Friday, June 09, 2006

Blogging Q & A

Carol at She Lives has some questions about blogging habits.

-- How do find the blogs you read regularly? Through other bloggers' recommendations? Their sidebar links? Search engines? Through comments left on your blog? Something else?

Most of the blogs I read regularly are either blogs daughter Jeana tells me about, or comments left on my blog. I sometimes explore sidebar links, but I never do search engines because too much undesirable stuff turns up that way.

-- When you leave a comment, do you frequently return to that post to check for the author's response?
Not always, but frequently.

-- What types of situations might cause you to stop reading a blog that you once enjoyed?

Too much controversy, bitterness, personal attacks, or "adult" language or topics.

-- How much personal privacy do you try to maintain when posting on your own blog? Everything that might identify you to a friend or neighbor? Only demographic data? Only children's information? Something else?

I try to avoid giving too much personal information about my family or friends, or saying anything that would be too embarrassing--at least I ask first.

-- What are your thoughts about encouraging offline friends to read your blog?

I encourage family members to read my blog, even if they are not bloggers. Most of my friends are family. (We are a laaaarge family)

-- What criteria do you look for in the blogs you enjoy reading? Or perhaps I should ask, what factors do your favorite blogs all have in common?

Hmmm. Most are Christians. Most are mommies. Most are funny, at least most of the time, even though I do enjoy the serious posts too.

-- Are there any blogs you read on a regular basis in which the author frequently expresses beliefs or opinions that completely contradict your own?


-- If you disagree with a blogger do you usually voice your perspective so they can see things from a different angle, or just ignore theirs and click away? Does the size of the person's readership influence this for you?

If I think the person is open to hearing another perspective, yes, I will either leave a comment or send an e-mail. No, I don't think about who else reads the blog.

-- Do you read and/or post on Saturdays and Sundays? Or are you predominantly at M-F blogger?

Yes. Well. Actually, I blog whenever I get the chance, which is whenever my loved one is not on line. I have broached the idea of getting another lap top, but that suggestion was met with less than enthusiastic reception.

During the school year, I probably spend more time blogging on Saturdays and Sundays than weekdays, but read more blogs during the week than on weekends.

I thought I had run out of stuff to say about blogging, but Carol's questions got me going again. Thanks, Carol, for suggesting a week of blogging about blogging.

So......what are we writing about next week?