Thordora tagged me for this meme back on May 31. I’ve been holding off because I thought it would make a good 1000 post.
Your mission: Give these questions a stab in a post, and then tag three more writers. If you don’t mind, please link back to this original entry—we’d LOVE to track the progress of this meme with trackbacks.
1. Go back to first or early post. How would you describe your voice back in those early days? Who were you writing to? What was your sense of audience (if any) back then? This wasn’t my first blog (that one was started and taken down in 2001), so my voice wasn’t quite as raw as it could have been. I started rambling about my experiences crocheting with acrylic and was I defensive. This was in 2003 when knitblogs were really exploding. I didn’t have much of a sense of audience because I didn’t think anyone would bother reading me. I don’t think I really have a voice now. I’m not like the YarnHarlot or Dooce where you could take a snippet of a post and know where it was from.
2. Do you remember when you received your first comment? What was it like? Considering how I obsess about comments now, I didn’t really remember my first one. I do remember the thrill of seeing names of “real” bloggers showing up in my comments.
3. Can you point to a stage where you began to feel that your blog might be part of a conversation? Where you might be part of a larger community of interacting writers? I got a bit of a sense of this with various knitalongs, but more so, like Dora, once I started blogging about my PPD and problems with modern parenting. I now have a small group of people who read me regularly and try very hard to comment or e-mail with them. People don’t leave comments for people who don’t comment.
4. Do you think that this sense of audience or community might have affected the way you began to write. I think in some ways it might influence me, but I try to not cater to any one group. I still use this as my own personal diary and write what I feel like writing (which might be why my comments and readership are low).
I tag Amy Lane, DropStitchKnitter, and Rae (just cause she's not posting).
Speaking of a 1000, we do have a winner!
I assigned numbers 1-9 to the nine entrants. Using a random number generator, our winner is #1, Julie. (Yes, I know it's odd that the generator gave me 1, but there you go.) Please confirm your e-mail address and I'll send the gift certificate later this week.