January 9 07

i’m not only a blog writer…oh, no…i’m also a reader. i read many, many blogs. mommy blogs, daddy blogs, entertainment blogs, snarky blogs, what have you, i’m reading it. i have almost 200 blogs in my bloglines (and yes, i decided to stay with bloglines. sure, we’ve had our differences, but at the end of the day, it was a relationship i didn’t want to lose, so i stuck with her and hope that she will smooth out her wrinkles one of these days…).

I take great pride when i get that number at the top – that pesky one that tells me how many new posts i haven’t read yet – gets down to zero. great pride. i used to be so good. it didn’t take me very long to get through the list. but, nowadays, i’m discovering new blogs every day. and with one swift click of the the mouse, bada bing, it’s added to my bloglines. and as of this morning, that number at the top is reading 268. i’m way, way behind. shit, make that 269. Going away for Christmas didn’t help matters.

One of these new blogs that i’ve started reading, Anna Banana, tagged me for…what else…a meme about blogging. how fitting. um. yeah. don’t tell anyone. but i asked her to tag me.

1. Do you like the look and the contents of your blog?
i love the look of my blog. love it. sure, there are some things i would change if i knew how…but overall, i think it’s perfect for me. and fyi…the two girls at the top are NOT supposed to be my friend Tova and me. i’ve been asked umpteen times and no, it’s just an image i found fishing around on istock and fell in love with.

2-Does your family know about your blog?
they all know that i have one. i’m not sure who reads it and who doesn’t. my inlaws don’t like that i have one. and my mom probably isn’t computer friendly enough to get on it. but i do know of some family members who are reading.

3-Can you tell your friends about your blog?
my friends know about it. some read it. some don’t. sometimes it makes me censor what i have to say since obviously i can’t come on and rant about someone if he or she is going to read it.

4-Do you just read the blogs of those who comment on your blog?

yeah…no…i think i made this one clear at the top of this post when i said i had almost 200 blogs in my bloglines. there are certainly NOT 200 bloggers leaving comments on here. who do you think i am…Rockstar Mommy?!

5-Does your blog positively affect your mind?

100%.Γƒβ€šΓ‚Β It’s my therapy.

6-What does the number of visitors to your blog mean?

what does it mean? do i need to explain this one? it’s the numbers of people who are reading my blog. relax. i kid. what does it mean? i guess that there are a lot of people reading. but commenting? not so much. but just you wait until tomorrow’s post. this is National Delurking Week, folks.

7-Do you imagine what other bloggers look like?

always. some blogs have photos or flickr sites so i can kind of get a sense of what they look like…but the ones without pictures??? i try to imagine…but i’m usually WAY off. it’s just like when you read a book and then watch the movie. the people are never quite as you imagined.

8-Do you think blogging has any real benefit?

real benefit? for me…definitely. because i have this blog, i was introduced to Jen at Urbanmoms.ca,, who took a chance on me to write about my fabulous life. i’m both proud and incredibly lucky to be able to be a part of something so amazing for Canadian women. so, yes, i’d definitely say real benefit. at least for me.

9-Do you think that the blogosphere is a stand alone community separated from the real world?
not exactly sure where this question is going. the blogosphere is definitely a community. or lots of little communities. but can it stand alone? how can it? it’s millions of people sitting in front of their computers.

10-Do some political blogs scare you? Do you avoid them?
scare me? nope. bore the crap out of me? yes ma’am.

11-Do you think that criticizing your blog is useful?

not really. i’ve been told many times that people don’t like my non-capitalization. whatever. i don’t cap. i think i tried once to write with caps. and it wasn’t for me. if something about my site bothers you, stop reading. it’s as simple as that.

12-Have you ever thought about what would happen to your blog in case you died?

um, no, not until now, so, thanks for that…Haley, if i die, please let my readers know. There we go, all taken care of.

13-Which blogger had the greatest impression on you?

this is an unfair question. really unfair. i love so many blogs. and for so many different reasons. can i plead the fifth? okay…fine…you win…i’ll give you a little somethin’ somethin’. there are the ones who have been around since i started reading over 2 years ago. there are those lovely and wonderful Canadian mamas. and now…i’m totally spent from all that linky love. but there.are.so.many.more. this is why i didn’t want to do this….grrr…

14-Which blogger do you think is the most similar to you?

another unfair one. there are so many. so many times that i’ll be reading something and i’ll say, “damnit…if only i lived XXXX”, because we’d TOTALLY be friends in real life. like her. and her. and her. and her. and her. and her. okay…i really need to stop. i could go one forever.

15-Name a song you want to listen to?
that i WANT to listen to? or that i am currently listening to? I’m listening to the song Fix You by Coldplay right now, as we speak. does that count?

Anne, Mandi, and Jana. you’ve been tagged you’re it!

