At Meg’s suggestion, I’m joining in on the meme fun today. You should play, too — leave a comment if you do, because I’ll want to click over and read your answers! Here we go…
1. Do you promote your blog?
Yes, but I try not to be obnoxious about it. There is a link in my email signature, on my Flickr profile, and sometimes I include a link in the descriptions of some of my photos. And I always include the link when I comment on other people’s blogs.
2. How often do you check your blog stats?
Ugh. Constantly. I wish I could stop, particularly because my stats do not warrant such compulsive checking.
3. Do you stick to one topic?
Hahaha — no. Although I’ve had this blog for a couple years now, I’m still trying to figure out what I want to write about…how sad is that. For a while there, I was so inspired by all the craft/making/design blogs I read that I wanted mine to be like those. Turns out, I don’t really create all that much! I just spend a lot of time *thinking* about crafting, collaging, knitting, sewing, painting, etc — I’m an armchair crafter. These days I’m just trying to concentrate on a) writing regularly, both here and in my personal, handwritten journal; b) growing my voice studio; and c) taking/posting nice photographs, both here and at Flickr.
4. Who knows that you have a blog?
My aunt and uncle, several cousins, my in-laws (although, to my knowledge, they don’t read it), a few co-workers, and most of my friends. My aunt and a few of my friends are super-loyal readers (you know who you are — thank you!) However, not everyone who knows about the blog, reads it. Slackers.
5. How many blogs do you read?
I read about 11 daily and then there are a handful of others that I check in on a couple times a week. Is that a lot? I have no point of reference for comparison…
Half-way there. Here’s a picture in case your interest is waning — heirloom tomatoes:
6. Are you a fast reader?
Yes, I have to be — see #5!
7. Do you customize your blog or do anything technical?
Sadly, no. I’m *so* not smart enough for all that intergalactube mumbo-jumbo. Sometimes my husband (who is way smarter than I) helps me. Maybe someday I’ll design my own header and customize my own page theme…
8. Do you blog anonymously?
No. Sometimes it freaks me out that my full name is available for all to see, but I try not to worry about it. I don’t name the specific town in which I live and I don’t publish photos of the outside of my house.
9. To what extent do you censor yourself?
Probably not enough!
First let’s get the blogging pet peeves (you knew I’d have some, didn’t you?) out of the way. I try to be careful about two things in particular, because it drives me crazy when other bloggers do them: if I can’t discuss something freely, I don’t hint around or vaguely mention it — I just don’t bring it up at all; and I don’t use the blog to send long, encoded missives to one or two specific people — I just email them directly.
Now, on to the real stuff. I struggle with this issue of personal censorship a bit. Blogging is a complicated medium because it can feel deceptively safe to sit at your computer and type whatever is on your mind, everything you’re thinking and feeling — it’s easy to forget that there is a whole world of strangers out there. That being said, I still want to be as honest as I can be, but I don’t want to give away the farm, so to speak, or get so personal that I make people uncomfortable. As I recently told a dear friend, I like to think of the blog as a cultivated presentation of the real me — the me I would be in-person if I were more verbally articulate!
10. The best thing about blogging:
- Staying in touch with family and friends who are not nearby
- Connecting with people!
- Connecting with people who have similar interests — home, family, old stuff, photography, design, decorating, renovating, making things, documenting and cherishing simple moments in everyday life, etc.
- Writing regularly
- COMMENTS! I get excited about each and every one — keep them coming, s’il vous plait.
Obviously, no top ten tuesday today — I couldn’t think of a good topic anyway. Any suggestions for next Tuesday?
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