Thursday, January 26, 2006

thursday thirteen...the comment whore one ;o)


Thirteen Things about trying to get you to comment


Last night I was up very late working on this post. I was trying to come up with something very intriguing that would get more people to post a comment. Many of my friends suggested that maybe because my last post with a ton of comments was kinda risque sounding that I should go that route. And so I started posting 13 things about my past that sounded kinda risque. But then I got to thinking, did I really want to be sharing this particular information with a bunch of strangers? Was this really worth it? Did I really want to become a comment whore at any cost?
Well after thinking about it seriously, I decided that NO, I don't want to put myself out there that much just for comments. So instead of the 13 stories about the guys in my past, today I'm turning the tables and asking YOU 13 questions. I hope you think that they're worth answering...

1. Well we know that my blog is mainly a "Mommy Blog" with some other stuff thrown in. How would you describe your blog?

2. Why should I visit and post a comment on your blog?

3. Did you use one of the blog templates that came with your site, design your own template or get someone else to do it for you?

4. As you can see, I don't have a whole lot of the extras on my blog...because I don't understand how to do them. Do you have a bunch of stuff on your blog and why?

5. Wow! This coming up with 13 questions about you is pretty hard! Maybe I should skip a few? (see how I did that? It's still a question, but it doesn't really look like one ;o) )

6. First thing in the morning...blog first or eat first?

7. For all the Mommy Bloggers, who gets up first? You or the kids?

8. For all the single bloggers out there... who fixed your first meal?

9. Are you doing something else while blogging right now? (I'm also listening to the radio)

10. Am I the only blogger out there still using a dial up connection?

11. Right now at the Blog Olympics I've got 3 silver medals. Have you checked the olympics out? Are you playing? Do you even know what I'm talking about?

12. Do you secretly long for a bunch of comments on your blog too?

13. What question are you dying to ask me?

Whew! I did it! I came up with 13 questions. Feel free to only answer the ones that you want to. You can also answer these on your blog and just post in my comments for me to come and see your answers... I'll do it, I promise. Remember I was up til 1AM trying to figure out what to post last night and then ended up scrapping that and writing a whole new post this morning. See ya in cyberspace! Oh! And Thanks for commenting!




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and new this week...
1. Janne's Jabberwocky 2. Suz 3. Another Renée! 4. Mama B 5. froglegs 6. Dariana 7. Christopher 8. Nicole next door 9. Joan 10. Michael Manning 11. Jessica 12. Norma
(leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)



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31 comments:

  1. Great post! Do I have to answer all of those questions?!!

    I wake up, exercise, eat, read a blog or two, maybe submit a post all before my kids get up at 6:30am

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  2. add me! http://abstractvariable.blogspot.com

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  3. 01. My blog is my blog :) Not a mommy blog, not a kid blog, just a blog :)

    02. Because you're a fellow blogger? :)

    03. I'm not really good with CSS, so I just twisted someone's design and made it feel "home".

    04. I guess so...

    05. Yeah, you should ;)

    06. I skip breakfast. So... e-mail first, then blog.

    07. --

    08. My aunt :)

    09. Yeah, chatting with my friend.

    10. I'm using GPRS.

    11. I got SGS so far.

    12. Sometimes, but I don't blogcrawl too much... So people might dislike me for not being visited back :)

    13. Are you going to ask questions again next week on T13? :D

    -- Gabrielle

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  4. 1. I try never to categorize myself because every time I do, I end up as some kind of dysfunctional literary wanna-be!

    2. I was going to say because there's free soup, but I think we just handed out the last bowl.

    3. Aha, I took one of those prepackaged jobbies and made it all comfy on my own. But I'm getting a new one done, should be out soon.

    4. Not really, but if you ever need help with the extra things, I'd be happy to, well, help!

    5. Before I started, I told myself, whatever she asks in question number 5, I'm just going to answer "no comment."

    6. Blog first, second and third!

    7. I'm a dad and I'm up before everybody but the cat.

    8. I'm married, but I don't even understand that. I guess you have to be single, but I'd rather not be, thanks! :)

    9. I am doing nothing at the moment but reading your questions and answering them, except thinking about lunch, because I'm so hungry and I haven't had lunch yet!

    10. Yes, you are. :/

    11. I've got two silvers and a gold. I think I'll be standing on the gold platform at 9pm tonight, too.

    12. Secretly? What's the big secret? I love comments!!

    13. Are you as cool in real life as you are in your blog?

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  5. 1. I don't know how to describe me blog.

