no one ELSE is going to interview me

I saw these questions on another blog a while ago. I can't remember where and I'm too lazy to go figure it out, but I felt like doing them too.

How did you start blogging?
My brother, B, and I read about an internet challenge. Or heard about one. OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT. Anyway, B and I decided to write each other an email a day. 100 words. Or 500 words - sheesh, it all escapes me now. We did it for a month and at the end of the month he said to me: you should go on line and make a blog. And so I did. He should have too - he is a great adventurer, and interesting, and thoughtful.

Did you intend to be a blog w/a following? If so, how did you go about it?
I had hoped for someone to read it, but that wasn't my motivation. I was reading a few blogs and knew that people had audiences and wanted readers...I commented everywhere I could, as often as I could until I had a small circle of friends in internetworld.

What do you hope to achieve or accomplish with your blog? Have you been successful? If not, do you have a plan to achieve those goals?
My only intent was to journal our lives. It feels like I've successfully done that.

Has the focus of your blog changed since you started blogging? How?
No. I do find that I am far more interesting in the archives, though.

What do you know now that you wish you'd known when you started?
Nothing. I was brilliant then and I am still. Okay. Honestly, I wish I knew that photos of my kid's HANDS would attract creepy people.

Do you make money with your blog?
No siree. I wouldn't be adverse to it. How much though? I'm not doing it for $30, I'd rather do it for nothing.

Does your immediate or extended family know about your blog? If so, do they read it? If not, why?
Everyone knows about it. My mom and MIL read, K reads - and both of my brothers do. My mom alerts other family members to read for news or coverage of events, such as weddings.

What two pieces of advice would you give to a new blogger?
Write every day. Leave comments on the blogs you'd like to have in your community. Comment every day. Post lots of photos. Was that more than two?


tut-tut said…
Hands attract creeps?!? Yikes.

I have a question: How DO you post/write every day? Do you "write ahead" for periods when you know you'll be distracted/busy/unable to post?
Anonymous said…
i'm so glad you interviewed the last question prompted me to comment now..
i have read your blog for quite awhile and i really appreciate your beautiful photos...your family insights (i have four kids myself)...and you are funny...!...i usually read my
'bookmarked' blogs in the's a wonderful way to start the day...
thanks so much!...take care..and keep writing!
blackbird said…
I thought I'd answer questions that come up in the comments down here...

tut-tut - I do write every day and I sometimes have posts waiting in draft for times when I can't write a post.

Thanks, Kate - it's always good to hear from people!
Joke said…
You handled that interview with great poise.

RW said…
Do you write in silence or with music?
She She said…
I did a Proust Questionnaire on my blog (like the one they have at the end of Vanity Fair magazine), which was fun:
I'll take a crack at yours, although I still feel like such a new blogger, I don't think I have much insight yet. Thanks for posting everyday. I always find something I like here.
blackbird said…
RW - I write with the world swirling around me...all kinds of noise, some of it music.

who she she -
Mutt said…
What do you use to take your photos, a camera (what kind) or your phone? I'd like to start taking more photos and I like the way you do it very much with the faces slightly off screen.

Also, I wondered what you use to publish your photos? I just stuck mine in the middle of my post, but wondered if there is a better way.

I enjoy your blog and the format, keep it up.
Anonymous said…
I would be happy to interview you but I would ask about something other than blogging. You're full of mysteries much more compelling.
blackbird said…
Mutt - I use a Leica C-Lux 1, usually without flash. As for the cropping, I make great use of Photoshop. You can see many of my photos at:

Dan - I'd love for you to interview me. Can we drink during it?
Jennifer said…
Well I'm sure glad you started blogging :) I really enjoy reading what you have to say!
Unknown said…
Cool. Couldn't agree more, and i enjoy hearing, seeing how other folks like yourselves do it (that is live) from your place on the planet (Tulavu!). My next project is to figure out how to send my husband updates from other folks' blogs as emails. He can get updates from my blog. He is blind and has trouble with the internet. Email is a great vehicle for him and he uses JAWS. Frankly what bloggers have to say and the events in their lives is so much more interesting than whats in the newspaper. Thank you for sharing!
Anonymous said…
Oh good. Saturday 8th, aroudn 2PM, get ready for a LONG interview.
Sorry, can't avoid it.
Awww all right, i'll get you a drink.
Poppy Buxom said…
So I'm commenting, already. Sheesh!
MizMell said…
A little insight into the woman behind the keyboard.

I'll keep my eyes peeled for a good interview to post and will zap it right over via email.

Why not photograph one or two things in your house that you enjoy, but all guests think a bit odd?
Sarah Louise said…
Keep blogging. You have always inspired me to keep going, though I have gotten away from the "every day" bit. And you have inspired me to take pictures, though I haven't been so good at posting them--there's a lovely one up right now, though...
country mouse said…
I liked how this interviewer asked you the questions and then shut up and allowed you to answer fully : )

Also--I'm lifting this from you. Come on over to read how I worry about you in my sleep. WTF, right?
alice c said…
I have been thinking about this - what with being a newish blogger - and these are the questions that I would tack on the bottom of the interview.
What is the attitude of the boys to the blog and does it affect their behaviour at all?
What makes you blog every day?
Can you see a point at which it will have said everything that you need to say about your family life?Have you had problems with intrusions into your privacy?
blackbird said…
Alice c - the boys have been through several phases of reaction to the blog/my blogging. At first they liked the novelty of it and were interested in who was reading/how many were reading and enjoyed being part of it.
Then they began to hate it. I think they thought I'd give up - now they are bored with it - though they do turn to 1/4 profile whenever I'm taking pictures near them.

As for what makes me blog every day: OCD? no, a combination of wanting to get it all out and the readers. Sometimes I feel I have a responsibility to blog.

I don't think I'll reach a point where I'll have said everything. I never shut up.

I've worked hard to not have our privacy invaded and have only had one scare - and though I am pretty open here with what I am willing to write about, it's simply that:
what I am willing to write about.
TheOneTrueSue said…
Do lame comments annoy you? Would you rather have a lame comment than no comment at all? I often ponder this. Should I leave a "tee hee"? Should I leave a "nice post?" I would try to say something clever, but when I TRY to say something clever in a comment it just gets exponentially worse. So - thoughts?

Also, I am very curious about your closet. Do you have tons and tons of clothes? It seems like you might.

I appreciate your new blogger tips. I am rededicating myself to blogging every day. I've decided that if I have to neglect the children in order to accomplish it, I'm o.k. with that.
Anonymous said…

I commented on K's hands once - said he had nice hands. That's not creepy, right? You posted a picture of K in the ER after the road spill on the scooter. I had no creepy intentions; it was just an observation.

blackbird said…
Sue - there are no lame's hard to think of something to say - even when we identify with what someone has written.
I have far too many clothes. I was just going through my closet and I didn't wear half of my summer things.
Time for a purge.

Robin - K DOES have nice hands and it's not creepy at all that you mentioned, when certain IP addresses look at pictures of Middle's hands over and over again, well, that's creepy.