It’s been a bit since I put a thingy on the whatsit, so I fall to the usual form of blog media: the meme shared topic fodder post. I don’t mean that to undermine the weight of the average meme shared topic post, but I’ll be honest, I use them to churn out buttery filler. They’re like baskets of free bread sticks that hide just how small your plate of pasta really is. So, feeding voraciously from Ophelie’s Thinking back on this blog post, which is in turn, a follow up to K’s pretentious blogging meme, I offer you this survey. I swear I promised I’d stop doing these. But they always go over so well. Do enjoy. Your soup will be out in a few moments.
1. How long have you been blogging? What made you start? Who inspired you?
It’s been a few years now. MBTY is young and innocent, but I’ve done the Internet bloggy thing to audiences of blind crickets for time long forgotten. Why’d I start? I just did. Self importance, maybe, though I’m a quiet and unimposing person, by nature. I just like writing. It doesn’t need a reader, though it helps the process. The knowledge that someone may one day randomly stumble your way gives incentive to write publicly, where it would normally just be in a spiral notebook under the bed. Still, I don’t feel much difference between the two. I always appreciate my readers, but they’re a secondary influence in the cause.
2. About how many hours a week would you estimate you spend on your blog?
A few. I dunno. The average post never goes over a couple hours, including the rapid refreshing of the stats page in hopes someone will instantly land upon it. (They never do.) I’m an “off the hip” writer, and always will be. I’m told by people that they’re jealous of my ability to write quality nonsense off the cuff, but that’s just how I write. When I put time and effort into posts, they come off forced. Nothing to be done for it. You don’t want forced, do you?
3. What kind of experience or background do you have with writing?
Bloggish sort aside, I’ve always been writing. It goes back as far as 5th grade, where we had to write an essay. Three of us were chosen out of the entire year’s class. Then everyone was gathered into the auditorium and the three of us had to read them aloud. When the traumatizing ordeal was over, they gave us teddy bears. Okay, that wasn’t really my start. In fact, I cuddled up with that bear and avoided all writing that wasn’t mandatory until the 9th grade. Public speaking sucks. But my 9th grade teacher teased back out of me the interest in assorted literature, and I returned to the world of random writing with a few anonymous poems. After that, “it was on”.
4. Talk about how you come up with blog topics. Where do you get your ideas? What or who inspires you? Where and/or how do your brainstorming?
UhruuUuh… Thought enter brain. Brain move fingers. It’s a “creative” process. By “creative” I mean it just sort of happens as mood strikes and can’t be helped when it does. When demanded, my brain produces nothing. When left to its own devices, things come out. I’ve even a few “stories” in the process of writing, and they follow the same lax schedule. It just is what it is.
5. Do you have any blogging rules or guidelines you follow? Is there anything you will not blog about?
It depends on the blog. Here, I try to be civil. As I realize that my few reader lack the boundaries I tend to assume of them they fall away, but it’s probably the nicer of the places I post. As a person with few hangups, I try to respect that which disturbs others. Admittedly, who this imaginary, easily offended person is is any body’s guess, because the people I meet in WoW are anything but sensitive and civil.
6. Do you have any sort of a publishing schedule in terms of day of week or topic? Where do you do your writing?
I write when I play. As of this exact moment, I’m 1.5 bars/bubbles away from level 80 on my Druid, and you’d think I’d be amped to finish it off, but I’m not. Aside from missing the in-game company I’d really like to be chatting with right now, I’m enjoying the 8-bit NES gaming I’m doing. I’ll hit 80 and blog more in a few days. It happens. Don’t rush it. My schedule is mood imposed.
7. How many drafts of potential blog posts do you have right now? In what medium do you draft your posts? How often do you completely scratch or delete drafts or blog post ideas?
There’s half a dozen right now, or so. I have a certain loose and playful style I use when I post here. There’s also a certain “mundane” style I recognize as my sort of “informative voice”. The informative voice is boring and drab and otherwise not fun to read (entirely via my opinion, of course), and so when I catch myself writing mostly in that fashion I’ll scrap the post and leave it as purely “topic salvage” for another day. This post is looking a bit mundane, actually. Best liven it up a bit. Chop chop. Wakey wakey.
8. If you had to leave your blog in your will to another blogger, who would you choose? To ask this in a slightly less morbid way, are there other blogs that you feel are similar to yours in content, style, or voice?
That’s kind of like leaving your dying dog with expensive medical bills to a friend. I’m sure they’d appreciate the incentive, but they’d be worse off for it. My writing is my writing, and if I felt someone else filled the bill so deeply as to absorb it quietly I’d probably have gone off to do something else by now. There will be drinks at the funeral. You’re all invited.
9. Has anything surprised you since you started blogging?
My monitor caught on fire once. No joke. Sparks, smoke, etc. This shortly after my previous CPU melted to the motherboard. Straight up melted. That was a weird computer. I was just trying to play Leisure Suit Larry 1. You can so pee on the homeless guy. Hehe. Digital karma is a b****.
10. What are your goals or plans for your blog going forward? Any specific goals or plans for your blog in 2010?
Yur lookin’ at it. Who knows, maybe I’ll have “useful” information, come the turn of the year and turn of the 80, but I’m not holding my breath. If you’ve put up with me this long I don’t have to change a thing, and if you’re gone, well, pike off and good riddance. Those people won’t be invited to the drinkin’ funeral.