Friday Five:

1. Explain why you started to journal/blog.
The biggest reason is that I was thousands of miles away from my family and friends and, well, phone bills are expensive. It was an easy way for the fam to keep up with my life. In addition to that, I’m addicted to the Internet and I talk a lot. I like to code and figure out stuff. I’m also kind of a fame-whore. So yeah, it was all those.

2. Do people you interact with day to day or family members know about your journal/blog? Why or why not?
Yep. Pretty much everybody knows about it. I even put it on my CV nowadays, just so employers aren’t surprised if they discover it later. I know that some folks get off on the anonymity of the Web, but personally I find that rather dehumanizing. It’s so much nicer to think that a website actually represents a real human person. That’s why I made it a priority to be known and accountable on my site. It forces me and everybody who visits the site to remember that we’re all individuals, and I think it results in less flamage and a higher level of discourse. Plus, like I said, I’m a big fame-whore.

3. Do you have a theme for your journal/blog?
Not really. It goes through phases depending on my current interests – like now, when it’s “Craft-O-Rama 24/7!” – but that’s not really a conscious choice. As my header graphic indicates, the overall theme is probably just “Me”.

4. What direction would you like to have your journal/blog go in over the next year?
You know what? To be honest, I hope it continues on exactly as it has. We’ve got such a good little community built up here and I don’t want that to change. I’m certainly not going to do anything different.

5. Pimp five of your favorite journals/blogs.
My favorites are listed down on the right, and I love ’em all. If you held a gun to my head, though, I’d have to admit that the five sites I seem to check most often are Lots of Co., Sore Eyes, Scrubbles, defective yeti, and Krisalis. They all blog about such different things and they’ve always got new content up. I’m a sucker for frequent updates. 🙂