Michael did such a beautiful job answering these questions in his recent post that I decided to give it a go. Of course, reading his blog you just know that he rattles this shit off the tip of his tounge. For me, I have to think about what I write. Like the needle-holding nursing assistant in that forever-funny episode of Will and Grace says, “I was like, ‘This is haaard.'”
1) Why do you keep your weblog/blog/online writing thingie: for fun, for fame, for money, for popularity, or for another more obscur reason? What about the weblog gives you what you want?
I first starting writing about a year ago. My intent then was to explore myself, my sobriety, my inner-child, my what-have-you, through writing. I thought that perhaps a few people might stumble upon the site, and that was okay with me.
Then I discovered blogrolls, blog directory sites, and even other bloggers. My recent attempt at sobriety was suddenly filled with another obsession – blogging.
I now sometimes struggle with finding something to write about. I like to make quick small posts about humorous or news-worthy events happening in the world, but I also like to write something semi-meaningful, diary-like, or something that others may get something out of.
I’ve met people in person through the blogosphere. I’ve made friends online who I’ve never met, and probably never will. But it’s given me another avenue in which to expand my life.
Now, I think I blog because I want to be able to look back on my life and see what was important to me back when …, and see what my perspective was about what was going on in current events, and all that jazz. In many ways I’m still growing up, and like parents with a video camera locked on their little one, I want to see myself grow up.
2) Imagine that your weblog becomes wildly popular: your hit counter skyrockets, your comments are overflowing, and everyone is emailing you about everything you post. Name 3 positive things that could come of this, and 3 negative things.
3 positive things:
- I’ll have the validation (that I don’t really need, but who doesn’t like that?)
- My google ads may actually be generating more than $0.07 a day
- I will have met countless folks that will have undoubtably helped me grow
3 negative things:
- My hosting bill will have skyrocketed
- My inbox would presumably be overflowing with people needing my help each and every day. Sometimes a life of fame and celbrity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!
- The pressure to continue writing and continue growing readership may ultimatley hurt the content
3) What’s the worst possible result you can imagine (short of being electrocuted or having your computer take over your brain, and who says it hasn’t already?) from keeping a weblog?
Being fired. My mother finding it? Being stalked? Okay, so that might be kinda fun. I really can’t imagine anything all that bad coming of this. I suppose I’m somewhat of an open book with this blog, so there’s a possibility that somebody could take advantage of me, but I don’t know how.
4) What do you do to prevent that worst possible result from happening?
I don’t normally mention folks by the full name, nor do I mention where I work, or list my street address – those types of nuances.
5) List 5 reasons that would make you stop keeping your weblog for a period of 6months to a year.
- Breaking both hands
- Breaking both wrists
- Breaking my back
- Becoming very depressed
6) List 5 reasons that would make you stop forever.
- Going ‘back out’
- If something (I can’t imagine what) terrible happened as a result of my mainting this site
- Somebody paid me a lot of money to shut up
7) Describe your definition of a “successful weblog”.
I suppose there are lots of factors. Readers, interesting posts, serves a purpose – all of these things are probably good indicators. Running in the black if you’re trying to turn a profit, too.
8) Is yours successful by your definition?
I think so. The blog serves my purposes. I have readers. Interesting posts – thats for the readers to decide. Profitable – not by a long shot.
9) What pisses you off most in other weblogs? What pleases you most?
I don’t know that anything pisses me off about other weblogs. If I don’t like them, I just don’t go back. However, there are some things that will make me not go back:
- Nude photos of women
- Egotistical or right-wing writing
- Nude photos of female breasts
- Ridulous designs, copy that ReAdS LiKe ThIs is not cool either
- Nude photos of cooches
- Uninteresting topic matter
What pleases me:
- Links back to my blog
- Trackbacks to my blog
- Seeing a site high in the referrs list of my log reports
- People sharing their real selves with the world
- Other folks like me – which makes me realize that maybe I’m not the only crazy one out there