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The folks at Sunday Stealing rip off a meme from another blogger each Sunday. They give full credit and a link back to that author’s site, of course — and invite everyone to play along.

This week, “” comes from Barbara H. at Stray Thoughts.

The Meme About Memes and Blogging

How do you feel about being tagged for memes?

I always feel flattered that someone thought of me and sought to include me in the fun. After all, we all enjoy being invited to participate in something enjoyable.

Do you participate in any regular weekly memes? Which ones?

I’m a long-time participant in several different memes, although I don’t necessarily contribute every week, depending upon time constraints. I enjoy Wordless Wednesday, the Photo Hunt, Aloha Friday, and, of course, Sunday Stealing. I have, over the years, also participated in Sunday Scribblings, Friday’s Feast, Thursday Thirteen, and Friday Fill-Ins.

Have you found any bloggers that you began to read regularly after participating in a meme with them?


Do you know of any readers who found you through a meme and became regular readers?


Did you find any favorite blogs through comments or blogrolls on others’ blogs?

I’m sure that’s how I originally found most of my favorite blogs.

Did you find any favorite blogs from someone else’s recommendation?

Not that I recall.

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?

No. I don’t comment as much as many people do . . . or as much as I probably should. It’s a matter of time. I just don’t have time to leave as many comments as I would like. I read a number of blogs regularly, but do so via Bloglines.

Do you ever struggle with your blogging “voice”?

I began blogging in March 2005, so I think I have pretty much found my “voice” by now. In the beginning, it was challenging because blogging is a unique type of writing and I had to develop a blogging style just as I established a style of writing within other genres. With blogging, there is the matter of deciding how conversational your tone will be, as well as how much personal information you will reveal. At this point, I’m pretty comfortable with my approach and have defined parameters for myself, for the most part, regarding topics that I feel are appropriate and those that I consider off-limits.

Are there certain types of blogs that attract you?

I will return to a blog if it meets three criteria:

  1. The author is a competent writer.  It’s really all about the writing for me.  I can overlook a lot of deficiencies if the posts are compelling, well-thought-out, and impact me on an emotional level.
  2. The blog is attractive and free from blog clutter.
  3. No music or videos play automatically when the page loads.

Are there certain types of blogs that repel you?

Any that do not meet the above criteria.  Nothing turns me off faster than needless negativity or personal attacks upon others, vulgarity or offensive images.

What time of day do you usually blog?

I usually blog late at night or on the weekends.  I have a full-time, demanding career which requires me to travel quite a bit, so I usually blog from hotel rooms over dinner.  I don’t particularly enjoy dining alone so I tend to return to the hotel, get comfortable, order room service, and then blog while watching some television.  It’s a good way to unwind after a stressful work day.

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?

BigBob and the kids are generally not interested, although they do occasionally suggest that I post a photo or mention a news item.

None of my real-life friends blog.  In fact, most of them avoid computers when their work day ends.  I am easily the most “techy” person within my circle of friends, a fact about which I get teased. In fact, last night we had a “girls’ night” — pizza, Cosmos, and Sex and the City – The Movie on DVD. When Big is late for the wedding and Carrie asks someone to hand her a cell phone so that she can call him, Samantha hands her an iPhone. Carrie takes one look at it and says, “I can’t work this.” All of the women in the room turned and looked at me, laughing raucously, because I am the only one who owns an iPhone which a couple of them were admiring before we started the movie. None of them even have Blackberries! They also had fun playing with my new Dell Mini 9 and I’m sure at least a couple of them will own one by the end of the year.


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