Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Escape from Club Suck: It's a Survey!

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.


dive said...

Wow. How did you do that?
You took those inane questions, which Old K and myself could only shower with abuse, and gave intelligent and insightful answers to them.


Sassy Sundry said...

Sometimes facing things with a lack of irony can be fun.

I wanted to spew, but since I was already depressed, I figured I'd try to find something nice to think about. I could do alternate answers with my alter-ego.

Before Girl said...

Which of us do you look more like? And we both blog, BTW, she just doesn't blog as much as I'd like her to.

I'm telling you, we have to get a picture of the three of us together. I think we should all stand with our backs to the photographer, and have that picture as our picture on our blogs, and let people try to guess which one is which. :)

Sassy Sundry said...

That would be really, really funny.

I think that parts of us look more alike than others. Your idea is funny. I have a camera.

Before Girl said...

I think parts of us look like each other more than others too, and not all the parts are the same parts. Like we all have the hair, but you-Triplet 1 and I-Triplet 3- have the tangly curly thing, hers-Triplet 2 is straight. T1 and T2 have the same glasses than T3 (me). And so on.

Taihae said...

Sassy took one for the team on this one. She was insightful and descriptive, and now we can all answer the same questions with bellies full of bile and cynicism!

Sassy Sundry said...

Doing my part to let you all be your offensive selves.

Robyn said...

Good answers. I can't imagine my mother reading my blog. She'd find something wrong to pick at in every post.

I do love that NPR. I listen to it whenever I can. One of the things I love about my drive home from horn lessons is Fresh Air. It takes the entire drive to listen, so I get to hear it from beginning to end.

And about these web friends, we're all so different, that I'm not sure we would even have the occasion to meet in the "real" world, so there's a benefit to the blogosphere.

Sassy Sundry said...

I love hearing Terri Gross say "Fresh Air."

Old Knudsen said...

Its me its me, you look like me right?

Sassy Sundry said...

Whatever you say, Knudsen. You won't see a picture of me in hot pants on here, though.

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