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November 29, 2004

How self indulgent are you?

What percentage of bloggers use their blog as their homepage on their browser? I bet nearly all do, right?

Posted by Karol at 04:28 PM |

I do. One guranteed hit a day. Plus it serves as my portal to other sites like yours.

Posted by: Michael C at November 29, 2004 at 4:46 pm

Nope, Yahoo is my home page. However, I always visit my blogpage whenever I post something so I can admire it and pat myself on the back. ;-)

Posted by: KipEsquire at November 29, 2004 at 4:55 pm

No, I use Bloglines as home.

Posted by: Joe R. the Unabrewer at November 29, 2004 at 4:55 pm

me either, mine’s yahoo

Posted by: dawn at November 29, 2004 at 5:01 pm

I don’t, and, come to think of it, in the 3.5 years I’ve been blogging (4 different blogs), I never have.

Posted by: C at November 29, 2004 at 5:06 pm

mine’s google, but it should be my blog, since i check it way too much. (can someone say addicition?)

Posted by: Funnya at November 29, 2004 at 5:07 pm

sorry, i use google

Posted by: cube at November 29, 2004 at 5:09 pm

I open with three tabs in Firefox: My Yahoo!, A9, and Bloglines. If I used my blog as my home page, that would be a false hit, FWIS.

Posted by: Shawn at November 29, 2004 at 5:23 pm

I just started a month ago, if that long.

Posted by: Drew at November 29, 2004 at 5:30 pm

Same as Kip and Dawn.
If I could show my “Yahoo – new mail” indicator on my site, maybe I would use it as a portal.
But the combination of mail and news headlines in one place has kept me with a My Yahoo home for 6 1/2 years now.

Posted by: Joe Grossberg at November 29, 2004 at 6:11 pm

I have Yahoo.

Posted by: Peter at November 29, 2004 at 6:19 pm

peter, that’s what you think

Posted by: Dawn Summers at November 29, 2004 at 6:23 pm

I don’t. I use

Posted by: Charles at November 29, 2004 at 7:12 pm

I’ve been using Yahoo as my home page as well. Shawn, in terms of getting false hits by setting you blog as your home page, some programs allow you to exclude your IP address. That’s what I do to avoid getting “false hits.”

Posted by: Zelda at November 29, 2004 at 7:18 pm

At home, yes.
At work I use a jerry-rigged page that offers fresh daily snapshots of my blog page, (community blog I run), candy cam page ( which is a candy dish on my desk) and the company intranet.
Though it is what I do for a living, web things and all…

Posted by: kearns at November 29, 2004 at 7:55 pm

Want to laugh? YOUR site is actually my homepage. I don’t use my own site for fear that someone I don’t anticipate using my laptop, one day will. It would be awfully foolish to out myself, no? Besides, I flip to you a bazillion times a day anyway and I can get to my own page quite easily from here.

Posted by: neighborgirl at November 29, 2004 at 8:22 pm

I do, but its mainly because my blog contains all the links to pages I usually navigate to, so its generally a good starting point to whatever I want to do on the internet.

Posted by: Alex at November 29, 2004 at 8:33 pm

I use “My Yahoo” as my start up page. Since I have it customized it’s very handy.

Posted by: PAUL at November 29, 2004 at 8:48 pm

I do and I don’t. I have my site set as my home page, but I have my browser configured to show me my bookmarks instead of any Web page at all when I open a new window. (Safari lets you do that, you know.) So I don’t have to waste time loading a Web page every time I open a window, but when I want to see my site I just have to click the home button on the toolbar.
I have put WAY too much thought into this.

Posted by: Jeff Harrell at November 29, 2004 at 8:53 pm

I have Instapundit as my home page because James Lileks once wrote on the Bleat that that’s his home page. I then assumed that this was a universal thing for all of your political-type bloggers. I certainly wouldn’t make my little blog the home page because of the “false hit” phenomenon described above and because I’m insanely self-deprecating and can barely stand to look at the thing or even to look at anything I’ve written. In fact, I seldom see my site at all, which may explain a few things you’re probably saying.

Posted by: Eric Deamer at November 29, 2004 at 9:22 pm


Posted by: Jake at November 29, 2004 at 10:10 pm

Hampster dance

Posted by: Yaron at November 29, 2004 at 10:16 pm

Actually I don’t have a home page. I use Opera, so I usually start with no pages…

Posted by: Jordan at November 30, 2004 at 3:15 am

I use the Verizon website. I used to have the Yahoo E-mail page as my homepage though.

Posted by: Lena G. at November 30, 2004 at 9:37 am

I use My Yahoo! And have my home and work computers set to ignore my site. I was thrilled to see that my brother had my blog as his home page (which also explained why I had a .mil reader on for like 8 hours at a stretch).

Posted by: ken at November 30, 2004 at 12:01 pm

I am really surprised at these results. I thought it was part of the blogger personality to set the home page as their blog.

Posted by: Karol at November 30, 2004 at 12:22 pm

I am also Yahoo! : )

Posted by: Jennifer at November 30, 2004 at 12:37 pm

Are you kidding? I’d rack up my own bandwidth bill if I did that, considering how much I use the internet.
But I usually check after I’ve posted to make sure everything posted propperly … okay, and maybe to admire it, a little.
PS: I like your blog.

Posted by: Ailin Gwathren at November 30, 2004 at 4:26 pm

My site of course. It is prettier than most other sites and the first thing I do when I log onto the net when I get home from work is add more content.
I would never dream of using a Portal or Search engine as a home page. Firefox means I have access to a bunch of search engines in the browser and e-mail is not vital to worry about.

Posted by: Monjo at December 1, 2004 at 9:24 am
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