Mark Goodacre, Loren Rosson and Pete Phillips [update: and Michael Barber] have provided answers to Francis Ward's questions. So here's my quick stab (note emphasis on "quick"):
1. How long have you been blogging?
My blog, ricoblog, has been active since August 2004.
2. What got you started?
I'd blogged internal to the company I work for (Logos Bible Software) for about 10 months previous to that. It seemed that ricoblog was the logical next step. I'd read some Biblical Studies blogs regularly (Stephen C. Carlson's Hypotyposeis, Mark Goodacre's NT Gateway Weblog, and Jim Davila's PaleoJudaica) and began to interact.
3. Do you have a history of diary/journal/log writing beforehand?
Not really. I just write; I wouldn't classify my writing as a journal or diary. I think through issues when I write, so many times my writing is complete meandering (yes, I can see y'all's eyes rolling here) instead of a tightly formulated statement I'd be willing to fight for.
4. How in your own mind do you negotiate the boundary between private and public? E.g. are there things that you would not put on your blog that you would put in a journal?
Since I don't write a journal I can't really answer this question. But yes, there are things I don't blog. For example, I try to stay completely removed from things political. I'd hate for someone to disregard the blog because they don't agree with my politics. The converse of this is true as well, I wouldn't want someone to read what I write just because we have a similar political perspective.
5. How do you decide? What criteria do you use for inclusion/exclusion?
There are no criteria. When I feel like posting, I post.
6. How much time, on average, do you spend blogging each day or week?
This goes in spurts, distilling an average wouldn't be meaningful. For example, right now my blogging is rather light because life is busy planning a wedding and a honeymoon (yee-haw!). I'm guessing blogging may perk up again as the 2006 SBL Meeting approaches.
7. How many other people do you actively engage with — e.g. are part of your blog community?
I interact with a subset of the blogs listed on biblioblogs.com. I at least skim them all. My interaction has become less and less as there have become more and more biblioblogs. There's just no way to keep up with them.
8. Who is your readership — literally; as far as you know?
I think my highest percentage of hits come from folks looking for recipes for balsamic vinaigrette. Outside of that, readers are those interested in Biblical Studies, perhaps doing graduate-level work or those teaching at colleges, seminaries or other graduate level institutions. And Logos Bible Sofware users are readers as well.
9. and metaphorically? Do you imagine someone to whom you write/with whom you engage?
Not really. I'd like to think folks who share similar interests with me and who can interact. I also like to ask general questions when I know readers know more about something than I do, for instance, which version(s) of Irenaeus to purchase.
10. What counts as successful blogging?
Because I primarily blog to think through issues (large or small), successful blogging is that which helps in the process of grappling with an issue—be it exegetical or otherwise.
11. What does blogging offer as a method of theological reflection?
I don't do much "theological reflection" blogging. Some theological reflection is inevitable with the kinds of issues I write about (say, examining the structure of a passage and working through how that might inform exegesis) but I wouldn't say it is a method. From my perspective, it is a side effect, and a minor one at that.
12. What potential do you see for blogging as a method of theological reflection?
For someone who "does theology", blogging would be a great way for them to share their working through theological issues or statements.
13. Do you know of examples of theological education programmes where students are required to keep a learning journal and blog as a form of journal?
I've heard of such things anecdotally, but have no actual examples.
14. Blogging and gender: do you think gender makes any difference to any of the above questions?
I think people are different and therefore will blog differently. Gender is one way to qualify those differences. I could likely pick any other either/or criteria (blue eyes vs. brown eyes?) and make assumptions as to how it may or may not affect blogging. But focusing on one aspect denies the importance of the whole package.