Today in My History
Some Great Dames
2001: Prison vs. Freedom
2002: I Never Saw Another Butterfly
2003: 10 Shy of 100
2004: Nuts and Chocolate
2005: What Happens when its All Gone?
2006: White Knuckle Terror
2008: Such a Wonderful Full Life
2009: The Organizer
2010: Meet Shallon
2011: "How Are
2012: Almost 93
Mystery is Solved
The Ladies Foursome
Books Read in 2014
"The Last Man"
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1 September, 2014
What kind of blog do you have?
That's a difficult question to answer...or rather it's a lengthy answer. There
is Funny the World, which is hosted by Yahoo and
then Airy Persiflage, a mirror blog for
people who want to subscribe. Both are just my daily journal, my life, comments on
current events, and whatever is in my mind that day (including Sunday Stealing). Then
there is Bitter Hack, which is where I
post my theater reviews after they have appeared in the newspaper. There is also My Compassion Kids, where I print letters I
have received from the children I sponsor through Compassion, Int'l. And I also have
Journey Through Dementia, which records the
ups and downs of my mother's dementia. That's mosty excerpts from Funny the World,
for family who don't want to read my journal but who want to know what's going on with my
mother. I have had others through the years, like one for my 70th year, one when I was
writing a haiku a day, a letter blog when I was recording everything I sent and received,
and a bunch of others, but those five are the current active ones.
How many posts do you have?
Funny the World has been written almost daily since March of 2000 and this entry will
How many blogs do you follow?
It depends. I have a lot on Feedly that I check almost daily, and some that
don't have a feed that I check when I remember to do so. Probably several dozen that
I check on a regular basis, more that I check intermittently. On Sunday, I try to check as
many entries there as I can.
How many followers do you have?
Something like 35 on Blogspot and 300-400 on Funny the World, but I almost never
check stats. It could be much lower (or much higher) than that now. Funny the
World tends to go a lot higher when I am blogging a cruise and it went through the roof
when I was blogging my dieting and exercise efforts.
How often do you change your theme?
I don't really have a "theme" per se.
How often do you change your icon?
I change the look of Funny the World on the first of every month, meaning there is a
new background and a new masthead. Once I design something on Blogger, I don't
Do you have any favorite blogs?
Several. I have been following Fighting
Monsters with Rubber Swords, Rob Rummel-Hudson's story of his life with his now-13
year old wordless daughter, ever since his wife was pregnant with her. I've been reading
Mary's Red Nose for years and we even
met once. I love my friend Sian's Life on a Small
Island, though I don't seem to be part of her blog roll. Mary's Z's World is very short, but it's nice to keep
up with her life. Kari Peterson is a friend here in Davis and writes a great blog. Can I Drink the Water? is a wonderful
travel blog, but she only writes when she and her husband are traveling, so often there is
nothing for long stretches of time, but her photos and descriptions are fabulous. 100+
year old Bill Baker, who lives in California and his friend Wilma, from Canada, are having
difficulties finding a
good new blogging platform, but when they publish, the blog is always full of fun
anectdotes. And Because of Shamin is my
now-favorite blog for things pertaining to sponsored children through Compassion, Int'l
Do you ever send anonymous messages to other people?
Never. Anonymous posters (usually dive-bombers who are there to make trouble)
are cowards. Some anonymous posters are OK.
Do you ever get anon hate?
Rarely, and then only on something I've said in a theater review.
Have you made any friends through your blog?
Oh my word yes. My friend Steve Schalchlin's Living in the Bonus Round is, historically,
the fifth journal ever published on the internet. It was because of him
that I started my own journal and his friendship made me realize how rich internet
friendships could be. I am fortunate that I have made too many friends to count as a
result of this blog. Some have stuck around and remained friends, some have faded
away, and some have died (I still miss Jim Lawrence of Jim's Journal, who died last year and who also was
a blogging pioneer), but my internet blogging friendships are very valuable to me.
Whats your favorite thing about blogging?
I love the discipline of it. I started this journal to see if I could produce
an 850 word column on a daily basis, like my heroine, Erma Bombeck. I discovered I'm
no Erma, but since I blog daily, unless I can't get internet access, I think have have
proven that I can write a daily column, if anybody ever wants to hire me!! I think
my writing has improved over the years, and I really do love borrowing small pieces of
others' lives, through their own blogs.
Whats your least favorite thing about blogging?
The nights when I sit down to a blank screen an writers block. It's always nice
when those nights fall on nights when there is a Sunday Stealing to answer!