Easter Panic!

Happy Easter.

I just accidentally erased every single feed on my Google Reader. (200+ blogs.)

Years of finding great writers and POOF! Gone into the black night.

(breathing into a paper sack)

((Would it be poor form to compare Jesus rising from the dead to my Google Reader reincarnation? You know, like a new start? Free from past sins of the fathers?))

(((Going to pray for forgiveness.)))

Do I read your blog? Should I read your blog? What blogs do you love? Suggestions? (Seriously, don’t be shy. This is a desperate call for ASSISTANCE.)

  • Nate

    March 23, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Oh man, this gives me chills. Going now to find a way to back up my Google Reader…

  • Nate

    March 23, 2008 at 7:59 am

    …and yes, you should read my blog. Though to be completely honest, I can’t think of a single reason why, unless you really like golden retrievers and lots of sacrelige.

    Actually that’s a great reason!

    Oh, but I DO read your blog! (In fact, you were one of the inaugural adds in my Rebuilding Google Reader 2008.)

  • barbetti

    March 23, 2008 at 8:06 am

    I always add my blog feeds from bloglines to my favorites folder. And then I export that, because oh yes, this has happened to me and I only have 49 remembered blog feeds from my previous 200. But life is remarkably more simple now.

    And I don’t know as I’d recommend reading my blog. I’m very neglectful of it; I’m sure the Internet is preparing a criminal neglect case against me.

    But Happy Easter anyway!

  • Kathryn

    March 23, 2008 at 9:14 am

    Man, that sucks. Can we find a way to blame Ramon?

  • slynnro

    March 23, 2008 at 8:16 am

    I am so dumb that I only started using Reader like 2 months ago! And yet, this is my worst nightmare.

  • hannah m

    March 23, 2008 at 8:29 am

    Holy crap. I have never dreamed up this possibility and I am freaking out…because this is so something that would happen to me. You have my unmitigated empathy, sister!

    Take a couple of shots of whatever you need (vodka? tequila? limoncello to be festive?) out of half a plastic easter egg. Maybe that will subdue a bit of the pain. (Re-)collecting your blogs will be like your grown-up easter egg hunt today. Just keep that bottle and 1/2 and easter egg nearby. Happy hunting.

  • Rhi

    March 23, 2008 at 8:30 am

    I am breathing in to a paper bag for you – can you share with us how you did this so we can, um, NOT DO IT?

    Yes, good point! Okay, obviously, I’m not really SURE how it happened (it was just SO FAST!), but I have all of my feeds categorized into 3 folders. I was attempting discard the multiple folder idea and move all the feeds into one folder, which I did. THEN, I tried to delete the two folders that I no longer wanted (after transferring the feeds into the remaining folder), and when I hit delete, it erased ALL feeds out of ALL the folders. Shit.

  • Danielle

    March 23, 2008 at 8:42 am

    That blows. Really. Blows.

    But isn’t it sort of cleansing in a way…

    (focusing on the positive)

    You should read my blog. You won’t necessarily get anything out of it. But sometimes I’m funny. That’s what the voices in my head tell me anyway.

    And- I’ve been getting lots of comments on my hair lately. Which makes me think in my head “Whoorl would be so proud”. (even though you have no idea who I am because I only stalk your blog)

    Good luck!!

  • Alicat

    March 23, 2008 at 9:44 am

    well, you SHOULD be reading me, but I’m not sure if you do anymore. :) heh. (This is ali formerly of something so clever)

  • vague

    March 23, 2008 at 9:45 am

    Oh man, I would totally cry if I lost my google feeds! Maybe you’ll wind up finding a bunch of new stuff this way, though.

    Here’s what I read, though that list isn’t 100% up to date — I think, sadly, some of those blogs are basically dead. But it’s a pretty good list.

  • Beth

    March 23, 2008 at 8:49 am

    Wow, that’s a lotta blogs, woman.

    So, while this mishap may appear tragic, perhaps it’s the universe’s way of saying, “Whoorl, winnow down the list.”

