Name of your blog or blogs: Notes from the Forest (It’s About Time)
1. In a few sentences, describe your blog:
It’s the most provocative, entertaining and interesting spot on the Internet? No, really, it’s essentially a series of thoughts and opinions about books, family and life in general. I tried to get my husband to agree to relocate to Newfoundland and become commercial fishermen so that I could make it more interesting, but he’s absolutely refused. I’m thinking I might just get an aquarium instead.
2. How long have you been blogging?
Only a few months – since March of this year. I’ve been writing for corporate blogs much longer, though.
3. Why do you blog?
I’ve kept a diary and journal off and on since I was in the 7th grade. I love to write and I enjoy looking back on what I’ve recorded.
4. What’s the most positive aspect of blogging? Most negative?
Most positive aspect is that I enjoy doing it. Negative is that it’s time consuming.
5. What inspires your blog entries?
Life in general, books, my kids, my litany of fears and hang-ups. I still think fish would be a great inspiration, too, but I’m learning to accept that there are likely no seafaring adventures in my immediate future.
6. Do you compose posts ahead of time, or do you write “on the fly”?
I’d say it’s a combination of both really. I try to set aside a block of time to write every day but that doesn’t always happen.
7. What blogs do you read on a regular basis? Please list up to three or four.
8. What have you been reading lately? Do you read books, ebooks, or both?
I read both, although I never thought I’d say that. I’ve recently read:
Life in Rewind- by Terry Weible Murphy, Michael A. Jenike, and Edward E. Zine
A Reliable Wife - Robert Goolrick
Home Safe - Elizabeth Berg
Columbine - David Cullen
9. Where do you get your news?
Mostly from the Internet. However, we do subscribe to a number of magazines and to a local newspaper so we’re doing our best to keep print media in business, too!
10. Are you reliant on any technical devices (iPod, Blackberry, etc.)?
I’m reluctant to admit that I rely on my iPhone.. If I didn’t have kids – and a job – I think that would be a little different. Not totally perhaps, but somewhat.
11. Aside from your blog, do you do any other writing?
Yes. I write corporate marketing materials, white papers, handbooks, corporate overviews, etc. as part of my job. I also function as quality editor and write the corporate blog. In addition, I write for two other corporate blogs on a freelance basis.
12. If you could orbit the earth in Richard Branson’s spaceship (or any other that takes civilians), would you?
Wow, yes? But first I’d need a valium or two. And I’d need my entire family to come with me. And all my friends. How large is that ship anyhow?
13. Do you consider yourself adventurous, in general?
No, but I wish I were. It’s an aspiration, perhaps even a goal. Although, my version of adventurous is everyone else’s ordinary. No, really.
14. Do you watch television? Favorite programs?
Until the advent of reality TV, I watched very little. Now, I’m an ardent fan of Amazing Race, American Idol, and Survivor. I also watch Lost.
15. Who are your favorite writers – please list three or four.
It’s always so difficult to narrow it down – kind of like saying which kid do you like best. I like them all! But, if forced to choose, I’d say Wallace Stegner, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, and Richard Russo.
16. Do you have a college degree or degrees? In what discipline(s)?
I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with accounting and marketing majors. I also have just short of the equivalent of a degree in Journalism.
17. What is your profession, if you’re currently employed.
I’m a human resource generalist for a staffing agency. I also work in marketing on a project basis for the same company.