Apparently, I’m taking the Pet Blogger Challenge:
The Challenge, as I understand it, is a time for bloggers to reflect on their blogs, why and how they write them, and… share?
At first, I though this was silly, because I don’t really care about why other people write, I just want to read their entertaining, witty, educational, interesting work. So obviously you don’t care either (because I generally assume that I’m writing for an audience of me). But then I noticed a lot of really interesting answers popping up on the blogs I read, and while I’m not yet a “pet blogger” (I think), I did start thinking about what my answers would be.
1. When did you begin your blog?
I started last January. And just to double check, I looked at my first post – happy belated birthday, blog! I started writing here on January 8th of last year.
2. What was your original purpose for starting a blog?
Turtle and I had gotten engaged a few months before and I had been reading wedding blogs for awhile. There was a lot that I was thinking about weddings and wedding culture and I really wanted somewhere to participate in the conversation. At the time, I didn’t find a lot of writing that resonated with me; I couldn’t find anything written for the audience of me (planning a small, gay, non-WIC wedding), so I decided to be that writer.
3. Is your current purpose the same?
I am trying to remember that purpose when I feel like I’m in a slump. Like, does anyone else really care what specific method I used to teach my dog to go into her crate? Well, the answer is that I would care, so yes. But I really don’t care about the sewing pattern you used for something – that just is not my thing. Please don’t expect to see any sewing patterns shared here.
4. Do you blog on a schedule or as the spirit moves you?
I started blogging when I felt like it, which was anywhere from daily to weekly. Since participating in NaBloPoMo and writing daily in November, I realized I do enjoy a regular schedule. I also enjoy reading blogs that I know post regularly, so I’m trying to follow their example. Realistically? I am not going to be able to post every day, but I think I can handle every weekday, so that’s what I’m aiming for. Since starting Flying Dingo, this may change.
5. Are you generating income from your blog?
If so, how (e.g. sponsor ads, affiliate relationships, spokesperson opportunities)? If not currently, do you hope to in the future — and how?
6. What do you like most about blogging in general and your blog in particular (bragging is good!)?
I love having somewhere to dump my thoughts, to be sassy if I want to, and to have such awesome support from readers! It’s really created an important community for me here. I look forward the comments and the ensuing conversations. I love finding out that someone whose blog I love is reading my blog. I love when people I know in real life say hi and sort of mumble, “I stalk your blog.” I know, it’s sort of awkward, but it makes my day. You know me and you like my writing?! Super extra happy points.
7. What do you like least?
I have a hard time when I’m not inspired to write something, but I feel like I *should* write anyway. I love knowing that posts on some of my favorite sites will be up by 7 am, and I want to provide the same thing; what is hard is when I’m not inspired until mid-morning. Really, I know 3 hours doesn’t make a huge difference, but I feel bad about it. Sorry.
8. How do you see your blog changing or growing in 2011?
I hope to find a little more direction this year. Now that the wedding is over, I need something to focus on; it seems to be The Beast these days, but I’ve turned to Flying Dingo for that, and I hope to keep writing here about terribly entertaining things like how we keep the heat at 50 degrees during the day (yes, my fingers are freezing right now) and how I reffed my first roller derby scrimmage last night. What, I didn’t mention I was considering joining the ref team? I’m sure I’ll have more to say about that later.
Thanks, all of you, for reading and commenting and saying hello! You’re the best. For serious.