Monday, June 11, 2007

Blogging meme

Chilihead has a post up re why we are blogging, so you can go over and visit, and add to her Mr Linky thingy if you want to join in too.

  • How did you start blogging? Well, that one is easy. My daughter was going to work in NZ and she started blogging before she left to keep all her friends and family updated with her adventures. I watched her and said I wouldn't mind having a go too, and the next minute she had set it up for me. I confess that I knew nothing when I started, and she has done some long distance idiot-proof tutorials! Messenger is a wonderful invention. I didn't write much for the first 6 months or so, and then I started very tentatively. No-one except her read it, and then I started looking for women my sort of age to read about and talk to and stumbled on this wonderful community. I remember gathering my courage and making my first comment on Mary's (Owlhaven) comment marathon night. And that was the start of a great voyage of discovery!
  • Did you intend to have a following? No. I didn't intend anything. And even now, I am just fascinated to get to know new people and have them visit if they feel like it. I am not bothered by stats. It has just evolved steadily.

  • What did you hope to accomplish? Initially to keep in touch with friends and family, who are spread all over the world. Then a new world opened. No goals except to learn more about all my new friends all over the place. The love and support is an unexpected bonus.It is fun. Simple, really.

  • What do you wish you had known when I started? How easy it would be! And how wonderful it has been to be part of the community. Maybe that I had been more techno savvy.

  • Do you make money from your blog? No. I only found out that you actually could a short while ago.

  • Do your family know about your blog? Yes. They all do and they all read it. This can be good and not so good. I do know that what I write is tempered by the fact that they read it.

  • What 2 pieces of advice would you give a new blogger? Don't let it consume all your time. It is a part of your life, not the whole thing, and all of us can talk of the hours we have spent reading and posting! Don't be afraid to comment on other people's blogs. It is great to get to know each other. Ask for advice when you need it re how to do things or where to go. OOps that was 3. Just enjoy discovering a wonderful community of amazing people!


Susan said...

Enjoyed reading this, Linds. Can you imagine your life now without blogging?

someone else said...

I'm truly happy our paths crossed.

Donnetta said...

I'm glad you decided to start blogging and that we have "met". How fun to read this!

Linda said...

It's so interesting to me that most of us had no idea how much blogging would come to mean to us.
I wish I was a bit more computer savvy too Linds. Whenever something goes wrong I just panic!
I've told my family I have a blog but noone reads it. It's funny - they may assume I don't want them to and don't ask for my "address". Or they may think I don't want to give it out. Mostly I think everyone is just too busy with life right now to have the time for it. I think I prefer it this way. I would have to "edit" myself and wouldn't feel quite the freedom I do now.
Anyway - you did a great job with this meme, and I am so very glad I met you.

Susie said...

Blogging is such a wonderful and supportive group of friends and it truly adds so much to mine. I'm so glad we met!

Dawn said...

I'm glad I found you through Morning Glory, my SIL. I love the international-ness of this venue. And I love all the new friends I have made, whom I will most likely never meet this side of heaven.

I had a feeling my international friends would react to my comment on the cost of gas. I cannot imagine it being as high as it is over there. We have lousy public transportation here, though. I tried it for awhile getting to work and back, but the timing isn't good for my hours now. Do you have to drive? I know my brother rides his bike and takes the bus whenever he can. And has a car that gets better mileage, I suspect.

Thanks for stopping by!! I need to do this meme, but had other things on tap before I saw it. Not to mention Woman to Woman. Too much good stuff!!

Dawn said...

P.S. I just read your P.S.! Love it! Hey, why don't you just move on over here??

Dawn said...

At least come over for a visit to check it out!! You'd love our mountains. I have room.

I know what you mean about still having young people on your insurance - especially young MEN! Kev just about ruined us - our insurance company of about 25 years was going to dump us because of him. We had to get him something else. We eventually dumped them because of their treatment of such a long standing client. I'd been with them for over 30 years.

Shalee said...

My favorite thing about this post is the comment section. The way y'all are talking to each other and encouraging each other - that is what I find so fulfilling and wonderful about blogging!