- How long have you been blogging?
Since sometime in 1998.
2. Any advice to beginners?
Keep it fun. If it begins to be a job you need to take some time off.
3. What are the good things blogging has brought to your life?
I've used it as a journal during some hard times. I have met a lot of people (even though it is just online) who I would not have met otherwise. I've also found new creative ideas and outlets, more all the time.
4. What would you consider the pitfalls?
The commercialness which started a few years ago and is building up like a giant puss-ball zit these days. I expect it will keep getting worse until someone finds the next great idea in spamming.
5. Tell us about your blog name. Ever think of changing it? If so, to what? Why?
That Grrl. It's had a few other names (I'd have to think really hard to remember them) but I don't think I would change is again now.
6. Knowing what you know now, was starting a blog a good thing for you? Why or why not?
I think it was a good thing. I love the creative aspect. I like seeing what I can do with my limited abilities in coding and graphics.
7. How do you think blogging, bloggers, or the blogosphere has changed since you started?
I started a long time ago. Things have changed in huge ways. I miss the old days when blogging was personal. I'm pretty sick of the commercial blogging stuff and the fast, fake friends in social network stuff now.
8. Ultimately, what would you like your blog to accomplish for you or others?
I don't have a plan with a lot of goals and accomplishments. I'd like others to find something interesting maybe even useful. Mostly I blog for myself. To stretch my creativity and give myself a place to write when I want to tell myself something.
I found this one on Sunday Stealing. It's from a couple of weeks ago.
Comment from: lattégirl
I did some paid blogging for just a few months and boy, did it become an obsession with getting and making links and upping the ranking.
I am much happier blogging just for myself (and my dad and a few family members) and people like you who pop in now and then. ;-)
Been blogging about the same amount of time as you have. I deleted blogs I’d had for over a year and still don’t regret them. They’re much like a terrible diary, or as my mom once said, “One woman’s spiral into hell.”
Comment from: Laura
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From Double Decker Guy:
Okay, this makes you one of the longest serving bloggers I know of! I’m a mere babe in arms in comparison!
I am, however, guilty of the commercialism though… I’ve “pay-per-blogged” and have small ads up online… but I’ve TRIED to keep it more “legit posts” to ad posts… don’t hate me too much…
I read your #8 and think of where I started… and where I’ve ended up… and how the “goals” have changed… and how I’m much happier being more a “stream of thought/concepts/attempts at humour” versus trying to achieve that odd dream of ours.
A goodly post! A good read for all beginners to be sure!