Things are changing around here. Please bear with me while I figure these things out.
What She Wore: Denim skirt, brown tank top with the slightest ruffles on the sleeves, beige wedges with brown and gold beads.
For a while it’s been running through my head to blog about blogging, so if thinking about thinking is "metacognition" then blogging about blogging must be "metablogging." My metablogging falls into a couple of distinct categories.
Lurkers. A few days ago, Ashlie asked a question about lurkers. Mainly, she wanted to know if lurking was rude. I don’t think lurking is rude and sometimes I get e-mails from people who don’t know how to comment. I, too, have wondered about lurkers, but for completely different reasons. Then, Mocha asked the question that I’ve been wondering which is what makes a person stop lurking and start commenting?
Which brings me to my next topic, Comments. I read all her comments and I noticed that very few people had an answer to that one. I guess the lurkers decided to keep lurking. But, I pose the question here, what makes you comment? Do you comment to let the person know you’ve been by? Do you comment because the topic moves you? Or do you comment to make your own opinion heard? Do comments matter to you on your own blog? I LOVE comments, but I’ll confess that I never know which topics will get a lot and which ones won’t.
Why do you Blog? What is the purpose of blogging? For me, it started as an experiment to see if I could do it. Then it became therapy while the Hub was away. Now, it’s a type of social interaction. I love seeing what other people are up to, and love to read what they have to say. Would I still be blogging if no one ever commented? I’m not sure. For many bloggers, their site is a chance to improve their writing and get real-world feed back. For me, it’s cool to see my writing improve, but that’s not my primary purpose.
What is good blog material? Jenn reprinted a whole article full of blogging tips and one of them stated, if you havent written about sex, religion, and politics in a week youre probably playing it too safe. I don’t blog about any of these topics. I’m wondering if I’m boring–it’s entirely possible. Truth is, these topics bore the crap out of me. I’d much rather read about that weirdo that you work with, or the birds around your house, then listen to one more person blah blah about Bush, Iraq, or blow jobs. Sorry.
Should you get your own site? If you do this long enough, you’ll start noticing that people will ponder getting their "own" site. This means getting free of MSN and blogging your way. It’s also a whole lot more work. EZ, Mocha, Single in St. Louis, and Tiff are all in some stage of striking out on their own. If you get your own site, does that cut down on your traffic? How do people find your blog in the first place? Is it worth all the hard work or does it take some of the fun out of blogging?
Technical Mumbo Bumjo(why does that seem like it’s a racial slur or something?) I recently starting adding pictures to my blogs and I really like the way it looks. I think that other people like it to. I’ve just spent the whole freakin’ weekend trying to create a banner and that was fun although a bit time consuming. My dearest Hub revealed some hidden talents and showed me how to create them.
After some feedback from whoever was around yesterday, I think I have my new banner! Waddaya think?