    As for reading me, I’ve been boring myself lately. I can’t fathom how much I’m boring others. But if I ever get my Stella-esque groove back, there might be something worth reading. (Though I did whip up a post the other day featuring a video clip of Ciaran Hinds looking dashing, talking about “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day,” [which EVERYONE should see]. So that alone is worth a visit.)

    I think I might have been exaggerating on the blog number. I remember taking it down to about 100 a while ago, but then I started adding again. Regardless, I am making a point to keep it around 100 this time. (Maybe. I just love me some funny blogs.)

  • Meredith

    March 23, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Wow, that’s so scary! Well not oooh scary but man, I’d have a lot I would miss out on if I did that myself scary. :-)

  • 180/360

    March 23, 2008 at 9:01 am

    I personally think Easter is the perfect time to spring clean your feeder; declutter, rid yourself of unnecessary blogs, minimalize, then pick up some new feeds for ’08. :)

  • Jen

    March 23, 2008 at 9:18 am

    I don’t know if you read my blog, but I read yours, and you do follow me on Twitter, and I think we’re contacts on Flickr, too. So if you haven’t read my blog yet, I guess that’d be the next step in our virtual relationship. :)

    (Hoping you find some wormhole back to a day ago when all your feeds were still properly housed in your Google Reader. That sucks!)

  • Anna

    March 23, 2008 at 10:05 am

    Yikes! That is so scary. Thankfully I have a lot of them backed up on Bloglines. Still…

  • abbersnail

    March 23, 2008 at 10:17 am

    Yikes! Good luck, woman. I didn’t even know that could happen!!!

    …off to figure out how to back that shite up!

  • Janssen

    March 23, 2008 at 10:22 am

    Oh, YIKES! I would have a heart attack. I’m around 160 and there is no way I’d remember all of them.

  • Laura

    March 23, 2008 at 11:24 am

    If you’re not already, you should be reading Holly at Nothing but Bonfires, she is fabulous! And Fabulously Broke in the City, Chirky, Dooce, Amalah, Thirty Before 30, My Big Fat Italian Life… these are all favourites of mine. I also love Brazen Careerist and Meg Fowler. Good luck refilling your feed reader!

  • Tina

    March 23, 2008 at 10:46 am

    I thought the title of this post was “Easter Picnic.” And I read it and kept waiting for the “picnic” protion of the program to be described.

    You don’t want to read my blog. I am a moron.

  • jonniker

    March 23, 2008 at 11:11 am

    Wow, apparently I don’t read enough blogs, because I’m only at the 55 mark. It explains why I am always the last to hear of any Web Fracas, though.

  • janehatesdick

    March 23, 2008 at 11:17 am

    I don’t know that my blog is worth reading. Once in awhile I write something sort of brilliant, but in between… let’s just say there’s an awful lot of blathering about things that probably nobody cares about.

    Go read Bella at http://beyondthemap.blogspot.com/. She is brilliant all the time.

  • SleepyNita

    March 23, 2008 at 11:43 am

    You could read me, not so much of a commitment I only update a couple times a week…. but seriously – I am more interested to see who people recommend.

  • Angella

    March 23, 2008 at 11:47 am

    I personally believe that Jesus is laughing at your comparison. Because He has a sweet sense of humour. He also liked wine.

    I think you and I read a lot of the same people, so my “Fantastic Finds” (Of which you are one. Obviously.) on my link page may be of assistance.


  • Jennie

    March 23, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Wow, that sucks…Sometimes I get so overwhelmed that I think losing all of them might be sort of a relief, but who am I kidding? I’d be freaking out, too. So sorry.

  • whoorl

    March 23, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    *UPDATE* I currently have my new and improved reader up to 48 feeds. (My links page came in VERY handy, you see.)

    I think this was a blessing in disguise. A little spring cleaning is good!

  • seven

    March 23, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    How did you do that? I’d like to know so I never do it.
    I’m so sorry…
    I’m pretty sure you don’t read my blog, but I’ve been reading yours for a while now. I like it.
    Good luck!

  • Heather B.

