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2007-04-14 📌 A few whys and wherefores of online journals for me...

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Can't remember where this meme came from originally...

> Are you happy/satisfied with your blog's content and look?

Pretty much.

> Does your family know about your blog?

Some of them, I'd imagine.

> Do you feel embarrassed to let your friends know about your blog?

They're (a fairly big) part of the reason it exists.

> Did blogging cause positive changes in your thoughts?

It means I jot things down more, and practise writing and sounding things out more than I would otherwise.

> Do you only open the blogs of those who comment on your blog or do you love to go and discover more by yourself?

Sometimes either.

> What does a visitor counter mean to you? Do you like having one on your blog?

I gave up on counters years ago, and rarely pay much attention to access logs. My first audience is me.

> Did you try to imagine your fellow bloggers and give them real pictures?

Not particularly. I do tend to treat people as people, either writing behind a screen or in "real life". Or try to, at least. I agree with Neil Gaiman that it's often nice to put faces to names, which is the only reason I have an About page — because I've read a few other people's.

> Admit it. Do you think there is any real benefit in blogging?

To me? Sure. Interested amateurs provide a lot of information, far more than would be out there and accessible otherwise.

> Do you think that blogger's society is isolated from the real world or interaction with events?

It tends to be highly personally focused.

> Does criticism annoy you or do you feel it's a normal thing?

Usually meaningless when it comes from people who can't string a sentence together. If you've ever moderated forums, you get used to most angles of challenge and stock responses. You also get used to qualifying statements, and encouraging other people to do the same.

> Do you fear some political blogs and avoid them?

Fear? Dislike. The two blogs I tend to read are Warren Ellis and William Steinmetz (more widely known as Ferrett) and whilst both are very politically aware, their ranges are much more broad.

> Were you shocked by the arrest of some bloggers?

Any in particular [countries]?

> What do you think will happen to your blog after you die?

It's doubtful I'll make provision for someone to caretake a domain name. Might look into getting diaries printed and bound, as paper is still one of the best ways of passing information along. Print-on-demand is a growing niche, so it needn't be expensive. And will probably stick around.

> What song do you like to hear? What song would you like to link to on your blog?

Varies a lot over time and often very quickly.

> The next "victims"?

Of the blogging craze or that I'd like to put an axe into?

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