Why so many subjects in this blog?

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Here comes the last answer to the last item of the list of questions on my blog:

Question: You cover a wide range of subjects. Do you think it would be easier to blog about one subject area or do you have to let your mind wander wherever it goes?

Answer: In one sense it might be easier. However, it would not be so easy then to keep up regular blogging, as, if one limits oneself to a relatively small subject area, on some days there might just not be any news on that subject area.

Or there might be one item, but one might on that day not feel like blogging about it … however, blogging on another subject on that day might feel OK.

So, the wide range helps with regularity. I hope that sometimes connections between various subjects, eg, like war/peace and art, or economic and social structures and art, become clear in my blog.

More questions and answers on my blog

This video is called Blogging Best Practices: Maximizing Your Success.

Questions: Do you find that the process of blogging becomes addictive in itself and that you need to post something each day?

Answer: In a sense, it does. However, there is news every day basically, especially if one has such a wide range of subjects as my blog.

Question: Is blogging the new Tower of Babel, in which everyone is shouting, but nobody is listening?

Answer: No, I don’t think so. I make lots of links, including to other blogs, so these other sites did not make their items just for themselves.

Of course, there is a sort of “hierarchy” in blogs, with some blogs getting millions of visitors, some very few; not always for the right reasons.

For whom do I blog?

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Question: Do you see yourself speaking to an audience or is it just a process of setting your own thoughts in order for yourself and it just happens to be publicly viewable?

Answer: Both may apply, dependent on individual entries.

Sometimes I make an entry (partly) to make sure I won’t forget some information, so primarily for myself.

Most entries I make for an audience.

What audience, one can tell on the Internet only afterwards.

On my old ModBlog blog, there was a counter saying from which countries the viewers came.

About half from the United States.

Though quite some from Asian countries; eg, when I posted an item on the Siamese giant catfish.

I don’t have that kind of counter yet on this Blogsome blog [UPDATE: before I moved to WordPress later], so I am not sure from which countries the viewers are now.

Questions and answers on this blog, continued

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Question: You say that Anne Frank’s diary changed with circumstances.

Has your method of blogging or attitude to your blog changed over time and how?

Answer: When I first started blogging in 2005, I wrote this.

I still think it sums up my basic views rather well.

Of course, some aspects have changed. When I started, I did not use many RSS feeds as they were still new to me then.

The blog also changed due to the move from ModBlog to Blogsome.

ModBlog was more of a “community” with people reacting to other people’s blogs just because they were fellow ModBloggers.

There were also the options there of a theme song “playing” with a log, etc.

Blogsome does not have these options, but it has better possibilities for categories, including sub-categories, etc. So, easier when searching in archives.

Questions and answers on this blog

Anne Frank

A few weeks ago, I was asked questions about blogging by the author of Shadowsignals blog.

Shadowsignals does not exist anymore, so I’ll publish them here. Beginning here, after my introduction, with the first question, and my reply to it.

Dear Kitty Blog started on 2 January 2005. Then, it was at ModBlog.

However, ModBlog was bought by a bigger corporation who gradually let it go down the drain.

Eventually, my whole blog, and thousands of other blogs, were gone there, without warning.

So, now [UPDATE: in 2007. Not anymore after 2011] I am at Blogsome. I did manage to transfer some, though a minority, of my blogs from ModBlog to Blogsome, using the Google cache.

Question: You call your blog “Dear Kitty” in reference to the way Anne Frank addressed her diary.

Despite the fact that blogging is now mainstream, do you feel that there is still a subversive element to the process for the bulk of bloggers or is it mainly a childish “look at me” play for attention?

Answer: I think the answer to this question is basically dependent on the individual who does the blogging.

There is a very big variety in blogs.

Some bloggers write only on their domestic cats; some politicians blog only on their local council, or wherever they are members of.

Some teenagers write mainly about being in love; or about school; or about quarrels. Some bloggers write mainly on music; on Internet technology, etc . etc.

There definitely CAN still be a subversive element in blogging, but it is up to the individual bloggers to do that.

I wonder a bit about the word “still” here.

I think right from the beginning of blogging, there was a big variety in content between various bloggers, some not subversive, some a bit subversive, some a lot subversive. And basically, though there are many more blogs now, it probably is still that way.

Maybe many blogs will change somewhat, or a lot, from what they are at the moment.

Anne Frank’s diary is interesting in this respect. She originally intended it as a fairly standard schoolgirl’s diary, about fellow schoolgirls, (potential) boyfriends, teachers, etc.

However, soon, she was not at school any more, she had to hide in the “Achterhuis”.

That meant the character of her diary changed: political and war issues from day to day; her views on the background of the world war; looking at a tree, and birds sitting on it, in a backyard which she probably would have passed without writing about when she started her diary, etc.

From the beginning I intended to deal with a variety of issues as they would come up (so, more like Anne Frank’s diary as it eventually turned out, then as she intended right at her starting point).