Wednesday, April 25, 2007

OBSERVATIONS

The following are my personal observations and comments. We all have our opinions, and one thing about blogging is that we are free to express our opinions. One of the things I've observed in my almost 3 months of blogging is that bloggers seem to fall into various categories. These are my opinions of various categories.

SERIOUS BLOGGERS: These bloggers have strong opinions, usually on political or moral issues. They use their blog as an avenue to take and expound on the issue at hand. Most of them are good writers and their posts tell an interesting story and are not just rants or boring facts. I enjoy reading serious bloggers and have bookmarked many I read daily. They stretch me and make me think.

THEOLOGY BLOGGERS: I find these to be SERIOUS and very knowledgeable students of the Bible. They are good writers and have a way with words that captivates me with the topic being discussed. Some of them have regulars who comment and there is a lively flow of ideas and opinions back and forth. These theology bloggers captivate me and stretch me and make me think. I have several bookmarked. I have "lurked" on these blogs since the beginning and seldom left a comment. I am just now "Tip Toeing" in, a very little bit, because I feel I am way over my head. They are being very kind to me.

PREACHY BLOGGERS: These differ totally from the above theology blogs. They are throughly indoctrinated into their PARTICULAR denomination and/or belief systems. They do not view The Church as The Universal Body of Christ. They use their blog as a soap box to preach their particular beliefs that in their view are the "gospel". I do not enjoy this type blog and do not read them once I realise this is their format, soap box, and purpose.

FRIENDLY WELL ROUNDED BLOGGERS: Many bloggers fall into this catagory. They are very nice people who post a variety of posts. They can be serious, informative and very funny depending on their mood. My blogroll contains these and several have, and are becoming, good friends.

PRETTY BLOGGERS: These bloggers have pretty, eye appealing sites and present a lot of pretty and beautiful items for display. Sometimes they follow a particular skill ie; quilting, scrapbooking, a craft, etc. and give instructions on how to make various items. These fill a very needed niche for those interested and involved in like activities. I enjoy the eye appeal of these sites. They are a pleasure to visit.

ORGANIZERS BLOGGERS: These seem to have all their household skills together and are there to teach and enlist others to do like wise. They love encouraging others to set goals, make lists, etc. Some of them have huge followings and names for themselves so it appears there is a need for these blogs. They do not appeal to me or my needs so I do not follow them.

RECIPE BLOGGERS: This really could be a sub-group of the above.

KNOW IT ALL - END ALL BLOGGERS: Fortunately I haven't stumbled onto many of these but they are there. They have very big Ego's and think they know it all. Not only do they know it all, but the KNOW the know it all!!!! They take every opportunity to inform you that they know it all. Guess what? No, I don't have them on my blogroll.

BUSY BLOGGER SITES: These bloggers probably have some very interesting things to say but I find it almost work to plow through their blog because there is too much there. Too many pictures, too many items on the side bar, just too many of everything and too busy for my taste. Because I enjoy this blogging experience and find it fun I don't read many of these sites because it is work and it wears me out.

OUT OF THE U.S. BLOGGERS: This name is self-explanatory. It is all those bloggers who are located outside our borders. These bloggers expose me to locales, places, sights, ideas and views of our great big world that I would find difficult to get any other way. Actually, these fall into sub-categories within this broader group: 1) those U.S. citizens living out of the U.S. for various reasons; missionaries, jobs, choice, etc. & 2) people born and raised outside the U.S. These are absolutely my favorite bloggers. I have, and am, learning so very much from them. I am seeing sights, through their beautiful pictures, my eyes would never be able to behold otherwise. I am getting such a much broader view of our world and how very much alike we truly are. My favorite part of all: I am getting a REAL feel for The Body of Christ that I always knew existed.

PHOTOGRAPHY BLOGGERS: These bloggers who delight our eyes with the beauty they capture so well with their cameras and their skill in the art of photography. I so enjoy these sights and what they share with me.

HELPFUL BLOGERS: These dear souls have been a life line to me as I've struggled to learn (a little bit!!!!) of the technical aspects of blogging. There are others who I have reached out to for particular advise (apart from the how to of blogging) who have been so ready and able to offer me help when I've asked for it. I'd love to name names here (but that wouldn't be nice!) but YOU ALL know who you are and I thank you from the bottom of my heart!


Everyone may be getting tired of hearing me say it....but I have to repeat it again and again. I am so thankful for each and everyone of you who bless me daily. You are so sharing. You share your ideas, your needs, your advise, your comments, your joys, your sorrows, your fears, your jokes, your photos, your stories, but most of all you share YOURSELVES with me and you allow me to share all of these things back with you.