    2. Because you love me.

    3. I started with a template and have since made modifications.

    4. I have some extras, a lot less than I used to. If you want I'll show you how to add them if you like.

    5. It's up to you.

    6. Duh, blog first.

    7. Usually the kids get me up.

    8. n/a

    9. I'm providing a world-class education for my children as I blog.

    10. Probably not, but you will be soon if you don't switch over!

    11. I know what you're talking about, but the past couple of weeks have been too crazy to start anything new.

    12. Comments come with time, and with commenting on other people's blogs. Also, after a while you learn what kinds of posts get comments, and what kinds don't.

    13. I don't know. I have probably asked them all at some point or another...

    My 13 are up!

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  6. 1. Mine is just a mixed bag...some mommy stuff, some venting, some boring, some daily stuff, some quiz results, and more.

    2. Because we're all comment whore wannabes at heart! lol

    3. Template that came with the site...have no clue how to do my own.

    4. I don't have very many extras either, just a few little blinkies and the TT blogroll.

    5. No, can't skip a few

    6. Unfortunately I have to eat first, and go to work, and then blog.

    7. During the week, usually my youngest wakes up about the same time I need to get up anyway. On weekends, I sleep until someone wakes me up...which is usually around 5:30am! Ugh!

    8. Not single

    9. I'm (supposedly) working and eating my lunch while blogging.

    10. I still have dial up at home too, but not at work.

    11. Congrats on your medals! Several blogs I visit are participating, but I'm not.

    12. Of course!

    13. What am I dying to ask you? Well, of course it would be...what your originaly 13 was going to be that you deleted! LOL

    My 13 are up
    http://snaphappymom.blogspot.com

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  7. Hi Renee -
    So happy to meet another blogger named 'Renee' and from Louisiana too. WOW!

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  8. 1. Well we know that my blog is mainly a "Mommy Blog" with some other stuff thrown in. How would you describe your blog?
    Jabberwocky.

    2. Why should I visit and post a comment on your blog?
    Because I have pictures of nine really cute kids.

    3. Did you use one of the blog templates that came with your site, design your own template or get someone else to do it for you?
    Designed my own

    4. Do you have a bunch of stuff on your blog and why?
    I'm not sure. What do you consider extras?

    5. LOL

    6. First thing in the morning...blog first or eat first?
    Eat first -- or while blogging

    7. For all the Mommy Bloggers, who gets up first? You or the kids?
    The kids get me up

    8. N/A

    9. Are you doing something else while blogging right now?
    Holding a three year old and nursing a baby.

    10. Am I the only blogger out there still using a dial up connection?
    My sympathies!

    11. Are you playing?
    Nope, just found out about them today.

    12. Do you secretly long for a bunch of comments on your blog too?
    Yup!

    13. What question are you dying to ask me?
    Hmmm...don't know.

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  9. E. Webscapes designs my blogs and Ms. Leanne drew the custom iamge herself! It's amazing! I think everyone longs for comments. You can't have too many. Sometimes I eat first, sometime the computer comes first. It just depends. Happy TT!

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  10. 1. I would say a Mommy blog, but not as cool or funny as other Mommy blogs. I guess just a ME blog, if that makes sense.

    2. Well, I like visitors...I am so busy at home somedays that I don't have time to comment..just lurk. I feel bad about it.

    3. I used a free template after searching for a couple of hours. http://bloggertemplatesbycaz.blogspot.com/
    And it wasn't hard at ALL!

    4. I have some things...I used to have the Weatherpixie, iMood and the craving pics, but after changing my template I didn't put them on. I probably have too much stuff. :p

    5. :) lol

    6. I drink my coffee while sitting at the computer, surfing or writing. It's my only "me" time, and usually I only get about 15 minutes before someone wakes up.

    7. Depends! I try to be up by 5:15 to wake up my husband and do #6 above.

    8. n/a

    9. Listening to my poor sick daughter practice her flute.

    10. OMG! Probably! lol I love our cable connection...I'd never go back to dial-up.

    11. I saw them - I figured I didn't have a chance.

    12. Eh...sometimes. Depends on what kind of post it is. I know how it feels to not be able to come up with anything to say, or only be able to read.

