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A Blogger's Last Resort - Ask Me Anything...

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I seem to have been offered a few awards and/or memes of late that, should I accept them, require me to reveal something about myself - odd habits, weird things, individual ideas, personal beliefs etc.

Generally I avoid these things for 2 reasons.

The first is an unresolved egoistic conflict. On the one hand, it seems incredibly arrogant and egotistical to think people are interested in me babbling on just about myself in a look-at-me, look-at-me kind of way. And yet, what is a blog, if it isn't an entire vehicle for people to babble on about themselves at length in a look-at-me, look-at-me kind of way?

Let's face it, Ramblings of the Bearded One is Kim's World. I dictate what appears here, and I get to delete comments I don't want printed here. I stick my face on the header bar and decide who I'm going to link to.

However, I'm not actually vain enough to believe anyone would be interested in me for the sake of it, so what I do is offer something in return for the attention of any passing readers, commenters or lurkers. Nearly everything I write is an attempt at entertainment, amusement and/or insights into another world. Periodically it's a scream at the universe, but generally I try to write something that's worth the few minutes it takes to read.

So there's this uneasy balance in trying to create something worthwhile so people will notice me, without overtly yelling, look-at-me.

Secondly, having responded to "7 things meme", "6 Weird Things meme" and even "101 things about me" in the past, it's difficult to think of anything to say I haven't mentioned before.

However, there's also an arrogance in assuming anyone reading my blog has actually bothered to look through the past 440 posts of the last 3 and half years, and remembered everything I've said. Conan Drum, for example, expresses surprise I'm a grandfather every time I mention it.

Therefore, combining everything I've just mentioned with the fact I'm also struggling a bit lately to think of what to write, I'm going to steal Savannah's trick from last month and invite questions.

For the next few days post any questions you'd like me to answer, about anything you like - don't be shy - in the comments of this post.

Then, probably sometime over the weekend, I will attempt to answer them with a high degree of honesty. However, any questions which are insulting without being amusing will be deleted or ignored.

And I reserve the right to change the rules at any point. Kim's World, after all, is a dictatorship, not a democracy...
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28 comments

karatemom said...

okay I don't actually have a question at this point..but a humorous comment. That was sparked by the last line of your post.

My younger son and my husband were having a discussion on something and after a lot of back and forth my son says to him....

son."is this not a democracy ?
dad."no, it is more of a dictatorship"
without a moments hesitation he responds with.
son."oh, so that makes you the Dick right?"

OMG he was so out of line but it was so hilarious. I roared with laughter

hope you got a chuckle out of that.after your last post re: you and your son..this gives you another idea of things that may be coming your way.

I look forward to seeing what this idea brings will be interesting.

Jupiter's Girl said...

I like your post; how you verbalize what all of us bloggers are doing on blogosphere. It's so true.

Do you have a favorite scent?

(Karatemom, that's so funny.)

Charlie said...

Do you eat haggis?

Kanani said...

Oh... I don't have a question!

Hmmm...... will go eat a piece of cake and think about it for awhile.

savannah said...

no questions yet still laughing over karatemom's comment...

karatemom said...

Have you ever had a moment where you have been so angry at someone where you honestly thought you could seriously hurt them or did hurt them ..if so ..what happened?? and what if anything did you learn from it ??

If never ..have you ever been in a situation where someone wanted to hurt you ..if so ..what happened and how was it solved.??

(hope this question is okay)

Fat Lazy Guy said...

It's hard, when you've been following a blog for over a year, to know what you don't know about someone :D

I'll try to think of a question in a bit.

Sayre said...

I've been reading your blogs for a while now, but don't remember ever seeing whether you grew up in Scotland, if you ever lived anywhere else, if you LOVE it there, or if you had a chance to live anywhere other than where you are, where would it be and why?

Might be good for a post...

Conan Drumm said...

What, you're a grandfather?!







[just trying to be consistent]

Conan Drumm said...

Diverse as we all may be, and looking at yourself as an example, do you think we bloggers share something in common?

LegalMist said...

My question is about #99 on your list of 101 things. What was it that "broke" you (was it the depression, or was there something else?), and how did you recover?

And yes, I admit I'm too lazy to read all 440 of your blog posts to see if you've talked about it already. I've lurked about for quite awhile and have read many of your posts, but certainly not all of them!) If you have already written about it, and you just want to link to it, that's fine.

heather said...

how about: as the parent of both a male and female child (i think i'm correct on that--i'm an occasional visitor only), do you feel that you treat them fundamentally based on gender? and do you think that'll continue into their adulthood? hanging out at a family pic nic when they're both of age, are you just as likely to offer your daughter a beer as your son? or hug your son as tenderly as a daughter? i know this question may not take "special needs" into account--but maybe it doesn't need to*? (*honestly not sure.)

heather said...

ugh, should have proofread... "fundamentally differently"... urgh.

Kim Ayres said...

Some interesting questions coming. Let me see: I'm a Dick; what's my favourite smell; do I eat haggis; have I ever wanted to really hurt someone; where did I grow up and what do I think of Scotland; do bloggers share something on common; what broke; do I treat the kids differently according to their sex; and how much do I care about proofreading and typos in the comments...

Plenty to get me mulling so far :)

Attila The Mom said...

Boxers or briefs?

Mary Witzl said...

Do you ever miss England? What do you think are the fundamental differences between England and Scotland? (In no fewer than 50 words, pen not pencil...oops, sorry!)

Sorry, that's the best I can do right now; I'm fresh from teaching four hours' worth of classes, and boy, am I tired...

karatemom said...

LOL @ Atilla...why am I so not surprised by your question? You left out "comando" in your question though.
And Kim ...do tell. :)

PI said...

What haven't you done that you would like to do before it's too late? Not that you're old or anything:)

Eryl Shields said...

As you are getting into portrait photography is there a person, living or dead, that you would like to be able to (or have been able to) photograph, if so, why?

savannah said...

i like the silly questions best, so favorite movie of all time...only one and tell me why it's your favorite. xoxox

(photo is at the framers.)

Pearl said...

Why is six afraid of seven?
Pearl

karatemom said...

pearl......cause 789

Anonymous said...

Why did the chicken cross the street?

Cheche
Philippines

Carole said...

What is your favorite childhood memory?

problemchildbride said...

I like Conan's question and have wondered about it myself. What do you think?

What would you have done differently, if you had the chance to revisit it?

debra said...

Blogs are really the writer's world, aren't they? It's a way to share how we see the world---much like other forms of art like photography or clay.
And you are entitled to be the dictator----or dick--if you so choose:-)
Karatemom's comment made me chuckle (as the parent of 17 and 21 yr old daughters.....)

Daphne Wayne-Bough said...

How did you manage to score 198 on Scramble?

Kim Ayres said...

Daphne - there were a lot of easy 7 and 8 letter words due to a good spread of Es, Ns, Ts and Ds.

And I'd had a double espresso.

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