Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Bloggosphere: How I Got Here... Wherever "Here" Is.

So in effort to inspire myself to blog a little more regularly, I'm going to try to do a little mini-series on the bloggosphere. Let's see how interesting I can be. Are you ready for this? To start with, I'll tell you all the touching tale of how I got "here". That is (in normal American English): here's my blogging background in a walnut shell.
I've been a casual blogger for quite some time now. It all started when I joined HomeschoolALUMNI.org where each of the members has their own blog. At first, blogging was a sort of scary thought. I mean, posting your thoughts out where anybody could read them? Eek!  Well it took a while to get used to. I mostly posted the kind of junk people post on Facebook statuses nowadays. Y'know... like "today I went to Walmart and filled up an entire grocery cart... shopping is so depressing."  Yeah, it was pretty lame stuff and I never got comments on my blog unless something devastating happened like my horse almost died or I fell off a hay truck. Eventually I started posting a little more interesting stuff, like the importance of humility or things I had learned about faith or whatnot. It got to be kind of fun to be able to just talk to cyber space and have no idea who if anybody was reading what I wrote. Then I got introduced to blogger.
A friend of mine sent me a link to his "personal" blog (as opposed to a public blog) which was hosted on blogger so I signed up on blogger in order to be able to comment and such. But it got me to thinking at how fun it would be to try to keep up a regular blog besides my HSA blog (since, afterall, there were things I might want to share with friends but not with *everybody*, or maybe I wanted to share things with non-HSAers). Well I actually ended up starting several blogs at that time. One was just a goofy blog to post my random thoughts, one was a photo blog, one was a horse-training blog, and I think that's all I had then. Mind you, this is before I felt the call to write.
Over the following year or so I added and dropped blogs and neglected blogs. Yes, on my personal blogger account (as opposed to this, my "public" blogger account) I have a few blogs that haven't been updated for about a year or more. I'm considering feeling guilty, but considering none of them are really followed, I figure I'm not the only one who doesn't care enough to keep up with them. When I'm ready to resurrect them, it'll be good :D
Anyway, aside from my dead, private, and public blogs, I also contribute to a few other blogs and help maintain my family's ministry blog (teenharvest.blogspot.com). I hope to eventually have a traveling blog, too, but I kinda have to start traveling before I can really warrant having one (life is rough, yes?) and I'm working on eventually opening another blog that is currently *top secret* so I can't tell you about it right now ;)  Nor will I tell you precisely how many blogs I "author" according to blogger because I don't need to be reminded that after all this time I have, in fact, become a bloggomaniac :cue dramatic music: 
So tell me about you. How long have you been blogging? Are you a bloggomaniac or a casual blogger? And if you want, you can tell me how many blogs you keep.


Jessica Nelson said...

Wow! You have a ton of blogs, even if they're just casual! I only have my one, BookingIt. Though things have been crazy recently, I'm definitely an avid blogger. :-)

Thanks for commenting on my post this morning. I hope you love blogging and makes some great friends through it!

L. E. Neighbour said...

Thanks! :D LOL I think part of the reason I have so many blogs is the same reason I have so many emails: I'm OCD and like to micro-organize my social life ^_^

Emily Ann Benedict said...

As someone who has read at least one post on pretty much all of your blogs (minus the super secret one, ofcourse) I'd say you have a gift for blogging. :)

As for me? I have my primary blog for my writing life, a contest announce blog to put up contests I hear about, and two "test run" blogs. You're probably the only one who sees the test run ones. ;)

Bernadine said...

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I have two blogs one private and one public. I'm actually an accidental blogger. I was looking for an easier way to update my teengirl website and a blog seemed easier to maintain than a website.

L. E. Neighbour said...

Oh noes Emily! I feel so exposed *hides under covers* j/k :P :P :P Thanks... I'm glad at least you think so. Maybe someday we can convince me ;) And I feel *so* privileged to be one of the select few to see your test blogs ;) hee he :D
Bernadine, you're welcome! An accidental blogger, eh? Sounds adventurous! And yes, blogs are a little easier than websites, I think :)

Emily Ann Benedict said...

Nah, I can't convince you... you must decide that you're good at this!! :)

A fellow blogger friend posted this week on how to create a blog people want to read. One major key is be confident about your stuff! Nobody can do it like you can do it. :D

L. E. Neighbour said...

haa ha I know! *guilty* I'm trying to be nice to myself, really I am ;)