- Thank the blogger who nominated you
- Answer the 11 questions
- Make 11 new questions
- Nominate 11 bloggers you enjoy and think deserve the award
2. What keeps you going online and writing?I believe that writers need to write every day. Sometimes I write in my paper journal, sometimes in my private online journal. But the value in blogging is in writing for an audience -- no matter how small. So I post something somewhere every day. Sometimes it's Facebook, sometimes Twitter, sometimes Instagram, sometimes a flash fiction app called TaleHunt, sometimes in Gender Mystique, and sometimes here.I write to share my thoughts and also to save them for later for myself.
3. What is the best comment you have ever gotten on your blog?That's a tough one! I have too many to pick a favorite. My son-in-law asked some great questions on 23 Sherwood Drive that forced me to think more deeply. I have also learned quite a bit from readers on Gender Mystique, especially folks from other countries who have shared their stories in the comments. I like questions the best!
4. What is the favorite blog post you have ever written?It has to be this one. Stupid me, I thought that writing a book and blogging about it would mean that I would stop getting asked the same question over and over (and over and over) by reporters. I finally got so tired of answering it that I wrote this post, and now when I get asked I just send them the link.
5. What is the favorite blog post you have ever read?Another tough question! I go back to mredlich21's analysis of Diwale Dulhania Le Jayenge so often that it is clearly a recent favorite.
6. Why do you like writing about what your blog is about?
My focused blogs reflect my scholarly interests in fashion, gender, and sustainability. They help me stay on track with my research (publish or perish is real, people!) and also let me get my work to a public audience faster than any traditional mode of publishing.
7. Has your blog changed focus since you started?
Lordy, yes. (See question 1.) Gender Mystique has helped me write two books and I am now working on a third, and the focus has shifted to reflect my current project. First, it was baby and toddler clothing, then unisex and androgynous fashion, now it's fashion and age. Having the Everything Else blog has been very liberating. Lately it has been very Shah Rukh Khan heavy, but that will change once I finish watching all if his movies. I am even reblogging old posts from my other blogs here. Focus? what's that?
8. Are you embarrassed sometimes when you go back and read your earlier posts?
Sure. That's the wages of publication. There are old journal articles I could torch if I could. But so far nothing has been so awful that I have actually deleted it. (Updates, yes.)
9. What makes you happiest about blogging?
When a reader comments or emails me. I write to communicate, so making that connection is the best!
10. What makes you grumpiest about blogging?
Proofreading. I swear that typos are living, reproducing organisms.
11. If you could change one thing about the people on the internet, what would it be?
I would make them read that post about pink and blue so they would stop asking the same damn question all the time.