Interview with Grandy

Am I your Thursday morning addiction? Awesome! Welcome back. Repeat business is so much cheaper to get than new. If you’ve just come across Pink Asparagus or you’re here because you’re really a Functional Shmunctional fan (and really? who isn’t), glad to see you. Kick up your feet and stay awhile. You can read the entire interview series here.

Grandy has graciously agreed to participate in my social experiment. Although, when I first approached her she wondered if I was going to ask her to cross the street blind-folded. I am unsure what that says about both of us, maybe it’ll be the basis of a thesis for some psych student.

Recently an Olympic survey meme identified her as a boxer

You are assertive, strong, and downright aggressive. You have the power to demolish your opponent…And you have the endurance to make sure the job is finished.

Which is fitting since she’s pledged to raise awareness about cancer.

Everyone, this is Grandy … Grandy, this is uhm, like four new readers.

Thanks so much for having me, I’m thrilled you invited me!  Can I just say that asparagus has always been one of my favorite vegetables?  And I truly don’t mean that in a suck-up “thank the academy” kind of way either.

Would you classify your online existence as transparent or compartmentalized? Why? Is it by design or just the evolution of your actual life?

Wow…starting with a tough one.  I would have to answer this as definitely transparent.  What you see is what you get with Grandy (even if you can’t see her).  I’m just that way by nature.  Sometimes it can be a bad thing because I just.can’t.filter.  I can’t even compartmentalize my tag lines on my posts, try to imagine how I organize my household.   NOT!

Who are you in real life?

I’m a working mom-a-holic.  I go-go-go and try my darndest to play by the rules.  After I do that for a while I hit a wall, throw in the towel, and start the race all over again…usually by Monday.

What’s an ideal day for you look like?

<s>Sunday</s> Can you tell I’m trying to omit my sarcasm?  It’s not an easy thing for me.  Remember the filter comment above?  An ideal day…is one where I can sleep in, hang with my boys, and get some blogging time in.  What a great day!!

What do you blog about?

Whatever moves me.  I try not to make my blog about particulars like, “It’s 6:42 am, and the weather is a glorius at 87.3 degrees.”  I’m not saying that people who blog about those day to day things aren’t worth reading, because I quite often will follow some.  It’s just not my style.

Where do you find post inspiration?

<s>Under my bed</s> EVERYWHERE!  It’s not all about my family, but I work my friends in, or just random thing about someone at the doctor’s office.

When did you begin blogging?

October 2007 I stumbled upon the blog of a friend of mine from college.  I was FASCINATED at the fact that I could have an online journal.  I never really expected anyone to read it.  I started it that day.

What does blogging do for you?

It’s my stress relief, my escape, my fun.  It’s quite a rush for me to see who has stopped by, and what they have to say.  I LOVE COMMENTS!!  Oh yeah…and it helps me remember what day of the week it is.  I don’t participate in Wordless Wednesdays, or Thursday Thirteens, but it’s very helpful to read those.  :)

You’re a member of the League of Extraordinary Wives – what’s that about? Or is it too secret to divulge?

Are you ready for this?  It’s a group of women who actually like their husbands.  It’s a novel idea, I know, and one that I realize is not completely lost on so many blogging wives.  It’s a healthy take on married life that I think sometimes is lost in the day to day real world.

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

Some do.  It’s funny when I’m telling them a story and they say, “Yeah, I know, I read your blog.”  Huh?  Oh yeah…you did.  Some even leave comments sometimes.  My son reads my blog…maybe that’s why I don’t share naughty secrets?  :)

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

I haven’t done that yet but I don’t think of my site as an airing of dirty laundry for all my personal issues.  I wouldn’t write anything about anyone that I’m not prepared to say to them (or haven’t said already).

Do you check your stats? If so, what are you looking for?

I do sometimes check my stats.  But it’s kinda like stepping on the scale, I don’t really know what I’m supposed to expect.  I’m excited if it looks like I was close to getting 100 visitors that day.  That’s the only stat I know how to check.

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

Same rule for the off-line world…RESPECT

What do you think your blog will be like in 5 years?

I would love to still have readers in 5 years.  Is that a lofty plan?  Maybe I’ll learn how to do all the widget, html, techno-babble by then, or at least I’ll have hired someone to know how to do that for me by then.

What do you wish I asked? Ask and answer: What do you hope your blog does for others?

Make them laugh, cry, pee…whatever it takes to make their day.

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Thanks Grandy, I really appreciate you taking your time to contribute to my blog. Everyone else, come back next Thursday for another stirring rendition of PenPals!

5 smart people left their mark:

  1. chris, 28. August 2008, 9:22

    I like reading this interview, it’s better than “CATS.” I’m a Grandy fan because she’s a lot crazier than I am. Seriously, I read Grandy because of her wit.

     
  2. chris, 28. August 2008, 9:22

    I like reading this interview, it’s better than “CATS.” I’m a Grandy fan because she’s a lot crazier than I am. Seriously, I read Grandy because of her wit.

    chriss last blog post..The First Step Out

     
  3. Maggie's Mind, 28. August 2008, 21:29

    That was fun! I haven’t read her Grandy’s blog, but I’ll have to check it out. I like the whole interviewing other bloggers thing – cool idea!

    Maggie’s Minds last blog post..Thursday Thirteen 8/28/08 – 30th Edition

     
  4. Grandy, 29. August 2008, 1:13

    Thank you, asparagus!! Sorry if I didn’t send many readers this way… yet. ;)

    Grandys last blog post..Grandy’s First Online Interview

     
  5. storyteller, 8. September 2008, 13:43

    That was fun … I’m catching up with Grandy’s blog in my ‘reader’ and couldn’t resist the draw of PINK ASPARAGUS somehow. I enjoyed your ‘interview’ with her today ;–)
    Hugs and blessings,

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