Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Blog Meme: How I started blogging

How did you start blogging?

I started blogging occasionally for the now-defunct Conservative Life. I wanted to blog because I found that on Free Dominion I overwhelmed the board with pro-life threads and articles. With my own blog, I post as many pro-life articles as I like. I also wanted to be another source of pro-life information, especially on lesser known aspects of the debate.

Did you intend to have a blog with a big following? If so, how did you go about getting it?

I didn't intend to have a large following for the simple reason that I wasn't willing to work hard for it. I consider that my blog has a respectable following, especially given the narrow focus. I tried to develop a bit of an audience, but nothing on the scale of Relapsed Catholic or Small Dead Animals. It's just too much work.

What do you hope to achieve or accomplish with your blog? Have you been successful? If not, do you have a plan to achieve those goals?

I hope to be a source of information and activism for the social conservative community in Canada. Considering my humble status, I think I have been extremely successful on that front. I have been at the centre of a number of mobilization efforts and important stories.

I plan to continue what I am doing: bring new ideas to the pro-life community, and when opportunity arises, help mobilize pro-lifers to take action on items that need attention.

Has the focus of your blog changed since you started blogging? How?

Not much. I will do the occasional non pro-life blogpost. I find that a little bit of variety helps attract new readers, but I'm not really interested in doing anything that different.

What do you know now that you wish you'd known when you started?

How to set up a domain name for my blog. How to make a nice website to go along with my blog. Who am I kidding? I'm too lazy to do anything about that.

I think I should have added more pictures to my blogposts. They make posts more enticing to read.

I wish I hadn't been so wordy.

Do you make money with your blog?

Not now. Maybe in a couple of years.

Does your immediate or extended family know about your blog? If so, do they read it? If not, why?

Vaguely. My husband thinks I publish a good blog. My kids are too young to read it. Otherwise, everyone else I know isn't the type to be really interested.

What two pieces of advice would you give to a new blogger?

1. Learn to be technically competent so that your posts can look neat on your blog. If your paragraphs are run together, it's not readable.

2. You don't have to type A LOT. You can type 3 sentences and that's sufficient. If you type a lot, make sure the writing is good and it's not repetitive.

I'm too lazy to tag anyone, and I don't know if they'd be interested anyway. So I'm tagging any bloggers who are reading this. YOU'RE IT!

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