what you have been up to…” :) I always enjoy your blog and like to leave you comments to encourage you to keep blogging and to give you positive feedback, because my days would be sad if I couldn’t read your blog anymore.

    Have a great weekend, J!

  49. elise permalink
    October 1, 2010 10:19 am

    i love these comment tips…i mean it seems so obvious, but people forget that just because you arent face to face doesnt mean a (not very nice) remark doesnt sting.

    anyways, i agree in the quality vs quantity of comments. nowadays i just comment when i have something i realllly wanna say in response to a post. i read them on my bberry sometimes which i cant comment on very easily, so i just star it and later ill comment when i have the time and computer to write it.

    ps i totally made vegan enchiladas yesterday!! green ones! i think we are on a freaky deaky wavelength here. i havent posted it yet bc we are eating them tonight…but i did try one just for poison control and they are gooooooood.

    have a great weekend!

  50. October 1, 2010 10:34 am

    crapping crap! I wish I new it was homemade cookie day, I would’ve totally made cookies for my co-workers. Plus, it’s Friday and who doesn’t love a treat on Friday?! Plus, I make aweseomass cookies and my co-workers would love me even more (as if that’s possible!). Dang. I’m really bummed.

    I never feel obligated to comment, and if and when I do it’s constuctive, has to do with the post, and it’s not forced or fake compliments. I keep it rull.

  51. October 1, 2010 11:11 am

    Well Janetha, now I just feel silly for commenting on your comments about commenting! :P

    I used to try to comment on every blog post of every blog I read too. Then I started reading an ungodly number of blogs and it just became impossible. Now I take the quality over quantity post. I try not to comment unless I have a solid paragraph of things to say and can dedicate a couple minutes to typing it out.

    I do however still try to click over to any new commenters on my blog and pay them a comment back. I never say things like “thanks for reading!” but instead find things in their content I can comment on (does that make sense?).

    As for replying to my own comments, I copy/paste the e-mail address so it goes to the blog post AND the person’s inbox. This way people commenting can see my responses (in case they’re asking the same question) and also the person who made the original comment gets my response right to their inbox! I find it goes by my mood. Some days I’m particularly chatty and want to respond to everyone’s comments. Others I don’t reply to any. Keeping up a conversation is important to having a vibrant comments section though!

    Also, commenting on other people’s blogs is really time consuming for me, because I’m obviously really rambly in the comment fields of others ;)

    <3 !!!

  52. October 1, 2010 11:13 am

    Thank you so much for the helpful commenting advice! I can now avoid future embarrassment!

    I had no idea that leaving a link to my blog in a comment post was considered spamming!

    What a blogging faux paux! I feel so sheepish!

  53. October 1, 2010 11:38 am

    Gah I totally can relate! When I first started blogging- I COMMENTED EVERYBODY!! But I love your commenting “rules” .. those are perfect and so helpful!!
    LOVE YOU!!!!!!!

  54. October 1, 2010 12:04 pm

    I loved reading the “suggestions” for commenting on a blog!! I totally think of commenting in a different way, so it was neat to hear how someone else thinks of it. 1. Right off the bat, I’m SHOCKED that leaving a URL in the comment seems like spam. Doesn’t bother me at all when people do it on my blog and I often include mine in my comments. I just think of it as an email signature, a helpful way to identify yourself. Hmm…. will have to re-think that one I guess. 2. I would never tell a reader when to comment b/c in my opinion it’s always a good time to comment!! Even if it’s just “love this”, it lets me know that you’re reading and responding!! 3. I always, always, always answer the questions people leave on my blog, and usually within 24 hours. I really see a blog as a 2-way conversation and want people to know that I’m listening to what they have to say too.

    Okay, that’s my 2 cents. And I’ll leave my URL out of the comment this time. :-)

  55. October 1, 2010 12:11 pm

    i’ve never made enchiladas but i feel like this is so super easy and tasty! yum yum. i love how you use cottage cheese and greek yogurt in a lot of your recipes because i love the two :)

    • October 1, 2010 12:14 pm

      i love both of them, too. and what is awesome is they are both so healthy! it’s awesome when you end up loving something that is good for you. now if only vanilla bean ice cream was as healthy as cottage cheese…

  56. October 1, 2010 12:24 pm

    So I pick what posts to reply on just based on what sparks my interest! Even if a blogger leaves questions, I will only answer them if they’re interesting to me & I have something to say ;) I just started my own blog so I can’t answer yet about replying to every comment, I’m sure once you get 50+ comments on a post it’s hard to do so!

