This apparently is the "grade" my blog received. Does it really matter though? When I first began blogging I updated my blog here and there with random thoughts and pictures of Samantha. I didn't think up post ideas each day. It was more just thoughts that were floating through my head. At that time I had no idea of the whole scope of blogging. I had no idea that there were "popular" blogs, or even bloggers that were "celebrities". I just blogged because I enjoyed writing, as poorly as I do. This brings me to a recent post by HBM (a "celebrity" in the blogging world, lol) of a few questions she posed about blogging. And so I thought I'd actually write a post and answer those questions. Yes I know, gasp, an actual post that required me to think. Hee hee.
1. Who are we? What is a mommyblogger? What kind of mommyblogger (parent blogger) are you?
At first when I started this blog, I did it in order to document Samantha's life and my feelings as a new mother. But as I continued blogging, and began reading more blogs out there, I realized that being a mother is only part of who I am. And that hopefully blogging can make me discover other aspects of me. So am I "mommyblogger", well in the literal sense yes, I am a mommy and I blog. But I realize now that it's not all that I am.
2. Who are we writing to? Who is our audience?
I'm just writing for myself, if someone out there finds my blog and can relate to what I'm writing all the better. Although judging by my "D" grade not too many people out there are reading, lol.
3. Why are we writing? What is our purpose?
I am writing because I actually enjoy writing. In elementary school creative writing was one of my favourite subjects and throughout my teen years and early adult years I wrote a diary. As I write my blog now, whenever I write, my purpose at times is to post things that other moms out there are feeling and experiencing, to show them that hey they're not alone out there.
4. What is the context for our writing? What are we saying? What is our message?
My message is plain and simple; motherhood is tough, but we aren't alone on this journey and being a mom is not the only thing that women are.
5. How does the medium of blogging affect all of the above (that is, does, or how does, the communication of our messages through blogs, bear upon the message itself? Bonus points if you leave Mcluhan out of it.)
My brain, since giving birth and after working for the government for 10 years, is pretty slow now, so I'm avoiding this question right now.
6. What kind of citizen are you in the parent blogosphere? How and why do you comment? Link? Give awards? How important is 'off-blog' (or inter-blog) activity to the parent blogging community?
I comment on other blogs whenever I feel that I related to the post, or if it moved me in some way, or just to say hello. But sometimes I don't comment at all, it honestly depends on my mood, time. Sometimes I feel like why add another "great post" to the already 20 comments there. Instead I'll email the blogger directly. As for linking, I love to link, whether it be to bloggers or other websites in general. I just think it's fun. As for "off blog" activity that's another plus in the blogging community. It's wonderful to meet other bloggers that have similar thoughts and ideas to yours, and even if they don't think the same as you it's still fun to meet others.
7. What are some tried and true hangover remedies that you know?
Lots of water and 2 Tyelnols before bed.