Monday, November 17, 2008

Question Me Good - Pt. 8

I'm still plugging through reader questions, and I'm loving this! Thanks again to all my readers who've left questions for me to answer. It's like being a celebrity on my own blog. Today's question comes from Lena at Over Coffee who asks the deep and probing question:

Why did you start blogging?

My blogging experience started with reading a variety of blogs. I kept finding bloggers whose writing would touch a nerve, was lyrical and deep, or came across with such great humor that I would laugh out loud. I wanted to be like those bloggers. I wanted to try my hand at expressing myself through this strange thing called a "blog". At the most, I thought I might be able to get a book deal or some writing contacts out of it. And at the least, I figured it would force me to write regularly.

The rest is history.

Why did you start blogging?

If you've got a burning question for me but haven't had a chance to ask it, you can go to the original post and leave your question in a comment. I'll keep answering a question or two a day until they're all answered.

If you're just tuning in, check out the rest of the series.


Lulu said...

I also began by reading blogs I liked, some by friends, some by random blogs written by others in Japan and by joining a couple of communities where having a blog was the norm.

So I started one- I had always enjoyed writing and it seemed to be a good way to keep in touch with people back home in Australia and the blogging community in Japan was still relatively close knit then (2006). I originally wrote as a way to record my life in Japan and now that I am back in Australia I could not imagine giving it up as I have made so many fantastic and long lasting friendships with people through blogging. It is a great creative release as well and challenges me to come up with something people might actually want to read.

Most of my readers are others who have lived in Japan or came across my blog as they are moving to Japan, live there already or used to live there. I also have a couple of other Aussies that follow along...Hopefully one day I will able to develop my readership a bit more but it is not really my concern. I enjoy it & I enjoy being part of the community...

Over Coffee - the green edition said...

I love that answer Ami! Thank you for the sincerity of all your answers!

My blogging started out as a means of keeping my far away family and friends up-to-date on what my kids were doing. It was a great way to post pictures and tell the funny stories behind the pictures. Then, it evolved into so much more. I now have 2 blogs; my original “family and friends” blog (which you are more than welcome to come by and visit) and then my “Green” blog. Over the past couple of years I have become very passionate about living a “greener” life. As I learn what that means and what things, both big and little, that I can do to make that transition I found myself wanting to share that with others (thus the green edition of Over Coffee). I still have loads to learn and probably just as much to share. ;-)

Angie Ledbetter said...

I'm just needy like that. LOL

Ami said...

lulu - I love how blogging connects you to so many people the you wouldn't have normally interacted with. And it brings together a community of people with common characteristics.

over coffee - Part of the point of this exercise was to share more of myself with my readers. I wouldn't have been able to do it without all the great questions, and it wouldn't be fair to me or the questioners if I wasn't honest in my answers.

angie - Me, too. ;)

Melanie said...

I'm really enjoying reading the question/answers.

I started blogging because I needed a creative outlet - somewhere to put myself out there and play. It's been a surprise, though. I wasn't aware of the blogging community until after I started blogging & started looking into how to get my blog noticed. I've been blown away by all the great people I've met and by how supportive the community is. It's been a good experience.

Ami said...

Reluctant - I've really enjoyed getting the questions and answering them. The questions have been great and answering them has been a good exercise in writing and in being open.

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