Martha Martha has a quite strikingly beautiful blog design. And to get my mind off the fact that I managed to lose my drivers license (which makes me so angry with myself) I have decided it is time to entertain myself with this meme.
(1) how important do you find it to be on someone’s “blogroll”?
Quite important, actually. I read all sorts of meaning into it, but mainly the fact that this is the only way I know of growing readership in a blog with any real consistancy. And I write to be read. When I care about the creative process for itself, I prefer graphics.
(2) do you scan blogrolls to see if you are listed?
Of course I do. I use technorati and NZ Bear’s system, too. I care. I am crass that way.
(3) do you list the person who listed you, simply because they’ve taken note of your blog?
I’m divided on that. Normally I have to think they have value to link. That is part of providing something useful on your blog. Being utilitarian I like that aspect of the blogroll.
(4) do you list people whose blogs you enjoy and actually visit, or is it a status thing?
I am a contrarian in the status matter, if a big guy is on my blogroll it is because I got tired of finding another way to read the blog ( by way of others blogrolls which I use very often. I use my blogroll for convenience as a set of bookmarks, mostly. I have the bad habit of switching out things if my taste changes.
(5) do you find yourself feeling uncomfortable if you have been taken off of a person’s blogroll?
Only slightly… I figure many people are as I am, and aren’t using the punish/reward system, but just changing around how they surf or what they want to showcase. Of course I am disappointed when others don’t seem to have much interest in my blog or lose it.
I think I am more uncomfortable if someone I interact with for awhile feels I’m not worth linking. Sometimes I’ll feel my efforts are little worth, for a time anyway… but then my purpose of doing something that I consider useful and meaningful kicks in. My self-worth is not wrapped up in this blog, but much of my intellectual pleasure is, I think. I have an inordinate love of those who like to discuss and analyze as much as I do… and blogdom provides that.
(6) does this even factor into what you write or any part of your day?
It does in the sense that I find that I am often motivated and influenced by the people and the news that I am considering. It sparks me, babe, and that influences what appears on the blog. I also do censor myself for readers. My desire is communication, mainly. I think I am beyond the age of finding good in issuing fiats or pontificating overmuch. And if you dispute that… I suppose it is all a matter of relativity- since what I used to do was far more intense. Actually, I probably would have been a more popular blogger if I were now what I was then…. seeing how people respond to that. I would have belonged to the b-word lists. Or not. Who knows, really?
I suppose I might end up being sorry for being honest and so very uncool, but today I am totally mellow.