    13. LOL at the "What was the original TT?" I don't know...I'll have to think about it.

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  11. 1. my blog is all over the place, but i talk about my kids, so i guess that makes it a mommy blog..
    2. you don't have to, once i find a blog i like to read, i continue, whether they come and visit and comment on mine or not.
    3. i would love to design my own, one day, but right now, it's a template that came with the blogger
    4. i've got stuff on it that i don't know how to use, like the blog roller that someone else installed for me, and the site meters, that keep sending me reports that i don't know how to read, other than that, i don't have anything fancy cuz i don't spend alot of time at my own blog, i spend more time visiting others
    5. no, last week i missed posting one entry and it was noticed, so you can't skip a few, sorry, those are the tt rules.
    6. walk the dog first!
    7. i'm up before the kids and before the dog
    9. having a cup of tea
    10. ummmm, yes
    11. i have no idea what this is all about
    12. not really
    13. ummmm, boxers or briefs? wait, that's a man's questions. ummmm, thong or granny panties?
    i'm doing the 13 this week too.

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  12. Happy TT

    1 about me & my family
    2 because
    3 use one fromt he site, too chicken to change for fear will lose everything
    4 nope
    5 lol
    6 email
    7 usually my youngest
    8
    9 talkign to my child
    10 just got dsl
    11 didnt know they exsosted till today
    12 sometimes, lol
    13 hmmmm

    Hugs Suz
    http://goinons.blogspot.com/

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  13. I wake up first, my blog is about me more than the kid, trying to lose weight and deal with uncooperative ovaries, LOL! Love the idea!!

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  14. Goodness, I'll never remember all the questions, lol. However, the thought you put into them is much appreciated.

    I already get quite a few comments, I am a certified Graphics Artist and can do my own layout but my domain is recently purchased and I have not had time, so I am using someone else's design. (I installed it)

    As for what you post on yout TT, don't sweat the small stuff. I think you should post as much or as little as YOU feel comfortable with. Afterall, this is YOUR space right? Happy TT!

    Dariana
    http://daridonovan.net/blog/

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  15. The blog olympics is new to me. Now I have to go find out about it!!! Come back by my blog sometime. I love those comments too.

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  16. 1. I described it once like Nick and Jessica's Newlyweds. Except there's just Nick.

    2. Because I love comments and get very depressed if I don't have at least ten on an entry.

    3. I found my current one on the web. Tweaked it a little to personalize it.

    4. I don't have that much. I like to include things if I find them interesting.

    5. Yes, perhaps you should :)

    6. Eat. But I'll check to see if I have any new comments from my last post before I eat.

    7. I'm not a Mommy.

    8. I have no idea.

    9. No.

    10. I would imagine you're in the minority.

    11. I've heard of them. Not sure how they work.

    12. I usually make no secret about it.

    13. Are you happy now? ;-)

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  17. Cool twist to TT! I have some extras on my blog, they are there because I think they are neat so I added them. It's my place, so I enjoy it. As for comments, I love them! Why you should visit me...cause I love to have my friends visit! ;)

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  18. Well...I'm not a mommy, so I hope you dont mind me commenting. I was just browsing through blogs and saw yours and thought that this entry was quite original. Something told me to leave a comment.

    I would definitely say eat breakfast first then blog. But then it would be nice if you would blog then eat...or maybe you could just blog while eating.

    Have a great day.

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  19. I'm actually going to answer these questions. I can't believe it. ;)

    1. I'd describe mine as a blog about me. And a big part of me is my family.

    2. Because you love comments as much as the rest of us and the more comments you leave on other people's blogs the more comments you will get from those people. :)

    3. I started out on blogger with one of the generic templates, then I started modifying it myself (the header etc.) and finally asked for a template design for mother's day I think. Finally ended up moving to my own site and using wordpress.

    4. I probably have way too much stuff on my site. That's one reason I really like wordpress so I can put them on other pages.

    5. skipping is good.

    6. after taking care of the screaming kids...make breakfast and sit at the computer to eat it while I check email and blogs.

    7. kids. always the kids get up first.

    8. oh goody I get to skip this one!

    9. at the moment no--unless you count praying the kids stay asleep a while longer.

    10. I don't know if you are or not. Odds are you aren't the only one. But there are fewer and fewer.

    11. I wish I had got in on the blog olympics when it started... so that would be a no I'm not playing but I do know what you are talking about.

    12. Always!

    13. I want to know about those guys in the past! ;)

    Thanks for coming my my place today, here's my link: http://sleepingmommy.com/?p=123

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  20. Holy Cow. I can only say that I would have given up all things computer if I still had dial up! You are brave. Very very brave! And patient.

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  21. show off! - your wicket sinister mumbo jumbo will keep you from sharing 20% of many millions of USD that we are sneaking out of the olympic committees wallets tonight, only after they are dead., of course. Bololympics must go on, even if infiltrated by TT thugs. we will not go quietly!

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  22. I'll add you--how about that. Now you have to visit ME!

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  23. 1. Whatever comes out of my head at the time of blogging type blog.