(and now, i’ll proudly declare…that i’ve gotten the number down to 196. not bad….not bad…ooh, make that 194…)

  1. wow… over 200… impressive

    And national delurking week? What a fabulous idea. I think I may make a note about it as well.

    Comment by Jeff on January 9, 2007
  2. hey there! so, people ask you if that’s us, eh? well, i’ve always thought they were two hot chicks – so i say we take that question as a commpliment πŸ™‚

    Comment by Tova on January 9, 2007
  3. it’s definitely a compliment. have you seen how long those girls’ legs are???

    Comment by ali on January 9, 2007
  4. I think I need to get bloglines, as blogrolling is not really doing it for me these days.

    I totally agree with so much of what you have said here about the blogs. I read and read and read. I link from other peoples posts to new blogs on a daily basis. I love to hear what people are saying. As for people reading me, I am such a comment whore…..I love comments. Even if they aren’t all that positive, like the one on my post the other day.

    Comment by Iris on January 9, 2007
  5. You LOVE me, you REALLY love me! I love you too!

    We should have a Toronto Bloggers thing that includes drinks and dinner and Oh So Many Laughs. I’d drive the 2 hours for that. Don’t know where I’d crash, but whatever. Maybe Catherine (HBM) would take me in.

    Comment by Karen Rani on January 9, 2007
  6. Too WEIRD.
    I was just listening to Fix You (live) as I was reading.
    You read 200? Where the F do you get the time?
    I only have like 10 in my favourites.

    Comment by Christine on January 9, 2007
  7. Very cute meme. I love blogging. It is my therapy too. And I have a gigantic blogroll, but your is bigger than mine.

    Comment by Janet a.k.a Wonder Mom on January 9, 2007
  8. Since it’s National Delurking Week and all! *grin*

    As a slightly embarrassed subscriber to just about 500 blogs, I feel your excitement at getting to 0 at feeds unread.

    Comment by mac on January 9, 2007
  9. Aww…. Great post. The feeling is mutual, BTW :^)

    Comment by anne nahm on January 9, 2007
  10. What a great post! I loved your answers. And I love your blog. πŸ™‚

    Comment by mamatulip on January 9, 2007
  11. Delurking (although I’m not an official lurker since I’ve posted before – just not in a while)!! I remember when I told my DH that I wanted to get away from a plain website and do a blog that he didn’t think I’d stick with it. I’m now 3 1/2 years into it and don’t see myself stopping any time soon!

    Comment by Jaynee on January 9, 2007
  12. Excellent answers! I’ve never understood people who went to blogs and critisized the writers – just leave! But some people are just rude.
    Aw! Linky love for me! Thanks!

    Comment by Rebecca on January 9, 2007
  13. Delurking week? Hadn’t heard about that. Really, we have more readers (if we look at the stats) than those that choose to comment. I wish everyone that took a look at something on my blog would comment. Then, I wouldn’t have to hit the stats page to find out who is lurking. πŸ™‚ But, I am happy for all those who do check me out, like you. πŸ™‚

    As for blogging, I love it. Should have done it long before I started. My son tried to get me to, but I didn’t think it was for me. As of this June, it will have been two years – some of the most enjoyable years of my life – making new friends and loving it.

    Comment by Barb on January 9, 2007
  14. Loving this meme! I’ll wait to get officially tagged by someone else, biotch! But, yeah, okay, if you die, I’ll let everyone know. *Yawn* πŸ˜‰

    Comment by Haley-O on January 9, 2007
  15. Hmmm…some interesting questions asked, that is for sure. Thanks for making me truly think a little bit harder about my thoughts on the blogosphere, those of us in it and my reasons for blogging.

    Comment by Amanda on January 9, 2007
  16. Happy Delurking Week!

    Comment by Chris on January 9, 2007
  17. Can you believe that I’ve never really observed that you don’t use caps? I guess I’m so into the words that I don’t notice this detail. I feel so silly.

    Thanks for the tag. I’m all over it!

    Comment by something blue on January 10, 2007
  18. This meme was so much more meta than usual. I love writing about writing.

    Comment by dorothy on January 10, 2007
  19. Over 200?! Oh, hon, I think it’s time to stage an intervention. Because that’s what friends do, right? Blog interventions over copious amounts of wine.

    Comment by Mrs. Chicky on January 10, 2007
  20. wow, you have a LOT of blogs to read, lady. i enjoy your blog a lot, though i realize i don’t comment often. i may steal the meme, even though i haven’t been tagged, just because it’s an interesting one. hope those 194 posts get read soon!

    Comment by lara on January 10, 2007
  21. you.are.the.cutest. and i only say that because you’re just like me. LOL

    Comment by jennster on January 10, 2007
  22. oh my gawd you tagged me. i am lousy at memes. I will try, but I am guaranteed to disappoint. I am going to check out some of your faves. i loves me my Mama Tulip, but a few of the others I am not so well acquainted…

    Comment by anne/crazymumma on January 11, 2007
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