1. Explain why you started to journal/blog.
A bunch of my college friends had LiveJournal accounts, and I thought it was interesting. We used it as a min-community to keep in touch with each other without having to send the same e-mail or make the same telephone call multiple times since we had become somewhat geographically dispersed.
2. Do people you interact with day to day or family members know about your journal/blog?
Yes. I've introduced a handful of (present and former) co-workers to my journal. I've also discovered that several people I know "in real life" already had LiveJournal blogs set up. I also incorporate my blog in the main page of greg.cohoon.name and I know that several members of my family and other people I know read my blog via that incorporation.
3. Do you have a theme for your journal/blog?
ALL GINGER ALE, ALL THE TIME! OK. That's not really my theme. In fact, I don't really have a theme. I just kinda write. Generally, I use my blog as a method of communication. I know I have an audience, and if I think my audience might be interested in what I have to say on a particular subject, I jot it down. Or when fun, exciting, silly, etc. things happen in my life, I'll jot it down. I'm not transparent in my blog. If all (or most) of what you know about me, you've garnered from my blog, you don't really know me at all. You just know my online persona. I like the separation of my real life from my online life. That separation can sometimes cause difficulties. Since I'm not transparent in my online persona, if someone "in real life" starts talking to me about stuff I post in by blog, it often takes me a few moments to realize that they're referencing things I made public via my online persona. Obviously, that's not as difficult for the folks I only know online. But if you know me both online and "in real life," please recognize that I keep a separation between the two.
4. What direction would you like to have your journal/blog go in over the next year?
Editorials. I (not-so-)secretly wish I were a newspaper columnist. I originally saw my blog as a place where I could write columns and self-publish them. Previously, I had used the excuse that I didn't have a means of publication to keep me from writing columns. Now, it's obvious that the real reason I'm not writing columns is either I don't have time or I don't have anything to say. In the next year, I hope that I'll write some honest-to-goodness feature-length editorials.
5. Pimp five of your favorite journals/blogs.
"Personal" blogs that I follow are typically people I know (or people I met via people I know), so are generally of interest to me because of a "real life" connection.
devotional, where I record the Scripture passages discovered during my daily (*ahem* OK, lately not-so-daily) devotional readiong time.
kitiara, one of the people who originally brought me into the LiveJournal fold.
shotgun_sports, I enjoy sporting clays.
geocaching, I love hiking around with hi-tech devices.