When I close my eyes, I try and picture the "interviewer". Almost always, he (yes, the voice inside my head asking these questions is male) strongly resembles "Jake Blues"..and he smokes cigarettes.
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Interviewer: I was saying…do you like to blog?
Julie: Most of the time I do. I like that I am able to check in with artists from all over the world and see what they’re up to. I’ve made a lot of friends that way.
Interviewer: What else?
Julie: I receive feedback on the artwork I make…and I feel good being able to offer tips and tricks to people who ask for them.
Interviewer: What could be so bad about that?
Julie: Sometimes I am frustrated that words I write of things I create are not “taken” as I intended them to be.
Interviewer: But you realize that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, right?
Julie: I guess. I also think that everyone should have the same opinion I do…
Interviewer: Are you kidding?
Julie: Do you have to ask?
Interviewer: Do you like reading blogs?
Julie: I refresh my feed list a couple of times every day. There are over 250 blogs on there.
Interviewer: You read them all?
Julie: Uh…most of the time I look at pictures. If the picture grabs my attention, I go in for the read. I read almost all of them through my RSS feeds.
Interviewer: How come you don’t read all of them?
Julie: There is not enough time in the day. I enjoy the visual stimulation from the blogs on my feed list. My primary goal is to browse through them for entertainment…not to email every person every day.
Interviewer: Who said you have to email every person every day?
Julie: Artful Blogging.
Interviewer: They did?
Julie: Yes. They mentioned in the last issue that you should take the time to respond to every comment that you receive on your blog.
Interviewer: Do you?
Julie: Up until about a week ago I did. I emailed a response to every person who commented on my blog.
Interviewer: And then what happened?
Julie: I got fed up.
Julie: Yes. I am not fed up with receiving comments, everyone likes comments. I think I made myself crazy wondering if people were commenting just to pay back comment or if they really liked my work.
Interviewer: And then?
Julie: And then I was wondering if people who I left comments for thought I was only leaving comments to get comments back from them. It got out of control.
Interviewer: How so?
Julie: In my head. My head got out of control.
Interviewer: So what do you do now?
Julie: Now I answer when I can and post when I can. Someone as compulsive as me needs to be able to browse so much every day….in order to keep up with my insane demand for visual stimulation, I have to be fast.
Interviewer: What about quality?
Julie: Exactly…I need to be able to post quality comments and posts…that’s just me. I want everything to be good.
Interviewer: Catholic school?
Julie: Hey- you’re pretty good.
(to be continued…)
Jake and Elwood Blues: Image courtesy of wikipedia