    March 23, 2008 at 12:09 pm

    I once erased my entire feeds on purpose to clear out some of the blogs I don’t read at all. I reentered everything from memory. It was actually kind of interesting to find out what I actually do read compared to what I had in my feeds.

  • LVGurl

    March 23, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Don’t forget me! You know, for when I post every other week :D

  • Lisa

    March 23, 2008 at 3:13 pm

    I’m pretty sure you don’t read my blog either. But thats ok… I use my favorites folder in Safari, but I am too lazy to transfer them over to Firefox, which works a lot better. Maybe it is time for some spring cleaning of my own…


  • Suniverse

    March 23, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    Pathetically, I’m using Bloglines, but if that happened . . . I would be sitting at my computer staring at Yahoo thinking, “I know there was more than this on here.”

    Good luck getting your list back!

  • Spandrel Studios

    March 23, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Yikes, I feel for you, I really do. A similar thing happened to me a few weeks ago with my newsreader.

    Hopefully, you’ll be able to reconstruct it somehow. And then back up your list of feeds from time to time in the future (that was my husband’s advice when something similar happened to me).

  • Sarah-Rose

    March 23, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    Wow. I’ve just started ading my favourite blogs TO my favourites. I’ve been relying on my memory and other peoples links pages!
    There are at least … I don’t know how many that I’ve read, loved and promptly forgot about.

  • Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah

    March 23, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    Is it possible that your google reader will be ressurected in six weeks?

    *ducking – just in case*

  • Miguelina

    March 23, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    I understand why you panicked – but now I’m thinking of deleting and starting over from memory – like Heather B. suggested. Sounds kinda nice, actually.

    (oh, and you did add Stuff White People Like, right? Because it’s pretty darn funny.)

  • Jen

    March 23, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    eek! I just read your explanation for how this happened so that I DO NOT accidentally do this myself. I would be lost without Google Reader! Good luck getting things back in order…!!

  • Sizzle

    March 23, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    That would FREAK ME OUT if that happened. AAAACK!

  • bethany actually

    March 23, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I recommend She Likes Purple, though you are probably reading her already. :-)

    (And me, of course.)

  • Jessica

    March 23, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    I read you…My husband reads you… Sometimes we pretend to be you and D… and then I remember that we live on opposite coasts, I weigh like 100 lbs more than you, Jon weighs like 200 lbs more than D…Oh and i have like FOUR more kids than you… So pretending to be you, it gets WICKED hard sometimes. But living in a fantasy world isn’t so bad right?
    All joking aside, I’ve been reading you for forever and a day, or at least 2 years and I love it. When I was in the hospital with my one twin daughter, I read ALL of your archives. I was UBER bored. You kept me very entertained. So thanks for that!! :)

  • Gretchen

    March 23, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    I’m so sorry. My 2 favorite somewhat “lesser known” blogs are:



  • Bri

    March 23, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Yikes! You are welcome to read me, I’m not on Dooce’s level, of course, but my five readers like me. ;) I think I’ve found some new blogs to check out just by reading the comments.

  • Valerie

    March 23, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    Oh no! You can read my blog whenever you want, but my hair isn’t as good as you:


  • Luisa

    March 23, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Pick me! Pick me!

    Ok, all jokes aside, here are a couple of blogs I would recommend :

    http://www.collegecallgirl.blogspot.com (Stories of a college call-girl. She writes fabulously)

    http://www.postsecret.blogspot.com (PostSecret. If you have not heard of this yet, then you haven’t lived)

    http://www.thesartorialist.blogspot.com (Scott Shuman is The Sartorialist. He basically gets paid to take pictures of pretty people.. Bastard)

  • lulu

    March 23, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    I read you too! I think you might already read DaMomma, and Dooce, but in the spirit of sharing I’ll suggest them anyway, :)
    I barely ever post anymore so I don’t think anyone reads me, which I’m on my way to making peace with, after I finish feeling like a loser. :)

  • janet

    March 23, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    you read mine sometimes, you know, when I remember to pay you. kidding!

