Saturday, July 22, 2006

The Great American Blogging Poll... Kinda! Please Help!

As a blogger who works 50-60 hour weeks at a job while trying to maintain a fitness regimen and a healthy family life, I sometimes wonder how my fellow bloggers do it. Because I am curious, I am looking to do a brief survey of blogging habits to try and figure out how to be successful in all of the above. If you are a blogger, and have a moment, please help me out here. I will publish the results next weekend.

I usually blog:
Morning
Lunch
Night
During Work
Other- explain please

I spend ______ a day blogging and checking out the internet.
Less then an hour
1 to 2 hours
2-4 hours
More then 4 hours

Where do I get my ideas for blogging for the most part
Comics I read
Other internet sites
Random realizations
All of the above
None of the above- specify

Blogging gets priority over other activities
Not often
Sometimes
A great deal of the time
All the time

General questions

Do you work a full time job? Do they let you use the computer for personal use during office hours? During breaks?

I decided to blog because: ??

Do other blogs inspire you? If so, which ones?

My ultimate goal with blogging is: ______________


Please help me out here. If you don’t want to answer all the questions, don’t feel like it is required. You can also choose to be anonymous, and I will include your results but not identity. You can answer via my comments or e-mail me at heididc@aol.com.
I want to compile this as a way to get help in my blog and possibly help others as well. Let me know if you have any questions, or feel free to comment here! Thank you!

9 comments:

Shelly said...

I usually blog:

Night


I spend ______ a day blogging and checking out the internet.

More than 4 hours (probably)

Where do I get my ideas for blogging for the most part

All of the above


Blogging gets priority over other activities

A great deal of the time


General questions

Do you work a full time job? Do they let you use the computer for personal use during office hours? During breaks?
Yes, I work a full-time job, and no, we're not supposed to use our PCs for non-work activities. Which doesn't mean we don't. I consider checking library blogs part of my job as a librarian, ditto other blogs about the internet, info sources, books and publishing, etc.

I decided to blog because: ??
I was curious and it turned out to be fun.

Do other blogs inspire you? If so, which ones?
Posts I see on other blogs inspire me, but I can't recall specifics.

My ultimate goal with blogging is: ______________None. I just have fun doing it and I think it's cool that other people want to read what I have to say.

CalvinPitt said...

I usually blog:

I usually make my posts in the middle of the day.

Time spent blogging, checking internet:

More than 4 hours.

Source of ideas:

All of the above.

Blogging takes priority over other actions:

not often.

Full-time job? No.

Reason for blogging: Because it helps me vent, and move past stuff that drives me nuts.

Inspiration blogs: Pretty, Fizzy Paradise.

Ultimate Goal: I don't think I have one.

kalinara said...

I usually blog:
Night, usually. Occasionally morning. Between Midnight and nine A.M.

I spend ______ a day blogging and checking out the internet.

More then 4 hours, I'm an addict.

Where do I get my ideas for blogging for the most part

All of the above. When I'm really stuck, I'll beg pathetically for a topic. :-)

Blogging gets priority over other activities

Sometimes, depends on the activity. :-)


General questions

Do you work a full time job? Do they let you use the computer for personal use during office hours? During breaks?

Ack. I'm currently unemployed. Looking for work though.

I decided to blog because: ??

On a whim, really. I liked Ragnell's and Marionette's and Yours and other blogs and decided I wanted in.

Do other blogs inspire you? If so, which ones?

See above. :-) It's really hard to pick out the most inspirational ones though, everyone has neat things to say.

My ultimate goal with blogging is: ______________

To build up a power base to take over the world! Or more likely just to have fun and talk to folks with similar interests. :-)

redlib said...

I usually blog: any time I can squeeze in, even at work.


I spend ______ a day blogging and checking out the internet.

2-4 hours

Where do I get my ideas for blogging for the most part
Comics I read - try to stick to reviews and some add ins of 'hot topic' tie ins like movies or comicons.


Blogging gets priority over other activities
Sometimes. Strange how much a part of my life it is after one year. And how I call other bloggers "friends" despite not knowing their name or knowing what they look like at all!


General questions

Do you work a full time job? Do they let you use the computer for personal use during office hours? During breaks?

I use the computer for work, but can post sometimes.

I decided to blog because: I originally thought I had a unique perspective as a female and librarian; but now I've found many women in comics blogs. Now I think being a librarian, and running my own comicon gives me a different voice.

Do other blogs inspire you? If so, which ones? those on the Redhead Fangirl blogroll; tons more on the Comic Book Legion site.


My ultimate goal with blogging is: Sharing the comic and graphic novel community; writing exercise in a bite-sized way.

Randy said...

I usually blog:
Night or
During Work

I spend 1 to 2 hours a day blogging and checking out the internet.

