Our 'aim' would be severely compromised if we had to do more than one thing at once - unless we sit down of course LOL!! Ah that's why you ladies always sit down so you can multi-task.
This week’s interview is with TechnoBabe, the author behind the little hippie blog called TechnoBabe’s Adventures.
Here’s the first of the standard questions. Why do you blog?
When I began blogging in Sept 2006 I was working on my codependency in a twelve step program and was envisioning blogging as another tool toward a healthy life. My goal was to write in an anonymous manner but to have a venue to write about real life situations. At the same time, I found that I wanted a chance to write some posts about humorous stories as well as some painful stories from my childhood. I still blog anonymously and I continue to gain satisfaction from writing about a variety of subjects and pushing myself to write more effectively. Blogging has a place in my life; it enhances it but it doesn’t take the place of my real life. More, it is an addition to the rest of my life. For me, blogging is fun and as long as it is enjoyable and interesting, I will be blogging from my rocking chair wearing Depends!
What’s the story behind your blog name?
I wrote a post recently in March 1010 titled Where Did I Get The Name TechnoBabe that explains my then boyfriend, who became my husband, encouraged me in a transition from Windows to a new iMac computer by saying things like “Way to go, TechnoBabe”. So when I was deciding on a blog name, boyfriend suggested TechnoBabe and I added Adventures because I feel like I have had an amazing amount of adventures in my life so far and am still blessed to be traveling through life learning and being surprised all the time.
What is the best thing about being a blogger?
Being in the position to witness and share the amazing amount of talent in the blogsophere. Blogging is nothing like reading magazines or watching television. It is ten times more interesting and rewarding than talking on the phone or texting friends. It is possible to read and in some ways participate in discussions of great importance in a blog post that most likely would not be introduced in any other venue. Opening up ones heart in a blog post is made possible by the genuine interest and encouraging comments left by other bloggers. New interests and bits of information are in each blog. There is truly something for everyone in the blogosphere.
What key advice would you give to a newbie blogger?Decide if you should be anonymous or not. Think things through before you put your first post out there for the entire world to see. Own what you say and do in your blog. Be prepared for some people to dislike your blog just as in real life not everyone is attracted to everyone. Sluff off the negative things and make it a goal to write each post to reflect the real you.
What is the most significant blog post you’ve ever read?
One that surprised me and I related to strongly was a post titled The Big Lie on the blog Professor B. Worm. The honesty of a childhood remembered was like finding another brother. Until I read that post I had no idea this particular blogger was capable of such depth. That post was one that helped me with some healing and the blogger never knew how much his post helped me personally.
Additionally, a post titled Living With Lewis on the blog Guilty With An Explanation opened my mind and heart to the daily pain of someone living with a loved one going through changes due to Alzheimer’s Dementia. This post was written in December 2009 a couple days after Christmas.
What is the most significant blog post you have ever written?
It is actually one I just wrote and have decided to save for Fathers Day. It is a post I will one day be proud to have written. For now, the post that has the most meaning for me was a post on 4/11/10 called Wizard of Aahs and Oohs about my husband’s CD finally being ready and up for sale. It was a culmination of hard work for both of us and we have high hopes that many people will like his music and buy the CD.
(And may I say for all of us to your hubby, "We wish you well with your CD.)
If you were to suggest two blogs for roasting, who would you pick, and why?
Beth, at Be Yourself...Everyone Else Is Taken has more than one blog and her photography has a style of her own. The photography would be enough to draw people there, but the writing and the occasional surprise ideas she comes up with are a bonus.
Each post that Kathy, at Grace Was Calling And I Didn't Pick Up writes is inspiring to me and I think to many others as well. Her adventures in the program of Al-Anon are written with thoughtfulness and dignity.
(I'll contact them and thank you for your suggestions.)
That concluded the formal aspect of the interview but it would be nice to know you better while you are slowly turning on the roasting spit. So while you are screaming in agony above the open fire here are a few more questions for you.
Pick three things you can’t live without (no you cannot have ice cubes to cool you down).
Music, Books, Honesty
(I really do wish there was a lot more honesty in the world - great you have included it.)
If we were to make a movie about blogland, what would it be and who would you cast in the leading roles?
It would be a musical about a librarian (Jinksy) and her assistant (Enchanted Oak) who find a man (Otin of Wizard of Otin) living at the library. He is in love with Blueviolet and they don’t have any place to get married. So the librarian (Jinksy) and her assistant (Enchanted Oak) arrange for a wedding between the stacks. The minister (Eddie Bluelights) and the musicians (Suldog and TechnoBabe’s hubby) arrive on time. The Maid of Honor (Stacy, of Stacy’s Random Thoughts) and the Bridesmaid (Willow, of Life at Willow Manor) help the bride (Blueviolet) get dressed for the wedding. The Best Man (Syd, of I’m just F.I.N.E.--Recovery in Al-Anon) and the usher (Joey, of Joey’s Pad) get the bloggers settled while the musicians (Suldog and TechnoBabe’s hubby) play dreamy wedding music. The photographer (Life With Kaishon) has been busy snapping sexy pictures of the bride (Blueviolet) preparing to wed this day. When the minister (Eddie Bluelights) signals, the wedding begins. The wedding party and the blogger guests party into the night.
Would you want me to deliver a sermon? "Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today . . . " Oh dear I have been distracted by the lovely Blueviolet.)
And finally, if you have answered all these questions I invite you to ask me one in return - it’s the least I can do. OK fire away!
Eddie, do you get much time to visit lots of different blogs like I do and get to know bloggers that way, besides your job as roast host?
(No I do not visit blogs nearly as frequently as I would like. Alas time does not permit but I would love to be able to visit and comment more. I am very busy outside blogland at present and bloggers will know I have had surgery for a total hip replacement which required a couple of months convalescing. My roast hosting takes a fair chunk of time with all the organising required, but I love doing it and I get to meet some super people,)
Once again thank you for your interview and it certainly was fun.
Today's Sunday Roast with TechnoBabe is the 118th in a weekly series
of interviews with bloggers from around the world.
This interview will feature in The Roll of Honour for all published Roasts.
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Next week's roast is Alyson. Don't forget to tune in.