I found this on Toast's blog, and decided to become the next “victim”. Besides, it’s way easier than actually coming up with something on my own.
1) Are you happy/satisfied with your blog’s content and look?
I’m obviously ok with the he content, since I’m the one putting it there. It would be really dumb of me to blog about stuff I don’t like to blog about. As for the look, sure – again I chose it. I’m sure it would be different if I had my own URL – but I’m too cheap to pay to blog – but if I did have my own, my niece would be the designer. I would like to add more pics to it, but I’m just way too lazy (bringing pics to photoshop, linking them... besides I don't have a digital camera so that implies scanning – I simply can't be bothered).
2) Does your family know about your blog?
My sister and brother do, as do their kids I think. I even got my brother blogging (and get your ass moving on that big brother). Only problem is, now that I blog, my sister told me once that she feels she knows what’s going on with me on a daily basis, so I think we actually call each other less often (which is in great part my own damn fault, cause I hate phoning people).
3) Do you feel embarrassed to let your friends know about your blog? Do you consider it a private thing?
I have a journal for private stuff. I decided when I began to blog that I wouldn’t be sharing my life in detail – because a) it’s really not that interesting and b) I wouldn’t want stuff I might be embarrassed about floating around the Net.
I’m perfectly capable of totally embarrassing myself in front of my friends in real time, thank you very much.
4) Did blogging cause positive changes in your thoughts?
I’ve never thought about it. I find myself observing stuff more though, because things going on around me have become fodder for blogging.
5) Do you only open the blogs of those who comment on your blog or do you love to go and discover more by yourself?
I’m not one of those bloggers with a following. I know the people who comment and obviously I read their blogs. Comments from people I don’t know are few and far between. I love to follow links on blogs to other blogs and have discovered lots of really cool ones that way.
6) What does a visitor counter mean to you? Do you like having one on your blog?
I saw one on Toast’s blog and installed one, but it doesn’t really mean anything to me. I recently discovered that you can actually get statistics from them. But again, I don’t have a following and I don’t much care who visits and how often. You like reading it, fine. If you don’t it really makes no difference to me.
7) Did you try to imagine your fellow bloggers and give them real pictures?
Some of them. And funny enough when I see a picture and they’re not at all what I imagined, I just basically ignore the picture and stay with how I had seen them in my mind. I've never posted a picture of myself on my blog though.
8) Admit it. Do you think there is any real benefit in blogging?
Real benefit? There might be for some, but not for me.
One blog I read is by an illustrator and it's on her professional website, so for her it can be professionally beneficial. 'Course I suppose it also limits what she can say to a certain extent.
I guess blogging helps some people articulate stuff and keep in contact with friends and family.
For me… it amuses me. Sometimes it gets me thinking about stuff, reading other's blogs is interesting - I'm a voyeur that way. I guess the biggest benefit for me is that I’ve become more observant of the world around me, and I'm writing more.
9) Do you think that blogger’s society is isolated from the real world or interaction with events?
I have no idea. I would imagine it depends on the blogger. It doesn’t isolate me from the real world – gives me a break from it sometimes perhaps, but that’s about the extent of it.
I suppose it depends how seriously one takes one’s blogging.
10) Does criticism annoy you or do you feel it’s a normal thing?
I guess it might if the criticism was bitchy just for the sake of bitchiness. Nobody wants to be told that their blog sucks. But at the same time, whatever, you know? Criticism is absolutely normal to the extent that you are putting a blog out in cyberspace where millions of people can actually see it. You can't be all things to all people.
Early this week I had a comment on an old entry. The person in question was very pissed off about the comment I had made. This person had obviously googled her name to see what was out there about her. She didn’t like what I said about her book. If it’s public, whether it’s a book or a blog, it’s open to criticism, good or bad. If you let every little comment get to you, whether in life or on a blog, life is gonna be hard hard hard. It's just a blog, who cares what people think.
11) Do you fear some political blogs and avoid them?
No. I avoid political stuff in general, not just in the blogging world, not out of fear, but rather out of boredom.
12) Were you shocked by the arrest of some bloggers?
Bloggers were arrested?!?!?! What on earth for?!??
13) What do you think will happen to your blog after you die?
Um, it’ll die with me obviously, unless there is life after death and blogging is possible from there. And frankly, again, who cares. I won't be around to be bothered by it.
14) What song do you like to hear? What song would you like to link to on your blog?
No idea. Something by Marillion probably.
15) The next “victims”?
Whoever wants to do it… I dare ya!