The fourth installment of my ‘I Love Your Blog’ series turns to the blog of my dear friend, Christy, Permanent Title Currently Under Construction. She and I started blogging about the same time and I’ve been an avid reader of her blog ever since. Even better, I now get to count her as a very dear friend. She’s an utter gem, and it was great to get her input on this! Thanks, honey. Here are my questions and her answers:
How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging since March 2005. So about 7.5 years. WOW!
What do you blog about? Do you have a specific goal with your blog (i.e. reviewing products,
using it as a ministry, promoting a business), or is it more a record of
My blog is a record of my life. It’s mostly about my travels, my
experiences in Toronto, the books I read, and it’s a lot about music.
If you need to find new music, read my blog, because I’m pretty sure
that every second post contains an album recommendation.
What is your favourite thing about blogging?
My favourite thing about blogging is definitely the friendships that
I’ve made through it. I had no idea that would happen when I started.
I’ve met a lot of people IRL from blogging, and some of them have been
great friends of mine for upwards of five years. Most of them live far
away, but through Skype/Facebook/MSN etc. we’ve been able to develop
friendships over the miles.
Of course, I feel that blogging has
made me a more comfortable with writing. After about a year of
blogging, I was amazed at how much easier it was for me to write
anything. My thoughts flow through my fingers so easily. I’d love to
carry this over into creative writing, but can never find the time.
other thing I like about blogging is that I have this awesome archive
of my life. If I’m feeling down about myself, I scan my archives and
find myself thinking “hey! I’m cheering for this girl!’ It’s become a
nice little boost.
What is your least favourite thing about blogging?
My least favourite thing about blogging is when long-time bloggers stop
blogging. I always understand their reasons for stopping, but I miss
Do you have any favourite posts on your blog – pieces you’re really proud of, which document something special, or which seemed to strike a chord with your readers?
I think my fave post was a very personal post that I wrote about my
mom’s struggle with MS. I don’t talk about it much and I was glad that I
opened up about it. http://christielli.blogspot.ca/2009/05/proud-just-like-my-mother-planned-it.html
Whose blogs do you love?
Blogs that I love include yours, of course, Miss Ash’s (http://pamikin.blogspot.ca/), SCVD’s (http://somethingshavehappened.blogspot.ca/), and any of the ones on my blog-roll that are infrequently updated or defunct. I also get a kick out of WIGSF (http://wigsf3.wordpress.com/),
because he’ll either quote something obscure from the Simpsons, tell a
hilarious story about his dad, or write something that offends me, so
I’ll leave a rant about my love for the CBC, the environment, new music,
As for a recommendation for you, you need to start reading Cafe Jabbacino (http://cafejabbaccino.blogspot.ca/).
I met her twice IRL this year (once in Toronto, once in Victoria) and
she’s awesome! She’s a big reader, crafter, cat-lover, and a great
cartoonist. Go read it now! You and Jabba should become blog buddies
Do you have a topic or a theme you especially like writing on?
I love writing about music and books. A lot.
You’re a teacher – do any of your students/colleagues know you blog or do you prefer to be incognito?
None of my students know about my blog. For the longest time, I
wouldn’t mention that I blog to any of my colleagues, even those with
whom I was developing close friendships because I didn’t want to mix
work and blogging. Eventually I started to open up a little bit about
it to my very close friends from work because our friendships were
surpassing being colleagues. Because I’ve met so many friends from my
blog, it became difficult not to talk about it with people who were
close friends. However, none of them have ever asked to read it, and
never have to my knowledge.
Do you like meeting and connecting with your fellow bloggers?
I LOVE IT. This summer was the summer of the blog, and I visited/traveled with five other bloggers!
What tips do you have for bloggers growing and nurturing their blogs?
My biggest tip would be not to worry about having your blog fit into a
specific template, and not to worry about attracting an audience. Just
write about what you want to write about and all of the great benefits
of blogging will come from you being yourself. 🙂
Thank you so much for taking part, Christy!
PS Details of my latest giveaway (for a parcel of fun!), can be found here. Do feel free to join in – I love a good giveaway!