Time to answer tough questions from friends and readers.
Jehzeel asked 10 questions. But I only chose four that other readers might be interested to know the answers to as well. Here they are:
How much time do I spend a day blogging?
I have a day job. But I’m free at 6:00 pm onwards. This means I’m free to wreck my sleep patterns – if it’s not already wrecked. I retire at 2 am or 3 am. That translates to more or less 8 hours of daily blogging everyday.
It’s not all about writing – I only write every other day. But I read every day. My reader is close to bursting. Some special people I read via email because I can’t stand my reader anymore.
On the days that I don’t write, I comment on blogs and have fun in Twitter. If I can only understand Plurk, I’d have fun in Plurk too – but obviously, I don’t. I just registered there so nobody can stake a claim on my username.
When I don’t write, I’m in search of what to write next. My conversations with you in chat maybe inane and light but what do you know – they inspire me to jot down blog post ideas.
When I don’t have much to do at work, I sneak in blog reading and commenting and tweeting. Of course – I am not a model employee.
Do you want to die old, or do you want to die young?
I’m relatively old already so I’m bracing myself for old age. And what a fine age it is to grow old. I’d have all day blogging – reading and writing. I’m afraid of diseases, power outages, loss of the senses – anything that will affect blogging.
Am I just writing to exhale? What happens to the inhaling part of it?
Difficult question to answer. Both are automatic human reflexes. But writing to exhale is a metaphor for everything that I try to figure out in my life. We can only divine what’s out there. And what’s in me – the ghosts, the monsters lurking within, the memories that have lives of their own. Will they possess me or will I have dominion over them eventually? That still remains a question.
Am I number 4 (OMG cute)?
Yes, you are – unless the matter gets disputed in the Supreme Court.
Dan Miranda who writes about personal development threatens to cry himself to sleep because he’s not on my Friends page.
Emotional blackmail works with me, too. Dan, hush now, buddy. But the operative word is sometimes. You’re in my list now.
Fifi asked: How to write a post in 30 minutes?
That’s a walk in the park, Fifi. But the condition is that you should have been previously thinking about it the whole day . What goes into it? What’s to be left out? The best headline to hook your readers? The best lead paragraph to get your readers to swallow whole the rest of the post? In short, if you did some pre-writing done in your head before actually writing it, coming up with a post in 30 minutes is a cinch.
Personally, I can’t write that fast. Unless I want to post a laundry list of anything. But who’s going to read a post written in haste? Even I will not read it.
Do I hate you for writing paid posts?
No, I have no feeling about paid posts. It’s uninteresting to me. My heart does not race reading paid posts. Why should I bother when there are lots of lovely reads out there?
That I don’t read them is not a reflection of how I regard you. We are still friends. Maybe when you are done writing about your products then I will find the time to read your posts again.
It can only become sucky when you publish consecutive paid posts. Then I have a problem with that. But do I tell it to your face your posts suck?
No. I don’t have the heart to do that. I’d rather let my absence do the talking.
At the end of the day, I vote with my feet. I go where there’s pleasure to be had. My standards maybe off, but it’s all me. At least, I’m forthright about it.
To sum it up, there’s a place for paid posts in blogs. You have every right to do that. I will not begrudge you that right.
Please don’t assume that because we are friends I’d just suddenly go gaga over paid posts. Please don’t assume that just because we’re friends you now have a say on what’s on my reading list.
You do not.
But you can argue all you want and I will listen. It doesn’t look like I am listening, but I do. I really do.
Do I Hate You for Writing About Naruto?
No. Just like paid posts – I have no feelings about Naruto. Posts about Naruto bore me especially when you talk about them endlessly. But it’s your call – it’s your blog anyway.
A good friend suggested I had to edit the reference to Naruto in my post, How Do You Tell a Blogging Buddy His Style Sucks. For crying out loud, why? So I’d get myself a nomination from this uber blogger?
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