1. Do you promote your blog?
Not too much. I link here from my flickr, & from my etsy shop, but I haven't linked my business site to my blog (though I have a link going the other way), for example. I came to personal craft blogging after a couple of years of working hard to promote my business online, & it's been a tricky conceptual divide for me to bridge. When I started my business, the sell-your-crafts scene was much more concerned with seeming like Real Business & much less...artist-centric, I guess, & so stepping out from behind the product line to reveal my obsession with vegan cupcakes or sewing a thousand skirts for my daughter etc still feels a little weird to me.
2. How often do you check hits?
Oh, it goes in cycles. Of course I checked constantly when I first started blogging. Now I'll go for months without bothering, until I get into one of those obsessively self-referential internet moods.
3. Do you stick to one topic?
Aren't all personal blogs about the overarching single topic of my life & opinions are so very interesting? Less obnoxiously (but more pretentiously), this blog is probably about the moments when my aesthetic life meets my actual (messy, distracted, kid-filled) life.
4. Who knows that you have a blog?
As in, do I keep it a secret? I'm not all hi, nice to meet you, I have a BLOG, but I will mention it in conversation if it seems natural to do so. Some of my family reads it (hi!), some beloved far-flung friends read it (hi!), there are people I know offline who have stumbled upon me through googling or other blogs, I think my husband directs people here sometimes in an attempt to explain what it is that I spend my time doing.
5. How many blogs do you read?
It depends on how much internet time & focus I've got at any given time. I think I read about 50 through Bloglines, & then I love to poke around on that "related feeds" link & there are probably about 25 or so more that I follow that way with some regularity. I sometimes think of adding more, but I like the look of a short list on my blog page. I love the way some people do a tiny rotating list of recommended blogs, though I would never remember to actually rotate it.
6. Are you a fast reader?
Yes. I have a love/hate relationship with Bloglines, since I really like how tidy & simple it is, but I find it's too easy to just skim through my whole list without bothering to click over & leave any comments. But, really, if I left a thoughtful comment on every blog I read, I'd be here all day. Just know that, if you write a blog I read, I probably have meaningful email conversations with you in my head all the time.
7. Do you customize your blog or do anything technical?
A little. I made a list or two when I first set it up. I kind of like the little book pictures that some people have on, so I'd like to learn about that. Also, I didn't realize when I started that part of crafty blog upkeep was a seasonal change of masthead. I'm overdue (by about 6 seasons).
8. Do you blog anonymously?
No, I blog under my real name. Because I do talk some business here, I use real names for shows where I'll be (& I've met a couple of people that way, hi!) & stores where you can find my goods. I haven't posted any pictures of myself, I don't think, though I'm not saying I never will. But I don't use my family's names or post their faces (except that one of my sister at her wedding), since they're not the ones choosing to talk about themselves on the internet.
9. To what extent do you censor yourself?
Quite a bit, actually. A huge part of it goes back to my continued negotiation of the business/personal divide, plus I am maybe just not that much of an exhibitionist? On the other hand, some of my favorite blogs are ones that are much more open & confessional & emotional & welcome-to-my-interior-life than I can ever imagine being, & I would like to think that they're having a good, relaxing, influence on me. I find that I'm a little more familiar in my blogging as time goes on.
10. The best thing about blogging?
Hands down, the sense of community it gives me, the feeling that I am not alone being, as Meg mentioned, crazed over my kids' birthday parties, or obsessed with tiny food or willing to tackle a project over & over & over until I get it just right. I discovered craft blogs at a moment in my life when I was feeling burned out with business networking & self-promotion & channeling all of my creative energy into the increasingly production-oriented work of glamscience, & so discovering this whole other world where it was ok to spend 10 hours on one tiny piece of hand-embroidered linen & another 10 hours staring dreamily at gorgeous Japanese craft books, it was just amazing. I drift in & out of how deeply I'm involved with the whole scene at any given time, but just knowing it's there has been really wonderful.