18 May

These are my responses to blog questions from Denise at Mommy’s Journey.

1. why do you blog?


I write to creatively express my wisdom and loving with you all.

2. why did you originally start blogging? have your reasons changed?

It was always the same reason and it is why I wrote 5 novels. What I love about blogging is the interaction.


3. how often do you blog? does this vary?


I blog at least three times a week.  Often it is four.

4. do you have a routine of any sorts when you make time to blog or just when you have time/are moved to do so?

I aim for Monday, Wednesday and  Friday. Since I live near the international date line, when I post, for most of the world it is already the next day.


5. how often do you read other blogs?

Some blogs I aim for daily because of a committment to ‘Take a comment, Leave a comment.’ Usually the posts that come to my e-mail get read daily.

The other blogs on my blogroll, I try to check once a week.


6. how do you choose which blogs to read?

I love accumulating blogs that attract me for one reason or another. And I equally love ruling out the ones that don’t make the cut. That said there are many blogs I have lost track and would have liked to have kept. Easiest for me is the blogs that have e-mail subscription. I used to click to follow blogs but unless they go to google reader, (where I see them infrequently) they are not in a format that is easily accessible to me.


7. do you follow any?

I ‘follow’ the blogs that come to me by e-mail and the ones on my blogroll. Infrequently I follow those on my reader. When I get overly busy I sometimes delete all of the e-mail posts and start fresh the next day.


8. how often do you comment on blogs?


I make an effort to comment when I read posts.


9. how do you “thank” people for commenting on your blog?


I thank people by replying in my comments or replying on their blog.


10. do you stay on top of comments?


Usually I comment within 4 days. I group thank you’s on my post. I respond to most but not all comments. I plan to respond more randomly.

11. how do you encourage meaningful comments?


For my commenting, I make an effort to find something meaningful to say. I don’t always succeed.  I envy those bloggers who are good at asking meaningful questions of their readers and promote interesting discussion. For e;g;  The Mind Of Ifer. Or who inspire by the honesty of their sharing. e.g. Life On Its Own Terms.


12. do you blog more for yourself  or do you account for what your readers might want to hear about when choosing what to blog about?

I blog to express, usually what is present in the moment. I get a lot of hits from google searches on Japan and lei. I will post more about Japan especially when I travel there this October.

I make an effort to keep my blog uplifting and non-ranting. I write in other journals when I am in a funk and may relate about it here, after I get a grip on it. Funny, but when I have been in a funk and said okay, what do I write about that makes  me happy? Japan comes to mind.


13. do you have ongoing themes  or is your blog more random?


My blog is eclectic like my life. I am good at going through massive amounts of things and finding the ‘gold’.

14. when you get in a funk and don’t feel like blogging, how do you keep your readers?

I haven’t missed blogging at least three times a week. I will be traveling without a computer for a total of 8 weeks this year. I will pre-publish some posts and warn my readers that I won’t be responding.


15. have you ever made a fellow blogger upset and how has that affected you or what happened?

It’s not possible for me to ‘make’ someone else upset. They have to choose that for themselves or not.  I wrote this post because of concerns about not inflicting on someone else.


16. do you list blogs you follow on your blog?


I have a separate page for my blogroll. I grouped sections, for instance one is titled LESS ACTIVE. I put blogs there that didn’t have a post for a month, yet, I look forward to reading them when they do post.

I’m still experimenting with other groupings and updating it. It’s very convenient for me to open that page and go through all of them.

I invite you to respond to Denise’s questions too, either in the comments or at her blog or on your own blog and link back to us.


© 2010 J.B. Vadeboncoeur


Posted by on May 18, 2010 in Uncategorized, writing


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14 responses to “BLOG QUESTIONS

  1. jackie b central texas

    May 18, 2010 at 6:14 am

    I have an award for you here:

    also have my blogging question post up to read too!!

    jackie b central texas
    Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories

    • purplume

      May 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm

      thank you Jackie. It’s on my list to post the award soon. oxoxoxo

  2. kortney

    May 18, 2010 at 8:02 am

    Your blogs, as well as comments, are very uplifting. You share your life wisdom, while making it clear that you have struggles as well.

    This is why I read your blog. Your brain is encouraging to me.

    • purplume

      May 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm

      Bless you Kortney, I am very touched.

  3. Angela Cerrito

    May 18, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    all good questions. I started blogging to post to my family and friends (especially to share family and travel pictures with grandparents who dont’ live close) but now my blog has turned into a writing thing…but I imagine right when i get it figured out, it will change again

    • purplume

      May 18, 2010 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you Angela. Interesting you started because of family. It’s good you have the writing thing going for when your book debuts. XD

  4. pandabox33

    May 18, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    I have given you an award on my blog !

    • purplume

      May 19, 2010 at 2:59 pm

      Thank you Panda box. I will be accepting it soon in a post.

  5. Thea

    May 19, 2010 at 10:31 am

    I would love to be as regular as you when it comes to blogging. I aim for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday as well, but my creativity and my time don’t always coincide.
    You do a great job at being consistently creative and informative, JB! 🙂

  6. purplume

    May 19, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Thank you Thea. I appreciate that, especially from a writer that I admire.

    I see that you post high quality stuff. Like good cooking, it takes time I suspect.

  7. Carol Anne

    May 22, 2010 at 12:06 am

    You have a fantastic outlook on life and blogging, dear girl. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and insights. xx

    • purplume

      May 23, 2010 at 9:08 pm

      Thanks Carol Anne. I love your deeply peaceful outlook. XD

  8. madison

    May 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I saw our comment on my website and wanted to thank you for your suggestion. As you can see, I am already following the advice on 31 days to a better blog. I appreciate your help and hope you’ll visit again.

    • purplume

      May 29, 2010 at 8:44 am

      Thanks Madison. I’m so glad if it is of any assistance to you. I love your first FGF post.


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