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Time Warp Tuesday: Blogoversaries

I’m participating in Time Warp Tuesday, the monthly bloghop offered by Kathy at Bereaved and Blessed. This week’s theme is Blogoversaries, and our assignment is to:

Choose a blog entry from your archives that you wrote around the time of, one of your Blogoversaries. Then write a new post on your blog about why you chose the post that you did and what has happened in your life since.

I’m going back to May of 2009 when I celebrated my 2nd blogoversary. In this post I chose and explained my Appalachian Trail name, Lori Lavender Luz. And I did something Emily Post would abhor — I begged for presents. I asked visitors to my blog to let me know which of my posts had left an imprint on them and I turned the results into a Page in my navigation bar called Readers’ Choice. Those comments were the best. bloggy gifts. evah.

What has happened since then — what has changed? For one thing I’m less prolific with my blog posts. My first two years I averaged 18 posts a month. In the nearly 3 years that have followed, I’ve averaged 11 (much of my writing energy is going into a book.) My kids are now grade-schoolers with more independence and even bigger personalities (I wouldn’t have believed that possible back in 2009). And since then in my family circle I have experienced a severe accident, illness, life and death.

Click over to Time Warp Tuesday to read more posts about blogging milestones and maybe even add your own.

Wobbling for Daisy

I’m participating in Time Warp Tuesday, the monthly bloghop offered by Kathy at Four of a Kind. This week’s theme is Blog Beginnings, and our assignment asks us to:

Share with us your first blog entry or one of the first posts that you wrote.

Seven hundred ninety-nine posts ago (this one is #800) I  birthed W€€blesWobblog, this blog’s previous incarnation, with a very short post called Blogging for the Sake of a Book.

You see, in the Spring of 2007 I read a book by Peggy Orenstein called Waiting for Daisy. I was so enthralled with it that I did what any self-respecting bookworm does, I googled it. I landed on a blog (what’s a blog?? I’d heard of them but never read one)  in which this really nice-sounding lady said  she was hosting a Waiting for Daisy book tour and all I needed to participate was the book and a blog.

A book and a blog? I already had the former. I saw in the upper corner of that lady’s post the words, “Create Blog.”

So I did. For a month I wrote posts that received no comments, and then the book tour happened. All of a sudden I had a tribe.

It was a beautiful thing.

I will be forever grateful to Peggy, Daisy and Melissa.

Click over to Time Warp Tuesday to read more first posts and maybe even add your own.

This post is also a participant in the Finish the Sentence bloghop, “I blog because” edition. More on FindingNinee.

Survey SAYS

Thanks to all of you for participating the survey questions I posed last month about blogging. There were a few things revealed that I didn’t expect — one being that respondents (n=100) came from 11 countries on 5 continents.

What?? No Antarctica?

I asked a non-representative sample of bloggers (we all know this community is a cut above) questions regarding:

  • the relationship between the amount of time and energy you put into the post and the amount of attention it generates
  • whether you are a net giver or receiver of comments
  • the tendency for bloggers to have kept a diary or journal
  • which comes first, the title or the post?

So what did we learn?

1. Relationship between time and energy into creating a post and the response to that post:

  • 26% reported a direct relationship (more effort = more response).
  • 58% of you say there’s no relationship between the energy you put into a post and the response it garners.
  • 16% reported an inverse relationship (more effort = less response and vice versa).

One respondent said: Sometimes posts that I took enormous pains over sank without trace. Sometimes posts I dashed off (usually in a temper) garnered dozens of comments. And sometimes, vice versa. I still don’t quite understand it.

And this comment is quite insightful: It seems to be more the amount of EMOTION and energy, rather than time and energy.

Bottom line for a 84% of us? Don’t try so hard!

2. Comments, giving and getting:

  • 19% of you lament that you give waaay more than you get
  • 34% say you give more than you get, but that it’s not outrageously out of balance
  • 27% consider yourselves even-steven
  • 15% of you confess you get more than you give, but that it’s not terribly imbalanced
  • 5% of you admit you get waaay more than you give

So more than half of you are net givers but only 20% of you are net getters. Hmmmmm…..

This comment both helps to explain the anomaly and to dismiss it: My blog is quite small, and the number of blogs I follow is larger, so I think at times I definitely give more comments than I get, but hey, who’s counting?

Suggestion: Check out the monthly ICLW for an organized commentathon.

3. Journaling as a precursor to blogging:

  • 77% say you had never faithfully journaled or kept a diary prior to blogging
  • 23% say you considered yourselves a journaler or diarist before embarking on your blogs.

This result surprised me. Not that more people didn’t journal, but that so MANY more people didn’t journal.  When I asked this same question back in 2008, the results were statistically even.

Because of my own experience, I thought there would be a stronger tie between a childhood habit of keeping a diary and an adult habit of writing a blog. Color me oddball.

Representative comments: I only journaled during certain periods of my life. Usually when things were more stressful and I had a lot to deal with.      And      I never maintained a diary or journal even though I set out to multiple times throughout my life.

4. Which comes first: title or post?

  • Only 5% of you say the title comes first
  • 36% of you write the post first and then title it
  • And 59% say it’s 50-50; sometimes it’s the title first and sometimes it’s the post

Among the 5%: It’s the blank at the top. Therefore, I fill it in first.   And   Some titles are too delicious to waste.

Among the 36%: The title is the hardest thing for me to write.

Among the majority: Sometimes the title is in my head first or becomes clear as I’m writing; other times the title I had in mind doesn’t fit when I’m done. Sometimes I can’t ever think of what to title something.

Any surprises in the findings for you? In which questions might you be somewhat freakish in the minority?

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