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Friday, October 06, 2006

Just Curious...

There are a few questions about blogging that I have been pondering for some time. I have my own answers for each of these questions, of course,but I'm very curious to know the answers and opinions of other bloggers. I would love to have some feedback, so I'm leaving this post up for awhile. Feel free to leave your answers in comments, or you can email me.

1) Why did you start blogging? What was your motivation?

2) If no one ever read your blog, would you still continue to blog?

3) Are there specific areas of your life that you don't blog about, or do you feel like nothing is too personal to blog about?

4) Do you sometimes add a blog to your blogroll simply because that particular blogger added you to theirs?

5) Would you consider it offensive or rude if you repeatedly commented on someone's blog, and they never commented on yours? If so/not, why/why not?

6) Do you ever feel pressured to post just to give your readers something to see?

7) Would you ever consider meeting a fellow blogger in person? Why or why not?

8) Have you ever considered deleting your blog, only to keep it going so as not to disappoint your readers?

9) Is there any situation that would ever cause you to stop blogging?

10) Have you made any close friends in the blogging world, a person you feel as if you have really connected with?

Well, that's it for now. Once again, any feedback would be greatly appreciated.


Blogger Tami said...

Okay, here goes:
1. Somehow, I came upon a blog that I loved. It was called Girl On A Bus. I fell in love with the way she wrote and the things she wrote about. From her family, to nature, to the jobs she had held – it was all impressive and all interesting. I began leaving comments on her posts and one day she asked me why I didn’t have a blog and then encouraged me to start one. It was a few months later, but I did start one. It looks the same today as it did all those years ago. Have I mentioned I do not like change? ;)
2. Hmm, probably not. I would probably record certain life details on the computer, but not on the Internet for the world to see. I would still take loads of pictures, but it definitely would not be the same.
3. Unfortunately, I have not blogged about certain things that have happened to me in the last five months. This isn’t my choice though. I feel that I would be sued if I said all that I wanted to say, so I choose to not say anything rather than leave something out.

That is in my life, but the life of my relatives is different. I would never post anything that I thought might embarrass or humiliate them. I am always very aware of the things I tell, but believe me people, things can be the equivalent of a three-ring circus sometimes.

I do have a family member who could care less what I write about her. I don’t though because she tells it all on herself, so I figure it’s old news.

4. I have before, yes. What kills me though is the people who I do have on the blogroll who never update. I think it would be better to update once a week than not for a month or more. If that’s going to be the case, they should post something saying they will be on vacation for a bit.

I had one guy on my blogroll years ago when I first started. He didn’t update for over a month, so I dropped him from my list. When he came back to the blogging world and saw what I had done, he dropped my blog from his list. I’m sure it hurt his feelings, but how was I to know that he was taking a break?

5. No, because this is the case with several of my daily reads. I may have a huge interest in them, but they might find me totally dull.

6. I have felt pressure before just knowing there are people who visit me everyday. I want them to be pleased. Then again, if I don’t want to post – I don’t.

7. Absolutely! As a matter of fact, I will go so far as to say that I would trust anyone on my blogroll to spend the night in my house. I have been reading most of these people for years, so if they were evil, I think I would have spotted it by now.

8. Yes, I have considered deleting it, but it was for the wrong reasons and I see that now. Disappointing my readers had nothing to do with it though. I don’t feel that I have an abundance of readers anyway, so that aspect didn’t come into play.

9. Yes. If I felt for one second my family was in any kind of danger, I would stop. Actually, I would notify the police, and then stop.

You know what though, if I “just got tired” of doing it or considered it a chore, I would stop. For me blogging is an outlet, but it’s also fun.

10. Yes, but I haven’t asked for any phone numbers as the long distance calls would be astronomical!

Stacey, I want to hear your answers!

10:42 AM  
Blogger PJ said...

Just stopping by to say thank you for your kind words. I appreciated your support.

I think these questions over and get back.

12:01 PM  
Blogger PJ said...

1) I started blogging to keep some kind of journal online. I have always kept notes and journals, but then it turned into being part of a whole community of bloggers. I found I love reading other blogs and leaving notes. In my working life I was a writer so I guess blogging is a way to keep my writing going, but not for profit anymore.

