I’m finally getting a chance to do a Meme from my good friend and fellow blogger, Michael (aka Spo) at Spo-Reflections
What do you like most about being a blogger?
I started blogging to be able to give a voice to the types of things I never heard anyone talk about, in the way I wanted to talk about them, openly, honestly, unapollogetically. I wanted to be vocal about sexuality, gender identity, nusdism, atheism, discrimination, relationships, social norms and expectations, friendship, etc. It gave me freedom. Also, I never realized I would develop such close bonds within the blogging community, make so many friends, experience such love and loss through "on-line" friends and meet so many of the people I’ve enjoyed reading about.
How many bloggers have you met?
I believe I have met around 50 bloggers, give or take.
Do you ever go back and read your old entries?
I actually want to, but never have. I barely have time to write new posts, let alone read old ones.
Do you share your job skills here?
Not really. I share general stuff about my work as it impacts my personal life and attitude, but I’ve steared clear of actually discussing what I do and where I work, beyond admitting I’m a civil servant.
Have you changed your views about anything thanks to blogging?
Yes. I have learned that honesty, and trying to be honest, comes at a price. I am less open and honest about my life on my blog because of past events and incidents. I have also learned how different people are to how they actually see themselves, sometimes. Mostly, I’ve learned I am far less alone in a lot of my thoughts and feelings than I thought I was.
Do your coworkers know about your blog?
I know of two co-workers who knew of my blog. One read at least a couple posts a few years back, the other, I believe, read it regularly but never said anything to me about it. The regular reader has since passed away; the other I have had no indication from that they still pay any attention to my blog. I am NOT comfortable at the thought of co-workers knowing about or reading my blog.
What advice would you give for successful blogging?
"Successful" means different things to different people. I believe, to be a successful blogger, you need only to enjoy doing it, and to continue doing it. Beyond that, I would say: Stay as anonymous as possible, or understand what full disclosure may/ will cost you. Know what you’re willing to gain or lose from how open you are about your identity and thoughts and feelings. The on-line community grows closer, smaller, and less anonymous every day.
What is your opinion of aardvarks?
I love Aardvarks. One of my favorite Sesame Street songs is "I’m an Aardvark"
I also LOVE the Aardvark from "The Ant and the Aardvark" cartoons.
Do you publish everything you write ?
So far, I have published every post I have ever written, and only deleted three in my history of blogging.
If you could make ‘three rules’ for blogging, what would they be?
1. Only do it if / as long as you enjoy it.
2. Want comments? Leave Comments. (I have to take my own advice more often.)
3. Write about what you believe, what you know and what you think.
Do people help you write your blog?
Never, beyond being the cast of characters in my life I enjoy writing about.
Who are your blogger super-heroes?
Everyone of my blogger buddies is an essential part of my Justice League of Bloggers. Each is unique and special to me. They are all heroes for sharing their voices and journeys, ups and down, successes and failures.
Final question (if you dare!) :
Have you slept with any of your fellow bloggers?
Oh, crap, look at the time. Gotta go….