Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Fishing for compliments

I've had a few people ask me where I have been. The answer is simple - I've been around;)

Actually, I was having some internet problems last week (note to self: do NOT download things off of the internet even when Google says its going to make your internet run faster) and didn't have access. While not having access, I really found out how much time I had been spending on the computer and neglecting other very important things in my life (like the walls of my kitchen, the kitchen floor, the ironing, the laundry, the burnt out lightbulbs, etc. etc.)

Hence my absence.

Even after I got my internet back, I've been staying away in the hopes that the bad habit wouldn't come back... like an addict faced with the drug of choice, I have to walk around my computer and not sit down otherwise I'll get sucked back in.

In the midst of it all I have been rethinking my blog. Should I really be doing this? Is it worth it? Do I need it? Do people read it? Do people enjoy it? Do people miss it when I don't post? Am I going to continue?

So here is where I start fishing for compliments and where you have to take part in this post... I'm going to give you a quiz - you can either answer it in the comments section or you can email your answers directly to me at jddykstra@comcast.net. Your answers are vital to my research in regards to the continuation of my daily blog. After reading your responses I will decide and you will either see this post for the rest of your life, or you will start getting fresh posts on a (semi) daily basis beginning next week. Here we go:

1. Do you read my blog?
2. How often do you read my blog?
3. Do you like my blog or is it one of those blogs that is kind of like a train wreck - its really awful, but you can't stop checking it to see the horror of it all?
4. Do you want me to continue?
5. What do you like the best about the blog?
6. What don't you like?
7. Do you normally leave comments?
8. Why don't you leave comments?
9. Do you have a blog? Address please?
10. Do you like weekend challenges? Do you take part? Why or why not?
11. Are my children cute? (yes thats a trick question).
12. How did you find my blog?
13. What other blogs do you read?
14. Does your computer freeze or have issues with my blog?
15. Anything else you'd like to share?

Please, please answer my questions. I'm really trying to figure this out and want your answers to help me decide.

You'll find out my answer on Monday:) Have a good weekend - BFWW is coming this week! Yea!

11 comments:

Carol 6:57 AM  

JD - LOVE your blog, and I miss your blog. I can't get to it very often and have missed your witty, humorous sarcasm that usually has me spit out my coffee in the morning! I will always leave comments if my computer doesn't freeze up. Now that I can get on your blog, I will go read the last couple of weeks posts, because next time I check it, it will probably freeze.

Amanda 9:17 AM  

1. Do you read my blog? YES
2. How often do you read my blog? DAILY
3. Do you like my blog or is it one of those blogs that is kind of like a train wreck - its really awful, but you can't stop checking it to see the horror of it all? LOVE IT
4. Do you want me to continue? YES
5. What do you like the best about the blog? THE WAY YOU TELL IT LIKE IT IS! :)
6. What don't you like? NOTHING
7. Do you normally leave comments? DUH, YES!
8. Why don't you leave comments? I JUST SAID I LEAVE COMMENTS, DIDN'T I??? :P
9. Do you have a blog? Address please? YES, www.xanga.com/Mama_of_Four
10. Do you like weekend challenges? Do you take part? Why or why not? HONESTLY, I DON'T REMEMBER WHAT THEY ARE...SO I GUESS I DON'T TAKE PART.
11. Are my children cute? (yes thats a trick question). OF COURSE!
12. How did you find my blog? I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER!
13. What other blogs do you read? TOO MANY TO COUNT, BUT MANY OF THE ONES THAT ARE LINKED TO FROM YOUR PAGE
14. Does your computer freeze or have issues with my blog? NO
15. Anything else you'd like to share. DON'T STOP BLOGGING, JANA! PLEASE!!!!! :)

heidi jo 10:28 AM  

i read your blog AND leave comments....i think you get way more traffic than i do and i've not lived in the same state as family in years and years. ;)

i don't check daily - too many grace girls to keep up with and just can't commit that kind of time (lest i too fall into the addict category which some days, i do). :)

so, my thought? start a word doc and as something interesting happens not it there. then update your journal by cutting pasting from that document to update for several days at once... saves you getting stuck in cyberworld every single day.

my guess is while several check your blog daily, some can't get there that often and read up for several days at a time... every coupld days of posting would work for your AND us probably just fine... except amanda. :)

and yes - your kids are DARLING! (duh!) ;)

i like the way you don't just journal but you draw us inand help us to relate. i like the way you make conversation and get us involved. i vote blog on.

