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Saturday 29 May 2010

The Sunday Roast

TechnoBabe Can Multi-Task: She Can Type, Laugh, And Pee At The Same Time

You have a distinct advantage over us menfolk.
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.

Thank you for the interview and . . . .

A warm welcome to you and your followers

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.
To view press

Next week's roast is Alyson. Don't forget to tune in.


  1. I have seen the name, Technobabe dotted all over the place in comments boxes, so obviously a popular gal.
    Enjoyed the interview and thought that the answers were very good.
    Glad that you are finding blogging so therapeutic Technobabe...... and that you have a Mac! A very good choice!
    Thanks for allowing us to see the person under the name, Eddie.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  2. nice roast techno...and chuckled at otin and bluviolet reference...techno is a must hit on my blog tour i can think of few others more deserving...

  3. Great roast Eddie! Technobabe is one of my favorite bloggers. I always enjoy my visit with her!
    Hugs and Thanks

  4. Absolutely Fabulous Tecnobabe - great to learn more about you :0)

  5. Great Roast, Eddie!!! TechnoBabe is terrific! She is witty, authentic, and courageously honest! She is always a favorite with me...I love reading whatever she posts.

    And once again, you have proven yourself the host extraordinaire! You always add that little extra something that makes each interview unique and compelling! Thank you for this wonderful gift you give each and every week!

    I lift my glass to toast the Sunday Roast! You and TechnoBabe are gems!

    Hugs, Janine

  6. Very much enjoyed reading this interview. Technobabe is a true blogging great.

  7. You put a lot of thought into that one, Technobabe! I laughed at your little screenplay!

    You are very deserving of being singled out.

  8. That was fun, Eddie and TechnoBabe. Thank you both.

    Technobabe, I loved your list of "can't live withouts" - honesty is so important.

  9. I love Technobabe. I'm off to read one of the posts you recommended.

  10. I am touched and quite thrilled to be mentioned by Technobabe, one of my very favorite bloggers whom I consider a good friend although I don't know her real name. Maybe posting anonymously allows her to be as real as she is; I started out that way but eventually disclosed my first name.

    It's wonderful to learn more about her. She is incredibly imaginative, creative, charming, bright and always kind. This was a great roast, Eddie. Thank you so much, and I hope your hip heals quickly and perfectly.

  11. Hey Eddie, So glad you Roasted TechnoBabe-- She's awesome and I am definitely one of her blog groupies!

    i especially liked the part about the best thing about blogging-- Very well said. I totally agree. The movie was a hoot too!!!

    And, in case you haven't heard her hubby's CD yet, it's fabulous. (There's a link on her blog). He's a real talent and I'm guessing she's his muse.

    But the very best part of this roast-- The gorgeous photo of TechnoBabe!

    Thanks and happy weekend to you both.

  12. great interview -
    i always look forward to technobabe's comments. she is a very honest person.

  13. Dear Eddie, thanks for the truly fun experience on your Sunday Roast. You are quite the gentleman and full of vim and vinegar. I feel like I know you better now too and have a new blogger friend in you. Bless you and your family, and tell your daughter how much hubby and I like to listen to her sing.

  14. TechnoBabe is awesome! Great interview!

  15. I heart you, Technobabe! That's a cute origin to your screenname, by the way. Your little wedding tale warmed my heart. Wouldn't it be fun if it came true? lol

    I love your stories and reflections from your past. Wonderful!

    Thanks for featuring her this week. Great choice!

  16. Another blogger I have now been introduced to. Thank you for the Sunday Roasts! :-)

  17. Terrific interview Eddie. I too have spotted the name, now I must go visit.

    By the way, how are you? Take a hug and please give one to Maggie from me when next you see her.

  18. Well, this is my first time to visit your Sunday Roast. Great interview with TechnoBabe. Super blog you have here. I came by way of Sniffles and Smiles and will be back again!

  19. Great roast. I love Techno Babe.

  20. I've been following TechnoBabe for a while now. Good interview - and it made me wonder if many new bloggers actually think through how they want to present themselves to the world before they start a blog. I know I didn't!

  21. Thanks, Eddie. TechnoBabe is one of the really good ones, and I'm glad to see her get some due here. The fact that my name was mentioned devalues the honor overall, but it made ME happy. Thanks, TB!

  22. I love Technobabe and I look forward to her comments too. There is always some punch and wisdom and motivation and I enjoyed her Roast the same.

    Thank you Eddie for roasting Technobabe and I am happy to see her picture too.

  23. I really like her : ) She is a great blogger. So funny. Lots of variety. Variety is the spice of life, isn't it Eddie? : )

    Always love your interviews.

  24. Wonderful roast! I'm in a wedding? Gosh, you didn't give me enough time to shop for shoes! :^)

  25. Thanks for this. I enjoyed it and can't wait to see the movie! I make a dashing Best Man!

  26. TechnoBabe's Hubby says...

    As I sat across from her during our first meal together almost five years ago I listened as we talked and talked and talked...

    ...I realized this woman was incredibly strong and loving and not a little stubborn. Just like me. The ensuing years have proved me right, and we've grown stronger and more loving and more stubborn...

    Wait... No, that's right.

    I get the blessed gift of her company and her smile every day.

    Love you, darlin'.


    MAn I was hopin' I would be in your cast but maybe next time!
    Congrats on the roast!

  28. Loved this, TechnoBabe I love what your husband wrote too. great roast.

  29. Loved James's comment.
    Listen gals, us men are rel 'softies' at heart!

    Thank you all for your comments and thank you Mrs TechnoBabe for aooearing on The Sunday Roast ~ Eddie x

  30. As you can see from my last comment I need to go to typing finishing school - keep hitting the wrong keys!


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