Monday, June 8, 2009

ON BLOGGING ~ Blogging Quest...

Blogging quest - brought to you by Semantically driven

Jen @ Semantically Driven set up a Blog Quest this year to commemerate her 5 Year Blogging Anniversary. We are in awe of her longevity considering we are such newbies. But we thought we would take part in her Blog Quest project and if you'd like to share your story, join on in at her place.

  • When did you start blogging? - In October, 2008

  • Why? - Because Molly wanted to play along with a book meme she discovered while trying to find an online book club.

  • What did you expect in the beginning? - Stalkers.

  • Have your expectations been met or did something completely different happen? - Happily, instead of stalkers, we gained followers!

  • What’s blown you away about blogging? - That there are people all over the place who take the time to stop by and read what we post. The mix of people who comingle here is incredible - we have no idea why we entertain so many different types of folks.

  • Have you encountered adversity and had adventures in your blogging quest? - Learning enough HTML basics to get by has been challenging. Trying to find our niche has been challenging. Learning to rely less on memes and more on ourselves has been challenging. But all of this has created a great adventure out in blog land where we get to live vicariously through everyone else and they can do the same at our place. (Don't mind the dust bunnies)

  • Why do you continue to blog? - It is like crack for writers. It appears Carpal Tunnel is the only cure for the addiction. Plus, we have met some really cool people who have given us great information, tips, tricks and tales to make it all worthwhile.

  • How do you see the future of blogging? - Of our blogging or the entire blogosphere's future? We can't see it stopping any time soon. Blogs are not just some cute little amateur effort any longer. Journalists, magazines, news organizations, and yes - amateurs like us - all proudly have blogs now. They get paid to do it - we don't. But we are trying to turn this little hobby into some income. Molly's recent part-time paying gig at the UpTake Attractions Blog is a good start. Hopefully it will lead to other freelance opportunities. It also lets us keep our humble Bumble Blog ad free - as it should be.

    Jen at Semantically driven said...

    Hah hah, I like the 'it's like crack for writers' bit. Hope you haven't attracted any stalkers either. Thanks for joining in.

    Sandy Nawrot said...

    Wow! Five years is an eternity in blogland. It is funny because I basically started blogging for the same reason...I was trying to find an online book club (there are no good ones in my real life nearby that I can discern) and decided that I had things to say. It IS like husband would attest to my addiction. If you find a way to make money at this, throw me a bone, I'd love to know how (without putting ads all over the place!)

    Margot said...

    Very interesting post. I've been blogging one month less than you and have found myself going through many of the same things such as trying to be less dependent on memes. I'm seriously considering ads however - just so they are tasteful. I love the content of your blog and that's what it's all about. You are still amusing.

    Happily Retired Gal said...

    Congratulations on your five years! Interesting to revisit why we got started and what we've learned. I've only been in the Blogosphere for about 19 months ... and I'm still worried about 'stalkers' which no doubt explains my continuing anonymity ... preferring the pseudonyms of storyteller and Happily Retired Gal. I've become more of a photo blogger and write much less these days, but I assume this phase will pass ... eventually (or not). I've learned to go with the flow ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,

    ♥.Trish.♥ Drumboys said...

    Happy blogging quest ...
    very interesting I am still following ;) just haven't much time to post comments.
    I have over 800 posts in feed reader in less than a week.
    It's my daily crack too !