2) Yes I would still blog. Like I said, I always kept journals and no one ever read them.

3) I pretty well blog about anything that comes into my mind. I suppose some things I would not put out there from my personal life, but then I don't have a life anymore to put out there. LOL

4) Yes. I do add bloggers to my blogroll when they add me to theirs or sometimes, more often than not, I add a blogger because I read their blog all the time and I think others would enjoy them too.

5) No I don't feel it is rude or offensive if another blogger does not comment on my blog. I like hearing their views on my blogs, but it isn't anything necessary. If I read their blog anyway and have something to say, I will continue unless they ask me not too. (that hasn't happened yet)

6) I do feel I should post at least several times a week so people don't worry. I know I have been quite ill at times and there is such a caring group of people that come to my blog to read. If I am gone over a couple days they get upset, so I try to post everyday or at the very least every other day.

7) I would rather not meet other bloggers in person. Not that I am afraid to, but I come to know them in a certain way online and to meet them might be a huge disappointment. I don't believe anyone should put their photos out there for the same reason and for safety. You never know what lurks out there.

8) Actually, I have deleted my blogs. I have also moved them for various reasons.

9) I suppose I would stop blogging if I were too ill to do it. Sometimes I get a bit depressed and don't feel like blogging, but I don't quit.

10) I have connected with a lot of people. Great people and I love them for who they are not what they are. I don't care about color, religion, political arena or anything else. I only know them from their blogs and that is enough for me. I sometimes blog about religion or politics, but anyone is welcome to air their comments also at anytime. I don't discriminate.

12:08 AM  
Blogger Tami said...

Are you going to blog about your opinions?

5:10 PM  
Blogger Lori-Lyn said...

1) I started blogging when a childhood friend of mine sent me a link to her blog. I didn’t know anything about blogs, but I loved the idea –so I promptly started one.

2) Yes. I blogged for quite a while with just one or two readers. I love it – I feel like it helps me shape my thoughts and get clarity. I like looking at my own blog, so yep, I would keep doing it.

3) I am not a particularly private person. I don’t mind sharing my thoughts and feelings with “the world.” I don’t blog a great deal about my political views or religious beliefs. I try not to reveal anything personal about the people in my life who wouldn’t want those things revealed.

4) That has happened, but quite frankly, I don’t spend as much time on my blogroll as I should. There are blogs on mine that I don’t read anymore and I read some that aren’t on there.

5) There are several blogs that I frequently comment on and I’ve never heard back from them. It doesn’t bother me – Some blogs have a lot of readers and it can be difficult to keep up with all of the comments, I’m sure. I often look at the blogs of people who leave comments for me, and sometimes I don’t comment.

6) Yes, sometimes I do.

7) There are some bloggers I would love to meet in person.

8) No. My readers may some day wish I would delete my blog!

9) Hmmm…I can think of situations that could persuade me to blog under a different name, blog more privately, but not stop all together. (I really love it.)

10) Yes. There are several people I consider close friends that I got to know through blogging.

2:58 PM  
Blogger PJ said...

So how was your Halloween? Did the kids dress up?

2:04 PM  
Blogger Gette said...


1. To leave my mark on the ether. I hoped to somehow leave a picture of who I was then/am now to the future me and my kids.
2. Probably.
3. I tend to avoid certain topics or mask them if my readers are too familiar.
4. No
5. No
6. Nah. I'd rather wait until I have something worth saying to post than just post space filler. My readers may feel otherwise...
7. Have done. Was fun!
8. No
9. I suppose an illness or family emergency would take priority over blogging. A stalker would make me regroup.
10. Yes

11:45 PM  
Blogger Psychodiva said...

1) I wanted to show my art to my friends and family- then it just took off into something else

2) Yes- now its a diary for me- it helps me remeber what was going on and what i was thinking

3) some things I won't because I know my dad reads it (I'm 46!)

4) no- I have to go look at it and see if I like it

5) no I wouldn't- I know I get too busy to do much more than skim blogs - so i don't expext others to do more than me

6)no- I only post when I feel like I have something to say or show them- sometimes I can do three or more on one day and then not post for weeks

7) yes I would- thats how I met one of my friends

8) no

9) Not really- I'd have to be paralysed

10) yes

2:44 PM  

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