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August 31, 2007


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I've been blogging about 1 1/2 years now. What really takes too much time out of my time spent on the PC is reading all those blogs I've bookmarked. I don't write long posts. I know from what I like to see/read on blogs is, pictures and an explanation what's going on. If it gets too long I'll skim. But there are always exceptions of course. If somebody can write well and I like their style, I'll read everything, pictures or not. ;o)
I love the connections I've made through blogging and other internet groups.

Donna Druchunas

Wow, Deb, as I keep telling the Women Writing the West members, I don't think most blog entries should take more than 15 minutes to write. Sometimes I write things that take longer, that are more like mini essays, and when I write book reviews for skepchick.org I spend more time on those. But I just don't have more time than 15 minutes a post or I'd never get anything on my blog. The way I figure it, a blog is because readers and other folks want to know what I'm up to, so I just dump it out there. I edit a little bit, mainly to try to get rid of really embarassing typos, but otherwise, I just let 'er rip. Would I have a better blog if I spent hours on every post (or even on a good proportion of them?), undoubtedly. But that's not what my blog is for. It's just for postcards that say, "Hey guys! Here's what I did this week..."



I probably take more time with every blog post than Donna does, and less time (and words) than you do. That said, I get an enormous amount out of some of your blog posts. I learn, I think about them, I question myself about my own ideas and motivations. I'm reassured that someone out there is thinking about these issues in detail the way I am (whatever it is) and...most important? I've made friends with you. Thank you for taking the time to blog and to build bridges to the rest of us who are sitting by ourselves at the computer!


Congrats on your Blogiversary!

My first post was November 28, 2002. My blog system says that my last post was number 2505. I wouldn't change it, though sometimes it is a hassle to get everything up I want/choose to put up there.

My own goal is 28 posts a month. I sometimes write as much as you, sometimes much less.

I adore your posts! (I particularly loved the sweater design process and the publishing information is always fascinating.) Yes, the links are what can make a post take twice as long... yet they do make a better post.

I always wanted to write a column, my grandmother wrote the whole local paper once a week, singlehanded. It's in my blood.

But whatever reason we blog, the best part is the connections we forge with others in far places. I'm grateful to have met you through my own blog. Thanks for commenting!!!

What did we do without the Internet? We were much more alone, especially those of us who are self-employed. I'm delighted with the community we have gained.


Congratulations on your first blogiversary, Deb. I enjoy reading you and am pleased with the connection you and I have made via blogging.

I've found the same thing about blogging being more of a time suck than I anticipated. I'm also finding that it leads me to places and to learning things in a way that I never could have anticipated.

May you have many more!


Happy blogiversary. It's a wonderful glimpse into a new world for many of us. Thanks for taking the time to share.


I wish I could remember how I came upon your blog but all I know is that I can't 'wait" for your posts. Interesting, provocative, and occasionally there is knitting! Consider I will be here as long as you are and may that be a loooong time!

Donna Druchunas

BTW, I think the amount of time you spend on blog posts depends on your goal as a blogger. My goal on my knitting blog is primarily to keep my readers up to date on what I'm doing and to get some extra traffic to my website. I read blogs more like Deb's a lot, where there are more thoughtful posts. I just don't always have time to write them, and I can't beat myself up over it, or neglect posting completely. I've been totally awol on my charity knitting blog because it takes me a couple of days to prepare the monthly posts for that site and I haven't been able to do it for about half of this year. I really want to, so I will have to shift some priorities next year.



I'm a big fan of yours. Love your language and the time you devote to process. I don't have a blog YET, but I think about it. Thanks for your thoughts. You're brilliant.

Kristi aka Fiber Fool

I'm way behind because I've been pushing blogs to the side in favor of other creative projects. If you find the key to balancing the blog with the other stuff let me know :-) With the photography I do my blog posts take much more time than Donna takes, but are often completed in a semi-reasonable amount of time. I think I'd like to post to my blog a bit less and knit and spin a bit more, but since I sell through my blog regular updates are important to bring traffic in. But sometimes it feels like work trying to come up with something to blog about!

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