Saw this tag over at ReactionaryTales. (Neither endorsement nor condemnation is implied by the link)
I have NO idea why this tag is called this. It is rather pretentious and completely off point. I think it would be better named the “Getting to Know You” tag or something. I like ReactionaryTales’ questions though, so figured I’d stick in my 4 cents worth.
1) Briefly explain your blogging style (where your favorite blogging spot/tools – as in, on the couch using your smartphone or something)
I like to call my blogging style the Way of Bookstooge’s Path of Total Enlightenment. Basically, I plop my butt on the couch, throw my lap couch onto my lap,
and either select the latest book I have finished and start typing up the review, or I have had an idea from earlier in the day that I want to blab about and start typing that up. Either way, there is almost no forethought. It is setting free the artist within, the hidden zenmaster, the subconscious creator. There are NO BOUNDARIES on my creative genius. “Look on my works, ye plebs and DESPAIR!”
My idea of planning ahead is typing up a post and scheduling it 24hrs in advance. No more than that.
2) How do you manage your blogging time including blog reading time?
When I get up at 6am on a work day, I grab a cold Bang
and sit on the couch and take an hour to sip it, hence allowing for a continual intake of caffeine until I am motivated enough to get ready for work.
This allows me 60minutes to peruse ya’lls blogs. At least, those of ya’ll that aren’t too lazy to post overnight. Mondays and Wednesdays I have mens meeting and prayer meeting at Church, so I don’t get home til 7 or 8pm. Then I’ll spend another 60minutes catching up on the rest of you. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays I get home around 5pm, so it might stretch to 2-3hrs. I also use those times to write posts and read. Saturdays I’ll catch up on posts in the afternoon, write if I feel like it or read. Sunday is pretty much open all day unless I’m playing Magic: The Gathering at the library in the afternoon. That still gives me all Morning and all Evening on Sundays. But I tend to catch up on any posts for that day before I write any of my own.
I follow about 60 people, as I found that more than that I can’t keep people straight. I also don’t follow people who don’t post regularly or SJW’s, as those people tend to raise my blood pressure and this is supposed to be fun.
3) Who is your most read author?
Be a good follower and please see my post, Bookstooge’s Most Read Authors. Enlightenment is only a click away!
4) How did you come up with your blog name?
I had just come out of the Great Censorship Debacle at Goodreads in 2013. I had been physically threatened by indie authors and their fans, had my reviews hidden by GR because it didn’t conform to their vaguely worded and totally author and sales oriented terms of service and had gotten on the List of the StoptheGoodReadsBullies assholes. So I was not in the mood to use my real name or make my picture widely public.
I used Bookstooge because I had an old email address that used that term. I was just moving to Booklikes and their blogging platform allowed for more than just books but I wanted to concentrate on books, so Bookstooge it was. Once I created that identity, including my nifty Avatar,
my alter-ego was born! I’ve spent the last 4 years solidifying Bookstooge as my online personna and now consider him me, or me him, or us we (argggggh!!!) when online. But don’t worry, my Psyche Isn’t Fractured, honest!
5) What keeps you blogging?
Several things actually.
Foremost is the knowledge that I read enough that I simply can’t remember all the plots and all the feelings and all the thoughts I’ve had for the over 3000 books I’ve read since 2000. So my blogging is a place where I can store my memories for retrieval at a later date.
Second, I like words. In fact, I have an amount of words that I have to write out on a daily or weekly basis. Its like having a fountain inside. Back before I got into blogging in ’04 or ’05, I used to write in a journal every night. So blogging is just an outlet for me.
Third, it is a great way for an introvert who literally can’t stand more than 6 people at once for more than an hour to interact with a large group on a regular basis. In fact, I feel like a Super Popstar every time a post gets more than 10 Likes or Comments.
I would like to thank Lashaan for perfecting the art of subliminal messaging within a post to create your own personal army. Go forth and subjugate, my minions!
Feel free to answer these in the comments or do your own post if you like the questions.