YOU'RE SPECIAL TO HIM...
YOU'RE SPECIAL TO ME..
THANK YOU AND GOOD BLESS YOU!




41 comments:

Candy said...

I wonder what catagory I fall into..hopefully your favorite one "the out of US borders" hahaa since Im from Canada :)
Hmm, that gives me some ideas to do more posts later about Canada. I wonder if there will be interest in that.
Love ya,
Candy
xoxo

Trella said...

Okay, somehow my first post didn't take.

I am just starting to find some of the bloggers that you mentioned (preachy and know it all).

I haven't found the political or theology one's yet.

I wonder what catergory my site falls into.

Have a great day,
Trella

Frazzled Farm Wife said...

You summed it up pretty well. I too have been enjoying my time blogging and feel like I have some new friends out there even though I have never met them.

shekinahhvac said...

i enjoyed your "opinion" of blogs, I really enjoyed it. I think it was a very good read. i was trying to find what type of blogger I was. hehehehe. thank you for sharing this with us!

Blessings

marallyn ben moshe said...

i love this post...you are soooooooooo right...never thought of that before...thumbs up penless...

Momma Roar said...

Great post Susan!

"YOU'RE SPECIAL TO HIM...
YOU'RE SPECIAL TO ME..
THANK YOU AND GOOD BLESS YOU!"

Right back at ya!

Myrna said...

Very good analysis. I'm not sure where I fit--I'm so new to blogging that I am still finding my way. I am really enjoying finding all kinds of new people.

PEA said...

Hello dear Susan:-) I'm back from my trip and trying to play catch up with everyone! I very much enjoyed this post and I agree with you, there are so many blogs that appeal and some that don't out there. The main ones that I stay away from are the political ones!! I don't know what catagory you put my blog in but all I have to say is that I'm glad I've "met" you through our blogging:-) xox

jennifer said...

I love this post and I agree with you, I love the window to the bloggers outside the US.
BTW...which category do I fall in!!

Becky said...

This was interesting, and insightful. I think you have covered them all. I wonder which one I am? I shall have to consider this and make sure I fall into the category that makes friends :) Good reading, thanks.

jazzycat said...

Susan,
Good points. I have never thought about putting bloggers in categories, but I believe you have shown it can be done. It shows you are being very discerning which is a trait I admire.
wayne

Jungle Mom said...

You seem to have us all pegged. LOL! I had not really thought it out but you are correct on all this. I am like Candy, I wonder where I am? OH, I do live out of the US, so i am hoping...

Morning Glory said...

Awesome post, Susan! I love this and you described the categories so well. This was totally fun to read.

ComfyDenim said...

What category do I fall into?
Thank you so much for your very kind words about the answers to Kahri's random questions. I'm borrowing (okay, stealing) one of your questions. :-)

I like your blog. It's peaceful.

Bleach Free Blessings!

Teresa said...

I think you covered them all! Isn't it great that there is such a variety out there to open up new doors for us all. I love how blogging brings people together. I appreciate your wisdom Penless.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Great job with the blog categories! I wish I had written it! You described exactly how I feel about those blogs too!

Now we are all wondering which one describes us! Maybe this food for thought will help each of us with our future blogs.

I always wonder where some people find the time to write so much, I have a hard time finding enough time to work on mine, and to read all the good ones I enjoy!

Katherine

Linds said...

I loved all the categories, and I am also thinking I could fall into a couple, but I am just glad to be here. I don't have the time to read as many as i would like to, so have not found some of those categories. But I will, no doubt, although I love this little corner of friends.
Have a great day!

Pam said...

Such a unique perspecitve and I like it! After reading it though, I kept thinking to myself, "Oh Lord, I hope I'm not in the "Preachy, Know it all" category!

Now Penless, have you noticed that you have created a monster here!? Just about every one of us are wandering in which category we fall!!! LOL

PortraitofPeter said...

I have to agree with 'Pam' and in particular the following statement:
"Now Penless, have you noticed that you have created a monster here!? Just about every one of us are wandering in which category we fall!!! LOL".

Perhaps - this is your intention?

Penless Thoughts said...

To all my dear commenters - Thanks so much for not only reading my blog but for leaving your comments.

Pam & Portraitofpeter both said:

"Now Penless, have you noticed that you have created a monster here!? Just about every one of us are wandering in which category we fall!!! LOL".
And Peter added: "Perhaps - this is your intention? "

Pam and Peter: Yes, I have noticed and quite truthfully I have been very shocked by this reaction. I spoke with my husband last night about it. And Peter: No, that was not my intention.

I trust I have not created a monster....that would be a horrible thing to have come out of this.

