Friday, January 25, 2008

1/25 Let's talk about something silly

Since it's my lunchtime I'll accept my friend Monk's challenge to blog this meme:

How long have you been blogging?

Since December of 2004 and there have been very few days that I've missed.

What inspired you to start a blog and who are your mentors?

No real blogging mentors, although I do admire people who stick to it. It's not easy.

What inspired me to start blogging was that I'd always written travelogues for my family and friends. When I went to New Zealand, Australia, and Okinawa I'd email everyone about the fun I was having. By the time I moved to the UK for five months, blogging had been developed and this was a much easier way to communicate to my family/friends.

After I returned to the states my blog became a lot more boring, hence the title of this blog.

Are you trying to make money online, or just doing it for fun?

For fun.

What 3 things do you love about being online?

Basically I've met so many great people. In 1995 I joined an online writers' community and have met many of those folks face to face. They've become dear friends and it's all because of being online.

What 3 things do you struggle with online?

The hardest thing is to remember that this is a public forum. And also that people can (and do) misinterpret what one says. When anyone has criticized me about being boring or self-centered, I just say, "Stop reading it." It's my blog and I'll write about what I want.

I kept diaries for many years. In some ways, this has replaced it. In others, no--I can't write my innermost thoughts. But my blog has helped me keep so many memories alive for myself. That's a really good thing.

I tag my niece Kelly, my daughter-in-law Beata, my son Rob, and my brother Joe. Will they respond? Maybe Kelly will.


Monkling said...

I don't like tagging people so I'm thrilled someone finally used my blog as a tag.

Cindy said...

I googled Beata yesterday and your Japan travelog popped up...YES, this is a VERY public media.

and I will go ahead and critize you before you change it...I think you mean WHEN and not ONE(in the 'struggle section)...but maybe not. We all know I ramble a lot and have been accused of writing like I talk. [is that a bad thing?]

I'll shut up now

Jer said...

Happy to oblige, Monkling. :)

And glad you caught it, Cindy. I was hurrying and made an error. I'll fix it, but am documenting it here so people don't think you were hallucinating. :)