Questions! A WordPress Community Experiment

Because, why not?   Suzie81 Speaks did this little question-thing, which I stumbled on through Sourcerer  –I do love how I keep finding new things to read through different blogs, because, I don’t have nearly enough 🙂
Thought it might be fun to join the experiment! For Science!

To quote:
“Here’s how it works:

Answer the questions below, either in your own post (link it back to this one) or in the comment section below. They can be as short or as detailed as you like.

The post will remain open for the next three days (uhm, apparently until the end of today, August 14th), during which I will compile all the answers. Any answers you provide will be directly linked to your blog, and I will include examples of everybody’s answers in the follow up post.”

Now, the questions and my answers!

1. How did you create the title for your blog?

I remember agonizing over it for a while with my roomie.  I wanted something that wouldn’t box me in, but that would encapsulate me somehow.  Eclectic worked… as did the start of my name 🙂

2. What’s the one bit of blogging advice you would give to new bloggers?

Have fun with it, but also think about what you’re doing.  Just like everything on the internet, once you put it out there, it’s out there.  Also, be part of the community, visit other blogs, hold conversations, read other people’s posts.  Oh!  And don’t be a number chaser, those people whose actions are clearly just because they are trying to raise their numbers, or promote their own things without ever contributing or giving to others… that’s really annoying.

3. What is the strangest experience you’ve ever had?

Very hard to pick one… I have had some experiences that I consider to be mystical/spiritual which were pretty unusual.  I’ve also had random odd things happen — like stepping out of a train on one side of the country and finding myself face-to-face with someone I know from the other side.

4. What is the best thing that anybody has ever said to you?

Again, hard to pick… but probably those moments where someone has said something to me at just the right moment.  Oddly enough, one that comes to my mind is when a friend asked me, “How are you doing?”  and when I replied, “I’m fine,”  she asked, “How are you really doing?”  At which point I burst into tears.  Because here was a friend who could see past whatever I was putting forth to what was really going on.     Those moments when I am reminded that I have people who really, genuinely, care about me.

5. When presented with a time machine, which one place and time would you visit?

One… do I … I have to pick one?  Just one?  But… but… I….
Sigh.  Fine.  Just one — to start with.

My answer to this question would vary greatly depending on the moment — but for some reason at this very moment I would go back to this time in the 1930s in Portland Maine.  I’d just want to see this one moment, this story my Grandmother has shared with me that I would often find replaying in my head when I lived out there.  First I’d go see The Wizard of Oz at the State Theater, and then I’d take the casual stroll back to the Eastland, and hopefully catch site of my grandmother and her brother as young children, skipping down the hall of the hotel with their father, singing “Off to see the wizard.”  And maybe, just maybe, I could see my Great-Grandmother stopping them and scolding, “Russell!  That is NOT how a minister behaves!”
Ask me again in an hour and I’ll tell you something different, but just now, that’s what I’d like to do.

The State Theater.  From Portland Daily Photo.
The State Theater. From Portland Daily Photo.

6. If you had to pick a new first name, what would you choose?

I am actually rather fond of my first name… but I suppose if I was forced to chose a new first name I would probably go with Cecelia… my middle name.  Because it is a pretty name and I am rather fond of it.

7. If you were a B Movie, what would it be called?

Indecisive Decisiveness.
(though, that may run the potential of becoming an art film…)

7 thoughts on “Questions! A WordPress Community Experiment

  1. Ohhh Fabulous. I like your advice very much. It’s hard not to chase the numbers. I agree it’s annoying if it becomes too consuming, but I study them, even when I don’t talk about them. The numbers are feedback. They tell me what people like, or when people are online.

    I’ve also had an unusual spiritual experience or two.


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