Where do I get my ideas for blogging for the most part

All of the above, though usually very random ideas (I've behaved so far) or reviews.

Blogging gets priority over other activities
Not often

General questions

Do you work a full time job? Yep.
Do they let you use the computer for personal use during office hours? Yep.
During breaks? Yep.

I decided to blog because: Chris coerced me into it, via a great bribe too.

Do other blogs inspire you? If so, which ones?
Not really, though I was fascinated with the World Cup blogs I viewed. A couple do actually, and usually not in a good way, but not off top of my head.

My ultimate goal with blogging is: Become the governor of a state and annex Cuba. Or the Baja.

Michileen Martin said...

I usually blog at night and at work (same thing, I work nights).

I spend maybe 2-4 hours blogging and surfing the net.

Ideas for blogging: all of the above.

Blogging gets priority over other activities: sometimes. It depends on how much I actually want to do tho other activities in question. :)

I do work a full-time job. Technically, I'm not supposed to use the computer for personal stuff, but everyone does, and it's pretty much an accepted, unspoken fact. I don't have breaks, really, my job isn't like that. I work the overnight shift at a radio station and it's pretty low-stress, so if I blog, I do it when I'm not doing anything else.

I decided to blog because I guess I kind of stumbled upon the comics blog community and wanted to plug myself into it. I don't have a lot of comic-reading friends off the net, so blogs and message boards are really the only places I get to talk about comics.

Too many blogs inspire me to name. Whenever I feel like I'm full of crap, I go over to Alan Doane's blog to get a taste of someone who doesn't pull any punches. I think Chris Allen is perhaps one of the best comics bloggers, simply in terms of writing skill.

My ultimate goal with blogging is just to be engaged in dialogue with other people, and maybe getting some free review copies. :)

Brainfreeze said...

I usually blog: Either late at night (preferred) or in the afternoon in between other tasks.

I spend 1 to 2 hours a day blogging and checking out the internet, not all at one time. It varies a lot, though, depending on what sort of discussion is making the rounds, but 1 to 2 hours is probably about average.

Where do I get my ideas for blogging for the most part: All of the above. We only get comics once a month, so if I stuck to books in hand I'd rarely post.

Blogging gets priority over other activities: Sometimes. Usually not, I hope.

General questions

Do you work a full time job? Do they let you use the computer for personal use during office hours? During breaks?

I'm currently a stay-at-home mom and, in theory at least, fairly flexible in terms of scheduling. My computer use is entirely at my own discretion. That said, I can't be stupid about it :).

I decided to blog because: I had discovered the world of comic blogs, and no one was talking about the particular things I wanted to talk about (comics and kids, although I don't stick solely to that topic).

Do other blogs inspire you? If so, which ones?

When Fangirls Attack is almost always my first stop. I also particularly enjoy Pretty Fizzy Paradise, Ragnell's Written World, postmodernbarney.com, and many more that I can't think of right off the top of my head. (There are 91 feeds on my Bloglines roll, not all are favorites but all have something interesting to say on occasion, and many do regularly.

My ultimate goal with blogging is: Hm. I probably don't have one, really--I suppose to some extent I'm just thinking aloud. It's nice to have contact with other comic fans, as I don't know any in RL. And it's nice to hear others' perspectives, learn about different books I or my daughters might enjoy. But that's all more to do with reading other folks' blogs. For my own blog? Clarifying my thoughts. Entertaining myself. Maybe being interesting to someone else once in a blue moon :).

Carl said...

I usually blog:

Other- explain please
All day, off and on.

I spend ______ a day blogging and checking out the internet.

More then 4 hours

Where do I get my ideas for blogging for the most part
Comics I read
Other internet sites
Random realizations
All of the above


Blogging gets priority over other activities
Not often


General questions

Do you work a full time job? Nope. Do they let you use the computer for personal use during office hours? During breaks?
Nope. Stay-at-home dad.

I decided to blog because:
I was invited by friends.

Do other blogs inspire you? Yours, Dan Simmons, Orson Scott Card, David Gerrold, too many to recall.

My ultimate goal with blogging is:
To keep up with my friends real life and online, keep up with comics, books, politics and so on. I also use it to vent a lot...

Ragnell said...

I usually blog:
Night

I spend ______ a day blogging and checking out the internet.
More then 4 hours

Where do I get my ideas for blogging for the most part
All of the above


Blogging gets priority over other activities
Sometimes

Do you work a full time job? Yes

Do they let you use the computer for personal use during office hours? No.

During breaks? no.

I decided to blog because: Write down some of the thoughts so I wouldn't drive my coworkers crazy.

Do other blogs inspire you? Yes

If so, which ones? Every one I read.

My ultimate goal with blogging is: to build discipline as a writer.