So Marilyn, over at one of my favorite blogs, Serendipity, was nominated for a blog award. The Mystery Blogger Award, I think. Anyway, she wrote a post about it and in that post she asked five interesting questions and suggested to any of her followers who are so inclined to answer her questions. And I thought, “why not.”
Here are her five questions and my five answers.
1. Why did you begin blogging? What got you started? What keeps you doing it?
I actually started my first blog in 2005 and have been blogging on and off ever since. I started because I enjoy expressing myself in writing. I started this blog last May after a nearly three year hiatus. I had retired at the end of 2016 and my wife told me that my hanging around the house all day with nothing to do was driving her nuts. So she suggested that I start a new blog to occupy my time and to get me out of her hair.
2. What — if anything — do you hope to gain from blogging? If you think you are going to get rich, I might not stop laughing until sometime next week.
I don’t have any particular blogging goals in mind (other than to keep me busy and out of my wife’s hair). Sure, it would be nice if someone wanted to throw wheelbarrows full of money in my direction so that I’d keep on blogging, but the odds of that happening are even lower than the odds of my winning the Powerball lottery. And yet, I still buy a pick-six ticket twice a week.
3. What do you do in the blog world that makes you feel the most proud?
I am especially proud when I go back and read some of my older posts and see that I don’t have any typos, misspellings, or grammar and/or punctuation errors.
4. What makes you follow a blog?
I enjoy following bloggers who consistently post informative, entertaining, witty, well-reasoned, well-written, and provocative posts. I also enjoy creative and imaginative flash fiction posts.
5. Do you regard the people you meet online as real (not-virtual) friends?
This is a most interesting question. I blog anonymously. I have no interest whatsoever in meeting other bloggers face-to-face in the real world. On the other hand, behind every blog is a real person. When you read what others are saying, thinking, feeling, and doing on a regular basis, and when you interact through comments, it’s nearly impossible not to forge some kind of bond. While I would be unlikely to invite the people I meet online over to my house for drinks and dinner, I do enjoy and cherish the community of bloggers I have met here. However, unlike non-virtual friends, bloggers sometime just stop blogging. They suddenly disappear and when that happens, I find that I miss them and their absence saddens me. I’m not sure if this answers Marilyn’s question, but I’d like to think that there’s something very real going on here.