Heaven Sent 1:52 PM  

1. Yes
2. A few times a week (when I can!)
3. I really like knowing what's going on with you guys since we don't get to see eachother anymore.
4. Yes (see number 3)
5. The photos of your girls
6. How you always make me feel like I should be doing some sort of house project. ;o)
7. Yup
8. I do!
9. Yes and you know it.
10. Nope. Sorry, too much else to remember...
11. Um... YES!
12. You emailed me about it.
13. See my blog roll
14. Nope
15. Don't leave us. I've met lots of new blogging friends thru you!

melissa :) 2:05 PM  

The only thing I have to say is that if you quit blogging, I will need therapy. :(

Mommy Brain 5:24 PM  

Jana,

I love your blog...but I too have recognized that I am blog addict so I'm trying to cut down on my computer time. Although, everybody here seems to be sick...so maybe I'll be on the computer more cause, I'm stuck at home. Keep it up...but my advice is to set good limits.

Missy 9:13 PM  

1. Do you read my blog? YES
2. How often do you read my blog? CHECK IT AT LEAST EVERY OTHER DAY
3. Do you like my blog or is it one of those blogs that is kind of like a train wreck - its really awful, but you can't stop checking it to see the horror of it all? I LIKE YOUR WITTY HUMOR :) AND YOU OF COURSE, OH AND YES YOUR BLOG
4. Do you want me to continue? NOT IF YOU DON'T WANT TO... (I'D BE SAD)
5. What do you like the best about the blog? READING IT ...LOL
6. What don't you like? THAT SOMETIMES MY COMPUTER WON'T LET ME READ IT.
7. Do you normally leave comments? I TRY TO
8. Why don't you leave comments? NOT FEELING CHATTY... THAT DOESN'T HAPPEN TO OFTEN!
9. Do you have a blog? Address please? YES WWW.MOM2FOUR.TYPEPAD.COM
10. Do you like weekend challenges? Do you take part? Why or why not? DON'T ALWAYS SEE THEM, LESS TIME ON COMPUTER OVER THE WEEKENDS.
11. Are my children cute? (yes thats a trick question).
12. How did you find my blog? HOW DID WE FIND EACH OTHER??? DONI'S BLOG MAYBE??
13. What other blogs do you read? AMANDA'S, CAROL, HEIDI JO, MELISSA...MUST I CONFESS TO THEM ALL!!!
14. Does your computer freeze or have issues with my blog? AT TIMES
15. Anything else you'd like to share? I LIKE YOUR SURVEY..... I MAY HAVE TO BORROW IT :)

carrie 12:49 PM  

1. Do you read my blog? YES
2. How often do you read my blog? DAILY
3. Do you like my blog or is it one of those blogs that is kind of like a train wreck - its really awful, but you can't stop checking it to see the horror of it all? NO IT IS NOT A TRAIN WRECK-YOU CRACK ME UP AND YOUR BLOG IS GOOD LAUGHTER THERAPY FOR ME
4. Do you want me to continue? WELL DUH!
5. What do you like the best about the blog? YOU MAKE ME LAUGH AND I LOVE YOUR HONESTY
6. What don't you like? WHEN IT FREEZES UP ON ME
7. Do you normally leave comments? NOT OFTEN
8. Why don't you leave comments? BECAUSE I'M A DORK
9. Do you have a blog? Address please? YES-I DON'T REMEMBER THE ADDRESS AND I HAVEN'T POSTED ANYTHING SINCE JULY I THINK!
10. Do you like weekend challenges? Do you take part? Why or why not?I DO LIKE THE CHALLENGES ALTHOUGH I DON'T OFTEN TAKE PART BECAUSE OF HOMEWORK AND WORK THAT I HAVE TO GET DONE ON THE WEEEKENDS
11. Are my children cute? (yes thats a trick question). WELL DUH!
12. How did you find my blog? GRACE
13. What other blogs do you read? GRACE GALS, WREN, NOAH, ISAAC AND RACHEL, AND MY SIL-AND THERE'S A COUPLE OF OTHER ONES THAT I CAN'T THINK OF RIGHT NOW
14. Does your computer freeze or have issues with my blog? YOU ALREADY KNOW THIS
15. Anything else you'd like to share? YOU BRIGHTEN UP MY DAY!

Carrie 12:52 PM  

Notice that Missy didn't say that your kids are cute? What's up with that? Does she not recognize beauty and cuteness when she sess it?

Missy 1:49 PM  

oh that's not fair.... I remember smarting off about that one! I guess I better redeem myself and say "how could they not be cute with such a wonderful mother ;) )...LOL how was that for sucking up???


tattle tail carrie!

Carol 7:29 PM  

Dear Jana,
I have been able to successfully read and comment on your blog all weekend. I am so excited that this is now working for me... don't stop, please don't stop!
love, Carol

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