I stole this meme from somewhere in the blogosphere and reworked some parts. Thought it might lead to some interesting reading if anyone else wants to give it a try.
Are you satisfied with your blog's content and look?
For the most part, yes. I would like to be able to change the image in my header once in a while, but haven't figured out how to do that yet. I wish I were more comfortable with HTML so that I'd be willing to experiment a bit more. As it is, if I think it looks okay I'm hestitant to change anything. Even adding links to the sidebar makes me anxious. I tend to write about whatever is floating through my mind each day and like to have pics to go with each post. I really enjoy the visual aspect of blogging, and enjoy photos or illustrations on other's blogs as well as my own.
Does your family know about your blog?
Yes, they do. Whether they read it or not is another question.
Do you feel embarrassed to let your friends know about your blog or do you consider it as a private thing?
Embarrassed isn't the right word for it. It does feel a little weird to have certain friends reading this. My boss, for example, who was *alerted* (thanks Deb!) to my rant about work from last week. Luckily, she laughed and didn't write me up for the comment about menopausal coworkers. A few other people from work read that post (thankfully none of the people I was ranting about) and I got some positive feedback from one coworker in particular who feels much the same and was glad to know she wasn't the only one at the end of her rope with it. A blog can hardly be a private thing, but it can almost feel that way when the people reading it regularly are strangers.
Has blogging brought about positive changes for you?
The discipline of writing each day is a good thing for me. I spend way too much time at it, but it beats sitting in front of the television. I read a lot of great blogs each day and enjoy reading other people's perspectives. I'm glad to have encountered people who appreciate some of the same things as I do.
Do you only read blogs of those who comment on your blog or do you also like to find new blogs?
I like to find new blogs, but also visit the folks who comment here.
What are your thoughts on commenting? Is it important to you that people leave comments?
I probably only comment on half of the blogs I read each day. I try to leave good thoughtful comments, but oftentimes I can't think of anything intelligent to say. Of course, I wonder how many people read my blog but never comment. One thing that bugs me are bloggers who don't acknowledge comments. I think it's bad form. Of course, not every comment requires a response, but there are certain blogs that I hesitate to comment on anymore because my comments are ignored every single time. Why allow comments if you're not interested in the feedback you get? The comments I get here are important to me because I like the sense of community and the exchange of ideas.
Does your visitor's counter matter to you?
Not on a daily basis, but I do like to see that I'm not always talking to myself!
Do you try to imagine what fellow bloggers look like?
I admit to having a *picture* in my mind based on the *voice* they use in their blog, yes.
Do you think there is a benefit to blogging?
Well, it's fun for me, so that's a benefit. I'm using my camera a lot more and writing a little each day. Plus, I feel like I've made new friends and gotten to *know* people I otherwise would not have. A lot of the blogs I read relate to natural history in one way or another and it's interesting to me to see how sometimes we're all thinking about the same things. Blogging has also caused me to realize that I have a lot to learn and I've been lucky to find a lot of knowledgeable people.
Does criticism of your blog annoy you?
So far everyone's been really nice. Constructive criticism is good and welcomed!
Are there any types of blogs that you avoid?
I don't know that there are any types that I avoid reading, but I do hestitate to comment on political posts or others where I don't feel capable of contributing anything worthwhile.
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