Saturday, June 16, 2007

Into the Spotlight

I have been tagged by Beth from "My Life Starts at Forty-two" with a meme called "Into the Spotlight". The meme was commenced by Christy at "Christy's Coffee Break" and the rules for the meme can be found here. There are a series of Questions which you may choose to answer.

When did you start blogging?
This blog began a couple of months ago as a result of realising that I was struggling with many aspects of midlife and having failed to write I was not able to examine how I was really feeling. I have been keeping a journal since 1976 so this was a natural extension to that. My second blog Sunrays and Saturdays began when my father died in 2004 with a bit of a flurry but then was ignored until March this year. A third one, Visions of Oz, just shows some of my photographs.

What do you hope to accomplish with your blog?
I have no aims really. It is a place to write, purely and simply. I am certainly not in it for the money.

What are your feelings on the "blog popularity" issue?
I'm not 100% sure what the question means. Sure, like most, I enjoy the interaction with other people that blogging has brought to me. I love it when people respond and take the time to comment. And I have counters on the blogs which shows a degree of egotism.

What's your favorite childhood memory?

Are you a spiritual person?
I regard myself as an agnostic and until recently a totally rational man. But there have been things that have occured over the past year in particular that are forcing me to rethink some of this and I guess I've just found another blog topic :)

Do your moral values affect the way that you blog, and if yes, how?
Morality is an interesting topic on it's own and I have scratched the surface of it in a few posts. Read some of these if you wish -
Of Guilt and Other Just Desserts
Black Magic
So Which Voice do you Listen to?
Is there such a thing as a Virtuous Lie?
The short answer is yes. The real question though is how hypocritical one can be if you self-righteously regard yourself as a moral person whilst lying and covering up what has gone before. For me blogging is very much about a critical examination of the person I used to be, who I have become, and whom I may one day be.

What is your best quality?
I think I've been a good father, although some may dispute that.

What is your worst quality?

I run from conflict and withdraw within rather than confront things and sort them out. I am getting better at it but I have spent a long time not just turning the other cheek, but retreating to my bedroom in a foetal position with the blankets pulled up over my head. That little boy still runs scared a lot of the time, and the grownup struggles to calm the voices sometimes.

So may I now pass this meme forward to some of those who have given me some pleasure in what they write, who have given me their time in reading what I write and whose answers to these questions will be worth reading - Random, Holly, Jeff, Finn and Micki.

Paisley, you are number six, not because I think you need any blog fodder, and I know you don't like passing memes on, but maybe answering some of this will take some of the focus off your visitor. :)

No pressure folks, just do it if you feel like it.


Finn said...

Interesting the reasons that we begin blogging. And more interesting how that begins to change after we've been doing it for a bit.

Thanks for the peek into you!

Loz said...

Hi Finn
Consider yourself tagged too friend Finn. But only if you wish to :)

paisley said...

thanks loz... i will ponder on it and see what i can come up with....

and i do need fodder,, as i have no solitude in which to really think anything else thru... so this is perfect for me!!!!

Loz said...

I'm glad Paisley - I can give plenty more if you wish - how bout a tag team interview - you ask a question of some of your regulars - we answer and ask one back?

Christy said...

Great answers, thank you for participating in this meme, I appreciate it! :)

Loz said...

Hi Christy
And thankyou for the link swap

Jeff said...

Thanks for the tag. I will get to it . . . eventually. :grin: