Interview with Nylonthread

Once upon a time I fancied myself a crafter. As Peter would tell you, I am crafty but not so crafty. I love that other people have this creative streak to them. Scrapbookers, quilters, all-around creative types you all get mad props from me. I tried to scrapbook once. Just once.

I’d like everyone to meet one of my crafty friends that lives inside the computer. Nylonthread describes herself as a “not entirely jaded hipster mom”, but she’s so much more than that! Recently, she took her crafty wares to a show. She’s also a talented blogger that has a theme for NaBloPoMo (me? I try to get some rubbish up every day because I am competitive).

Nylonthread has graciously accepted the PenPals challenge (you thought that died with the Palin rants didn’t you? ha! it’s alive and well). Thanks Nylonthread for making my month of posting and my seven readers’ month of reading a little easier.

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

Hi Cat! I’m glad to be here! Thanks for the lovely introduction. This question leads to a murky place in my mind: My online existence is mostly compartmentalized, by design. I’d rather not be Googleable by random opportunists. Since I do try to add lots of adorable pics of the kids, I worry that somebody might be able to track them down if I give out too much information. In my actual life, identity theft has hit close to home (my sister was a victim); although a criminal isn’t all that likely to be able to steal our identities via a blog, it freaks me out enough that I carefully keep it in mind when giving out personal information.

Who are you in real life?

IRL, I’m a graphic designer for an in-house corporate communications department, a mom of two cheeky monsters, the wife of a very clever and funny man, a friend to many, a hobbyist crafter, a dancer, a runner and a gym-goer. Does that sound like a lot? It’s probably too much! Laying around on the couch doesn’t happen very often around here.

I’ve lived in Washington DC for 18 years now and it’s a strange place to be for creative people—artists and musicians are here, but stay a little underground. My husband is a native-born Washingtonian and can wow many with his esoteric knowledge of DC history and current trivia: check him out on dcist.com, commenter name Monkeyrotica. I adore my circles of friends and entertain often; one of our biggest collective hobbies is entertaining. Monkey and I love having large or small groups of pals over, cooking for them and basking in the glow.

What’s an ideal day for you look like?

Oh, I’d consider a day ideal if I managed to finish everything I set out to do for work or home, and maybe was able to get started on an item or two from my personal list. My crafty part? The making jewelry and such? That is sadly a third-tier activity, but if I get to it, it makes the entire day rank pretty high!

When did you begin blogging?

I started my first blog in 2003. I had just come off maternity leave with Rosie and had access to a computer in a private room where I was pumping twice a day at work. The blog that resulted is not public; I had just discovered Blogger.com, and though it seems strange now, it didn’t occur to me to blog about being a new mom.

What does blogging do for you?

I’m very happy with the warmth and support of my/our blogging community! I love my bloggy friends, mostly women and men who post about their kids and thoughts related to parenting, and adore the comments we exchange with each other. It’s helped me get through some tough spots.

What do you hope your blog does for others?

At the very least, I want my blog to help my extended family stay in touch with me. We don’t travel much and I feel disconnected with my aunts, uncles and cousins who live an airplane ride away. I do talk about common parenting issues, and dealing with having a life while raising children. When I was a new parent, I felt very alone and didn’t know any other moms to discuss what I was going through, like many mom-bloggers do now; I hope that I can be a part of that community for lonely moms who feel alienated from their previous lives. Come into the fold! It’s warm and cozy here!

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

Yep! And yes.

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

Oh, yes, but it’s a silly reason, not controversial at all. I captioned & posted a photo that I took while driving, but when I reviewed it later, I realized that the phone-photo was so blurry that the point was lost. It would have been cute, but ultimately was embarrassing. It came down.

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

I do! I’m looking to see what people are reading and to see where they’re come from. I’m also a little wary of whether IT people at my office are aware of my blog…

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

People’s personal info is sacred and should not be abused. See, maybe I do have a hangup!

