Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Nia dark and lovely on blogging

It is one year since I started blogging. How time does fly. Chevalier has been on my case to do my own interview. I gave him my word, so have to honour that.

What is the first weblog I came across?

I think it was Postmodern courtesan, which no longer exists.

Why did I start blogging?

It was not something that I gave much thought to. I have a side to my personality that is impulsive. I decided that I would give it a go one day, and did. I have found that it can be therapeutic, to put my thoughts down. I like the fact that I can write what I like, and noone can censor me.

Which blogs do I read?

I read all the blogs on my sidebar.My favourites are Beau, Caitie Mae, Chevalier, Compartments, English Courtesan, Gillette, and Joanne of Leeds and Mercurial girl.

I miss Glengarry Leads, Memoirs of a Whoremonger, and the Petulant Pooner, who have all stopped blogging.

What appeals to me about the blogs I read?

The bloggers personality, and passion shines through. Their blogs are informative, interesting, amusing in some instances, controversial,thoughtful, and honest.

Whose writing do I particularly admire?

I admire Jeff Jarvis, Rebecca Blood Negrophile, Maya Angelou, Khalil Gibran and John Steinbeck.

In my reading do I seek out different points of view ?

I like to read books or blogs that challenge my way of thinking, and feel this is the only way that I can learn.

How do I choose items to link?

I link to articles or blogs that interest me, annoy me, amuse me or that I find informative.

What is my policy on comments?

My comments are moderated to avoid spam.

Do I ever receive abusive comments , how do I handle it ?

I have received one abusive comment, since I started blogging. The comment was nothing to do with my blog, but someone who wanted to draw me into an argument, on one of the blogs on my sidebar. I felt it was irrelevant, and did not post it. My policy on abusive comments, is that I am happy to post them, if they are not posted by anonymous commenters.

Where do I find interesting links?

I find interesting links on other blogs, and via the search engines.

Do I ever write to provoke a reaction, how do I do that ?

I don't think I do, however I somehow manage to provoke a reaction.

How much traffic do I get?

When I started blogging, I had 50 unique visits a day, it is now 100 to 300 a day. My traffic is dependent on my blog posts, and who links to me.

What is my rank on Technorati?

It is 395,824.

Has my writing changed since I started blogging?

I think I am more confident, and clearer than when I began. My readers may have another view.

How many hours do I spend online a day?

It varies, it could be anything from one to six hours a day. It depends, my dayjob, requires that I spend sometime on line.

How much time do I spend on my site a day?

An hour a day. It sometimes is more than that,if I have to do lots of research for a blog post.

How many blogs do I read?

All the blogs on my sidebar. I used to read them all daily, but no longer have the time to do that.

How do I find new blogs?

I find new blogs, from other blogs, and reader comments.

How much reader email do I get?

I get five to ten reader emails a week.

What do I think makes a successful blog?

I think a succesful blog is original, engaging, informative and focused.

What is my advice for a new blogger?

Read Rebecca Blood's book.

Rebecca's article on weblog ethics is essential.

Have a purpose for your blog. Do not post when you are angry. Read other blogs. Write for yourself, and not for the audience.Be yourself, be patient, and voice your opinion. Link as much as you can, as it gives readers information, and good content will bring in traffic. If someone says something bad about you, link to it and answer. Remember what you write is available to the public.Be honest. If you copy and paste, or use a piece from a website or blog, link to it. If you do not, you will get caught. Word travels quickly on the web and blogosphere, and it does not help your reputation.

How has blogging changed my life?

I have formed friendships with some of my blog readers.

What blogs do I think deserve wider recognition and why?

I am so behind on my reading at the moment, I can't answer the question.

What are my hobbies?

Cooking when I am in the mood. Going to concerts, eating out, reading, watching movies,learning languages, and travelling.

How has my blog changed over the year?

I think I have moved away from writing about personal issues, to commentary.

Am I fairly accurate in predicting which of my items will be widely linked?

I have no idea why some posts are linked to, more than others.

Do I have a background in writing?


When do I blog?

At the start of my day, mainly or when I have the time.

With regard to blogging what was my most memorable moment?

There have been several moments. I did a book review here, and the author came in to comment.

I had been mentioned on another blog. I was able to agree to disagree with the blogger here, in a civilised manner. The author of the blog came in and gave her comments.

I had covered an article , and the owner of the escort agency came in here to correct me.

Discovering that bloggers who I admire and respect have linked to me on their blogs, and realising that I have a core group of returning readers.

Would you read your site?

Oh yes. I have 254 posts to date, lots of comments, and 55,000 visits.

Thank you all for reading.

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At last! :)

When you first began this series, I read and learned more about all sorts of interesting people. Up until today, though, you had a glaring omission, of someone in whom many of us are very interested. Sorry for the badgering, but I'm glad to see that finally rectified. :)


ROFLMAO. You know I was teasing you. I hope you got what you were looking for,lol.
I'm truly flattered that you've listed my blog as a "regular read." I should provide you with more content to make it worth your while!

Kudos to Chevalier for his deft badgering abilities. I have to admit that I've been pretty curious, too.

Happy Birthday Nia and this made fascinating reading! I love Kahlil Gibran too and The Prophet is one of my all-time favourite books...

Here's blowing you big birthday kisses!

Livvy xxx
Caitie Mae,

I am looking forward to your new content. I hope your curiousty has been satisfied.


Thank you. The other stuff that Khalil Gibran has written is amazing. The prophet was my introduction to his work.
Congratulations dear Nia on maintaining a consistent quality over the last year.

It is always a pleasure to visit and I hope you will enjoy continuing to write the blog.

Thank you for the link.

B xx
"I should provide you with more content to make it worth your while!

Kudos to Chevalier for his deft badgering abilities."

Hmmm, the badgering hasn't worked quite as well with Caitie. At least, not yet. :)


Thank you for all your support.
You know you inspired me to start my own blog and I thank you for that because at times it has been my salvation.


Jo x x x x
Your blog is excellent. I have read all the escort blogs at some time or other and yours is probably the most honest and interesting. At this time it is one of only two escort blogs that I continue to read.

I think it is great you are blogging. I am glad that you gave in to my badgering,lol.

Entre Amigos,

Thank you for your ongoing support. You are too kind.
I read your's and Jo's blogs.

I like them both because they are wide ranging and give a "rounded" picture of intelligent writers.

Too many blogs are single subject or self absorbed and lack depth.

Yours doesn't fall into that category.
Grumpy old man,

Thank you for those kind words.
Happy belated one year anniversary, Nia!
Thank you for stopping by Ted.
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