28 November, 2011
There was no Sunday Stealing last week
because the guy who posts the questions was having surgery. But he's back, so here
is this week's Sunday Stealing
1. Why did you sign up for writing your blog?
My friend Steve Schalchlin had been
keeping a blog since 1996. It started as a way to keep his friends and family up to
date on his health. I figured if Steve could write a blog, so could I.
I also wanted to see if I was capable of writing an Erma Bombeck-length column
every day, in case everybody ever asked me to do it. Twelve years and 4,263 entries
later, I think I answered that last question, but I'm still waiting to be asked!
2. Why did you choose your blog's name? What does it mean?
Well there are two blogs with 2 different names, both with the same content. Funny
the World is the title of a Lawsuit song (the lyrics of which are on the index page
for this journal). The mirror blog on Blogger is called Airy Persiflage and the title is
from a quote from The Mikado, where KoKo asks, "Is this a time for airy
persiflage?" (meaning frivolous banter).
3. Have you ever had another blog?
Lots. Right now there is The Pen Pal
Project, My Compassion Kids, and Bitter Hack. In the past there was
one for all of my post-crossing postcards (got to be a pain to keep up), one for weight
loss attempts (obviously I'm not keeping that any more) and one for videos, which I ended
when I started embedding them here instead. There were others too, now all dead.
4. What do you do online when you're not on your blog?
Check other blogs, write and read e-mail, spend time on Facebook, play Lexulous,
research things I'm writing about or just interested in, write theater reviews, check
sales on Amazon and Audible.com, check Pinterest
follow current events, read some columnists I like (like the San Francisco Chronicle's
5. How about when you're not on the computer?
Read, watch TV, mess in the kitchen (operative word being "mess," though
the end result would be called a "meal"), cuddle with the dog while napping, and
when I get really wild and crazy, clean house. Fortunately that doesn't happen very
often, or I would have no blog material!
6. What do you wish people who read your blog knew about you?
That I'm not as open and gregarious in person as I appear in print
7. What is your favorite community in the blogosphere?
Don't have one. I've tried BlogHer many, many times and just can't find my niche
8. What is your philosophy on your blog layout?
No philosophy whatsoever. It just works for me.
9. Tell me about your picture you use to represent you on your blog.
The camera is because I like taking photos and videos, and the smiley in the screen
changes each month, trying to represent something about that month, whether everyone
"gets it" or not. This month's is pretty unambiguous!
10. Pick 3 random blogs from your blogroll and tell us about them.
Jim's Journal. Jim has been
at this longer than I have. He's from Rhode Island and writes interesting stuff
about his travels around the state, and his physical activities (he and his daughter are
big runners, for example) and posts cute pictures of his grandchildren.
Life on a Small Island. My friend
Sian lives on Graemsay, a small island in Orkney (Scotland). She writes about island
life, her cat Button, and a side of life that many are unlikely to experience. Oh.
And she lives next door to a lighthouse. Her photos of the island, her
chickens and flowers, seals lounging on the beach, sunsets, and island activities are
Life of Wry. I include my friend
Kari's blog because she is looking for new readers. She lives in Davis, writes
beautifully and takes great photos. She posts a photo a day.
There are LOTS of other bloggers from which to choose and it was difficult to only
choose 3. I completely left out the 40 blogs written by letter-writers (fortunately
most of those don't update very often), the 19 blogs written by Compassion sponsors, and
lots of blogs I have been reading for 10 years or more.
11. What features do you think your blog should have that it doesn't currently?
I would like to be more entertaining so I would have a larger following. Those
Mommy Bloggers have hundreds of comments in their guest books and sometimes that makes me
jealous, especially when I have written something relevant that I would love to have
comments about and am lucky to get only one or two. Maybe I should get pregnant again...
12. What do you consider the 10 most "telling" interests that we
would infer from what you blog persona?
1. I love my family
2. I like dogs
3. I go to a lot of theater
4. I like reading
5. My mother is my best friend
6. I am no fashion plate
7. I have a crazy friend named Char
8. I eat too much
9. I am a TV addict
10. Martha Stewart I ain't.
13. Do you have any unique interests that you have never shared before? What
I don't think so. I think that over the past 12 years I have pretty much
covered just about everything.
14. The best thing about blogging is all of the friends that you make, Aside
from those folks, do you think your blog has fans?
I know it does because occasionally I get notes from someone who will say they have
been reading my blog for a long time but have never written before.
15. What's your current obsession? What about it captures your imagination?
Bonding with the Compassion-sponsored kids and writing snail mail. It should be
pretty clear why I am obsessed with bonding with the kids, since I really want to get to
know them, as much as possible. As for snail mail, I'm sure it's a passing fancy
which will pass again in a few years, but I used to love writing snail mail and I was
tired of getting only junk mail in the mailbox. Now that I have a lot of pen pals,
it's more interesting getting the mail each day! (Walt will also tell you that I'm
obsessed with reruns of NCIS and Criminal Minds!)
16. What are you glad you did but haven't really had a chance to post about?
Nothing comes to mind at the moment.
17. How many people that first became a blog friend, have you met face to face?
Steve Schalchlin and Mary Wise (my
ex-clown friend!). However, there are several people whom I first met on line, then
met face to face, and then later they started blogs. Lots of those.
18. What don't you talk about here, either because it's too personal or because
you don't have the energy?
There are (believe it or not) family issues that I don't bring up as much as I used
to. I learned my lesson on that. I'm always trying to edit myself so as not to
hurt or anger someone in the family. (The exception being my mother, since I know
she will never read it and whenever I'm concerned about her, it definitely helps to get
feedback from the community of people who read this journal.) I'm not always
successful, but this is my goal.
19. What's a question that you'd love to answer?
Is there life after death? Because the older I get the more important that
question becomes and the more I hope for a reunion with the growing number of loved ones
20. Have you ever lost a blogging friendship and regretted it?
There are some bloggers I used to follow when I first started reading this one -- Al
Schroeder, who wrote about his autistic child and drew cartoons, for example. I know
there were lots more, but I can't remember them now. I often wonder whatever
happened to them. I also regret losing Laura Morefield, who wrote wonderful blog entries,
but, sadly, died this year.
21. Have you ever lost a blogging friendship and thought, "Was that
Overdue? No, I don't think so. I have lost blogging friendships when we
both seemed to decide it was time.