I found this blog questionnaire on Petra in Brussels blog recently. I think it is quite interesting to learn a lot more about the thoughts of blogging so I decided to make my own.
How long have you blogged?
I’ve been blogging since May, 11 2006. I started the blog so it would be easier for friends and family in Sweden to follow my life here in the US. It’s been/IS such a fun ride!
How many blogs do you return to regularly as a reader?
Many! I comment on a lot of the blogs I am reading, but I am also a silent reader on quite a few blogs that I follow.
How many of the blogs you read are “diary blogs”?
Almost every single one is a “diary blog”. Those are my favorites. I also read a few fashion and interior design blogs.
Do people who know you IRL recognize your personality in the blog?
That is a very good question. I have no idea. Most of my IRL-friends read my blog, but the IRL-friends seldom comment. So, I don’t know...
This will have to be a question to the people in IRL that read this blog; am I recognizable in my writing ;-)?
Have you found a working balance for how private / personal you want to be in the blog?
I do not want to be private on my blog, but I do want to be personal. A personal, but not private blog is what I am striving after. I do, however put photos of myself, my family and my friends on the blog. I write their names, and not just a letter. I don’t want it any other way, and I think it is totally fine with all the people involved, and in my book that is not too private either.
Do you blog in order to get recognition / acknowledgement?
Of course I do! Show me a blogger who does not! I don’t think s/he exists. If you write a blog post you DO want comments on said post. A blog without comments is a dead blog. If I did not get any comments at all, I would put the blog to eternal sleep. The comments are the blood and nourishment of the blog. I emphasize this so that you ALL know how very important it is for a blog writer to hear from her/his readers.
Have you met people IRL through the blog?
I have, and it’s been a blast. It is funny, but you do get to know a blogger very, very well thru a blog. I have met up with: Jacal, Saltis, Petra in Brussels (I even stayed with Petra and O in Puerto Rico before our cruise in April, 2009), Petra in Connecticut, Desiree and Anki. Strandmamman, Ingela and Ulla. Londongirl. Humlan and Rosvik
I have yet to meet a blogger I have not clicked with. I have met so, so many true friends thru this blog, and other blogs. I hope I didn’t forget anybody! Oh, and with Helena of course, but the two of us go waaay back in real life. ALL the way back to first grade.
And then, of course, I clicked BIG TIME with Taina in Connecticit the first time we met! I hope we'll see each other soon!!
Do you think that it might be dangerous for some people to blog?
Yes, I do. Right now I am reading a couple of blogs from Sweden where things have turned downright NASTY. One blogger is dying of cancer, and her husband is complaining about her, and his life like there is no tomorrow on HIS blog. This has turned into an unhealthy virtual blog war in cyber space between the couple and their (HUGE circle of) readers. And yes, they are married. It is very dangerous, if you ask me.
What are the drawbacks of blogging, for you?
It is time consuming to write a blog, and to think of WHAT to write, to take pictures and to take care of your readers. I do believe in answering EVERY single comment.
I love it, though, all of the above. If I did not love writing this blog, I would not write it. This blog is a huge part of me, and I look at it almost as a job (that I totally and utterly love).
It also takes time to read and comment other people’s blog, but I love that, too!
Do you think that you will still be blogging two years from now?
I really hope so. I am planning on it. This is way too much fun to give up!