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Monday, June 19, 2006

why do you read?

i often think about the concept of blogging. "why do you blog?" is a frequently asked question online and i find myself wondering, "why do you read?" not necessarily my blog, but really any blog in general. time is precious and here you are spending it with me. i can truly appreciate that. so i ask, why do you read? what makes a great blog, a great blog? what types of things keep you coming back? what is one of your absolute favorite reads + why?


Blogger Yolanda said...

The blogs I take the time to read usually are ones that combine a creative person, with photograpy and a gift for the written word.
My top five besides yours are:
Ali Edwards(www.aliedwards.typepad.com/)
Bohemian Girl which I think you already may read)
La vie en rose which i know you read
Jen Gray(www.jengray.com)
Tara whitney(for the photography)

10:00 PM  
Blogger holly said...

i agree with yolanda. the ones i read are honest, well-written, updated frequently and inspire me in some way to be a better me. reading a favorite blog is like visiting a favorite friend.

5:41 AM  
Anonymous Gemma said...

The blogs I prefer are ones that don't focus on any one thing in particular, for instance a craft/sewing/photography/food blog that is just that without anything else at all. I like to get a peek of the people behind them and their everyday lives.

6:14 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I read different blogs for different reasons. Each is a unique place created by unique individuals..that I would otherwise not have met anywhere else but this bloggyland. I love the spontaneity of your blog...the photos...your honesty..

6:52 AM  
Blogger trudesign said...

I read blogs, including yours because it gives me inspiration to create. It gives me extreme motivation and your blog specifically is a little piece of beauty that brightens my day!

7:52 AM  
Blogger Funky Finds said...

Through reading other people's blogs, I have been given a glimpse into people's lives who are so diverse. So different than what I'm exposed to on a daily basis. Yet I see how we are so alike in some way (all artists, crafters, etc.) I have learned about cool products, designers, artists, and made a lot of really cool friends along the way. And it helps burn time at work...LOL (kidding!)

8:15 AM  
Blogger Bridget said...

I have to echo most of the answers already given. It's a break, it's inspiration, it's a connection-knowing people are out there feeling just as awkward or just as happy or sad as everyone else. It's also somewhat of a voyeuristic guilty pleasure for me, I love the concept of keeping a diary, a craft blog, a gratitude journal and getting to read other people's is a gift that wasn't possible 20 years ago before the age of the internet.

8:53 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I read for lots of reasons, I love the creative ideas about parenting, food, craft, and life that I've read. I love reading and connecting with people who are being real, I love looking at beautiful photos, and getting glimpses into peoples lifes.

8:58 AM  
Blogger African Kelli said...

I read because it fuels my imagination. It gives me hope that this dreamy life I have planned is out there and is obtainable. Many bloggers have it. In the meantime, it gives me energy and motivation to craft, cook, paint, dance and write my own blog to share my own crazy stories.

9:12 AM  
Blogger melba said...

Some bloggers have become close friends; I read and comment on almost every post and they do the same.

I participate in many challenges so I usually try to read and/or view most of the other participants that submitted that week.(except for Illustration Friday...there are just too many participants to click on them all) My comments tend to be shorter if I don't know the blogger and geared towards their art.

Some blogs I read everyday and never comment; like Ali Edwards. I love her blog, but it is just impossible to develop a blogging friendship with everyone.

Sometimes I am looking for something specific...like pictures of swaps (because I wanted to participate in one) and I put that in the blogger search engine and your blog came up. I had seen your blog before from the Self Portrait Challenge. I really liked all your pictures and links in your posts. So I bookmarked you and then eventually added you to my sidebar.

I also have been developing justBe...connected (www.justbeconnected.com) so I have come across many interesting sites and talented bloggers through my research.

Right now I check blogs through my sidebar, but I am thinking about switching to bloglines.

Pictures (of art, family, life) and cool links are the things that really get me to come back to a blog. Writing is important, but I am mostly a visual girl.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Dreamer said...

