November 03, 2005

A Bloggish Thursday Three

Thursdays are often a very busy day for me now, so I've been ignoring The Return of the Thursday Three, but since today isn't too crazy yet, I guess I'll throw in my answers.

1) If you have a blog, why did you start it? If you don’t have one, do you think you might start one? Why or why not?

I didn't mean to start a blog. One day, my husband came home babbling about these blog things, made me read Instapundit and Andrew Sullivan, and announced he was going to start one too. He invited several of our friends and me to join in on the fun. Then one by one most of the friends dropped out to do other things like actually concentrate on work. Then my husband did the same. I took over and decided babbling about politics and foreign policy wasn't really nearly as interesting to me as babbling about my children, so the focus changed completely. Finally I moved to the servers and forgot to give keys to the executive washroom to the only remaining person that ever blogged around here besides me. So don't blame me. I'm just here taking up space that I never really intended to use. However, I do love the outlet it gives me, the conversations in the comments, and the fact that it makes me write things down once in a while.

2) What blogs do you read most often?
I read the blogs on my blogroll most often that are updated the most often. The two most frequently updated would probably be Terry and the Llamabutchers. I try to check on everyone on my blogroll at least once every couple of days and often multiple times per day as I'm passing by the computer. I also check the Houseblogs site, because I find the stories about other people's houses fascinating.

3) Finally, what do you consider to be the greatest strength(s) and most profound weakness(es) of blogging?

The friendships with people far away, the experts one can find talking about any subject from dog shows to stripping woodwork, the fact that I've been found by some old, long-lost acquaintances, and the ability of bloggers to keep the "real" journalists in line are the best parts.

The weird/disgusting searches, a few hateful commentors and all the spam are the worst parts for me. I could imagine that some people I'd rather not find me might stumble in here too, which would be unfortunate.

I think the good has far outweighed the bad though.


Then those of us representing the bad will have to try harder.
If I can’t be hateful then consider this spam.

Posted by: jim at November 3, 2005 11:20 AM

Jim's gonna have to try harder than that!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at November 3, 2005 01:43 PM

Spam is ok if you fry it.

Posted by: Sarah G. at November 3, 2005 02:40 PM

Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam
baked beans and Spam.

Posted by: jim at November 4, 2005 11:46 PM