Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Blog Survey

I know, call me a wolf-crier. Go ahead, give me your most sarcastic "But I'm too BUSY to blog right now!" whine - I can take it.

But what can I say. I listen to my friends and family when they ask things like, "Do you have to quit completely?" or "Can't you just do a post like once a week or something?"

The thing is - yes, I am very busy with other stuff right now, but after taking months a week off from blogging (well, it feels like months) I found that I still had little pockets of time where I could have been jotting down a few things here and there. So yeah, maybe I will just scale back a little bit instead of taking a full-blown break.

Coincidentally, at the exact time I started my break, Jennine did the same thing. This wasn't planned between us, it just happened that way. And now, a few email exchanges confirmed that she too is itching to publish a few words every now and then, but just won't be hosting a blog at this time. Well - considering we met each other through our blogs, we decided it would be kind of fun to collaborate every so often and share the page through a little feature we're going to call...

Blog-esota '06

So, in the spirit of the instrument that brought us here in the first place, here's a little survey that asks a few questions about blogging itself.

What is a blog anyway?
"Blog" is short for 'web log' which is a place to log your writing on the web. "Web" is another term for the internet. And, according to Webster's dictionary, among some of the definitions of "log" are:

1. a portion or length of the trunk or of a large limb of a felled tree.
2. something inert, heavy, or not sentient.
3. to enter in a journal; compile; amass; keep a record of: to log a day's events.
4. a turd.

Therefore, by definition - a blog is: crap on the internet.

A blog is a series of dated entries, like a journal, posted on the internet for the world to see. The difference between entering words on the pages of a diary with a pen and typing them on the computer is obviously audience size. Well, and I have never sprayed my computer with Loves Baby Soft the way I did with my diary.

What does blogging mean to you?

Before I started writing crap on the internet, blogging was a term I used to describe how I was feeling about 1/2 hour after eating a huge meal. Now of course it means serving the millions tens of adoring fans who live for my every word.

Blogging is no trouble: you just jot down ideas as they occur to you. The jotting is simplicity itself. It is the occurring which is difficult.

How long have you been blogging?

I started blogging in the late 70's but became frustrated when my Blogger posts kept timing out, mostly due to the fact that there was no such thing as the internet - so I gave it up until October of 2005.

I'm a late bloomer. I've only been a blogger since July 2006. My first diary, however, had Shaun Cassidy on the front cover. I had an unwelcome audience of one - my mother.

What do you see as the future of blogging?

I'm pretty sure blogging will eventually replace all credible news and information sources such as the newspaper and television. I predict that in 10 years everyone will be reading blogs exclusively to find out who has the cutest pets or most disgusting habits.

I believe blogging will eventually replace all mental health professionals but we will see an increase of support groups for blogging addictions. The new 12 step program for recovering addicts will be sponsored by the United States Postal Service.


Mooselet said...

Yippee, you're both back! I'm so glad I'll refrain from the sarcasm... for now.

So did you have to wait for Al Gore to invent the internet then?

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

Internet? I thought he invented global warming.

Anonymous said...


Anonymous said...

I am SO happy!!!!

Anonymous said...

Actually, I never got that whole thing either--why does everyone view blogging as an all-or-nothing sort of activity? Alas, they do.

That said, I've been sorely tempted to quit during my busier times. It seems easier to just quit than to blog in moderation, eh?

Anyway, glad you're (sort of) back!

Anonymous said...

I am a hog when it comes to blog, so where is my Elly Joy?

Heather said...

I wondered about you two. Glad you will be blogging occasionally.

Like the He Said, She Said so far. Great definition for a blog Jeff.

deborah said...

Well it sure is good to see you both back. And obviously, we're all coming back for more, or we wouldn't have noticed you!

Waya said...

It's great to see you back even if it's for a post/wk. This blogging thing is addicting isn't it? Like they said, you can't eat just one potato chip!

Mom Thumb said...

You're back! My world makes sense again. Jennine, Shaun Cassidy smelling like Loves Baby Soft - you are my evil twin.

Anonymous said...

He said, She said, WE said.....HURRAY, you aren't gone!

yellojkt said...

You two are twice as funny together. Thanks for the laughs.

Kelly said...

Wow my faith in humanity has been restored. I have been so sad that I havent checked any blogs lately. I am sure glad I did now. Great post. Ya'll make a great team.

but Momma said...

I checked in because I just couldn't believe it was true...

wheeew, what a relief!

Anonymous said...

Glad yer back. The blogoworld is happy again.

I thought about the he said, she said thing but went ahead and gave LA Mommy her own site. I knew we'd end up biting our heads off so now she has her playground and I have mine...

Anonymous said...

This was all a guerilla marketing ploy, wasn't it?

Jeff and Charli Lee said...

Wendy - you're on to me.

Wanna buy a guerrilla?

Unknown said...

FYI...my word verification for this comments is "naads." no joke.

Like the he said, she said. in my house we have SHE said, SHE said.