I agree with everyone here about why we read blogs. I like to read what's up with people who are crafty and have cool hobbies. I especially love people who have yummy food and post the recipes :P There's just something inspiring and relaxing about entering someone's blog world. Plus, you get to me very cool peeps (like you!).

11:53 AM  
Blogger la vie en rose said...

i read because this blog oozes creativing---the color, the pics, the fun links--and that my dear is inspiring. it gives me a little creative rush and i need that when the day gets long and i feel drained.

12:15 PM  
Blogger Karla said...

My fav. blog is your blog because i love your pictures, creaions, ideas and the way you put words. (I get stuck when I try to type something on the top of my head) I check up on it like everyday. I like to see others ideas and creations. Makes me think how there are people out there like myself. I don't know many people I can relate in the actual world so bloging is a way to get to know others.

12:55 PM  
Anonymous kelly said...

Hm, I think everyone is right. It inspires me, it makes me happy, it makes me feel not so alone, it relaxes me...and not many things do all that!! Keep the lovely blogging coming so we can enjoy it :)

1:55 PM  
Anonymous moki said...

I read you, because you take lovely photos, make great art, and you're my friend :)

Why do I read other blogs? SO I can try to one up everyone

Why do I blog?Because I want to win the popularity contest and make bucket loads of money from all my fabulous art that I sell.

LOL I don't know, other than I want everyone to like me :)

2:19 PM  
Blogger *aimee* said...

I don't have too much time to blog these days but I never miss a chance to check out some of my favs. I am most drawn to blogs because they are witty, relatable (is that a real word?), creative, and inspiring. I love to read/respond to blogs but I haven't been the best at keeping mine up over the past few months. Blog time is my time...a time to relax, reflect, relate, laugh, and sometimes cry with others in this world. It is an opportunity to express and let go.

Thank you for introducing me to the wonderful world of blogging!!! XOXO

2:22 PM  
Blogger nienke said...

I like reading your blog (at the moment the only blog i visit) because it's a great mix of creativity, honesty, fun, inspiration and i can relate to most things you write, so thanks for that and never stop! :) ~x nienke

2:34 PM  
Blogger gkgirl said...

the layout of the blog is
the very first thing
that catches my eye.

the writing style.

the photos.

mainly i read for inspiration,
for things that make me think,
make me excited...
gardens, knitting, cooking,
music, scrapbooking, journalling,
toy making...

and for people's stories...

and community...if someone
cares enough to come to my
blog, i want to return the
favor. i like knowing
there are people out there
that think the same way i think,
that love what i love...
even if it feels sometimes
like there is no one in my town
that does...

and i adore your blog.
its one of my has-to-be-checked daily

5:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

(love the new masthead!) i read my favorite blogs because each one of them gives me a perspective i might not have had otherwise...someone elses beautiful point of view...it's so enriching and inspiring!

7:40 PM  
Anonymous naomi said...

Blogs that are visually stimulating and exude creativity, I LOVE to visit. Yours being one of them Joleen.

10:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a good question - I love reading through everyone's responses! I first started reading blogs when I saw a link to keri smith's blog(www.kerismith.com/blog/). I love the diversity of blogs more than anything else - I love to see people making collages, softies, packages for mail swaps, self-portraits... it's really inspired me to explore my creativity in tons of different ways.

12:07 PM  
Blogger Janna said...

i love reading your blog because you are so creative & love all of your pictures...
But I guess I blog to vent, to show my latest creations, and have a little space on the www

6:04 PM  
Blogger Saucy said...

As I discover more and more of these nifty little spots I realize there are more people out there who like beauty, creating, and sharing. The more the merrier.

1:30 PM  
Anonymous melanie said...

my favorite blogs have some essence of creativity that inspires me, whether that be photography, artwork, excellent writing or at the very least a really great site design. And most importantly, my daily must read blogs keep it fresh and interesting.

What a great discussion, Joleen!

2:19 PM  

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