Saturday, December 6, 2014

'Bout This Blogger (A Post I Wrote When I Was Tired)


Well, the Lady Cait of the new-and-shiny Paper Fury is hosting a giveaway, and I of here will be responding, because hey, such a weekend as this merits indulgence above any other.

Thus, I shall respond accordingly and in this manner—what for I do not know, but pray bear with me. I’m tired.

‘Bout Sometimes I’m a Story


1. Why did you start blogging?

The full and glorious story has been told already in mine Blogaversary post, but the gist is that everyone did say, “Y’all should blog because it’s awesome.” and after much consideration and pestering of mine friends, I made a blog here. Behold.

2. What’s the story behind your blog’s name?

While hewing the foundation for what would eventually become this blog, I verily decided that a cool name was more important than knowing about what it would be I might write, and so I picked the first thing I thought rolled well off the tongue. The URL does tie into that, as I figured “Well if I’m only a story sometimes then it can only be a semi-legacy,” and although I have considered changing it to mine name and apellido or “sometimesimastory” itself, I am sentimental and have decided it’s just fine with me if mine readers must work harder to return to this site.

(On a side note, I imagine that annoys some people… I don’t know. It doesn’t bother me, but then, it’s always right there in the blogger dashboard. Does it bother you?)

3. How many designs have you been through since you started blogging? (Pictures! We demand
pictures!)

This is my second blog design. The first looked nice for a thirteen-year-old, but after locating mine blogging mentors I decided white is right and it is more appealing this way.

From this:

Through September


To this:

Current


4. Have you ever switched blog platforms? What made you move? If you haven’t ever changed…why?

Nay, never changed. Wordpress sounds so nice, but with no offense intended to those Wordpress junkies as may exist WORDPRESS BLOGS ARE SO UGLY. Mayhap it is the fault of design skills in their authors or I am simply harsh—but of blogs I read Blogger blogs are much easier to read and more respectable in fa├žade, even if they are “not as professional.”

[Edit: It occurs to me this might sound bad, especially since my hostess just switched to Wordpress. Take this as a generality, and that Paper Fury looks readable and fine but a lot of WP blogs I run into are aberrations to my eyeballs.]

5. How long does it take you to write a post? What’s your postly process like?

Kinda forever. Nay, in truth it’s closer to maybe 30-45 minutes for a smallish post (this one took about an hour); all posts have at least one night-where-I-sleep-on-it between writing and editing, and very rarely do I stray from that model. Most times I sit around and think of something I might be able to blog about and then when I wish to avoid homework I sit down and write a post.

6. Have you ever been super nervous about a post? Why?! What was it?

Any post where I bring in religion always makes me nervous, although the only two that come to mind right now were about Christmas and Princess and the Frog. I have this thing where I live in a generally liberal area and come from a generally conservative-ish religion and occasionally what I think is okay is not okay to other people.

There’s the one side where if I screw up people are going to be like, “YOU CAN’T TALK ABOUT EVIL OR COMPARE JESUS TO A VAMPIRE IN TWILIGHT YOU ARE A HEATHEN AND MAYBE YOU OUGHT TO GET SMACKED IN THE FACE WITH A BIBLE BECAUSE CLEARLY YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT GOD’S LOVE!” and then there’s the other side that are going to be like, “WHY THE HECK DID YOU HAVE TO BRING RELIGION INTO THIS LIFE IS SO MUCH BETTER WITHOUT IT AND MAYBE YOU SHOULD SPEND SOME TIME READING DARWIN BECAUSE CLEARLY YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT REAL LIFE!”

And that hasn’t happened here on this blog but seriously: never comment on Youtube. NEVER. It’s where well-meaning extremists go to die. I’ve never even been in a comment war and I feel scarred simply by the things I’ve read scrolling down my screen.

So, you know: I realize that things I say could be potentially controversial and that even if I try to make myself clear as possible, people still might misinterpret me when they assume that my faith must, by nature, clash with other things I love, like blogging, or evolution, or dinosaurs, or reading.

This kind of turned into a “nervous about things I haven’t posted,” rather than specific posts I’ve shared. I find my faith really fun and invigorating sometimes but I don’t want to come off as a Christian cow, either.

7. Do you have a blogging schedule?

For December, I have a tentative idea of what I want to do:

Monday: Harry Potter Self-Examination Posts
Tuesday: Writing/Reading/Blogging Posts
Wednesday: nah
Thursday: Thursentary
Friday: WBI Villain Analysis

I don’t know how fascinating that idea is but the Monday posts are all written, so I’m not changing that one.

8. Do you tell people In-Real-Life about your blog? Their reactions?

The people I do tell are people who I know won’t care, and it’s usually in passing during a conversation. I don’t really like talking about my hobbies to people I can look in the eye. And in particular, I avoid telling people who I know will read it and worse, comment. (Various relatives, for example. One time I saw that my grandma commented on one of Imogen’s Facebook posts and I was like, “WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?” And I was rather shocked.)

9. Top ten blogs you read/comment on the most! Go! Go!


10. If you could change/improve things about your blog, what would they be?

I think I would come up with a reliable and objective system based off of studious observation of other blogs and reader feedback to tell if I’m being useful and funny and interesting. It’s just a dream, I know, I don’t comment on a bunch of blogs and a bunch of people don’t comment on mine, but the purpose of this blog is to ponder stories and their makeup, and if I were to veer from that purpose I don’t know if I’d notice.

Also, design could use some help. Also, don’t have good social media linkups. Also, don’t know what bothers people. Hard to say. I WOULD MAKE IT FIXED.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

Again, Cait is still holding her giveaway on her blog, so mosey on over and be merry. If you write your own post, be sure to let me know about it so I can read it!


Are you going to participate in the giveaway?

2 comments :

  1. I know what you mean about Wordpress! My dad uses it, and he set up a test blog for me to try, and I hated it. You can only edit a few things about how it looks, and it was complicated.
    I quite like that your URL is different from your blog name :) But that's just me.

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    1. What does your dad use it for, if you don't mind my asking? (As in, is it for a job-construct or a hobby-construct?)

      I like the design features here, too. I mean, I'm sure WP is complicated for a good reason, but the ability to design helps a lot.

      And I'm glad you like the difference. I enjoy being snazzy.

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