I googled “blog meme” and found a meme about blogs. Scary.
1. Do you like the look and the contents of your blog?
Yes, I love the template I designed. I will someday redo it without tables, and web designers everywhere will cry for joy. I think that will have to wait until border-image is implemented in all the browsers, though.
And yay for the contents! I get far too much enjoyment from going back and reading my old posts.
2. Does your family know about your blog?
My immediate family, and some online members of my extended family, know. My grandmother, who doesn’t own a computer, doesn’t, but that’s not because I’m hiding it from her.
3. Can you tell your friends about your blog? Do you consider it a private thing?
I always tell my friends about my blog, because I crave comments. Comment, people. Feed that ego.
I do write about intensely private things here, but that’s because I’m very open. I don’t care who knows. In fact, I’m interested in hearing outside opinions about my life.
4. Do you just read the blogs of those who comment on your blog? Or do you try to discover new blogs?
Well. I don’t always read the blogs of my commenters. Alas. I will always go to their blog when I first see their comment, but that doesn’t mean I’ll blogroll it. And for those I do blogroll, there’s no guarantee I won’t unsubscribe later. There just isn’t enough time in the day; I have to set priorities.
I do seek out other blogs, usually through the blogrolls of bloggers I already like.
5. Did your blog positively affect your mind? Give an example.
Yes. I was insane, and my blog cured me.
Well, in the years I’ve been blogging, I have built up the good habit of writing every day, which is a positive effect on my brain, I suppose. I don’t know if my blog has made me smarter or more stable in any way, however.
6. What does the number of visitors to your blog mean? Do you use a traffic counter?
pair offers logs, but I hardly ever analyze them. I lost all my old logs because I had downloaded them and deleted them off the server. Right now I have an automatic Analog report here, which covers the logs that I have left, but it doesn’t really tell me much. I am interested to see what posts people apparently came in on.
7. Do you imagine what other bloggers look like?
If I do, it’s not consciously. I instead have kind of a feeling about people. Sometimes seeing a picture of a blogger changes the feeling, but not in a harmful way.
8. Do you think blogging has any real benefit?
I hope it does, or I’ve wasted a lot of time!
Actually, yes, I think blogging provides a valuable resource for my future biographers. So too will Dandelife (which Will pointed me to the other day) as soon as I actually put some information on it.
9. Do you think that the blogsphere is a stand alone community separated from the real world?
It’s not completely separate, but in the sense that I do not talk on the phone or in person with the people I interact with on blogs, yes. Bloggers are affected by what happens in the real world, though. In some cases those real world events can bring bloggers together, and in others they can cause rifts. Just like they can in regular relationships. Really, the blogosphere is more like a club than an alternate universe. It’s a subsection of society, but it’s still part of society.
Wow, the wind sounds awesome right now. I have my window open and can hear it sweeping through between this building and the apartments across the way. Leaves are rustling, but the main sound is the wind itself, gusting and then fading away.
10. Do some political blogs scare you? Do you avoid them?
They don’t scare me, but I do avoid them. I read blogs to hear stories and to learn about art and culture and design and things of that nature.
11. Do you think that criticizing your blog is useful?
I prefer the word “critiquing”, and sure. But then again I love analyzing everything, so I will always say that more analysis is good.
12. Have you ever thought about what would happen to your blog if you died?
Yes, but I haven’t written out instructions for that yet. I should.
13. Which blogger has had the greatest impression on you?
Jeff Laitila of Sushicam. (Ha, you thought I was going to say Magazine Man, didn’t you?) Jeff’s was the first “photoblog” I ever read (I put that in quotation marks because he always had stories as well as photos, and not all photoblogs do). His photos inspired me to take more pictures and try new things. I don’t know how long it will be before I’m at his level, or if that will ever happen, but I’m positive that if it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t have tried.
MM does come in second. His blogging has shown me that everyday occurrences and childhood memories can be epic. I already knew that, to an extent, but having the fact demonstrated over and over again leaves a big impression.
However, unlike with Jeff’s photos, this impression hasn’t yet moved me to actually do anything. Many of the bloggers who post over at MM’s place leave comments like, “You’ve inspired me to work harder at my blog!” I’m not one of them. (Unfortunately?)
14. Which blogger do you think is the most similar to you?
Oh, bleh. Most bloggers are similar to me. They follow memes, they fill out questionnaires, they write about what’s annoying them or why they’re in a good mood. They use their blogs as a diary/journal, with no overarching theme or purpose other than to make themselves happy. The main difference is that I’m not sure all those other bloggers feel like failures for it.
And yet, as I’ve stated, I do like my blog. If I wanted to have a successful, high-readership blog, I’d start a new one with a plan and stick to it, rather than try to reposition this one.
This blog will always be my baby, and I’ll always come here first. Even if it’s only for me.