Sunday, September 25, 2005

Blogging about blogging

Yesterday, I got out of the house TWICE! First it was the trip to Reigate and Crawley, then it was a trip down to Selsey with D and L to spend the evening with some good friends of theirs. I had a haircut there (I really needed it!) and I have lots to say about that. I've actually got things to do here today, so I'll get to that later or tomorrow.

In the meantime, rattling around livewire's place, I discovered a bit more about her by reading what she has to say about blogging about blogging.

1. Do you try to look hot when you go to the grocery store just in case someone recognizes you from your blog? I hardly ever go to the grocery store but if I do I'll usually check to see if having not showered for a day or two calls for a quick shower before departure. That has nothing to do with meeting another blogger, it's all about some long-buried sense of self-pride that re-surfaces on occasion. That's only sometimes true - I'm not really a slob!

2. Are the photos you post Photoshopped or otherwise altered? I've only used one contemporary pic of myself and it was presented as a Flickr magazine cover - you could say that it was altered but disguising myself wasn't the intention.

3. Do you like it when creeps or dorks email you? I haven't received any weird emails yet. I'm good about corresponding with strangers (not so good with friends!), so I'd probably respond and even get into a heated email debate about something for a while. If it were to go on too long and/or get too weird, I'd make sure they know that I want them to fuck off.

4. Do you lie in your blog? No lies so far. No conscious ones, that is. Reported speech has to be approximations of the truth - my memory isn't THAT good! For someone who's often very vague (and enebriated at the time some of the events took place), my memory is rather good.

5. Are you passive-aggressive in your blog? No. I just ramble on about things, all sort of things, often things where being passive-aggressive would make no sense. I can get very passionate about things but I'm not passive-aggressive in real life so see no reason to get so here.

6. Do you ever threaten to quit writing so people will tell you not to stop? I've not been blogging long enough to even contemplate that. At the moment, I'm an obsessive blogger so it's not entered my mind. Also, I can't see such a threat causing anyone to object let alone blink.

7. Are you in therapy? If not, should you be? If so, is it helping? No, no and no. My brief flirtation with therapy many years ago seemed like a total waste of time so I've no intention to repeat it. But I find blogging cathartic and it appeals to my addictive personality so it could be classified as a form of therapy.

8. Do you delete mean comments? Do you fake nice ones? I've had no mean ones so far. The nice ones felt good so having more of those would be nice. I've never faked an orgasm so can't see myself faking a nice comment. Hmmm...being reminded of orgasms while talking of nice blog comments is bizarre - maybe I do need therapy.

9. Have you ever rubbed one out while reading a blog? How about after? No. What for?

10. If your readers knew you in person, would they like you more or like you less? I suspect they'd like me more. Wishful thinking? I vonna be loved? Ok, maybe they won't like me more but I'm sure that they won't like me less.

11. Do you have a job? No. Almost there, I hope.

12. If someone offered you a decent salary to blog full-time without restrictions, would you do it? Of course, silly question! But, anyone paying that sort of money for this sort of waffle must be mad.

13. Which blogger do you want to meet in real life? I met some of the best bloggers before meeting their blogs and I've met some of the best bloggers since meeting their blogs. As for the rest, there are lots of them but I'm in no rush to do so.

14. Which bloggers have you made out with? No comment.

15. Do you usually act like you have more money or less money than you really have? My finaces are in a constant 'boom and bust' cycle. I spend heavily when I'm earning because I like to have a good time and I like those around me to have a good time with me. There's no pretence involved.

16. Does your family read your blog? No. They don't know it exists and I'm happy for that to continue.

17. How old is your blog? One month. I set it up just over a year ago but never wrote anything on it besides 'this is a test post'. I've only started blogging since being incarcerated in rural Surrey.

18. Do you get more than 1000 page views per day? Do you care? The average hovers around 25-30, the maxium was about 50. More hits would be cool but I can't say that I'm losing any sleep over this.

19. Do you have another secret blog in which you write about being depressed, slutty, or a liar? It all happens here. There is more of a concentration on the slutty than the other stuff.

20. Have you ever given another blogger money for his/her writing? Odd question. No!

21. Do you report the money you earn from your blog on your taxes? What are taxes? If I were to be in the lucky position of earning money from this, I'd definitely NOT pay taxes on the earnings.

22. Is blogging narcissistic? Not necessarily but it definitely is for lots of bloggers. I enjoy it and I find it cathartic. I don't think I find it narcissistic. What did I say above about lying on my blog?

23. Do you feel guilty when you don't post for a long time? Since starting, I've been obsessively writing so I've not experienced that. It remains to be seen if it will happen when I have less time and/or inclination. I suspect that it very much depends on how many people read me regularly.

24. Do you like John Mayer? Who is he? Let me do a Google. Oh, he's a musician. Have I just said something very telling about myself?

25. Do you have enemies? No but I sometimes attract stalkers or people with strong stalking tendencies. Animosity, as a result, does sometimes develop.

26. Are you lonely? I like my own company but I also enjoy socialising a lot. In company, I can sometimes feel very lonely but a few swift pints quickly gets rid of that feeling! So, the answer is 'yes, sometimes.'

27. Why bother? Because, for now, I like it.

Filling in the questionnaire reminded me of 'The Seven Ages of Blogging that Troubled Diva referred to. It's definitely too soon for me to analyse myself in that way, but give it time.


Blogger LiVEwiRe said...

Hey, thank for not revealing me as a 'makeout blogger'... Heh... KIDDING! I just couldn't resist. I'm glad you did this one, I truly enjoy learning more about people. It's like I get to wind you up and watch you go. =) I notice you have had stalker experience too, eh?

12:44 am  
Blogger Reluctant Nomad said...

Should we trade stalker tales? No doubt, I'll blog about it some day.

4:01 am  

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