Why did you begin blogging? What got you started? What keeps you doing it?
I started blogging because I had nothing more interesting to do. I was retired and I had a lot a lot of photographs which I figured I could post.
I have continued it because I turned out to be good at it. It gives me something to do with all the weird ideas I get and need to write about. It turns out there are a lot of people who are amused by weird ideas.
What — if anything — do you hope to gain from blogging?
Nothing. I have never been able to consider this a money-making endeavor. To make money, I would have to write what people want to read. Worse, I’d have to write what sponsors want to hear.
For free, it keeps me busy. It also makes me think, requires that I not fall into a depressive slump which is easy when you aren’t doing anything that feels worthwhile. Also, I make friends and communicate with people all over the world.
What do you do in the blog world that makes you feel the proudest?
Sometimes, I can give good advice and every once in a while, I get the opportunity to help somebody.
What makes you follow a blog?
Often because it’s funny, or someone has an intelligent way of looking at the world. Good writing counts for a lot.
Do you regard the people you meet online as real (not-virtual) friends?
Marilyn’s Questions are:
Your favorite Season of the whole year and why.
Autumn. Always Autumn and it’s coming soon. It’s the quality of the air, that “snap” you get. The colors of the leaves. There is an energy to fall you don’t get any other time of the year.
What’s the most mystical or magical thing you ever experienced?
I’d really rather not say. Or I could say, but then I’d have to kill you.
Do you enjoy a lot of company or are you happiest when in solitude?
Would you do something dishonest if there were no witnesses?
No. Unless a life was at stake.
What is one destination you’d like to visit before you die?
The south of France, Rome, and the stone circles of England.