While I was surfing blogs to get a different header for this week, I happened upon someone’s post about things they both loved and hated about blogging. Seeing as I couldn’t come up with anything more exciting than that after pondering the matter all day, I’m taking that one and running with it.
1. Like: I have met some really cool people through the Thursday 13 group that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. Waves to The mystical one,Margie who sends me candy and the always hilarious Crse.
2. Not so much: Not having the time any longer to visit a whole bunch of blogs I used to read all the time. I loved Thursdays spent surfing and commenting. Damn life had to intervene. GRRR!
3. Like: Sometimes I go back and read what I’ve written and am tickled at how good it came out. Most of the time I am left in the dust by the writing and creativity skills of other bloggers (coughDoocecough) but every once in a while, something really good comes forth. I’m glad it’s saved for all posterity.
4. Not so much: I admit that I’m a comment whore. I love the comments, people! Thus it follows that when I write something I think is cool and no one says anything, I’m bummed. Irrationally so, yes. Still bummed. I will say, however, that you guys haven’t let me down much for quite a while. One or another of you always cheers me on in some way.
5. Like: When you read my blog, you pretty much get a good dose of who I really am. Sometimes I’m verbose, sometimes the lack of posts tell you more than any words I could say. Sometimes, I am extremely snarky and other times I am a big marshmallow. For better or worse, this is me. In words. Which is to say Lisa = lots of words strung together in a rather nifty fashion.
6. Not so much: Having too many blogs and not paying attention to them the way I want to. Besides Snarkypants, I have my woo-woo ponderings blog, my woo-woo business blog/site, and a mystical blog Nancy and I are futzing around with (which we haven’t updated since, like, November). I could sit around all day and write and probably be happy. Just don’t have the time, alas.
7. Like: How my blog looks. Lauren did it and it’s probably gonna be this way for a long time. I wish I knew HTML so I could goof with it but it’s clean, it has stuff I want on there and I’m happy going to it.
8. Not so much: Somehow, when my blog got updated to the new WP edition, I can’t upload pics (I can store them somewhere else and post them, I think) and I can’t see the preview of the entry. I have to publish it and then look at it. Ptooey.
9. Like: Getting others to join me in the blog bandwagon. Some start and stop (Patrick, that’s you), others keep on writing no matter what (Mark, that’s you) and some are new to the blog waters and need encouragement (Carol, that’s you!). I like reading what my friends are up to – each has their own style which is how I think a blog should be!
10. Not so much: Perfunctory comments. I know that seems bitchy but when I visit someone’s blog (for a 13, usually) I try to leave a comment specific to that entry and find at least ONE good thing to mention about their writing, their topic choice, or even their layout. I get dismayed by comments like “good 13. Mine’s here” – well, that took no effort or brain cells at all. I don’t expect everyone to write a dissertation about it but when you visit other blogs, look for one positive thing to say to them and see if you can uplift their spirit a bit. Especially if they’ve written a really involved post, a decent comment is honoring the time they spent on it.
11. Like: When Cousin ‘O Love and I did the Blogathon 2K6 last year. Despite being rather sleepy, I had a good time and it was really fun to complete. I’m pretty sure I’m doing it this year and who knows who will join us! (looks at the PiK)
12. Not so much: My friends who don’t email me and let me know how they are (coughtwinniecough) because they feel like they are in touch with me by having read my blog. I am probably the same way so not throwing stones or anything. Just sayin’.
13. Like: I can spout my political opinions all I want and no one can say I can’t! hahah (hears a knock at the door and wonders if the Secret Service has come to pay me a visit.) This current administration SUCKS. I need to find that counter thingy that shows how many days until they are outta there and put it in the sidebar.
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So agree on #10!! Do they think you don’t notice the lack of any real substance to the comment?
Hi Lisa – This is a fun TT. I haven’t had my computer and just got it back, so I haven’t been commenting on your blog recently.
I totally relate to your TT topic.
Qualities I love about your blog – clean intuitive layout; well-written; updated regularly (mine hasn’t been lately, but then again, I’m in my last year of post-graduate education, let’s hope, so let that be my lame reason); has your personality and personal touch; sense of humor and wit and the non-coercive nature of your posts (you share your opinions, which I love, but I have never felt attacked by them or felt that you were trying to force me to agree with you or have the same opinion you did on any given topic).
