“Why do you blog?”

Thinking about what to wear_001It’s not merely a question; it has been turned into a meme. Even though I’m usually against memes, who would I be if I didn’t question my own dogmas? 🙂

So, as suggested by Strawberry Singh, and inspired by Inara Pey who took Strawberry’s challenge, here are my own answers. Be sure to get back to Strawberry’s post to check on the comments on her original post to read plenty of other people’s answers 🙂

Unlike Strawberry or Inara, I don’t blog only on/about Second Life®, and this is not my only blog. So my answers were often a bit harder to give!

  1. How long have you been blogging? About Second Life, since July 2004. About other things, well, half a decade before the word “blog” was coined.
  2. Why did you start blogging? There was just a handful of blogs about Second Life back then. I thought it would be a nice idea to organise a blog with tutorials and tips for newcomers — everything looked so incredibly hard for me on the few days in Second Life, that once I figured out something, I thought it would be a great idea to share it with others! To this day, people still visit my old “Beginner’s Guide to Second Life”, written in 2004, and utterly outdated, but apparently some people still find it useful. On the other hand, the explosion of the SLogosphere meant that far better people started to write about the same things, so I focused on my pseudo-intellectual essays instead 🙂
  3. How many times a week do you post an entry? I wish it were “many times a week”. These days, it’s about “a few times a month” 😛 On the good old days when nobody was constantly pestering me to, well, work (yuck!), I used to post 3-4 times a week.
  4. How many different blogs do you read on a regular basis? I actually read very, very, very few on a regular basis. To be honest (sorry, guys!), I just read Inara Pey regularly. If she links to someone else, I know it’s worth reading, so I will read it too. When Inara doesn’t post anything (which is rare) I might feel tempted to read the New World Notes, Tateru Nino’s Dwell on It, or Prokofy Neva’s Second Thoughts. And that’s it, really.
  5. Do you comment on other people’s blogs? Oh yes! These days, I do comment more than write new blog posts. Why? I have no idea!
  6. Do you keep track of how many visitors you have? Yes, mostly via Google Analytics and WordPress Stats (even though SiteMeter and others also keep track of my visitors — different systems give different results). My readership is like Second Life’s landmass: always shrinking 🙂
  7. Did you ever regret a post that you wrote? Sure, many times. Except for one (which was blatantly incorrect), I still keep them around, to remember me to smile about my stupidity 🙂
  8. Do you think your readers have a true sense of who you are based on your blog? A difficult question. I don’t have a true sense of who I am! All that my readers are able to get is a perception of who they think I am, but that