********************I volunteered to do another five questions for Gale of Gem-osophy after finally answering the questions that Jamie of Duward Discussion had asked me. I thought it would be interesting to see what sort of questions another blog author would have for me and Gale has provided me with some good food for thought. Of course, that's probably because Gale is a professional writer who has won several awards recently (and well-deserved ones, I might add!).
I must however admit that I had an ulterior motive in volunteering to receive five questions from Gale; I figure it gives me bragging rights for when she becomes a well-known and best-selling author! After all, can you imagine if Stephen King or J.K. Rowling had been your blog buddy before they became world famous?? Oh yeah - you'd be telling everyone about it and then some! So, just remember, Gale, when you get that first book published I want an autographed copy and permission to drop your name at every possible opportunity!
Now - on with the questions!
1. Why did you begin blogging? When did you decide to ask a neutral party to design your blog (it's very spiffy!)?
I actually began blogging on LiveJournal in August of 2004 as a way to put some of my thoughts down somewhere (they were getting a little too heavy for me to continue to carry around all the time!). An on-line buddy had suggested I give LiveJournal a try so I posted over there on and off until October 2006 when I came to the conclusion that trying to juggle more than one blog was more than I could handle (those of you who have multiple blogs amaze me!).
In July 0f 2006 I had the opportunity to begin blogging as part of The Norwich Bulletin on-line. They had started looking for bloggers in January and I submitted sample entries and an outline that apparently were good enough for me to "win a spot" on their Blog page. I don't get paid by The Bulletin, and my opinions are strictly my own, but it's been a great opportunity as I seem to have developed a fairly good amount of regular readers who found me via The Bulletin. Granted, I fall off topic more than I probably should but it's not always exciting being a single working Mom with a teenage daughter so I have to try to entertain in other ways sometimes (hence the major amount of memes lately)!
As for my spiffy blog design - first off, thank you! I decided in early December that it was time for a new look after seeing some of the really kick-ass blogs out there that other people had and thinking to myself that my page needed a make-over. I contacted Se7en from BlogsGoneWild, told him a general idea of what I wanted, and let him run with it. He was great to work with, especially considering my lack of HTML skills!, and when he presented me with the finished product I was thrilled. I officially unveiled my new look on December 10th and if you'd like to read the post that launched it, you can click here.
2. You've made no secret of the fact you're turning 50 in no time at all (whereas I am dreading it.) How are you able to embrace this reality when most women are terrified of the impending big 5-0?
I have always subscribed to the belief that with birthdays you either continue to have them or you don't - which means you're dead. Considering the alternative, I've opted to go with the birthdays! Aging is not an option, it's mandatory, but growing old - well, that's a horse of different color entirely! Facing 50 is easy when you look at it as exactly what it is - a number.
Granted, I have noticed that I am starting to fall apart by the numbers (my aching back, my changing hormones, my graying hair!) but mentally, I don't feel like I have reached old fogeyism just yet. Or have I? Hmm, I can't quite remember ... I think I used to know the answer to this ...
3. If you asked many people, they would say you are one of the most thoughtful, sweetest personas in cyberspace. Do you go out of your way to project this caring, considerate affect, or does it come naturally to you?
I can see a lot of people at work rolling their eyes heavenward at this question! People who don't know me very well will probably tell you that I'm tough-as-nails most of the time but, to be perfectly honest, that's generally an act. I actually wrote a post about this very thing that you can read here if you're so inclined.
The persona that I project in the Blogosphere is the person that I really am and not the person that I generally allow the rest of the world to see. I'm not exactly sure why that is, perhaps it has something to do with being able to hide behind a keyboard and not getting one's feelings hurt quite as easily or something. That and maybe I have just always expressed my thoughts and feelings better in writing than I can in words - which goes back to Question #1 and why I began blogging.
4. Okay you've turned 50. Paint a picture of what ideally happens in the next 10 years.
Well, if turning 50 also included a winning lottery ticket as a birthday present than I can tell you that the next 10 years will be wicked cool! If not, ideally I would like my years between 50 and 60 to be a time of newfound happiness either by myself or, better yet, with Prince Charming who finally managed to swim the right moat and storm the proper castle doors (at this point, I figure he took a wrong turn in Albuquerque!). Incurable romantic that I am, I still believe in the happy ending and I'd really like one of those if they haven't all been passed out to others!
5. Which blogger that you have never met face-to-face would you like to meet in person and why?
This is a tough one! Everyone brings something different and unique to their blog and I can only imagine what they're like in "real life". Ideally I would love to meet every person listed on my sidebar but for the sake of this question I'm going to say Bob from bobbarama would be my number one choice simply because the guy cracks me up and I'd like to see if he's as funny in person as he is in print. Also, even though the headless inkblot is quite cute, I am horribly curious as to what Bob himself looks like!
And there you have it - if anyone is interested in being interviewed by me (Mimi, I am working on your questions and you'll have them soon!) then please let me know. I'd be happy to dust off my former journalism skills and come up with some thought-provoking, hard-hitting questions for you! Conversely, if anyone's interested in asking Amanda 5 questions, let me know and I'll interview her for you!