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Senior Project Meme

msmazzola wonders why people blog. She’s conducting informal research on the topic and asks folks to respond by posting their answers to the following questions and then posting a link to their post in her comments. (thanks Bridgett)

1. How long have you been blogging?

I began blogging June 21, 2001.

2. Why did you start blogging?

I was looking for a way to create a journal online — I’d been keeping a journal since I was in 9th grade and wanted a way to journal and make it public. I eventually found Blogger.

3. What have you found to be the benefits of blogging?

I’ve found a community of people that seem to enjoy reading about my life and I enjoy reading about theirs. It gives me an outlet for my writing. I enjoy writing and having someone else read what I write makes it all the better.

4. How many times a week do you post an entry?

It depends. I average about 2 times a month. I’d like to post more, but real life gets in the way.

5. How many different blogs do you read on a regular basis?

I’ve got at least 75 blogs on my feed reader, but don’t read them all the time. I do, however, make sure I read the 15 or so under the label “friends”. I’ve only ever met one person on my “friends” list, but I feel like I know the others just as well.

6. Do you comment on other people’s blogs?

Yes, I try to comment many of on the blogs I read.

7. Do you keep track of how many visitors you have? Is so, are you satisfied with your numbers?

I do tend to obsess on my stats sometimes, but other times I forget to check. I’m never completely satisfied with my stats, but there are so many blogs out there, it is understandable that mine doesn’t get checked very much. I always love it when I get a new comment though. It kind of validates my writing.

8. Do you ever regret a post that you wrote?

I don’t regret much of what I write because I try to not write anything that can hurt. I did have a blog a few years ago that I did write some regretful things. I removed it.

9. Do you think your audience has a true sense of who you are based on your blog?

Yes, I think I am pretty honest about who I am — even in the blog I removed.

10. Do you blog under your real name?

Yes and no. I have a few blogs and some don’t have my real name.

11. Are there topics that you would never blog about?


12. What is the theme/topic of your blog?

A couple of my blogs are about everything. One is about birds. One is about accessibility. One is about my trip to Ireland. One is about our favorite recipes.

13. Do you have more than one blog? If so, why?

Yes, I have several. I blog about what interestes me at the time. Some go nowhere. Some go on and on.

Six Unspectacular Things About Me

My bird buddy, Indigo Bunting tagged me yesterday — I’m supposed to list 6 unspectacular things about myself. It’s harder than I thought it would be (although my daughter said she could list dozens of  unspectacular things about me and then proceeded to do so. Brat.)

  1. I’ve never been tagged for a meme before. This is my first. Which is interesting since I’ve had a blog since 2001.
  2. I don’t know what a dangling participle is. I always thought they were unimportant until I saw it mentioned on a test for a teaching position in Montgomery County many years ago. I guess they are important because I didn’t get the job.
  3. I like to do dishes by hand. But I hate to dry or put them away.
  4. I’ve never mowed the lawn with a gas or electric powered mower – I used a rotary mower a few times, but gave up on that because it was too freaking hard.
  5. I’m not allergic to poison ivy — yet.
  6. My first bee sting was when I was in my early 40’s. It hurt, but I was pleased to finally have been stung by a bee.
  7. Bonus seventh item: I don’t “know” six bloggers (not tagged by IB or Mrs. Slocombe) to tag so I tagged some bloggers whose blogs I read, but they’ve never read mine.

Tagged: Tina, Matt, Glen, Laurie, James (maybe he’ll post photos of the unspectacular), and Dan.
I would have tagged my sister-in-law, Diane, but she doesn’t blog.

Meme Terms and Conditions

  1. Link to the person who tagged you.
  2. Mention the rules on your blog.
  3. List six unspectacular things about you.
  4. Tag six other bloggers by linking to them.

Blog Action Day

Coming in late in the game, but I noticed that today is Blog Action Day. I heard about it a week or so ago, and thought I’d add my voice to the cause when the day came, but didn’t know the exact day so I promptly forgot about it. Noticed that today was the day on a headline of an RSS I subscribe to.

I most certainly am no expert in the field. I used to be more concerned (even obsessed) about the environment:

  • I was a vegetarian for several years (with a few meat eating breaks here and there).
  • We recycled before curbside recycling came to our home in Alexandria Virginia.
  • We attended rallies for Earth Day etc.
  • I took an environmental awareness course for recertification credit in the late 1980’s.
  • When both children were infants we used cloth diapers instead of disposable.

Then something happened. I began to not care so much. I was caught up in motherhood and, while we continued recycling, the rest of the environmental issues took second place to our family comfort. I don’t keep the winter temperature below 70°. I blame it on my Raynaud’s. However we rarely use our air conditioner. It has to be sweltering before we turn it on (90° or more with humidity). So I figure we even it all out.

As for global warming, I admit that I didn’t believe in it until recently when something profound happened. Of course I don’t remember what it was – but something happened that I saw and made me believe that we were really experiencing global warming. Please note: I’ve not seen the whole of Al Gore’s film for another reason I cannot recall.

I’d like to say that I’m working from home in order to save the environment from yet another single passenger car from being on the road, but I’m actually working from home because I like to work in my jammies.

My kids accuse me of what I accused my parents – we’ve let them down and ruined the Earth for them. As a teen I thought big – globally. As a young adult I did the same. As a parent and middle-aged adult I think more locally. Perhaps as an elder I will think globally again.

This wasn’t so much of a post on the environment as a post on my response to it. So be it. My next car will be a hybrid though.