My pet peeves in trolling other blogs: ugly blogs where it’s hard to figure out what’s going on; blogs where the writer didn’t seem to have any concern about what was being written or take the time to write something coherent; unclear whether the blogger is still writing for their own blog (I’m guilty of this, so I understand people get busy); no sense of the blogger’s personality and style because the blog is a series of lists or random incoherent thoughts or aimless ranting with no context…
I think the best thing that has come out of blogging for me is the people I’ve met the two years I’ve had my blog up. And, I’ve found so many great blogs that I love to read, but like you, just don’t have the time I once did to read them all. And, TT helps me find other blogs that are interesting as well. The thing I hate the worse is the times I can’t get my blog up or how long it takes to get it to go to another page.
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This is a great idea for a TT list — I’ll have to remember that. I agree with you about comments — the whole point of TT is to get to know people better and to share a little bit of yourself, as well. I like the layout of your blog as well ; lots of links to explore. Happy Easter!
Im sorry I could NOT RESIST! You are the best shouter outer ever! And I LOVE your blog and your words leave me in the dust a lot of times too! About the comments, i feel the same way but i worry if im guilty of it. Sometimes people i read write something and its really good and even profound and i feel like anything i say would be trite. Maybe other people have that problem? Also sometimes i read a blog with the turnip on my lap so i have to wait to comment. I didnt know Lauren designed the blog. I now have a whole other reason to love your blog!
Great list. Im up!
I’m totally with you on 3 and 4. Ever get so caught up in reading your old posts that before you know it, an hour’s gone by and there’s your SO saying “what are you doing? You wrote this! Did you forget it?” Or maybe that only happens to me…hmm…
My sister and I fall into the #12 trap too…yikes.
I feel you—but it’s tough when you’re the last to show up at the party and somebody else has said what you wanted to say. For me, the best thing about blogging is making the record you mentioned…and it’s also the worst. You’re lucky your friends read you; mine are too busy with their own blogs etc
I love this TT topic!! I may have to steal it sometime!
I am right there with you with the generic comments, it’s like if you aren’t even going to read it… why visit?
I have no power which is why I have not emailed you back. I am so glad to have met you!
I agree w. a lot of what you wrote. I can’t stand it when I actually take time to write something I think is good and worthwhile and no one says anything :(
Maybe we were too early w. our blog, together. Not enough planning and of course busy, busy, busy!
Great list — I could echo many of these. I agree about comments — love ’em, especially when specific. But I have to admit, after visiting several TTs, sometimes I can’t think of anything more than, “Great list!” Maybe that’s an indication I need to stop for a while. :)
I see I am on the opposite side of the political fence than you are, though, as I do support the current administration. Hope you don’t hold that against me. :)
II know the feeling. I agree.
I can completely understand #3 but don’t beat yourself up too much. It’s not a competition — just strive to do your personal best!
I do number 3 all the time, and number 10 is a pet peeve of mine as well
Enjoy the day
Countdown to the 2008 US Presidential election
I have no idea if that worked, if not I am sorry for the weird words… http://www.7is7.com/otto/countdsamp.html For a generic countdown,
I loved this, and agreed with most of it too!
I am so with you on #4!
I love both your layout and your TT blog header — I’m a major cat purr-son. And you wrote a really good list about the neat-o and not-so-neat-o aspects of blogging. I hear ya on the comment front, too. There isn’t much point to the Thursday Thirteen commentwise if people are just gonna breeze through, not even read what I wrote, and say, Nice list, here’s mine. Bleh.
But like you, I enjoy blogging because it gives me a place to spout off about whatever I want to spout off about, whenever I need to spout off. And though I’m not a Web design whiz, I can customize my blog to a point, and that’s fun, too. Blogs are good high-tech soapboxes!
Happy Thursday Thirteen to you, and happy blogging!
I agree. I wish people would read your 13 before commenting on it. I took the time to write it, please take a minute and read it.
Nice visiting you!
So here is my first time here through the TT13 and what a good list. The TT13 is a great way to meet people, read some interesting posts and develop template envy. That’s the downfall of surfing through other blogs, you get to thinking…..about your own and the changes.
Will need to bookmark and check back.
Oh, I know–the entries I love the most, are the ones most ignored! Happy TT!
Hear, hear for #10!!! As for your #12, I’d change it to say friends of mine that refuse to read my blog because they want to hear what I have to say before I say it to the world. Um…huh??!