From Meme to You

By Anthony | September 19th, 2006 | 11:27 pm

I haven’t ever participated in one of these memes before, but then again, I’ve never been asked. Now I find that Billy has tagged Joel and Joel has tagged me. So here are the questions, and my answers:

1: Do you like the look and the contents of your blog?

Yes. There are some tweaks I have in mind for it, polishing a few rough edges, but I haven’t had a chance to work on them yet. Overall though, I’m happy with how it’s turned out so far.

2: Does your family know about your blog?

A few do – my wife does. My Mom does as well, but she doesn’t go on the Internet and so she hasn’t read it (though she has seen some of my cartoons).

3: Can you tell your friends about your blog? Do you consider it a private thing?

I could, but I don’t for the most part. My wife tells more people about it than I do, I think. It’s not that I consider it private, it’s just that I’m not generally known for offering much in the way of personal information.

4: Do you just read the blogs of those who comment on your blog? O do you try to discover new blogs?

I read quite a few blogs, but most of them don’t comment on mine. I don’t go out of my way to specifically try to discover new blogs, but if I happen across one I’ll often take a look through it.

5: Did your blog positively affect your mind? Give an example.

Yes, for the most part. I enjoy critical thinking and debating, so I get plenty of that. A specific example would be that it encourages me to keep up with current events, particularly local ones that I otherwise might not pay much attention to. Before I moved to North Carolina I lived in Delaware, and I had no clue as to what was really going on locally, or what the politics of the area were like. It’s been a totally different story down here since I started reading local blogs and blogging myself.

6: What does the number of visitors to your blog mean? Do you use a traffic counter?

I do use one, and I look at it at regular intervals, though not too frequently. I don’t expect to ever have a ton of traffic, but it makes me happy to know that there’s a steady (though relatively small) number of people coming through. Of course, I feel bad for many of them, because according to my traffic counter, a lot of them are finding me through this post when they’re doing a search for “how much money does a fireman make”, and unfortunately for them, the post doesn’t actually answer that question.

7: Did you imagine how other bloggers look like?

I sometimes try to imagine how old they might be, or what sort of background they come from, but not really what they look like.

8: Do you think blogging has any real benefit?

Absolutely. As I mentioned before, it’s helped me to be more engaged with what’s going on locally. It’s a great way to communicate ideas and information, if you can get past some of the noise out there.

9: Do you think that the Blogsphere is a stand alone community separated from the real world?

That seems kind of like asking if a book club is a stand alone community separated from the real world. It’s part of the real world – a subset of it.

10: Do some political blogs scare you? Do you avoid them?

Scare? No. Annoy? Yes.

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

Depends on the criticism I suppose.

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

Not particularly. I would hope that it would pick up the pieces and carry on without me, but perhaps that’s a bit unrealistic. More likely you would find it downtown drinking heavily and picking fights with other blogs.

13: Which blogger had the greatest impression on you?

Probably Ed Cone since he’s been such a supporter of the local blogging community, and of blogging in general.

14: Which blogger you think is the most similar to you?

I don’t know – it depends on what sort of criteria you’re looking at. Subject matter? Style? Personality? You’d get a different answer depending on what you focus on.

15: Name a song you want to listen to.

Something by The Frames. How about Lay Me Down.

16: Ask five bloggers to answer these question on their blogs.

Cara Michele
David Boyd – He answered it once already, but I’m going to insist that he answer it a second time since he was such a fuddy duddy the first time.

3 Responses to “From Meme to You”

  1. Joe Guarino Says:

    It was good having the chance to speak with you last night at the bloggers meet-up.

  2. PotatoStew Says:

    Definitely! I’m glad we got to talk for a little while instead of just saying “hi” and “goodbye” as usually seems to happen.

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