Barbara at Stray Thoughts created a meme which I saw on Cindy's blog, Notes in the Key of Life. Right then and there, I promptly announced my plans to steal it because as we used to say on the Muncie Southside High School Rebel cheerleading squad:
"Steal it! Grab it! That's our hab-it! Wooooo!" [Insert kick and spirit fingers.]
We generally tried to use that chant when we didn't already have the ball, but sometimes it slipped out when we actually had the ball, which inspired the crowd to boo us, meaning, the cheerleaders. But we were awesome, "anyways."
Here's the meme about blogging which I stole [Wooo!]:
How do you feel about being tagged for memes?
I have grown fond of the meme where people add at the end, "If you'd like to do this one, steal it, grab it, 'cause that's your habit" rather than tagging, for a couple of reasons. First of all, usually I have trouble finding people to tag who haven't been tagged before. And some people write their posts ahead of time, so if I ask them to play, they have to interrupt their schedule or postpone the meme until it has lost its timely "zing." I'm not saying I'll never tag specific people again or that I'm put off by it, but I shy away from it.
On a related note, I'm becoming a bit distracted, yea, even disenchanted, with awards. Three years ago, when someone thought enough of me to award me, I was so touched. But since then, I notice there is a glut of awards out there, and I'm afraid they've lost their meaning or their uniqueness. Maybe I'm wrong. Plus, if a blogger lines up all of her "trophies" on her sidebar, I think it intimidates some people or sends the wrong message. Maybe. Maybe not.
You may have noticed I added the new "following this blog" widget to my sidebar. At first I thought it looked fun, now I'm wondering about it.
Again, I'm not saying I don't like awards or that I'll never give them or that I don't like the cuteness of them or that I'm not appreciative when someone gives me one. I just think there is a boatload of them out there right now. However, lately, I have particularly liked the "I love your blog" award. See? I'm not a grouch.
[Why do I know there is someone out there ready to give me a piece of her mind right now for being a jerk? Maybe I'll get the "Hey, You're a Jerk!" award.]
Do you participate in any regular weekly memes? Which ones?
I mean to, but sometimes I forget or I have a post scheduled for that day and don't want to postpone it. Like Barbara and Cindy, I see such memes as a way of reaching out to others who might not normally read my blog. And I like meeting new people through memes.
Have you found any bloggers that you began to read regularly after participating in a meme with them?
Hmm. I'm not sure. Maybe Jodi from Moody Blue, whom I love. We also talk American Idol and Lost. And tattoos. But I'm thinking we met through Thursday Thirteen. She should feel free to correct me if I'm wrong. Now watch, she won't even read this post, and I'll be humiliated. [Or she's going, "Linda who?"]
Do you know of any readers who found you through a meme and became regular readers?
Here I am totally stealing Cindy: I'm not sure! If you found me through a meme and you're now a regular reader, will you let me know? Thanks!
Did you find any favorite blogs through comments or blogrolls on others’ blogs?
I would say I'm more likely to visit because of a comment I read than because someone appears on someone's blogroll. I am drawn to humor.
Did you find any favorite blogs from someone else’s recommendation?
I don't think so.
If you comment on someone’s blog, do you expect a response? If so, do you prefer that response to come through an e-mail, a comment from them on the same post, or a a comment on your blog?
I think I kind of do expect a response, although that sounds so demanding. Maybe a better word is "hope" instead of "expect." I prefer them to comment on my blog about it, even if my current post isn't related. I'm not sure why because that doesn't seem logical. Logically, one would keep the conversation going on the original post. Oh well! [shrug.] Obviously, if it's personal, I prefer email for everyone's sake.
Do you ever struggle with your blogging “voice”?
No. What you see, I mean, what you read is what you get, although I have been told several times that I come across differently in person than in writing. Apparently, I'm Whoopi Goldberg on the blog and Margaret Thatcher in real life.
Are there certain types of blogs that attract you?
Yes. See the blogroll, but also there are some I read regularly that I haven't gotten around to adding. I love humor. And I think it's perfectly fine for bloggers to have opinions about things, even if I don't agree with their opinions. I like personalities better than cardboard cutouts.
Are there certain types of blogs that repel you?
Definitely. Overly preachy, sermonizing posts, epic-length posts, husband-worship posts and foul language. But let me say that I have been guilty of such faux pas in the past, except for language. I'm not saying I can't abide an occasional TLTR post (like this very one you're reading now) or lavishing praise upon the spouse. But if it becomes a recurring event, I probably drop in less often.
What time of day do you usually blog?
It varies, but I usually write at night and then set it to post automatically the next day or next few days.
Do your family and friends know about your blog? Do they read it? Do they mind if you mention them? Do they suggest posts for it?
Oh yes. Include my co-workers in there, too. I'm surprised by comments that people will make out of the blue that tell me they've read a post. And then sometimes, people claim to read it, but I can tell they don't. I think they think it will hurt my feelings if they don't.
People suggest posts to me all the time, and I LOVE it! Sometimes a little silly event will occur around home, and my kids will yell, "BLOG!" as if to say, "We know where this is going!" No one has ever said, "Don't mention me," but I don't think my kids are crazy about it. Oh well!
Just today, my husband (the bestest, most wonderfullest, spiritually highest, handsomest bestest Daddy) told me that a co-worker suggested to him that I should blog about the company's big kickball tournament! Isn't that funny?! I love blogging!