Bless Old Knudsen. He was tagged with a survey, and he tagged us. I am taking this opportunity to pull myself out of the pre-holiday depression by answering some strange questions about blogging. Answer them yourself if you’d like.
1-Do you like the look and the contents of your blog?
I like the look OK. If I had more time to figure out the code, I’d change some more things around, but I like the colors.
As for the contents, since they are nothing short of brilliant, I am most pleased with them.
2-Does your family know about your blog?
My sister knows about it. I think I might have accidentally mentioned it to my mother, but she doesn’t know the address. Having my mother read my blog would be interesting. I don’t think she’d like the idea of me being a Dirty Little Secret. She definitely wouldn’t approve of my liberal use of the word “fuck.”
3-Can you tell your friends about your blog? Do you consider it a private thing?
Oh, I’ve told just about everyone about this blog. Most of my friends aren’t on the blogosphere, but occasionally they say they’ve read something I wrote (the Elton John story was a big hit among them—one friend is going to print it out so she doesn’t have to ask me to tell it again).
4-Do you just read the blogs of those who comment on your blog? or you try to discover new blogs?
I always read certain blogs, and I try to find new ones. I always check out the blogs of those who comment on my blog.
5-Did your blog positively affect your mind? Give an example.
I like the airy feel of this question. I feel like I’m surrounded by candles, and there’s new-agey music playing.
Yes, I suppose it has. It’s forced me to write on a more consistent basis, and this makes me feel good. I’ve explored ideas more fully than I would have otherwise, and I’ve heard from others about what they think of these ideas. If I make people laugh, it makes my day. That’s positive.
6-What does the number of visitors to your blog mean? Do you use a traffic counter?
It means that a certain number of people have visited my blog. I do use a site meter, but not obsessively.
7-Did you imagine how other bloggers look like?
Yes—though I do know what some of them look like. I've recently learned that one blogger looks remarkably like me.
8-Do you think blogging has any real benefit?
Yes. If for nothing else, I’ve got a new group of people to talk to who I never would have met otherwise. I like the new perspectives, as they make me think (and laugh my fool head off). It gives me something to do.
9-Do you think that the blogosphere is a stand alone community separated from the real world.
That’s a tricky question. Do I have a community here? Yes, I’d say so, after a fashion. We’ve gotten to know each other, more deeply on some levels than I imagine we would have as acquaintances in the “real world.” I value that. But I don’t think it replaces community in the “real world.”
10-Do some political blogs scare you? Do you avoid them?
No. I think some blogs are ignorant and/or cruel in their politics, so I avoid them. Life’s too short to spend one’s time reading the ramblings of idiots. But as an advocate of free speech, that they are out there doesn’t scare me.
11-Do you think that criticizing your blog is useful?
It depends on how it’s done, like criticizing in the “real world.”
12-Have you ever thought about what would happen to your blog in case you died?
Good Lord, I thought this was the escape from the maudlin.
13-Which blogger had the greatest impression on you?
For a variety of reasons, my general blogging group has had a great impression on me. I don’t think I could single anyone out.
14-Which blogger do you think is the most similar to you?
I certainly hope I’m unique.
15-Name a song you want to listen to?
If I wanted to listen to it, I would. Right now I'm listening to Carl Kasell deliver the news on NPR.