As posted by kathrynzj at RevGalBlogPals:
A friend and I were lamenting recently about the good ol’ days of blogging and memes. Certainly there are still some very active blogs around our web ring, but the days of the Friday Five getting 50-70+responses are in the past. We lamented that the Friday Five is the equivalent of the women’s guild of RevGalBlogPals.
I am one of those who went from blogging just about daily to periodically at best. Unfortunately, the number I routinely read has gone down as well. What about you?
1) Have your blogging (writing/reading) habits shifted since the days of yore?
They certainly have. I don’t write as much as I used to, in part because my children are older and I don’t have as many “cute” stories to tell, and in part because the rest of my past personal life now reads like a piece of fiction, so I’m disinclined to record things so avidly.
I still read a fair number of blogs, but a lot of times I check them in Google Reader on my iPhone, and then I am far less likely to comment. I miss the conversations, but I’m not helping to make them happen, I fear.
2) Do you have some favorites that you miss?
She still blogs occasionally, but I dearly miss Phantom Scribbler
‘s voice, which I looked forward to on a daily basis. Of all the great blogs in my life, where the comments were a must-read, too, hers was pre-eminent.
And while she still has a blog, too, I don’t hear as much from my dear friend, St. Casserole
, as I would like.
3) Are there some blogs you still put in the ‘must read’ category?
Another old blogging friend who writes regularly is jo(e)
, and I look forward to her posts and photographs.
And I commend to you Robin Craig, whose fearless emotional honesty, at several blogs over the past few years, continues at Metanoia
4) If we gathered at your knee, what would you tell us about those early days of blogging?
I’ll never forget how surprised I was to get comments, and to realize I wasn’t the only one struggling to balance ministry and being a mom. It felt like a cure to all kinds of isolation. And of course my favorite story is the birth of RevGalBlogPals, which you can read about here
5) Do you have a clip or a remembrance of a previous post of yours or someone else’s that you remember, you know an oldie but goodie?
Well, it brings the ex into the picture, but the most comments I ever got came on a post at my first Typepad blog, which is still up and contains comments from many familiar bloggers (some under old nicknames), all misbehaving wildly on the subject of blog stones: On a Lighter Note