  • laura

    March 23, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    of course you should read my blog….five kids (4 girls and the only boy) from young adult to teens to pre-teen to kindergarten age (with special needs), a grandbaby on the way, a husband and a career as a baby catcher and baby-saver in a busy level III NICU what else would i be doing but juggling?
    seriously, i don’t presume to think you do read my blog, but you should and the fact that 1500 people curious about my coke bottle glasses has nothing to do with that.
    now to make sure my blogroll is bookmarkerd and current should my google reader decide to die too.

  • Ilana

    March 24, 2008 at 4:28 am

    I only just found you like a week ago, but I have been thoroughly enjoying you! I would highly recommend boobsinjuriesanddrpepper.blogspot.com. I swear this is some of the funniest and most touching writing I have ever stumbled across. Also http://www.thebigmamablog.com and boomama.net.

    If you are really bored, ya know insomnia or the cable is out or something you can pop over and visit me…but mine is just a baby blog, only having just realizing that I could harness the power of the internet to dump out the contents of my brain and burden other people with them.

  • Brad

    March 24, 2008 at 4:38 am

    Ugh. Sorry for your loss. I hope your reader goes the way of Jesus.

    I’m at http://almostlucid.com. 1’s of people think I’m fascinating.

  • BeachMama

    March 24, 2008 at 4:59 am

    Now that sucks. I didn’t realize that the readers could be cleaned out! Must find a way to back up the system.

  • Karly

    March 24, 2008 at 6:33 am

    At least you have Easter chocolate to comfort you, right? I’m off to hug my reader and tell him how I much I love him and beg him to never leave me.

  • Anna

    March 24, 2008 at 8:00 am

    Can you use your cache or browser history to restore most of them? My browser keeps a history of a week or so. If yours does the same, you can find anything you’ve read in the last week.

  • Allison

    March 24, 2008 at 8:17 am

    I would be in heaven if I knew that my dippy little blog was read – even once – by you. I mean, you are the creator of my oft-complimented hair, and the love of my life.

    Oooh, perhaps I’ve gone too far.

    Anywho, I like to think I’m funny once in a while, and every now and again, people tell me I’m funny. And I get a huge kick out of comments on my blog, but I think there are like, 3 people who read my blog, based on comments….

    But I digress… I’m sorry for your loss. I hope the resurrection of your feed proves to be as miraculous as that of the Savior of the World —- or close enough.

  • Angela

    March 24, 2008 at 8:36 am

    That is just so horrifying to me. See, this is why I like it when applications check and then DOUBLE check that you really, really mean to delete something or close without saving. I am forever pushing the wrong buttons. Good luck getting your list back up to speed–I for one am enjoying all of these recommendations!

  • Nothing But Bonfires

    March 24, 2008 at 8:57 am

    Would it be really weird if I said I didn’t use Google Reader or any of its ilk? Because I don’t. I prefer the surprise of popping all over the Internet and waiting with bated breath to see if people have updated. It brings a little excitement to my day.

  • kat

    March 24, 2008 at 9:26 am

    feel free to read mine. although it’s not too exciting. ;)

    one of my favorites is the husband and wife –
    chris: http://www.rudecactus.com
    beth: http://www.sothefishsaid.com

  • Lara

    March 24, 2008 at 9:49 am

    Of course, you should totally read mine. But I think you already do. :)

  • Amanda

    March 24, 2008 at 9:54 am

    Ok. I feel like such an old lady here… but I have no idea what Google Reader is… sounds like something I need to Google.

  • Amanda Brown

    March 24, 2008 at 9:55 am

    I like to kick it old school and I just click through my links about a thousand times a day. No Google Reader for me. Hope you get all your good reads back soon, though, and Happy Easter!

  • Robyn

    March 24, 2008 at 10:03 am

    You are my cautionary tale of the week. I’ve lost track of old blogs I enjoyed by switching computers, but never the old “merge folders” trick. Of course, though I miss those old blogs, it was a blessing in disguise because it inspired me to go out and find new ones.

    Which is how I found you! Yay!

