Before I go into my post today, I wanted to take a second to hype up what I feel to be a very important post by one of my brothers in blogger arms, Mikey Miller of Who Do I Have to F&$k to Get Laid. He recently interviewed Jeanne White-Ginder, the mother of Ryan White, the young boy who contracted HIV via a blood transfusion treatment he received for hemophilia back in the early 1980s. Ryan died in 1990, but his mother is still very much involved in HIV/AIDS advocacy.
Mikey's interview is posted on his site in its entirety.
Please take a moment to go check it out. It's an incredible interview.
Speaking of interviews, what follows is part of an ongoing interview series begun by Kelly and thrown my way by Belinda as part of the BlogHer 2006 Conference. I may be doing it wrong as it seems as though they each interviewed someone else, but I wasn't sure who I'd want to interview or who, in their right mind, would want to interview me. So I'm answering the standard questions myself. If it makes you feel better, pretend that Belinda is interviewing me and the answers are posted on my site instead of hers. Here goes...
1. When did you start blogging and why? Or talk about your blog. What can I learn about you in under five minutes?
Using blogware (in my case, Typepad), I've been blogging since June of last year. However, using whatever means were at my disposal (read: "static HTML"), I've been posting online blog-like entries since early 1998. Yep, more than eight years. That's a long time.
Five minutes may be more time than you really want to spend with me. Trust me on that one. Well, if you decide to stick around the full five minutes, you'll learn that I am a movie, TV, and book nut; I have several regular readers whose friendship I cherish greatly; and I love my wife almost too much for it to be truly healthy. I'd like to think that's what you'd walk away with.
2. How do you use blogging to build friendships?
I read my favorite blogs and learn about people and comment on their sites and hope that they reply if it necessitates one. I also use my favorite blogs to find other new people and wind up on their sites and learn about them. It's the ultimate social network.
3. Who do you read every day, rain or shine?
I'm hoping rain never becomes a factor in my reading. My bloglines subscription is about 87 strong, but this also includes a few news sites and Flickr feeds so I know who has added new photos. I have many that I read on a regular basis including Dave, Karl, SJ (both sites), Johnny, Neil, Dustin, Sandra, Sizzle, Jax, Jacynth, Kim, Mikey, Pauly, Alissa, Carly, Chanakin, DGM, Dagny, RW, Hyperion, Brandon, Eve, Gary, Bec, Sheryl, Elaine, Jill 1, Jill 2, Tracy, Kelly, Ryan, Belinda, Nicole 1, Nicole 2, Nat, Jackie, BA, Sass, Jenny, Hilly, Claire, MM, Rabbit, Dariush, Bre, Lynne, ChickyBabe, Suze, Anomie-Atlanta, and Shane. Then there are also Jack and Xtine, if they'll return from their self-imposed hiatuses. And, I suppose Chase as well (heh heh). You'll notice I'm being much more thorough this time around than the last time this sort of question came up.
That's a lotta damn links. God I hope I remembered everyone. If not, please don't be offended.
While I may not necessarily be on their sites every day, I do read every post as often as they post 'em. There are a few others that I've only recently discovered via some blog affiliations and I'm currently getting to know them as well.
4. Why did you choose to share that piece of yourself in a photograph?
My head? Seemed like a no brainer. Wait, that doesn't sound right.
5. How would you describe your writing style?
I don't know that I really have a definable writing style. I type as my brain thinks it up.
6. If you could spend time with one person (other than your spouse,
because really, let’s not rack up the suck up points here), who would
that person be?
Can the person be deceased? If so, Jim Henson. Sheer genius. And one I've admired since I was a child.
7. What don’t you write about? Anything considered a no-no in your book?
Finer details about work. I sometimes talk in broader generalizations. Stuff that won't get me in trouble. But if it were details or damning things, I'd avoid posting about it. I also don't post about things that might embarrass people I care about unless I'm given permission to post it.
8. How do you feel about meeting bloggers in real life? Are you
nervous? Will you have great expectations? What do you hope to take
away from the BlogHer experience?
I have no problem meeting bloggers. I've met a few already and enjoyed it immensely even though those experiences always seem to be far too shortlived. Um, BlogHer? I'm not going to be there. Sorry.
9. So soon we’re going to meet each other at BlogHer. Important question. How do you party?
I party with liquor and lots of talking. But I won't be at BlogHer to showcase these talents.
10. What is your favorite thing that you wrote? What got a strong reaction from readers? Links please?
The easiest part of this question is the "strong reaction from readers" bit and the answer is quite obvious. The Grassroots Blogger Book Marketing Campaign I created to pump up Paul Davidson's book The Lost Blogs. It was how I met quite a large number of the people who are probably reading this right now. While I'm not sure that I would call it my favorite thing that I wrote, it is certainly one of my most proud achievements. Favorite written piece? I guess I have a few: "I just made you say underwear..." as well as "I'm alive, oh oh, so alive..." and "Voulez vous coucher avec moi? C'est soi..."
11. Have you written anything controversial?
If you mean in a politically charged-up, raging-bull, pissed-off sense of it all, then probably nothing. However, people do have strong beliefs when it comes to hot dogs. I found that one out. Although I'd love to have RW's input on this particular post since it went up before we discovered each other. Heh.
12. Are you and your blogging persona the same person?
We're pretty damned similar. However, I tend to think that I'm a bit more outgoing in my blog persona than I am in real life. But some people that have met me may argue that one.
13. Have you ever anonymously posted on a site to flame them?
Hell no. If I'm saying it, I'm standing behind it. Even on message board sites where I post under weird names, I make at least some of my personal data readily available so I can still be called to task on what I say.
14. If you had a super power, what would it be?
I had always thought it would be flight, but I'm not so sure anymore. I always dug Spider-Man's webslinging, but that is pretty dependent on having a tall enough structure nearby onto which to sling my webs. And it leaves behind some nasty looking residue (are Spidey's webs biodegradable?). I have always dreamed of having the ability to leap great distances. The sort of thing where you start off with small hops and they gradually increase to longer and longer jumps. I never really imagined anyone else having envisioned this until I saw Ang Lee's The Hulk a couple years ago. In it, the Hulk (Eric Bana) got around doing the exact same thing I had always dreamed of. That's when I realized that is what I'd like as opposed to flight, minus the green skin. You kinda saw Clark Kent doing it in the flashback sequences of Superman Returns as well on the Kent farm. That would be my superpower... the ultimate triple jumper.