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

In five years? Wow, who thinks ahead that far? In the near-term range, I’ve been considering advertisers. What will I write about in five years when my kids are 11 and 8 years old? It boggles the mind. Seriously though, I may morph it into more of a marketplace for craft projects and discussions about trends in design; I love reading those blogs, but I’d have to work hard if I really want to pull off the writing and research.

What do you wish I asked? Ask and answer:

Do you have any secret talents?

Regardless of my Internet rule above, I am rather skilled at tracking people down when I want to, without paying those “people search” fees. The Internet is a fabulous tool when you are hunting down little tidbits of information. I honed this talent like a weapon when I got into geneology research about three years ago. All these serious, lifelong, professional researchers were crazy-excited about the details I was digging up! But, I lost interest once I found what I was looking for (and honestly, everyone yawns when you say geneology—see you yawned, didn’t you?). Anybody have ideas on how I can use this superpower for profit?

Thank you so much Nylonthread for participating in PenPals. I enjoy introducing our community to one another. If anyone else wants to particpate in PenPals, email me!

11 smart people left their mark:

  1. melissaz, 20. November 2008, 7:49

    These are so fun! What a great way to meet new bloggers. :)

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  2. Abbey, 20. November 2008, 9:22

    Nylonthread seems super awesome! I may just have to pop over there from time to time! :)

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  3. monkeyrotica, 20. November 2008, 9:27

    I’d hardly call knowing where to buy the best halfsmokes and heroin in DC “esoteric.”

    monkeyroticas last blog post..monkeyrotica: "It’s almost like seeing a guy show up at the soup kitchen in high hat and tuxedo." BURN! http://tinyurl.com/6bq3dg

     
  4. jaime, 20. November 2008, 12:21

    yay nylonthread – love her!

     
  5. Nylonthread, 20. November 2008, 13:29

    Thanks, Cat! That was fun and I encourage others to contact Cat and let her know you’d like to participate. And I am blushing! Thanks, friends, you’re the sweetest.

    Nylonthreads last blog post..Six year checkup

     
  6. Kelly O, 21. November 2008, 8:05

    You know it’s a great interview when you learn something you didn’t know about someone who has been your friend for a decade! Nice job, Cat.

    Kelly Os last blog post..Turkey hands

     
  7. Grandy, 21. November 2008, 23:24

    Good job, Cat!

    Nylon is a great subject to interview!! Good answers cutie!!

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  8. Hill Rat, 21. November 2008, 23:56

    Nicely done Cat!

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  9. wrekehavoc, 26. November 2008, 6:32

    well done :-)

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  10. Paul, 3. December 2008, 17:25

    You speak of seven readers – I saw nine comments and then added mine…

    So if we subtract nylon and monkey from the readers and add me… I guess we have seven….

    Does this mean you have a hundred percent comment rate for your readers?! I suspect no, it means you have way more than seven readers! I am playing catch up on reading and blogs in general… I not only did NaBloPoMO but also NaNoWriMo!

    Anyways, on the Nylon crafty thing – I noticed there is this weird thing called an “Etsy shop” and I wanted to ask if Nylon knows about it and/or has goods on offer there… WHOOPS – just checked out nylon and she is all over Etsy like a rash… ah well… I’ll send in this comment anyways, hiyaz.

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  11. Paul, 3. December 2008, 17:25

    You speak of seven readers – I saw nine comments and then added mine…

    So if we subtract nylon and monkey from the readers and add me… I guess we have seven….

    Does this mean you have a hundred percent comment rate for your readers?! I suspect no, it means you have way more than seven readers! I am playing catch up on reading and blogs in general… I not only did NaBloPoMO but also NaNoWriMo!

    Anyways, on the Nylon crafty thing – I noticed there is this weird thing called an “Etsy shop” and I wanted to ask if Nylon knows about it and/or has goods on offer there… WHOOPS – just checked out nylon and she is all over Etsy like a rash… ah well… I’ll send in this comment anyways, hiyaz.