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To blog or not to blog? That is my silly question.

Keep Calm and Carry OnI’m such a dork. I know. I have a couple of questions about blogging lately. I’m just thinking about my blog that I started a year and a half ago and how my life has or has not changed because of it.

Before even publishing a blog I had in mind what I what I thought a cool blog would be like. I think the first time I had ever even read was one that seemed like a Portland Oregon Taxi Driver Conversations blog. I thought, I bet that’s interesting or funny and it was.

I don’t have the link. It was like six years ago.

Then, I thought about what I liked in a blog. I thought, I want to make sure it has an order, chronological, or whatever, and a coolish design. I mean easy on the eye.

I thought one of the most important things on a blog was a place that people could comment.

Then, I thought, Gosh, if I were to ever publish a blog, I want a bunch of those comments that you see on the back of the book. You do know what I am talking about, right? Like when you read Best Book Ever or I just couldn’t put it down.

Or

Five times on the NY Times Best Seller List.

I’m not sure if it is true or not but I’m quite certain that that last comment is on every book out there. At least it seems to me it is.

{Hmm. Note to self. Check if you only read NY Times Best Seller Books.}

Recap

In my humble opinion, a good blog should have a nice design, easy user interaction by means of comments and easy navigation.

I’m not so certain if it should have self promoting comments like the ones I have in my right side bar that I hear I should update now and again.

To blog or not to blog?

A positive aspect of blogging is having a creative outlet to share my thoughts that people can comment on.

A negative aspect of blogging is having a creative outlet to share my thoughts that people can comment on.

That begs the question if it’s good idea to have a blog. I know I love reading about people’s lives around the world and have become friends with many bloggers.

My eyes have been open to friends’ lives in New York, in Seattle, in Japan, in Singapore, basically, EVERYWHERE there is internet.

Figure it out. If you can't just figure it out, then figure it out.
Figure it out. If you can't just figure it out, then figure it out.

Bloggers are the friendliest community I’ve ever hung out with. They are sort of like computer hacks in my opinion in a little way because you have to understand some basics like how to type and how to do some silly coding stuff called widgets and things and html. Fun fun stuff. I actually love it.

Bloggers are also super great at helping each other, like when we exchange ways of adding links known as a blog roll, or graphics, or recipes. You know, exchanging information. I remember one nice lady who helped me out with my five tabs I have at the top of my blog. Just ask, they say.

I will never forget the kindness of people who have sent me gifts and encouraged me. That’s just way too nice. Thank you again if I haven’t said it lately. I also got so many nice REAL Christmas cards too saying things like thank you for giving me a glimpse into your life in Italy. That’s encouraging.

Then of course, my facebook account got totally out of hand. I accepted friend requests from all kinds of friends. When I had like only 100 friends on facebook I remember looking at people who had like 500 friends and thinking, wow, how could they know all of those people?

In fact, I even wrote a friend and asked, How do you know all of those people?

The reply I got back was I just do.

Ha ha.

Ask a silly question, get the answer.

I used to love sharing pictures. Now I just like feel like wow, everyone can see my pictures. But the problem is that I want to share pictures but not all the time. I want to share pictures when I feel like it and not all pictures with everybody.

Also, once I add a friend I feel guilty removing them. I think, well, I could just leave that persons picture on my account. What difference could it make? Then I think, you don’t know that person. Just remove them. Then I think, well, what if I hurt someone’s feelings. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings.

Then I think of the brave friends who have just deleted their entire accounts. It’s kind of like stopping smoking I’d imagine if I smoked. I don’t.

Then there are the true friends who I couldn’t live without having in my facebook account. I get excited and happy when I see your lives, when you joke with me, when you like my silly quotes, when you share a link, when you tell stories about your lives. I like that.

What’s your take?

1. What do you think are the aspects of a good blog?

2. Is it quality writing, quantity writing or both?

3. Do you like more pictures, less pictures, or something in the middle?

4. If you have a blog, what kinds of things do you like to write about?

5. Have you ever deleted your facebook account? Are you glad you did?

6. What do you think about people who have way too many friends on facebook? Do you think that is just getting out of hand, like an unkept closet?

Thanks for leaving your comments. You know I love them.

Hope this post reaches you with love, luck and happiness.

Julie

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3 thoughts on “To blog or not to blog? That is my silly question.”

  1. I enjoyed this post very much, Julie! I recently had a meltdown about blogging and actually blogged about it. And then I read your uplifting post here. I Agree that the best thing about blogging is meeting so many friends who are always supportive and encouraging and helpful!
    Okay answers:
    1. Good writing, good content and “easy on eyes” design
    2. I prefer quality to quantity. But I don’t mind reading a really long post if it has really captivating content.
    3. I love to read and don’t mind posts without pictures. Something in the middle is best.
    4. I like to share thoughts, recipes and interesting stories or personal experiences that are light and easy to read.
    5. No I haven’t. But I have removed people I don’t really know from my list. I don’t think they notice anyway….
    6. I think they would have a hard time managing their privacy…but no further judgements.

  2. hi wassup Julie,i like this .first of all for me i think content is what really matters,there are guys who have lofty ideas but unfortunately they are not good at bringing it out which is till appreciate.I dont care so much about pictures,the quantity is not an issue so long as the content is engaging.

  3. A thought provoking post as I have often recently been on the verge of stopping this addictive hobby! I do keep trying to step back but it is not easy. The longer you do it the more friends you meet and the longer it takes to keep up with everyone and so it goes on. I could go on and on but I won’t just one more point I think Facebook is great and has its place, but I think maybe that the use of the word Friends is the wrong word for the networking site it has become.

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