Is this love that I'm feelin'...
I'll be brave for you...

Tell me more, tell me more...

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?
Blogme 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.

Technoratifwdt 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.

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Eve

Well you are definitely on my daily route, as evidenced by this comment being left at 8:24 AM EST while I really should be on my way to work. Thanks for the link looooooovvvvvvve.

BA

Thanks for the link and shout-out big guy.

As should be plainly evident, you're on my regular visit list as well.

Mocha

Ditto what Eve said. But it's CST here. You know that.

You expressed the "triple jumper" quite well and even sold the idea to me. I had never really thought about that, but it makes travel so much faster and far more fun to do.

Spidey's webs are, in fact, biodegradable. When he's slinging all over the city you never see the residue, do you? See. It's all gone. How nice and neat of him. I like a superhero who doesn't leave a mess in his wake. That's very important to me.

Good stuff, Kevin! I'm off to read about hot dogs now. Thanks for playing!

Chase

*snort*

That's RIGHT you better add me in there. Hahahahhaha!

Dustin

Sweet, a link! My Technorati rank is gaining speed. I'll break that 100,000 mark any day now...

/wishful thinking

Dagny

There had to be the question about a super power. Now I'm going to spend the day at work debating the pros and cons of various powers.

Kevin

Eve, you really are stalking me, aren't you?

BA, no problem, man!

Mocha, doesn't it sound like it'd be fun to jump like that? Yeah, may not help when you want to cross the ocean, but if you can land on the occasional ship or island, you should be set. Just have to be a bit more careful. Good point on the webbing.

Chase, you're a snort laugher, aren't you?

Dustin, hey, if I can break it, so can you!

Dagny, the lengths we'll go to for worktime distraction. I posted about the pros and cons of superpowers some time ago. Let's see... ah yes, here it be... I can't stand to fly.

sandra

In more than five minutes spent on your blog, I walked away with the impressions you listed -- so in my eyes, at the very least, you're spot-on.

ms. sizzle

i'm with sandra. that's the impression i get as well. plus, you are super smart and very funny!

Hilly

*squeeeee*

I would like to thank the academy of blogging that made this all possible. Seriously, I had no idea I was on your list, so thank you.

BTW, I started the switch over to TypePad and so far it is going VERY smoothly; the host I use actually helps you with it a ton so once I get it up and perfect, I will let you know what is what. Hell, hosting for 6.95 a month is cheaper than the 14.95 I pay now for TypePad!

suze

you are definately one of my daily (or every-other-daily lately, which is the best I can manage for anyone right now) reads. The grassroots blogger campaign for Pauly D was probably my favourite way to discover new bloggers ever. Thanks yet again for organizing that :)

Kevin

Sandra and Sizzle, either I truly am that way or just quite adept at pulling the wool over my readers' eyes. Hmmm...

Hilly, you mean your switch to WordPress, right? Does it have a Web-based interface as well or do you need to use a computer that has the software installed? Yep, you're on my list.

Suze, hey, no problem. It was a blast.

Hilly

Don't ever let me comment without coffee again ;). Yes, I meant Word Press, geeeeesh. It has a web based interface if you use BlueHost as your hosting acoount!

Kevin

But only BlueHost? I'm assuming you would log in and just have it so you can use any computer in the world to blog from? What about importing your TypePad posts (I haven't checked back to your blog to see if you replied or not)?

SJ

Kevin, how do you have TIME to read that many blogs? What with working full-time, and the gym, you must be up all night just reading blogs. ;>) Thanks for including my sites in your regulars.

WordPress does have a web-based interface. It doesn't require anything installed on your computer; everything installs into your website root directory. As you know, I'm with Globat (not BlueHost), and it was a simple one-click install for me. Now, setting up my blog was a bit more complicated! But I learned as I went, and I LOVE it now.

Oh, and yes, you can import from another blog (like Typepad).

SJ

Oops, looks like I messed up my end-italic coding after "my blog." Damn.

Bre

The term "blogger persona" always kind of freaks me out... largely because I picture some alter-ego blogging as a completely different person. I'm glad you're not an alter-ego!

Kevin

SJ, I will certainly be referring to both you and Hilly when time comes to do this. Should I opt for it. I'm waiting to get some further word about how it all works out for her since she was also a Typepad user. Wanna see how the conversion will be since we're both coming from the same roots. It would certainly be a monetary savings. I would no longer have to pay both Typepad and Yahoo (my old site) and it looks like I can transfer my domain registration from Yahoo over to BlueHost and it will be a free domain registration. My monthly bill would be less than 1/3 what it is now. It's sounding better and better all the time.

Any personal issues with WordPress I should know about?

Oh, and I fixed the code tag. Silly girl. Forgetting her front slashes.

Bre, it's my Mr. Hyde. Muahahahahahhahahahahahahaha!

Karl

You forgot to mention that you wear a pink tutu when you blog or go to the grocery store. That's part of your blogging persona, too.

claire

I made your frequent fix list. Cool. You're definitely one of mine too!

Belinda

Bravo! You have earned a plate of fried green tomatoes and a chilled glass of fresh Sparkling Lemonade. Visit to redeem.

And I was served one of those hot dogs for the first time at Mrs. Levy's Delicatessen, in Chicago. Because, you know, it was "Chicago style," and I wanted an authentic experience. So I did what any reasonable person would do: I took a picture of myself *pretending* to eat the monster, then put it down and removed superfluous ingredients until it was a manageable food item, then consumed.

I was glad that my "Chicago style" pizza experience was much happier.

Sheryl

Oh, Kevin, you just made my heart go pitter-patter! You're the first person ever to list me as a "daily read." I'm flattered and honored, since I have been reading you for much longer than I've been blogging myself.

RW

You stop by daily? That is very cool. That makes eight! Woo Hoo! :-)

ChickyBabe

Thank you for the linky on the daily reads :). I agree with you on the statement of the ultimate social network.

Kevin

Karl, you saw that picture??? I thought I set that to "private" on Flickr!!!

Claire, you're one of my longtime mainstays. How did we find each other?

Belinda, I'd be afraid that's what I would do with the hot dog. I've never had a fried green tomato. But I certainly love fresh lemonade!

Sheryl, yeah I do read you daily. Well, of course the "daily" status of my reading of anybody is dependent on daily posting, but you catch my drift.

RW, yep. Sorry I don't always comment, but I do read. And no comments on the hot dog post? Wow.

CB, no problem. I think the socializing is what I love most about this whole wicked web known as blogging.

Sheryl

Well, I've only missed posting one day so far. That was 'cause the connection in our room was so unreliable, I had to start over twice and then gave up. As my daughter pointed out, nothing should be that difficult when you're on vacation!

Kevin

Sounds like a reasonable excuse. Nothing about vacation ever winds up being easy. I've discovered that the hard way.

Jill

What ChickyBabe said. Only a few days late.

My blogging, reading, and commenting of a hopefully insightful nature will pick up again once this play is done, I promise!

Kevin

Jill, we look forward to your return. How is the play coming overall?

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