Five Questions

B9EA338B-FCE7-46B9-B463-B26ECE73F00BSo 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. 

12 thoughts on “Five Questions

  1. raynotbradbury March 21, 2018 / 6:12 am

    Interesting…did u ever lie at ur blog? Or u don’t need to do that bcz u r blogging anonymously? 🙂

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong March 21, 2018 / 9:05 am

    I get very sad when someone just disappears without a word. I understand people get tired, or get involved with other things … but when they just vanish and are not (to the best of my knowledge) aren’t actually dead, I wonder why they couldn’t at least write a simple “goodbye, friend of my virtual world.” I would be delighted to meet some of the people I share time with on the internet, but it’s difficult. Distance is harder to manage than when we were younger and I have really come to hate airlines and airports and everything entailed by flying. There used to be at least a “hint” of luxury to it, but now, it’s just a grim grind of surviving airport to airport. Where are TRAINS when we really need them?

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    • Fandango March 21, 2018 / 11:01 am

      I haven’t set foot in an airport or on an airplane since I retired, and I couldn’t be more happy about that.


  3. Marilyn Armstrong March 21, 2018 / 9:06 am

    Speaking of lying, I don’t lie, but I do omit. Sometimes, I omit a LOT.


    • Fandango March 21, 2018 / 10:58 am

      Sometimes it’s best to leave some things unsaid.


    • Fandango March 21, 2018 / 11:06 am

      You already disappeared once. But then you resurrected yourself in the second coming of Sight.


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