    You can check me out if you likey. You can be like my 9th reader or something.

    (Perhaps just to be different, I should have said, “Don’t even think about checking out my blog. It blows.”)

  • andrea

    March 24, 2008 at 10:06 am

    I’m with Amanda and Holly, no Google Reader for me. I like the excitement of bopping around to see who has a new post up. A little archaic, but with my hum drum life I can use any excitement I can get.

  • Sara

    March 24, 2008 at 10:57 am

    I really like Quinn, Mimi Smartypants, and Rob, along with the standby blogs like Schnozz, Sundry, and Amalah.

    Oh, and I don’t know if you should read my blog, but I’m willing to exploit your misfortune: Read my blog! Thanks. :P

  • Aimee Greeblemonkey

    March 24, 2008 at 10:57 am

    God, that must be sceery. The funny thing is I have mine in like three places for this exact reason. Bloglines and on 2 of my Mac Mail RSS readers.

    But anyway, you know you are on my Reader, and hopefully I am/was on yours. Smooches.

  • Annika

    March 24, 2008 at 11:00 am

    You should (and possibly did) read my blog because Sammy is ridiculously cute and I am moderately amusing.

  • TheSpectrum

    March 24, 2008 at 11:28 am

    Yikes I’m so sorry! I stalk you but would never tell you to stalk me because I don’t really write about anything relative to what you write about. I just kind of want to kidnap your child. Is that weird? So sorry about the lost blogs!


  • andrea

    March 24, 2008 at 11:32 am

    I delete/add/replace blogs on my blog reader all the time. Feel free to stop by my blog only to look at my pictures so you can say: GOOD GOD WOMAN! SIGN UP TO HAVE WHOORL GIVE YOU MUCH NEED ADVICE!

  • Erica

    March 24, 2008 at 11:39 am

    I would like to oh-so-modestly recommend my blog to your Google reader. One blog…five writers…it’s like five blogs in one!

    And in the interest of unselfishness, The Bloggess gives me the giggles. You should read her, if you’re not already.

    I somehow happened upon The Bloggess last night, and OH MY GOD, I haven’t laughed that hard in quite awhile. I’m currently writing her a love poem.

  • Michelle & the City

    March 24, 2008 at 11:43 am

    hi! i just started reading your blog not too long ago on the suggestion of a friend. (she mentioned your thursday hair posts when i was struggling on a new ‘do)

    this post definitely stressed me out! i do have a blogroll for backup though. and that’s where i’d recommend finding some great reads if you’re still looking :)

  • SarahThe

    March 24, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    You could read my blog! It’s sometimes funny, always real, and often with pictures.

    And if you’re not enjoying: http://3191.visualblogging.com/ , you should be. It’s like a breath of fresh air every evening.

  • Kaili

    March 24, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    Seriously that would be AWFUL!!! I need a paper bag just thinking of the possibilty of it!
    I don’t know if you read my blog, but come on over for a visit.

  • Rattling the Kettle

    March 24, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Hmmm…and “accidental” delete-all may be just the solution to the 250 unread items that have built up in my reader over the past (busy at work) week.

  • gwendomama

    March 24, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    i think you should read my blog because i am wito’s biggest fan.

  • Audrey

    March 24, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Oh, man, what a nightmare! I’m glad to see (upon skimming the comments) that you’re well on your way to getting it all restored!

  • Muse

    March 24, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    I feel your pain .. something very similar happened to me – difference being my blog died and was resurrected

  • Loralee

    March 24, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    Hmmm…I am actually thinking that is a lot of ways this sounds really appealing.

    Starting fresh! New! A chance to reevaluate things with out having to actually hit “Unsubscribe”!

    I’m a little jealous. Although, considering I am a well-known techno-dork, it COULD be something that I could “Accidentally” pull off.


    I would love to throw my hat in the ring for some bloggity attention from The Amazing Whoorl.

  • Jennifer

    March 24, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    You should read me to get your daily (or weekly) dose of spectacularly poor writing.


