Sort of all about me

Kate over at Flippyzipflop, posted a list of questions yesterday and asked her readers to answer them so she could get to know us.  She wanted us to post our answers in the comments but I knew once I got started that this was probably more than she bargained for and decided to just post it here.  Here you go Kate!

1. How long have you been blogging and what possessed you to start?

I’m going on a few years now, I think.  I started this as therapy; a place to vent, rant, and rave about my frustrations with family, my job, life in general.  By letting it out, I knew I would be able to let it go and move on.  The original blog was supposed to be anonymous but that evolved and it wouldn’t have been difficult for family members to identify themselves in some of my posts.  While they drive me crazy at times, I do love them and wouldn’t hurt them intentionally for the world.  In addition, because I worried someone would find out about it and want to read it, I wasn’t always completely honest with myself or on the blog about family issues; so much for its therapeutic value.

The new blog is completely and utterly anonymous.  There are only 2 people who know who Janey is and they’re both online friends who have no contact with my family; not that they would rat me out in any case.  It’s safe to go crazy here, but with only a couple of exceptions I really haven’t felt like ranting and raving.  Things change though and I imagine one day my readers will peruse a post, and scratching their heads ask, “Who are you and what did you do with Janey?”  In other words, I’m not always as positive as I’d like to be.  But then, who is?

2. What do you like to blog about?

I don’t give it a lot of deep thought.  If a prompt sparks something I go with it.  If a blogger I follow asks interesting questions and I have time, I may answer.  If I’m having a craptastic day at work, I dump it here.  This Dear Reader, is what you might call a “theme-less” blog.

3. What types of bloggers do you follow?

Sort of like what I blog about, there is no theme.  As Janey, I started following some of the people in Blogging 101 and also when I review The Daily Prompt I’ll check out some of the responses.  Many of the people I now follow I found through their response to the Daily Prompt.  If I laugh out loud at your blog I may well start following you.  I like to laugh.

4. What country are you from. If from the US, what state?

I now live in the Pacific Northwest but I was born in California.  I’ve lived in Nevada, Oregon and Indiana too (though I was only 5 or 6 in Indiana and I don’t remember it well).

5. Have you ever been published?

My high school poetry magazine published one of my poems decades ago.  And in 1984, a local throwaway paper published another.  I’d like to think I can write poetry, but Tom Balistreri over at From Balderdash to Epiphany has me beat hands down.

6. Are you a writer or a photographer?

I let my fingers do the walking – right over the keyboard.  That can be loosely construed as writing, right?

7. Tell me one thing (or several) that makes you unique.

How about a bunch of things that confirm I am NOT unique?  I’m a daughter, a mom, a sister, a wife, a grandma…those are things that a LOT of other people are.  I’m a Scorpio, but so is my husband.  I have a birthmark which I considered unique until one of my children told me they saw someone with a virtually identical one – in the same frackin’ place!  I did wind up pregnant after having my tubes tied, does that count?  (Winces.)  TMI?  Sorry about that.

8. Name one positive attribute you have that helps in making this world a better place.

I strive to be optimistic even when I want to wallow in self-pity.  How does that make the world a better place you ask?  It may not contribute to the world-at-large but it lets me separate myself from those around me who have nothing positive to say.  I try really, really hard not to be a whiner.  I’m not always successful but I am improving.

9. Do you have any children? If so, how many and what ages?

Have I got children!  Six at last count and nine grand-babies!  Okay, the oldest is in high school, I guess I can’t refer to him as a baby any more.  And I thought having nine grand-babies (before I was 56 thank you very much) made me somewhat unique.  Then I saw another blogger recently who goes by the handle “granonine” (I think it remembered that correctly).

10. What would you like to see more of on my blog?

I like what you do already, just keep hanging tough and writing what you write.  😀

So there you have it; sort of all about me.  And here’s a bonus which you should already know from my avatar: I am in no way, shape or form – normal.  Normal is a setting on the clothes dryer y’all.  So if you’re looking for normal you’re in the wrong place.  Stick around, it’ll be fun!

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