Morning Glory at Seeds From My Garden had this meme up and she invited anyone who wanted to tag themselves and join in. I like it...so I'm in and it's a break from all the mental work my brain has been doing at this new job...which I still love but have a huge learning curve! I'll get it. I'm just too new to even set many goals yet.
1. Do you like the look and content of your blog?
For the most part. Some days it's a bit too green for me...but I love the graphic at the top and all the work Susie Pie put into it. I think I'm a bit less 'high maintenance' in life and may go back to just a white screen with little on the sidebar to distract from the actual writing process. We'll see.
2. Does your family know about your blog?
I think the whole family knows I blog. I don't think the whole family reads it, which is probably for the best. I don't necessarily have anything to hide, but I am completely honest in this space and sometimes I think writing comes across a bit stronger than dialoguing.
3. Can you tell your friends about your blog?
I've told some of my friends about my blog. Again if I sensed an interest in my writing, from friends, I would gladly tell them about this journey for me.
4. Do you just read the blogs of those who comment on your blog?
No. I surf...a lot! I love to look up new blogs. I love to jump around and do google searches of random things I'm interested in, and read blogs. I love to read authors' blogs and I love to read blogs of Christians that think outside the box of American Christianity.
I also read the blogs on the sidebar of some of my own favorite reads to find their favorite reads.
5. Does your blog positively affect your mind.
Yes! It sometimes also HURTS my mind from all the introspection and complete and utter honesty...but it almost always positively affects my mind. God has really enabled me to work through so much in this space...it's been very, very good!
6. What does the number of visitors to your blog mean?
If I were completely honest I’d have to say it feels darn good to see lots of visitors…but I remind myself when I’m going to that ‘bad’ place of people pleasing…that I blog for God and for growth and for writing experience. I do NOT blog to gain an audience or to appease someone else, even my ego!
7. Do you imagine what other bloggers look like?
Not typically. I imagine what they will write about sometimes, but not what they look like.
8. Do you think blogging has any real benefit?
If I didn’t I wouldn’t be here. Absolutely full of value and so therapeutic for me!
9. Do you think that the blogosphere is a stand-alone community separated from the real world?
I think it’s as authentic as we allow it be. If I sense or read something contradictory on a blog I tend to steer clear of it. I need authenticity. I desire it in myself and seek it in others. I think the blogosphere is only separated in that we probably rarely share the very deepest part of our soul on a regular basis. It is a part of the real world in that…this is how we often interact in person as well!
10. Do some political blogs scare you? Do you avoid them?
The political blogs don’t scare me as much as some of the RELIGIOUS blogs. I avoid whatever isn’t in line with God’s leading. Sometimes I do read in amusement…but I find myself sometimes so full of angst from reading something I’m better off just ‘avoiding’.
11. Do you think criticizing your blog is useful?
It depends on the invitation. If it is a blog for writing critiques…than yes…criticize away…if it is just my own rambling…you are obviously invited to comment (in accordance with your heart) and I’ll either take it or leave it, but ultimately criticizing to me is less productive than perhaps redirecting or actively ‘listening’ to what I’m writing.
If you don’t like what you read…don’t feel compelled to visit…that’s my motto.
12. Have you ever thought what would happen to your blog if you died?
I have saved my blog entries as a disk diary just for writing sake. There are some things I write, that come from the Holy Spirit that I have to go back and read to learn what I’m supposed to learn from them. I save it all because it’s been such a vital part of my journey and it is a journal afterall.
13. Which blogger has had the greatest impression on you?
This IS the hardest question. Every blog I read has had an impression on me on some level. I read various blogs for various reasons; some for entertainment, some for devotional reading, some for friendship, some to encourage and be encouraged, some to be pushed, some to pray, some to listen, some to learn…so many reasons, so many blogs!
14. Which blogger do you think is the most similar to you?
I have commonalities with so many bloggers. Again, we are each so multi-layered that it would be impossible to narrow down to just one I am most similar to.
15. Name a song you want to listen to.
This is a totally random questions for the end of this Meme…okay…I’d like to hear any old ‘crooner’ song…maybe “The Way You Look Tonight” (Frank Sinatra) or perhaps “That’s Amore” (Dean Martin) or “It Had To Be You” (Tony Bennett). Love the crooners’ music!