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Create a Connection is mostly way too touchy-feely for me, but they do have some good things once in a while, and I like this set of questions.

When did you begin your first blog and what inspired you to do so?
Well, first I had a journal, not a weblog. It was only four years ago, but bloggers hadn't quite become mainstream yet. Not that the format is all that different, but it does seem to me to have some subtle differences. And I mostly started it not because of any real inspiration, but because I wanted to go to JournalCon, which was in Austin that year (2003), and I figured if I didn't have a journal I would feel silly.

Do you have more than one blog? Why? How are they different?
That first journal was on diary-x, and I just had the one, and it had everything about my life all mixed together. But once I realized that some people were actually reading the thing, I got uncomfortable with that. I guess the first real "blog" was Whys and Wherefores, which was mostly the traditional blog with lots of links. And most of them were about politics. But after I started posting on LJ, the links gradually started coming over here and I quit writing in Whys and Wherefores. The politics didn't seem as important by then, anyway.

Somewhere in there I decided that the uncomfortableness was because the audience for quilt stuff and the audience for "everything else" were so different, at least a lot of the time. And I figured it was only a matter of time before somebody in real life found my journal, because I had pictures of my quilts on there and I talked about my mom's quilts, too, and between those two it would be very, very easy to connect the dots. (And somebody from real life did eventually find it, too, but it wasn't anybody who worried me too much. What worried me was that one of my mom's friends would find it - that is, one who would tell her what I was saying about her.) So I decided to put quilts in one place and the personal stuff in another. I did not originally intend for the non-quilt place to be Livejournal, but once I had a username and everything, it sort of seemed like a waste not to use it. Being able to have friendslocked entries was a big pull. And I had already been posting mostly here for a long while before diary-x crashed and burned.

Anyway, so the quilt blog is pretty much strictly qullts, to this day. It's been increasingly devoted to showing off my gigantic collection of quilt pictures, particularly recently since I haven't been quilting to speak of.

How would you characterize your blog?
Or something else?
This one? mostly something else. (Why is there no category for personal?)
The quilt blog - I would say creative and informational, sort of, because of the "neverending quilt show" aspect.

To paraphrase Oprah, what is "one thing you know for sure" about blogging?
Um. I can't really say that I know anything at all for sure!

Is it important to you to get feedback in terms of comments or pings? Why or why not?
It's become more important to me than I would've expected - comments, that is, not pings, although I do admit to paying a certain amount of attention to how many subscribers I have on Bloglines, when I happen to see it. I don't think I understood for a good while what you have to do to get a good base of commenters - which mostly seems to be, respond to comments a lot. (I'm thinking of the quilt weblog more than I'm thinking of LJ here, but of course I love my commenters here too!) I have started getting more comments on the quilt weblog lately - not necessarily on every entry, but at least sporadically - and it makes me happy when I do. It's just nice to know that there are people who are paying attention. (The one I probably check too often is my recent activity on flickr, which shows not only comments but when people mark your picture as a favorite. I am somewhat addicted to checking that page.)

What 3 blogs would you recommend to our readers and why?
Well, looking at my Bloglines to pick out three...

Since I will undoubtedly lock this entry down, it's mostly going to be read by people who already know all the same people I know online, anyway. So it seems sort of silly to recommend somebody you probably already read. However.... the first online journal I ever remember reading was Bad Hair Days, as it happens. And I still recommend that one, even if it is mostly about the incipient baby these days! Beth still makes it interesting.

And my favorite quilt journal these days is probably The Calico Cat - although she pretty much sticks with talking about quilts, so I don't know how interesting you'd find it if you don't quilt. And for a third one... well, I've been reading The Ghost Brigades, so let's go with Whatever. Good general-interest blog with a writing slant. (Or maybe a writing blog with a general-interest slant. Something like that.)


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