Last August Amanda Socci, my friend and creative writing "drill sergeant" had profiled me and posed 9 questions to me for each of my five blogs (3 of which are retired), as part of her 10 month "I know I Can" training series for Nina Amir's Write Nonfiction Now and Write Nonfiction in November efforts.
I am now answering those questions at last (Series introduction).
(1) Here is another treasure that was difficult to find. Another blog that has been discontinued but is still available to read. Why did you create this blog? Why did you end it?
It was my first blog and I was encouraged by dear friends (3 of the 5 are still alive), who have been daily correspondents, supporters and encouragers since 2000, to take my creativity into this newly born format.
I ended it for the same reason I later ended the bike blog; because others, with bigger audiences, more knowledge, connections, time, and resources, than I serve that need very ably.
I also came to realize I wanted to take my writing in new directions, focusing not on politics anymore, but on all my other interests.
It is also something I am extremely proud of all that came from writing it.
(2) This blog, Sneakeasy, has a lot of political references on it. Did you ever get in trouble or have dangerous situations happened to you because of your comments?
No dangerous situations, but the extreme socialist who helped me discover my talent as a poet “disowned me” and tried to publically shame me into staying his friend for something I wrote he disagreed with. Needless to say that didn’t work out well.
I had one blog post that went viral for weeks (in no small part to actually having a link to a decent version of a video) and had over 300 responses left to it, plus a 2nd, related, post that was also popular on a much smaller scale; They were about a video showing the beheading of a journalist in the Middle East, by terrorists.
3) Sneakeasy appears to be a hodgepodge of blog posts grouped together in interesting categories. Which category was your favorite and why?
In a way they ALL were the mid-wives helping at the birth of the writer I have become since those first 5 years.
The cat post archive led me into the new world of pet blogging, the creative writing archive helped me become an accomplished poet and storyteller, the stories about my museum trips and other adventures, including from my past, helped me become a good travel writer, as did several other categories.
The political archive, and genealogy archive, among others, helped me become a good researcher, essayist and commentator.