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Epic Fail

9 Feb

Well, I did it. I missed a day of blogging. It’s probably for the best. I was in a not-so-great mood yesterday. Therefore, my blog would have probably been very pessimistic.

The skipped day was good for me. I was starting to feel like I was blogging everyday just to get keep up with my Post A Day.

Speaking of Post A Day, I have decided I think the topics are sort of lame. No offense to anyone who likes them, but every time I check the topic I feel like I can answer in one paragraph, sometimes in one sentence. Then again, I guess that’s something that doesn’t make me a writer. Not to mention, I feel like I’m trying to write a 5 paragraph essay like in 8th grade.

I really hope this is just a lack of motivation that is going to pass.  I really like blogging, but I don’t want it to start feeling like a chore.  I’m teetering on the brink of losing interesting which will make this just one more thing to add to my list of things I’ve never finished.

Wow, now that I think about it, I guess my pessimism ran on into today. After all, it is only 1:29 a.m., so my not-so-good mood is still lingering.

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People do read these things!

17 Jan

A few days ago The Daily Post topic was why you started blogging.  I didn’t post anything on that topic because my very first post, There’s a fist time for everything, pretty much answered the question. However, now that I’ve thought about it more and more, I think it’s time to expand on that particular post.

I have blogged for almost 2 months now, and I love it.  I’m on WordPress more than I’m on Facebook.  To be honest, it is the first thing I check every morning.  I am addicted.  When my adventure began I thought blogs were kind of silly.  Did people actually read blogs (hence my blog title)?  The only time I ever read blogs was if I was searching for something on the internet, like a recipe or a knitting pattern. Now, I read at least 2 different blogs a day, and I’m constantly searching for a new blog to read and learn from. This world is AMAZING!

To date, I have received over 100 views, 2 subscribers and I’ve also discovered a few blogs with my blog in their blog roll. Not to mention all the positive comments. I recently received a comment from scriptorobscura, and this is was she wrote:

“In response to your blog title, yes, they do. And they like them! Very much! :)”

In one short comment, she made every fear and concern melt away.  She also gave me the inspiration to write this blog.

So, to all those who have read my blog, I dedicate this to you.  You are the reason I keep writing, even if its something completely ridiculous. If this is the only resolution I keep, it’s because of the readers.  I would hate to let you down.

Blogging Topic: Blogging

20 Nov

There are so many blogs dedicated to blogging. From tips for beginners to topics to blog about. I’m not so much interested in any of those things. I’m more interested in how easy it is to start a blog and maintain readers. Most of the information I came across says that you have to -have a topic-one specific thing that you are supposed to write about. I think that’s boring. Everyday, writing about the same thing over and over. It’s not wonder people abandon their blogs. My intention is to make this more of a personal journal of sorts. However, because I started this and wanted to do some research first, I will explore my findings. I was curious as to the statistics and demographics of the blogging community.  I looked at how many people are blogging, where they are blogging from, who is blogging and the different types of blogs.

I have yet to find and accurate number of how many people are actually blogging-I guess I will have to dig a little more. However, according to Technorati.com’s State of the Blogosphere (which is where I’m getting all my stats from), of those that are blogging 49% are from the US and 29% are from Europe. I think that is a huge gap.  Is it because people in the US are so vain and consumed when it comes to their own lives…me, me, me. I feel like that’s how most US citizens act. I know I’m guilty of it at times. California has the highest number of bloggers in the us at 15% and New York is 2nd with 8%. My wonderful state of Florida has 4% of bloggers, I’m going to assume that’s because most people retire here so we have a lot of old people.

Technorati.com says that there are 4 different types of bloggers: The Hobbyist (65%) who make up the majority of bloggers. They blog for personal reasons; whether its something instructional, opinionated, struggling artists, etc. The Part-Timer (13%) blogs for supplemental income or as part of their full-time job. The Corporates (1%) while the smallest amount of bloggers are the ones who blog full-time for a company or organizations. And last but not least, The Self Employeds (21%) who blog for their own company or organization. Which raises the question, who are the bloggers?

Two-thirds of bloggers are male.  I was a little surprised by this statement.  I figured more women would be bloggers, but most men think they know everything 😉 65% of bloggers are between the ages of 18 and 44.  That is definitely not surprising. 79% of bloggers have college degrees and 43% have graduate degrees. I for one, do not belong to that demographic.  Although, I am a little surprised by this number as well.  I would have figured that those people with degrees and graduate degrees would be too busy with their work lives to blog. But to each his own!

Technorati.com asked people what they blog about, and frankly there were a lot of different topics but the most commonly blogged topics are as follows: 18% blog about personal musings, 10% blog about technology, 8% blog about politics, 5% blog about business and a whopping 30% blog about “other”, whatever other may be.  The other topics they had listed were computers, music, religion/spirituality, travel, family updates, health, news, science, economics, environment, film, finance, gaming, parenting, real estate, sports, celebrity and television.

My research is now complete for stats and demographics.  At least, its good enough for me! I posted a link to Technorati.com’s State of the Blogosphere.  It is very interesting and is packed with information. Now I must learn about blogging etiquette, because I am sure I am doing this all wrong.  But it is a learning process, so bear with me.

No Bakes and Blogging

20 Nov

While I was standing in my way to small kitchen, making my favorite No Bake Cookies (I will post a pic and the recipe later), I realized that I no absolutely no clue about blogging. Is there a certain etiquette that bloggers go by. Do have to have a specific topic, i.e. Julie and Julia, I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell, and $@!# My Dad Says? Or, can I just ramble on and on and on about my pretty average life? So I figure I better do some homework before some one actually reads this and thinks I’m crazy!

On to the No Bakes!  These cookies are so yummy!  My mother used to make them when my sister and I were kids, and they are by far one of my favorites. They are so quick and easy. The recipe is as follows:

2 cups sugar

1/2 cup milk,

1 stick butter (or margarine)

3 tablespoons of coca

1/4 teaspoon of salt

1 teaspoon of vanilla

1/2 cup peanut butter

3 cups of dry oatmeal

Bring the sugar, milk , butter and cocoa to a boil for 1 minute. Add salt and vanilla. Take of stove then fold in peanut butter and oatmeal. Spoon or spread on to a cookie sheet covered with wax paper and place in the fridge. Keep stored in the fridge.

You will be very pleased! I promise! As we speak my wonderful girlfriend is cutting them in to bars for us! We decided to spread them on the cookie sheet.  Paige (the wonderful girlfriend) though it would be good to make  peanut butter sandwiches with them…she is so strange sometimes 😉

There’s a first time for everything.

19 Nov

I never in a million years thought I would be sitting here, creating a blog. I can’t lie, I feel like a great big nerd. Really, though?? Who really reads blogs? Who has time for it? Even more so, who has the time to remember to write on their blog when they have facebook and twitter status to focus on?

So, I guess you could say “curiosity killed the cat”-but I’m going for it anyways. I’m curious as to how many people and how long it takes for them to find me! And then become interested in my rants and raves and nonsense about life in general-mostly my life 🙂

Alright here are my main goals for this: a) I want to see how long I can keep up with blogging. It might be easier now because its the holiday season and things are always interesting, but after that it could get really boring. b) I really am interested in how long it takes for people who don’t really know me and actually read this on a regular basis. c) I hope this helps me in some way on the journey of this thing we call life.

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