  • -bill

    March 24, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Well if you like movies, I try to write a quick and pithy honest review. once a week. :)

  • chirky

    March 24, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    I’ve never been able to develop an addiction to Google’s Feed Reader. Now, BlogLines, that’s a different story.

  • Mad Woman

    March 24, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    Well, I love your blog, read it all the time. I’ve just started on my blogging adventure fairly recently but think I’m pretty ok. Haha. A little self deprecating and self loathing but funny in between.

    Feel free to read sometime.

  • Jamie

    March 24, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    in the interests of whoring myself out, make sure to add my blog – http://parallelfirst.blogspot.com

    Also, when I read the first couple lines of that post, a shiver large enough to measure on the Richter scale went up and down my entire body. I’m so sorry! What a pain in the arse.

  • Kandace

    March 24, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    Oh that sucks. I kick it old school and just check in on my favorite links all day – it helps break up the day. Mmmmmmmmk, I think you should read me if for no other reason than the fact that my daughter, Aspen, is about a month younger than Wito and I know you are totally up for another mom whoring out her babe.

    In addition, I stumbled on http://shewalks.blogspot.com and seriously I keep going back for more – the archives are like nougets filled with carmel buttery goodness – so she knits, you can see past that can’t you?

  • Blythe

    March 25, 2008 at 3:05 am

    You’re on my reader, I have no idea if I was on yours, but here I am!

    I think most of my favorites are already on your blogroll. In fact, why do I even have a blogroll? I’ll just use yours from now on.

  • natalie 42

    March 25, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Fourfour is a damn funny blog.

  • Jana

    March 25, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Sorry about your disaster, but I am enjoying everyone’s suggestions. You’re providing a real public service here: warning us of the dangers lurking in Google Reader plus all of these great new(ish) blogs to read! If you check out my blog, you can see my suggestions in my links.

  • Sarah

    March 25, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    You don’t read my blog that I know of (well, you haven’t commented, in any case), but you SHOULD be reading these, in addition to my pretty little Pink Ceral and Raspberries, of course…if only because my fabulous boyfriend is a fellow Oklahoman living in California:




  • Undomestic Diva

    March 25, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Fine. Go ahead and read my blog.

    And btw, I have been known to rise from the dead (every morning!) not unlike Jesus.

    OK, so that was wrong. Then again, that’s what you’re in for with me.


  • CP

    March 25, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Please come read my blog! I’m brand new and would love to have one little visitor come by….. :)

  • Tricia

    March 25, 2008 at 9:40 pm

    I think in EST it’s already past midnight. Here it’s only 9:40. :(

  • Kristin

    March 26, 2008 at 5:55 am

    One of my favorite blogs is Mimi Smatypants. I’m not sure if you read her before but she’s really good.

  • Tanya

    March 26, 2008 at 11:07 am

    I would love to say you should read my blog, but I would rather you watch my show – it’s a sitcom only available online!


  • Molly

    March 26, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    If you like shoes, wedding planning and grilled cheese, then, yes, you should read my blog. Because I read yours and adore it!

  • Tricia

    March 26, 2008 at 7:00 pm

    I’m not sure my blog is all that um… blogtastic, however, I’d like to offer up the following. All of which, I am sure you already have. But hey, whatever.


    BTW, i’m a new reader, but I already love you.

    is creepy, no?

  • Heather

    March 26, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    I just ran across your site today and really enjoy it.

    You are welcome to check out my sites:

    I really enjoy:
    http://www.thepioneerwoman.com – amazing photography
    http://patti-o.blogspot.com/ – super funny
    http://www.smittenkitchen.com – omfg the food

    Best luck rebuilding =D

  • amanda

    March 28, 2008 at 8:55 pm

    You could check my blog out if you’d like. :)

  • Maggie

    March 31, 2008 at 7:47 am

    hi- i love you and your hair. i read your blog all the time. i think you’re neato.

  • Victoria

    April 1, 2008 at 9:37 pm


    You should read my blog, but you probably don’t, but I’m not very funny/awake right now so it might be boring, but um hi!

    Plus, I’m shy so… yeah, ok.