How long have you been blogging?
3 years, one month and 21 days exactly. I have moved this blog 4 times in those 3 years. I think I should research adult ADD more in-depth.
What inspired you to start a blog and who are your mentors?
3 years and 3 months ago I had no idea what a blog was. See, I am skeptical at best about the internet, even still. A few years ago, I met this chick. I met her son, honestly, and her son introduced me to her, in email form. She wrote an education blog and wanted to ask me some questions about my public school. I started reading her blog, and was crack-whore addicted in, like, 5 whole minutes. A few months later, I had my own. A School Yard Blogger was totally my Blog Momma. I started the blog just to document my kids lives, with no hopes of anyone actually reading it. But she read it. And on Wednesday, I will finish that story. And then, somehow, somewhere, I came across The World Wide Rant. Andy writes a blog in Denver, and again, I had to have it. Every day. Andy is totally my Blog Daddy. Through him, I met David and Stephen and Mr. The Retropolitan, and they made me want to be a better blogger. They are my Blog Trysts, for sure.
Are you trying to make money online, or just doing it for fun?
Trying to make money? No. Expecting to make money? No. Care whether I do? No. Running ads anyway? Hells yeahs.
I have those ads, and I ONLY have those ads because the kids godfather would not shut the hell up about me not running ads on my site. I respond well to condescending nagging. I ran them, and I am glad I did, because I think BlogHer is a rocking rad organization, and, well, I wrote a whole bit right here about why the money might not be great, but that's not why I run them.
What 3 things do you love about being online?
1. Giggling. I really like to giggle. And you people? Crack me the hell up.
2. Having something of substance to do. Most of the time, this blog is absolute nonsensical ramblings, but even I can admit that every now and again, I get it right. I get it right, and someone out there is touching or moved or able to relate to something, and that is a wonderful feeling.
3. My typing skills are VASTLY improving. This should translate nicely into the real world. At some point, Mr Lady is going to have to be gainfully employed.
What 3 things do you struggle with online?
1. Spreading myself too thin. I struggle with this in real life, too. The more I read, the more I find and the more I want to read. I worry that I don't read people's blogs enough, and I worry that I don't comment on them enough, and I worry constantly that some backhanded remark I made somewhere offended someone. I forget that I have a very defined sense of humor, and not everyone gets it.
2. Not whining all the damn time. I have a hell of a lot of stories under my belt from the past 32 years, and some of them are not pink and rainbowy, and sometimes they come out. I aspire to be the person who finds either humor or purpose in everything thrown my way, preferably both, but sometimes, it just comes out all emo, you know? I forget sometimes that a few other people read this, and that it's not just a diary anymore, and that maybe I should have a cut-off line on certain topics. I am working on it, though. Enter, the Totally Inappropriate Haiku category. For when I've got nothing but the Eeyore's.
3. Anonymity. This little site is slowly getting around the family circle. It is also slowly getting around the internet. For 2+ years, it was just, like, 15 people that I love reading it. Now, the Mommy Mafia has come over (hearts!) and The Donor peeks in (hi baby!) and any day now, someone is going to send this link to my mother in law (edits!). I liked the anonymity, because I could honestly say whatever the hell I wanted to, and god knows I did, and now I am losing some of that. I am worried that it will change what comes out. Also, I have this eencie teencie* little issue with social anxiety, and yes, it totally transitions itself online. I am seriously, cripplingly shy, and my natural defense to that is to start saying really personal, inappropriate things. That doesn't exactly help in the whole "Super Stealthy Secret Blogger" department, you know?
And that's it. Do I tag people? Has anyone ever not done this thing already? Dude, I hate tagging people, but I am totally tagging Molly, because I'd like to hear her answers, and Leslie Dillinger, because I miss her and she just quit smoking and this should keep her fingers busy for a half an hour or so, and Alison, because dude? Have I ever tagged you before? It's so totally your turn.
*Eencie Teencie in the exact same way that the Golden Gate Bridge isn't.