    2. Because you are secretly drawn to my blog...it is becoming an obsession, but I am ok with that!

    3. Mine is a came with the blog type background...I would love for someone to design one for me because I am techno-stupid and can't figure it out although I have tried several times.

    4. Just the basic extras...and those took me a long time to figure out...like the counter thing and the links to other ppl.

    5. nope you shouldn't skip any.

    6. Blog first...I always have a problem remembering to eat in the morning.

    7. I get up WAY before the kids.

    8. I don't fit this catergory.

    9. Listening to music.

    10. I have digital.

    11. I just checked them out...didn't know about them, but it is a cool concept.

    12. Absolutly

    13. If I came to visit you and looked in your closet what would I find?

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  24. Great idea! Of course, I would have commented anyway, but still. Let's see...

    1. Mine is the personal blog of an aspiring chick lit novelist living in southeastern Utah. I write about the practice of writing, but also about whatever's going on in my life at the time. I try to make it amusing, or at least light-hearted, most of the time.

    2. Because I love comments, too! :-D

    3. A friend of mine had a cool template, so I looked up the website of the person who designed it and grabbed one of her free templates.

    4. I do have some extras. Wordpress offers many of them, so sometimes I browse through the options and install new stuff.

    5. LOL!

    6. Eat while blogging.

    7. N/A

    8. N/A

    9. Listening to the radio, sucking on a cough drop, talking to my brother about getting a network card for my ancient laptop.

    10. Yup

    11. I did look at Blog Olympics, but it's too late to join in. Maybe next time. Maybe not.

    12. Yes!

    13. Hmmmm. I don't know. What do you think I should ask you? (See? I can play that game, too!)

    By the way, my thirteen are up. http://wordplay.lastpromise.com

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  25. the whole "Comment whore" thing on Jen's site got my attention and I HAD to click over...

    so...
    1.I suppose I am a mommy/wife/homeschooling/Sheri needs to vent blog. Yeah...that's about it.

    2. Because I am a mommy/wife/Sheri needs to vent blog of course.

    3. made it

    4. I keep it pretty basic.


    6. email and computer always come before eating

    7. My three year old wakes me up every single stupid morning by pulling open my eyelids and saying "Heyas yous glasses mama"

    9. praying the baby stays asleep. (Okay, he's not a baby...he's three...but I KNOW when he's forty I am gonna say "Oh, that baby is bringing his wife and kids over for dinner tonight")

    10. Nope...I suck too. I hate dialup, but that's all that's available out here.

    11. I don't know what blog Olympics are.

    12. Oh yeah. It's like someones patting me on the back or saying "I like you!"...unless of course their comment is "I don't like you"

    13. Should I start Thursday 13? I can't decide...

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  26. 1. I'm a mommy so it's a mommy blog, I'm a wife so it's a . . . wifey blog and I'm a lawyer (oh hell, you get the picture).

    2. I'm not sure how I did it but you came and commented already! And I didn't even have to convince you.

    3. Blogger template all the way. Except I added a webcounter because I like to depress myself.

    4. See #3

    5. I would.

    6. Eating always comes first. Always.

    7. The kids for sure. They actually get up when their alarms go off. I'm the queen of the snooze button.

    8. N/A

    9. Trying not to fall asleep. It's way past my bedtime.

    10. For sure. And I don't know how you do it.

    11. Never heard of it but I'll go check it out.

    12. I looooove comments. And it's no secret.

    13. Hmmm - I'm wondering what your first post was like. I was boring when I was young - no way I could come up with 13 risque stories. Now if I embelleshed the truth just a little . . . maybe.

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  27. did I comment here ? i take it back
    I love the thursday thirteen crowd - that quote was out of context to be sure!

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  28. I couldn't blog if I still had dial-up! I was so sure I'd already left a comment, but can't find it. Maybe I didn't hit the right button.

    Great post, and thanks for visiting my TT.

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  29. It's Friday and I still haven't done my 13....hmmm....probably too late, right? Anyway, at least I'm still doing the reading part!
    My blog is a pregnancy/mommy/general bitching/commentating/whatever the heck I feel like blog!

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  30. Posting my answers to your questions on my blog... http://bonafidebunkum.blogspot.com/

    BTW, thanks for visiting! :)

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  31. Very clever 13! It worked, you got LOTS of comments.
    Since we are empty nesters, I blog at all different times.
    My template used to be boilerplate but I recently got a design from Kelly (Diary of the Nello).
    I do have several things on my blog. Most of them were very easy, just copy some HTML code and paste it in the template where you want it. It has to be simple or I can't do it!

    My 13 are up too!

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