Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Why blog?

I've been tagged by MissSin, so here goes...

Why do you blog?
I loved the IDEA of blogging but wasn’t sure it was for me. I’m not a good writer and I’m not the kind of person to lay themselves out there emotionally so I knew I couldn’t come up with fun, witty rants about my life on a regular basis. Then I discovered book review blogs and since I already keep track of what I read that seemed like a possibility. But I only read 50-60 books a year. A friend of mine
used to have a photo blog (I loved visiting it, she had great photos!) and since H and I have started taking pictures frequently, I decided to combine the two hobbies, also allowing for the odd random post, and voila my blog* was born!

*In case anyone was curious, In Spring it is the Dawnis the first line of The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagon. If she were alive today, her lists, stories and observations would make a fantastic blog!
I also explained about “tanabata” here.

How long have you been blogging?
I started on January 31st, 2006.

Self portrait?
book geek (obviously!), cat person, night owl, procrastinator, good listener, loyal, insecure

Why do readers read your blog?
Most of my “regulars” are other book bloggers and friends (the non-readers just skip the book reviews). I also get a few extra visits when I post a picture for a photo challenge.

What was the last search phrase someone used to get to your site?
”interesting things in England” I wonder if they were disappointed to land on my 5 most interesting things post. I never get any weird and/or rude search phrases which just goes to show how tame my blog is. The most common search is probably for McSweeney's (to which I have a subscription this year and have reviewed issues 18 and 19).

Which of your entries unjustly gets too little attention?
I’m just pleased whenever people stop by and comment. On the flip side, my recent food pics have probably generated the most comments. :P

Your current favourite blog?
It would be too hard to choose just one. See my sidebar for the blogs I visit regularly.

What blog did you read most recently?
Stuff On My Cat. Good for a chuckle.

Which feeds do you subscribe to?
My blogroll in the sidebar is run by blogrolling and it does a pretty good job of letting me know when blogspot blogs have been updated, but for some reason, which could very possibly be my lack of knowledge, it doesn’t work for other blogs. So I’ve recently started using bloglines for feeds from the wordpress, typepad and other non-blogger blogs that I visit.

What four blogs are you tagging with this meme and why?
I’m not going to tag anyone specifically but if you’re in the mood for a meme, feel free to keep it going.


  1. Just curious. How do you go about seeing what search phrase people are typing in when they stumble upon you blog? I've seen this mentioned in other blogs, but am completely clueless. I'm such a blog-illiterate! BTW, I love Stuff On My Cat, too.

  2. Les, I've been using StatCounter but another popular one is Site meter. You register an account, then copy and paste a bit of code into your template. Then when you want to see the visitor stats you log in to your account at, in my case, statcounter. And best of all, it's free!

  3. I love reading meme answers. Thanks for sharing :)

  4. I've always wondered the same thing; thanks for asking, Les.

    Stuff On My Cat is a hoot. I loved it when you did your own version with the Canadian flags. My cats would probably rebel if I tried that!

  5. Yay! I did it (and it works)! Thank you, Blog Guru! :)

  6. Thanks Iliana.

    Nancy, trust me he didn't stay still for long!

    Les, yay! Glad it worked.

  7. thanks for sharing!
    never get the chance the meme anyone because whoever memes me also memes all the people i know - but finally i could meme someone.

    btw - dumb question of the day, especially considering that i have used the word myself - what does 'meme' actually mean?

  8. thank you! that was *way* mor4e information than i expected - but now i know!

    btw - on another totally random topic - how come you know half the people i know? people i know have links to your blog, and you have links to people i there some secret society i am not a member of?

  9. lol, nothing so clandestine, and purely virtual! Besides you're the common link! We 'found' each other via your blog most likely. Blog hopping! Visit someone's blog, check out a link, and on and on until you no longer know where you started or who linked to who originally! It's why I keep finding more blogs to read. I must stop looking at other people's sidebars! :P


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