To EACH of you I say: You should not care one iota where a grey haired grandmother from Oklahoma has you in HER little list. Just be who HE created you to be and above all BE REAL.

You're forgetting the summation
"You're special to Him....You're special to me"

Susan

Susan Kelly Skitt said...

Great thoughts Susan. I think we all are blogging for a specific reason, whether we realize it or not. I'd say my blogging journey (which started by accident when I tried to comment on another blog) began as a way to journal my devotional thoughts. I've found it a fun way to interact with people and see a little bit of the world, whether cultures, or differing views. Overall, I think it's alot of fun!

Blessings today.

~Ginger said...

Susan, I know which catagory I fall into..it's the "I'm in your heart, you are in mine" group! Hurray, that's where I plan on staying. Enough said!

Fun post oh wise one!

Lori B said...

This is a great post. I enjoyed it.

I too have enjoyed all of my blogging friendships.

Thank you and God Bless you too.

Jill Norwood said...

I love these categories! How creative.... and how true!

pearlie said...

I do wonder which category I am in :) I can be serious, I talk theology sometimes, I try not to be preachy, I think I am well rounded and friendly, I feel pretty, I like to say I am organised, I am out-of-US and certainly hope I am helpful. But all in all I am just glad I am in bloggerland :)

God bless!

Diane said...

What an insightful post! I have been thinking about this very topic myself lately as I wonder if my blogging is accomplishing the desires of my heart. I started last fall, with great encouragement from our eldest daughter, as a way to share Christ, encourage young women, and make new friends. Now that our girls are "out of the nest", I have more time to pursue this fascinating way of meeting people. It can become addicting! Thanks for dropping by this morning... I hope you always feel welcome! Blessings, Diane

Just Theresa said...

I wonder where I'm at in this. Looking at the first three I could be either of them. (in my humble opinion) :)

Tina said...

I wondered where I was too!
Anyway, I responded to the comment you left today! Love ya Susan.

ukok said...

That was an intereseting list! I think I fall into a few categories,

1. I can be a serious blogger.
2. I ocassionally write theologically based posts, more so a couple of years back though.
3. I consider myself a friendly blogger and have blog friends from all faiths and none.
4. I'm an out of the U.S blogger as I'm a born and bred Brit.
5. I used to work as a professional photographer so occassionally I have some good(ish) shots on the blog.
6. I would like to think that I've been a helpful blogger over the last 3 years or so of blogging.

So there you go, that's me, kind of :-)

Michelle-ozark crafter said...

Never thought about all the types of bloggers but there are a lot of them! I really, really enjoy your blog!

weavermom said...

Enjoyed! :)

SiouxSue said...

What a wonderful list. I tend to agree with you about them all. It was fun reading and comparing how you feel about certain bloggers and how I feel.

I see you and your husband are RVers. We are part time, as we have a home in Texas and tend to travel about 4 times a year for about a month. We are now in Tennessee.

Anyway, I enjoy your blog. BTW, my mother was an OU graduate in 1935.

Ruth said...

I loved your catagorization of blogs. You have us all curious now of which blog group each of us fit! You have quiet a following as well. Thanks for blessing me with your posts!

Leann said...

yes I wonder what one I fell into.
Iam glad you have come on my blog.your a faithful blog friend.have a great weekend.God bless you and your family.

Susie said...

Thanks for stopping by to visit me today! This was a very interesting post. I think I fall into different categories, depending on what I'm blogging about. Hope you liked your visit enough to return again!
:)

groovyoldlady said...

No one ever seems to take ME seriously. I can't imagine why!

(You need a "Goofy Bloggers" category!)

Kelli said...

Such a great post! I love your categories!!
Kelli

Homeschool Daze said...

Great post! I discovered blogs earlier this year and have had a fun time finding blogs to read.

Betty said...

Susan,
Thank you for dropping by to visit with me....We've been out of town this week so I'm just now catching up on blog reading including the comments left on my blog.

No, the pitcher isn't old. Made within the last 5 years....

I enjoyed perusing your blog and whatever catagory I fall into so be it......I just write about things that matter to me; my home, my faith, my grandchildren, my friends and especially my Savior.

Please come again. I love company....

Betty @ Country Charm

Our Peculiar Life said...

Okay, go read my blog for tonight. I put my blog categories. JUST for you! :-)

diana said...

wow! you must read a lot of blogs. thank you for your recent comment on mine. hopefully, i'm a friendly, well-rounded blogger.

i ready your profile. it sounds like you've have a full and rich life. my husband and i would like to tour the country in a motor home once we're retired. there's a great big world out there - and we want to see and experience it.

thanks again and i'll be back.