Could be fun, or very embarrassing…

The other day I was thinking (stifle your giggles, please) about why I like to visit blogs and it really comes down to something quite simple. My main reason for visiting a blog is usually the blogger. There is a connection there or I can really hear his/her voice when she writes. I also enjoy personal tidbits. I know this is an area of controversy because some bloggers are very strict about not posting anything too personal, but I really enjoy those little hints of who they really are.

In an effort to be more open, I was wondering if there is anything you’d like to know about me.  This is of course hinging on the idea that people would like to know more about me. This is where it could get embarrassing. What if no one responds? What if I hear nothing but crickets? Well, that would be a story in and of itself, wouldn’t it?

So, if there is something you’d like to know about me, ask me in comments or email me if it’s one of those super-secret questions that you would only ask in confidence. I’ll answer them in a post, or over a few posts depending on how many questions I get.

If no one asks anything I will crawl off and seek counseling immediately. Just kidding. Oh my, I can already hear the crickets.

23 thoughts on “Could be fun, or very embarrassing…”

  1. I think (ha, see, I can do it too!) that you’re right about part of the appeal of blogs.

    What I want to know is, how do you find time for reading between work and kids and husband and taking care of the house? Do they let you read undisturbed or do you need to hide out somewhere?

  2. You know, I remember you doing a list of things about yourself that I totally LOVED. Random things. I know you have alluded to the fact that you didn’t necessarily have the happiest childhood, so we are going to avoid that unless you want to talk about it. I would love to know about your reading life as a child.

    1. I am okay talking about my childhood. I had a strange upbringing but no abuse in any obvious way. If someone asks something a tad too touchy or I can’t phrase what I want to say properly, I will say so.

      Also, my 100 Things list is under my About tab.

  3. I do think knowing more about the blogger helps you form a connection and also helps you realize if their tastes are similar to yours. I remember reading about your childhood and I’m wondering where you grew up.

  4. I am one of those that tried to stay as anonymous as possible when I first started blogging. But slowly the personal stuff is coming out. How is it that you are able to read so many books?! What kind of work do you do?. Does it have to do with publishing and you are reading for work and pleasure? I think it is amazing that you read so many books and I love that you review them for us here.

  5. OK, I’ll ask a couple of queestions that are a little more light – and I totally agree with you about blogs and “hearing” the blogger’s voice – I know my posts are much like my conversations – it’s how I talk.

    First, I am also a Disney fan and I want to know what is your favorite ride at Disneyland? When we used to visit Disneyworld in past years, my daughter and I had a tradition of always beginning our vacation stay with a ride on Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride – then they took it away! We were crushed.

    Also, what’s your favorite flavor of ice cream – Ben & Jerry’s if that floats your boat – any other kind if you are not a B&J lover.

  6. i am not a blogger but i have had several conversations with you based on personal stories and have enjoyed them
    while i read blogs primarily for book recommendations it is fun to know the person behind the scene!

  7. I don’t have any questions for you, but I do love it when blogs are infused with the life of the blogger. Much more interesting that way. My biggest questions for most bloggers is geography. But I know you are in southern California so that knocks out that question.

  8. I LOVE hearing about bloggers too (like you — it’s a lot of what draws me to the blog). I want to hear more about your childhood as well… it sounds fascinating. Also, how did you and your husband meet (gotta get a cute romantic story in there somewhere!)? 😉

  9. I don’t think I could keep the personal element out of my blogging, nor would I want to, and I am most drawn to other bloggers who don’t keep it out either. I like getting to know the people I read, and there’s only so much one can get to know just through book reviews.

    My questions: Have you ever lived anywhere other than California? And if you haven’t, would you want to, and where?

  10. OMG…you are too funny…I feel as though I know so much about you…well…just the bits you have shared…you seem to be normal, like to cook are reasonably well adjusted…and I love that you work at a university…ok…what was your major in college…your specialty so to speak…and how do you get such amazing books to review?

  11. I’m not a blogger but I am a reader since I was old enough to get a library book – I have pictures of myself on the living room couch reading while everyone else was watching television. I also ‘keep’ cats and have done so since stray cats would follow me home after school. I love reading blogs and enjoy knowing personal bits about the blogger – bloggers who write about cats and dogs often share a lot – it makes it that much more interesting.

  12. Ti…..I am LOL. Getting to know a blogger is what attracts me to most blogs, and why I keep coming back to yours (well, you also read some damn good books as well)..LOL

    I am curious as to whether you have always lived in CA, and whether you have ever visited New England?

  13. I love the personal stuff. I don’t have any specific questions but I know you’ve had some freaky stuff happen to you from some of the stuff you told me at various times.

  14. I completely agree that the person behind the blog is what really makes it click (or not click) with each reader.

    I’m curious, because of your “strange unbringing” do you feel drawn to books that deal with similar situations or do you try to avoid them?

  15. That’s too funny..I love reading your blog. I think that you’re very interesting and I never mind the personal tidbits..makes us each more real!!

    Do you secretly read books that you are too embarrassed to post about?

  16. I enjoy reading the personal scoops although I try not to reveal too much on my blog because I want it to be focusing on books. (Maybe I have revealed too much already? LOL) Through Independent Literary Awards, I feel I have got to know you better. Also I do have to give facebook the credit because I love your updates, especially what you’re having for lunch and the movies you’re watching. 🙂

  17. For me, I enjoy reading other blogs like yours that share personal tidbits and scoops. I have been a bit cautious about sharing much personal stuff on my blog as many personal friends read it and I have to ask myself if I want them to know what I’m posting about. It’s a tough one for me, I’d like to find a balance in sharing some personal tidbits and maintaining some privacy as well. Do you have family and friends reading your blog and does that affect what you blog about?

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