Interview about Blogging
Andrew, from bloggedy blog, has emailed me and asked me to do an online interview about blogging. I thought they were interesting questions, some of which never occurred to me. Here it goes:
1. Your name and age (or date of birth might be better, since story might not run for a few months):
See sidebar. College friends call me Beej. Originally it was Baby Jen cuz I was really young for my class. Then it evolved to BJ, then Beej. I’m in my MID-20’s, although some people may have different ideas on what ages MID includes.
2. City and state where you live:
Sunny California (although it’s cloudy right now). San Francisco Bay Area to be more specific.
3. Occupation (including name of company or school, unless including this information would jeopardize your academic standing or employment).
4. How long have you been blogging, and why did you decide to start blogging?
I’ve been writing since November of last year. Why did I start blogging? See question 5.
5. When/where/how did you first hear about blogging and weblogs? Please expound a bit, if you would.
My friend CC sent me a link to her friend enscriptchun’s page. I thought it was really neat to be able to have your own personal space on the vast frontier of the internet. I didn’t know much about computers or html (and I still don’t), but I just wanted to see what I could do with it.
6. How does writing a weblog serve to bring a sense of community between you and other bloggers?
It’s funny because you start getting to know people by what they write, even though you don’t REALLY know them. If you look at people’s links, you start seeing the same blogs here and there. You become familiar with certain people and their blogs.
7. Have you ever met (offline) any of the people you’ve met online through blogging? If so, please tell me a little bit about how that came about, and what happened.
People have offered to get together and hang out, but I still enjoy the anonymity behind the computer.
8. Do you think of blogging as a type of “spiritual discipline” (perhaps similar to journaling)? Why or why not? In what way might it help you spiritually?
This is the question I was most intrigued with, because I hadn’t really thought of blogging as journaling. I guess it could be considered journaling if you use it to chronicle your walk or write about how He’s working in your life. I don’t usually journal (in the traditional sense) because I hate writing. I type much faster than I write. I also enjoy reading other Christian blogs, especially when people write about spiritual struggles or triumphs that they’ve had. It makes me think of things apart what I’m going through. I love seeing other people’s perspectives on things. It’s also a good way of sharing with other people. I get a chance to keep up with what’s going on in the lives of friends I don’t normally see.
My answers are brief, for I am still swamped with school work. Bottom line: If you don’t have a blog, I recommend starting one.