I haven’t done a real blog challenge / questionnaire in such a long time, but here is one that I found on Annaluna’s blog:
How long have you blogged?
Since 25th May 2007. I started reading blogs a few months before, when surfing the net for information about expats living in Puerto Rico and the US. I started my own blog as I thought that it would be a great way to keep in touch with our families and friends when moving to Puerto Rico…
How many blogs do you return to regularly as a reader?
Many! Nowadays I keep track of updates through Google reader. I read more blogs than I comment on…
How many of the blogs you read are “diary blogs”?
Most of the expat Swedes’ blogs are diary blogs but I also read a lot of interior design blogs which might be categories as ”theme blogs”?
Do people who know you IRL recognise your personality in the blog?
Well, I don’t have that many IRL / old friends who read the blog (at least what I know). However, I have made lots of new friends through the blog and one of them wrote just the other day that my post about the Food Cellar was a typical Petra-post. I like that I seem to have found my own blog personality 🙂
Have you found a working balance for how private / personal you want to be in the blog?
I think that I am quite personal but not private on the blog. I hardly ever put photos of myself / family / friends on the blog and I don’t mention names, unless I write about a blog meeting (with a blogger who puts photos on her own blog).
Do you blog in order to get recognition / acknowledgement?
Of course, I think that it is an ego thing to blog and to get comments! If nobody read my blog and nobody commented, it wouldn’t be as much fun. It’s a reciprocal thing, I read blogs and comment, and I expect people to do the same on my blog. There is not a “comment-obligation” but it is always nice to get feedback and acknowledgement that people have read and liked your post.
Have you met people IRL through the blog?
Yes! Only one was a random anonymous reader, the wife of one of O’s colleagues who when we met at an office function, realised that I was Petchie whose blog she had been reading!
The rest have been very planned blog meetings: Saltis and Sporty-Petra in New York (several times), Monica (doesn’t blog any longer), Lotta K, Ing and JaCal in California, Annika in Virginia (and in NYC), Anna Fair and True in Stockholm (and NYC), Lia in Skåne, Brysselkakan and Cosmopolitan-Mirtha in Brussels, Bejla… And we had bloggers staying over with us in Puerto Rico – Annika and her family, Desiree and her C who used to live in Alabama but now back in Sthlm, and Saltis and her family. Not to forget the Swedish girls who live / used to live in Puerto Rico – B (who doesn’t blog anymore) and Annaluna! I hope that I didn’t forget anybody!? 😕
Only two of my IRL-friends blog: Erkaperka whom I studied with in Linköping & Annecy in France, and M who used to live in Brussels. My Irish friend MT used to have a nice interior design blog but unfortunately she stopped a few years ago.
Do you think that it might be dangerous for some people to blog?
Maybe. I think that some people might regret being too private on their blogs or become too obsessed with it and forget to live IRL…
What are the drawbacks of blogging, for you?
It takes time to read, comment and write. But I enjoy it so much at the same time! I am happy that O completely supports my blogging. The only thing we disagree on is “going commercial”. I don’t want to and he thinks that I should…I try telling him that it is a matter of principle, and anyway I don’t think that there would be much money in it for me..
Do you think that you will still be blogging two years from now?
Yes! In one way or another I think and hope that I am still a blogger!
And now over to something else: I am starting to work again tomorrow!! So, my blogging might become erratic again, but I will try to keep up with the writing!