Ok, navel-gazing starts now. Follow me on the 15 Day Blog Introspection Challenge. And if you are a blogger, I would love it if *you* took up the challenge as well. Here’s the deal:
Copy the image below into your post(s) and answer these 15 blog-related questions. It’s up to you whether you do one question a day or the whole questionnaire in one shebang. Any platform counts – WP, Blogger, Tumblr, heck, you can try Twitter if you like!! Tag or link your favourite blogs – no matter what topic – into the post(s) and spread the bloglove. Commentators are encouraged to answer the question(s) of the day in the comments. Tag #BlogIntroChallenge.
So what made me start blogging?
Well, it was actually not the need to spew my written word into the nebulous ether of the interwebs. At the time of starting my blogging activities (on tumblr, and thus in sort of moderated version of a blog), I was already an experienced blogger with two photo blogs running, a craft-blog with 200,000 hits that had been featured on various craft-based sites, a seasonal Christmas blog, a German-language intercultural ex-pat blog, and paid blogging work for two travel blogs. Then Armitage happened. Or rather, I happened to come across him and started looking at his photos. One of them appealed so much to me that I decided to include it in my course-work for my photography degree. I threw a Barthesian analysis at a Joe McGorty image of Armitage and was so enamoured with my rhetorical firework of semiotic brilliance (…) that I had to share it with the world. Suffice to say about 2 and a half readers saw it… I eased myself into it with this mind-blowing inaugural post:
That was my start on tumblr, which developed into a rollercoaster of picture-posting, innuendo-implying, fast-blogging fun. Fast forward six months and I had to set up a WordPress blog in order to be able to post on me+richard where Servetus had offered me to write weekly *ooof*s, the picture analysis with which I first became visible in the RA blogging community. I never had the intention of starting my own regular blog – with all my other blogging obligations I simply did not want another blog to create content for.
That post was all that was visible on the blog for months. But my resolve re. not starting up my own blog didn’t last long, though, because I was inevitably drawn into the community that actively discussed the work and look of Mr A.
So you see – I never wanted to blog conventionally. LOL. Ok, seriously what made me start blogging? I (in a rather self-overestimating way) felt I wanted to say something and Armitage’s photos were my way of adding a voice to the choir that was already singing his praises. But more so because I felt the strong need to share my rather overwhelming desire to talk about him, which simply couldn’t be fulfilled in RL. And because I wanted to feel part of a group of like-minded people who could relate to what I was feeling and thinking, and whose discussions I wanted to be part of. And three years in, I do not regret that I started.
PS: To all reader-commentators: I would love to hear the blog challenge from your perspective? What made you start commenting? Answer in the comments if you like!