Happy Sunday everyone! Can you believe that after today there will only be three more Sundays this year? Can’t believe it.
So remember how I told you I was going to try to keep a calendar of blog posts? Sunday Salon topics always seem to escape me, so I made a note to revisit a We Do We Blog Survey that I posted in 2009. When the whole William Morrow letter incident blew up on Twitter, I thought–huh–I couldn’t have timed this reposting any better.
I’d love if you joined me as I’m always curious about other people’s blogging–and this certainly isn’t limited to book bloggers (hey you guys…). Maybe if a handful of you do your own posting then I’ll add a Mister Linky.
Why Do We Blog Survey
1. How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging on June 5th, 2007. Four and a half years ago.
2. Why did you start blogging?
After I finished up my grad degree in literature, Scott and I moved to a teeny tiny town. I felt so isolated and missed my grad school friends badly. I joined some Yahoo book groups and through those found book blogs. I loved the idea of joining a community of people worldwide who loved books as much as I did.
3. What have you found to be the benefits of blogging?
It was interesting to read my original thoughts on some of these questions and see how my answers have changed over the years. One of the biggest benefits of blogging has been connecting with other people who share some of the same interests that I do. This goes beyond bloggers who I’ve never met in person–I’ve also been able to connect with some of my cousins who also keep blogs. Connecting with other bloggers and sharing idea–I love it!
As I’ve begun to share more of myself via blogging, one of the benefits that I’ve experienced is using blogging as a vehicle for exploring some of my inner thoughts. I see blogging sometimes as a way to make and track goals, think more critically about this and that, and of course keep a record of my new journey of motherhood with Elle. If I hadn’t begun to blog about Elle’s monthly updates, a lot of those memories would be lost by now. Blogging has become so much to me and I would love to expand that, but…time…
4. How many times a week do you post an entry?
I try to post 2-3 times a week. This week I ended up with 5 posts! Some weeks I can’t manage any posts. I would like to post more consistently, but time is a big factor with this–if I’m blogging it means that I’m giving up something else. A lot of time that other thing is reading!
5. How many different blogs do you read on a regular basis?
I haven’t looked at the number of subscriptions in my Google Reader lately, but I’m guessing it’s around 100–which includes my family and friends who blog, quilting blogs, crafting blogs, and photography blogs. Some weeks I can read a lot of what is in my Google Reader, some weeks nothing at all. Of course the quilting, crafting, and photography blogs are ones that I’m more likely to skim.
6. Do you comment on other people’s blogs?
Yes, I do try to comment on other people’s blogs. I rarely comment on the quilting, crafting, and photography blogs because I’m more of a lurker there, but I do comment on family/friends and book bloggers’ posts.
7. Do you keep track of how many visitors you have?
Yes. I usually use Sitemeter. I’m signed up for Google Analytics and used to use it quite a bit, but I actually tried to find it this week and have no idea how to even find GA! I like seeing how many visitors I have, but I also keep in mind that statistics can be deceiving and are not always accurate. I try not to obsess about visitors or followers. I typically only receive 50-100 visitors a day–peanuts compared to most book bloggers, I think, but I have a very active audience and I feel blessed.
8. Do you ever regret a post you wrote?
I don’t think I’ve written a post that I regret but there have been times when I don’t think I did a good job of explaining myself in a post and it was misconstrued. And sometimes I wish that I had written things a little differently, but I’ve never deleted a post I’ve written. And then there are things that I was scared to post about and there are still some things that I would like to post about but am reluctant to.
9. Do you think your audience has a true sense of who you are based on your blog?
Yes. Not sure there’s anything else to add here. What you see is what you get. Though I sometimes I’m afraid that my tone will be misunderstood. I like to tease and and jest and certainly hope my tongue in cheek tone doesn’t come across as negative. I think by now most older visitors know this about me, though!
10. Do you blog under your real name?
11. Are there topics that you would never blog about?
I try to stay away from controversy. And even though I’m a personal blogger, believe it or not I don’t blog about everything!
12. What is the theme/topic of your blog?
At this point I’d say Life in General. I like to keep variety in my topics and seem to focus on my personal interests–books, quilting, cooking/baking, this and that, the babe, life, sometimes travel. Kind of hodgepodge, but I like it that way. My favorite blogs are those that have a little bit of everything, including bits of personal. When I click onto a new blog that is nothing but book reviews, I’m sad to say that I click away quickly. I think it’s natural for things to change and evolve and my blogging certainly has.
13. Do you have more than one blog?
My first response is no–just the one, but this past week I set up a private blog to share pictures of Elle. However, I consider that blog an extension of this one. I used to maintain a book blog and a personal blog and these days I’d prefer to keep everything under one blog.
EDIT: Some folks decided to play along with the survey. If you do a post with the survey, leave the link in the comments and I’ll add.
**Jillian from A Room of One’s Own
**Unfinished Person from Unfinished
**Kailana from The Written World
On the Blog:
Looking Back to Last Week (five posts must be a record!!)
**You told me how you choose your next book
**Public Privacy Part 2 (see note below)
**Wordless Wednesday: Autumn Blooms
**Virtual Advent with a Christmas Quilt and pondering traditions
**Scott and I roadtested a recipe for Olive Garden’s Pasta e Fagioli. Yum!
I set up a private site to post pictures of Elle worry-free. If you are interested in access to the site, I just need your email address. I’ll do my best to post links here since private blogs don’t show up on feed readers. There’s also a link in the sidebar. Only new post this week is Welcome and Go to Sleep! I do not foresee any major changes and will still post pictures here. Just not the update pictures.
Looking Forward to Next Week
Ya…my calendar is pretty much blank. Blarg! I wanted to post about my favorite Christmas CDs, but just depends on if I can get the post finished or not (I started drafting it last year!). If I finish my quilted Christmas Stockings then I’ll post those pictures. Thinking about maybe some mini-reviews of audiobooks I’ve finished lately. Anything you’re interested in hearing about from me? Would love ideas!! (lame, I know).
What’s on the agenda for you today? I’m hoping to snuggle up with Affinity for at least a few minutes today–cold and rainy seems like the perfect weather for Sarah Waters, huh?