Interview with Kelly O.

For me, BlogHer became an introspective exercise. What did I want to get out of baring my soul? Why should you all care what I have to say? I decided it is about building relationships & communities. Like having a foreign pen-pal back in the day. You all are my pen pals. We can have as many or as few as we like because we broadcast ourselves.

In order to build bigger, stronger communities we have to do some outreach. Also, I’m inspired by NPR’s StoryCorps. Our communities are transient. One of the few things that seems to stay some-what consistent are our URLs, our blogs. We’re leaving behind a record of what it was to be us, today. Not what we remember it to be us 20 years from now. It’s like we’ve had the good sense to take notes for our autobiographies long before we know we’ll have one.

So, with that – I introduce you to my outreach effort: “Pen Pals”. It’s a Q & A with a blogger I read. I haven’t settled on a format, or a set of questions. Hang with me for the first couple while I iron out the wrinkles. Some of my questions are complete rip-offs of those I was asked or that I witnessed at BlogHer ’08.

Kelly has graciously agreed to be my guinea pig inaugural interview. She writes at Hey, ho, KellyGO and THE BUGHOUSE. [Technically I don’t write at The Bughouse. It’s my sister’s blog. I helped her early on with some tech issues, and she’s been lazy about taking me off. It’s been so long that it’ll seem like a statement if I take myself off. Interestingly, I wouldn’t be surprised if she thought it would be a statement if she took me off herself. And so we languish.)

Getting to know you, little tastes like hors d’oeuvres:

Who are you in real life?

Kelly Osborn: mother of two, cocktail enthusiast, cog in The Man’s machine, and total dork. I’m pretty much the same person in real life as I am in my blog. Maybe a little darker. I try not to blog about anything I wouldn’t say to my boss’s face.

What do you blog about?

The family, news, what’s in my head, what I’m doing. My blog is basically me chatting with myself.

When did you begin blogging?

Shortly after my daughter was born. So, 4 and a half years?

How did you choose your blog’s name?

My blog title used to be “O for Obsessive,” because I used my last initial and then thought, how weird, what does the O stand for? Well, I am down with OCD….” I recently changed it to “Hey, Ho, KellyGO” just because the song was stuck in my head and I thought it was funny.

Meat & potatoes, spread out like a buffet:

What does blogging do for you?

Initially my blog was my baby-book, the place I would write down things that were happening with my kids, favorite foods and developmental milestones, that kind of thing. Then people I wasn’t related to started reading it. When kind strangers would stop by and leave a nice word, or — and this totally blew my mind — suss out that I was struggling by my very delicately worded post and offer support … Dude, it restores your faith in humanity.

Do your in-person friends read you? If not, why not? If so, do they say much to you about it?

of course, because I am so fantastic (I, Cat, wrote that as a test for the block quotes but I thought it absolutely true)

Catherine, you’re a peach, you really are. You’re what my grandmother would call The Sweetest Slice of Angel Cake. Some of my friends read my blog, and if I start to tell an amusing anecdote they’ll say, Oh, yeah, I read that! Talk about taking the wind out of your sails. The ones who don’t read it are probably just bored by it.

Have you ever taken down a post? If yes, without divulging your inner-most secret, can you say why?

No, I have not. I save those kinds of confessionals for the appropriate time and medium: drunken 2a.m. phone calls to my sister.

You commented here that, “… I have tattoos and curse like a sailor. I will embarrass my kids for so much more than what their friends may or may not be motivated to google.” Are you succeeding?

Not yet, but mostly because the kids are a little young yet to have a firm grasp on the concept of shame. (They’re 2 and 4.)

If you could make one rule for the Internet what would it be?

That is an excellent question! Besides the general one of people treating each other with respect and kindness, I would love to decree that if your comments are generally longer than a couple of sentences, you must get your own blog. You clearly have a lot to say. Go forth and say it!

Fluffy dessert:

Do you use a feed reader?

Absolutely. In fact, I’m shocked when I find out someone doesn’t.

How many unread posts do you have currently?

122. That’s actually pretty low. Yay me!

How many people do you follow on Twitter?

87.

So there you have it people,  the first in what will hopefully be a long and colorful journey to meet our community. Much thanks to Kelly for her not mocking my lack of technical prowess (I think she could tell that I had read what she had written when the editor was flipped back to visual from HTML, she’s hard-core y’all). If you want to be interviewed contact me! Everyone should be subject to my intense grilling.

17 smart people left their mark:

  1. melissaz, 31. July 2008, 9:35

    Thanks for introducing us to her! And what a fun site she has! Of course, I’m a dork and forgot to leave a comment for her….but it’s the thought that counts, right? Right?

    melissazs last blog post..My Glass House. Let me show you it.

     
  2. Abbey, 31. July 2008, 10:58

    Very Nice! I’m already over at Hey, ho, KellyGO reading through her posts. I love an entertaining writer!

    I think this interview thing is a great idea!!

    Abbeys last blog post..What’s a Girl to do?

     
  3. Pamela, 31. July 2008, 15:17

    Fun! It’s always good (fuel for the addiction) to read people that people I read read.

    Read it slowly, and out loud, and it might make sense.

    Pamelas last blog post..apparently i need a day off

     
  4. Kelsey, 31. July 2008, 16:28

    That is wonderful!

    Kelseys last blog post..::I Think I Can, I Think I Can?::

     
  5. shauna, 1. August 2008, 7:01

    ooh, ooh, i want to do it!

    shaunas last blog post..what in the hair is goin on here?

     
  6. kellyo, 1. August 2008, 8:06

    Thanks for letting me participate! You are a very charming interviewer.

     
  7. Nylonthread, 1. August 2008, 9:53

    Love the Pen Pals theme! Can’t wait to see more as I am charmed by the both of you.

    Nylonthreads last blog post..Thank you, Jojo the bunny.

     
  8. monkeyrotica, 1. August 2008, 10:02

    Bloggers talking to bloggers about blogging? Kinda reminds me of that Bob Dylan album, “Blog on Blog.” And I mean that in a good way.

     
  9. Tracie, 1. August 2008, 15:51

    Thanks for starting such a great blog idea! Love to read more about the people behind my fav blogs!

    Tracies last blog post..I’m ashamed to admit

     
  10. todd.yo, 1. August 2008, 18:00

    Great idea for your blog. And cool that my wife was your first interviewee.

     
  11. spleeness, 4. August 2008, 7:47

    Oh this is sooo cool! I am also enamored with NPR’s StoryCorps and the idea of interviewing people. I started doing email interviews (http://www.wavian.com/blog/interviews/) but I love the idea of doing blog interviews. Wow, you are starting a movement!

     
  12. patois, 5. August 2008, 10:03

    Very nifty idea and great first participant. I just wandered over here from Kelly’s blog. Dang, looks like it’s time to add another blog to my to-read list!

    patoiss last blog post..One Word

     
  13. sher, 5. August 2008, 16:47

    love the idea. love the interview. and i’m so glad to visit your site for the first time :-)

    i heart kellykellykelly. i know her IRL. and i am here to tell you: she is no dork. kelly is the epitome of cool. and when i grow up, i want to be just like her. at least for one day. as long as i can have a mojito while doing it. :-)

    shers last blog post..shakin’

     
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  15. Grandy, 11. August 2008, 1:50

    Oh I LOVE Kelly! I saw that the name changed, but I hadn’t changed it on my blogroll. Ooops! Sorry Kelly!! :)

    Grandys last blog post..Grandy-Nanny

     
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