    In regards to enchiladas, I’m gonna say my favorite sauce is neither of your choices, but MOLE sauce! I’ll definitely end up putting such recipes on my blog as I build (it’s focused on Mexican-American foods made without processed ingredients) and I suggest you try them one day with the mole sauce because I literally don’t really eat enchiladas otherwise – it’s THAT good :) In fact, I’d venture to say that mole changed my life! haha

    • October 1, 2010 12:26 pm

      oh i LOVE mole! i should have put that as a choice. there is a place in SLC that makes the best authentic moles–it is called the red iguana. they have so many different varieties of mole that they have a whole section of the menu devoted to moles alone! if you ever find yourself in my town, look them up :)

      • October 1, 2010 12:35 pm

        I have to say I’ve DREAMED of going to Puebla or Oaxaca and just eating various moles for a week straight! lol. There’s something so amazing about it that I just die over it. SIGH :)

  57. October 1, 2010 1:24 pm

    I’m new to the whole blogging thing, been dabbling in it for awhile, but just recently got serious about it. I really love reading/commenting on blogs, but now I’m feeling all self conscious like I’m doing things wrong!!!!

    Anyway, this blog rocks and I love reading it!!! Have a great weekend :)

    Jen
    http://jenslosinit.blogspot.com/

    • October 1, 2010 1:36 pm

      don’t feel like you are doing anything wrong! there isn’t a right or wrong way to comment. this was just a post i found informative and wanted to share :) thanks for stopping by!

  58. mom permalink
    October 1, 2010 4:47 pm

    Whew that was one GRAND post! I loved the enchiladas but really loved the comments on commenting – great information!! I love to comment but get lazy sometimes…..and I have a real confession – with my limited short term memory I often forget the questions as soon as I have read them – hence my lack of answering them in my comments haha! I promise to do better because I am sure you lay awake at night wondering just what my answers may be :)

    I love to read the comments that are posted and it is fun to see you reply as well – yes I love the blogging community and feel a great connection to the readers of this awesome blog xoxo!!

  59. October 1, 2010 10:41 pm

    I read those post too…I’m obsessed. I have a hard time not responding to comments but I’m getting better with both how I comment and what kind of comments I respond to. It’s all a learning process to me. Thanks for the reminder.

  60. October 2, 2010 1:20 am

    i comment if i really have something to say. Sometimes i don’t have time to comment but i love reading all my subscribed blogs! :) Those enchiladas look so good! I will have to make them!

  61. October 2, 2010 8:22 am

    I reply to comments where the commenter has asked me a specific question or I feel like there is something that I need to clarify in regards to their comment. I do agree that it’s annoying that wordpress responds to the thread instead of to their email. It used to go to the email!

  62. October 2, 2010 8:27 am

    I just recently found your blog and really enjoy it! I like how you separate the meals from the moves, so that if one of your meals or workouts doesn’t interest me, I can just skip over that part without skipping the whole post!

    As far as commenting, when I first figured out that commenting on other blogs was “networking” for my own blog, I commented all the time. Then, when I realized it didn’t actually bring that much traffic back, I stopped for a bit. Now, I just comment whenever I feel inclined–if something in a post resonated with me, or if there’s a particularly beautiful photo. I always love when I get responses on comments I leave on other blogs, so I try to respond to as many of my own comments as possible…even when it is just to say thanks.

    • October 2, 2010 11:27 am

      thanks for letting me know that you like the meals & moves breakdown that i do!

  63. October 2, 2010 1:43 pm

    i think this was a great discussion…a lot of these thoughts pop into my head all the time! i feel badly sometimes that i don’t comment nearly as often as i used to because it feels a bit like not returning a phone call, you know? but i definitely do get to read so many more blogs, and i never feel overwhelmed and i can pop in and comment when i actually have something to say! thanks for the post :)

  64. October 3, 2010 8:11 pm

    Just wanted to leave a comment ;-) (Oh…i’m so clever.) and say I agree with you on everything you said. I comment on a handful of blogs. I used to never comment but a certain sweet someone ;-) encouraged me to reach out to the blog world and I’m so glad I did b/c I’ve made some awesome friends. Sometimes I will leave short meaningless comments just to let the person know I read their post b/c I like them . But most of the time I comment when I either relate, laugh, add to the conversation, or just acknowledge a good post.

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