Posted by Sari
And we completely missed it. Jukka was in Stockholm enjoying the company of Norwegian Star Trek fen, and I was working and when I wasn't I was knitting my cardigan and watching season 5 Buffy. Anyway, Muffins is now a year old. Which necessarily means a dull introspective metapost about the nature of blogging.
Blogging is a balancing act between narcissistic need to write and paralyzing fear of people actually reading what you write. We (or rather I, because Jukkahoo never has these issues) have solved this dilemma thus far by being sort of semi-public. That is, the site is not password protected and if somebody links to us that is just fine and dandy, but at the same time we are not listed at Pinseri Bloglist, don't have a blogroll and the site is not syndicated. This has allowed us (me) maintain my illusion that the site is read only by friends and family and thus given me freedom to write posts that are like diary entries or posts that are really not that analytical or thought through, and posts about obscure and uninteresting things like rubber boots and figure skating and most of all, the posts have been full of my quirkily endearing language mistakes. But that is a sort of an excuse. Even in Finland, there are so many so different kinds of blogs from Kanerva's diary and its beautiful prose to very specialised linky blogs that the format allows all sorts of things.
I was also a bit dubious about this blogging thing because, you know, university, teacher, position of authority and all that. But that is a bit lame, other much more distinguished academic fen blog so that excuse does not really wash. My last line of defence was the fact that Muffins has a nice amount of comments compared to many other blogs and the site being "more public" might somehow affect that negatively. Jukka said pshaw.
So here I am, thinking why I am doing this if I don't actually want readers except I kinda do, but...
Edited to add a link and congrats to Kaikkiruokainen on the anniversary of his most excellent blog