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Here's the first of the standard questions. Why do you blog?
I say in my sidebar that I blog because my cat does not listen to me anymore. There may be some truth to that. I find as I slowly get older that I am talking to myself more and more but have fewer people around to answer my questions or tell me to shut up. I had all manner of conversations going on in my head while I was working the night shift, and blogging seemed a good way to get them out of my head. Then I found several photoblogs that took my breath away and inspired me to take more pictures. Eventually I needed somewhere to put the best ones, so I started SightLines.
What's the story behind your blog name?
Violet Sky evolved from trying to find something that included a colour in the name and wasn’t already taken. Most of my blog posts came to me while I was working nights, where I am always looking at the sky to check on the weather. I used to work until dawn, so I was able to see the changes in the sky while it was waking up. When this name popped into my head, I thought it sounded almost poetic without being too cutesy. Later, I needed a place to put all my photos of the sky waking up. SightLines took a little longer to come up with, and when it came to me it seemed so obvious that I was surprised it was still available. Just as sightlines are important for the stage in theatre, so is it important for the staging of a photograph through a lens.
What is the best thing about being a blogger?
I have found inspiration and encouragement in subtle ways from my blogfriends and discovered a community of people who are so supportive, who may or may not even have that much in common, except for a shared sense of humour, or craft and, of course, a liking of each other..
What key advice would you give to a newbie blogger?
Comments are an important part of blogging. Most of my blogroll and favourite blogs were found through the comments section. So if you want new readers leave pithy comments on blog posts you like and respond to comments left on your posts. And really, ask yourself why you think you need comment moderation (and word verification).
Don’t be afraid to ask questions of other bloggers. If you see a feature on their blog that you like, ask how they did it. Bloggers are extraordinarily generous with sharing information. Not so much with photos and posts though – so always ask first and give credit, or better yet, a link to their blog.
What is the most significant blog post you've ever read?
I can’t think of one specific post, but almost anything that XUP writes can leave me choking with laughter or leaving me with new insights to the insanity of life.
What is the most significant blog post you've ever written?
I must admit, I don't really think of my blog posts as 'significant'. They are mostly for fun, like this one.
Though, perhaps this one could be considered my most significant as it led to a wonderful weekend meeting up with two other bloggers. The most significant post, in terms of google searches, is by far this one. And as for the sky waking up photos, this one is my favourite (so far).
If you were to suggest two blogs for roasting who would you pick, and why?
Punkin's Patch who has introduced me to a whole new world with adorable sheep.
Pinklea who has an ability to poke fun at herself, something I still aspire to.
And may I add a third? Windy Skies. Anil found me somehow and when I checked out his blog, I spent a whole weekend reading through all his posts back to the beginning. He doesn’t post often, but he is a superb storyteller who draws you in to the street life in India.
Pick three things you can't live without (no you cannot have ice cubes to cool you down)
I am assuming you are not looking for tangible things like family, friends, food,
Or ethereal things like humour, music, love.
If we were to make a movie about blogland, what would it be and who would you cast in the leading roles?
This one had me stumped as to how you could make a movie of blogging. But then I started thinking about how I have a worldwide tour in my head planned that involves visiting several blogfriends. There have been stuffed animals like bears and elephants that make the rounds of bloggers and even Olga the Travelling Bra (who sadly has gone AWOL). I see something along those lines with a cute object being sent to various out [blog[ posts and losing all control over her life while having amusing and enlightening adventures with anyone willing to take responsibility…
If you were an ice cream cone, which flavour would you prefer and who would you most want to lick you?
Pralines and cream and it would be in a waffle cone
Describe in one sentence your perfect day
A warm day by a lake with a boat nearby and trees overhead for shade and a friend or two sitting with me on a dock and several good books beside a cooler filled with liquids and snacks and a duck or two swimming along the shore for amusement.
If you were a fictional writer which one would you be and why?
Ruth Rendell or PD James because I love British mysteries and the idea of delving into the psychology of a crime is far more intriguing than the CSI forensic stuff.
And finally if you have answered all these silly questions I invite you to ask me one in return
How do you plan to amuse yourself during your upcoming recuperation?
I am pleased to say I have my total hip replacement operation out of the way and the wonder of it is that I have instant and significant pain relief. The pain from surgery is nothing compared the arthritis beforehand. I am already amusing myself because I am fairly mobile after just 3 weeks post op. So far I have walked half a mile using two walking sticks but I was slightly taken aback when an old lady with a walking stick overtook me LOL. I am keen to get back to normal life as soon as possible. No doubt Mrs Bluelights will find some household chores for me soon.
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