Today, we have another one of my favorites ... Sean Gleeson from The Gleeson Bloglomerate....
The interview panel is ready with their questions ...
Now, the first question...
I would like to ask what made him start blogging?
Okay, you heard the question.
You can blame Mothering.com for that. No, really. If you've got a few minutes, I'll explain.
A lot of really stupid things get posted on the Mothering.com forum, but there are some nice people there too. Phoebe was going there all the time, to chat about, you know, mothering. One day (Feb. 22, 2004, if you care), Phoebe begged me to write something on that forum, to respond to some moonbat or other. So I did. And for the next few months, I would drop in on the MotheringDotCommunists, and write whatever needed writing, which was usually either patient explanations of Christian philosophy, or impatient mockery of John Kerry.
Meanwhile, Phoebe was keeping two Xanga blogs of her own, one for a personal diary, and one for a homeschooling journal. She hinted that she thought it was a bit inexcusable that she had a web designer for a husband, but had to rely on Xanga for her blog. She also hinted that I should have a blog too. I agreed, in principle, but I was too busy for such things.
And then, on Sept. 10, 2004, at the very height of the Rathergate scandal, Instapundit linked to a parody I wrote at Mothering.com! Never before or since has that forum come close to equalling the traffic Glenn sent them that day. That changed my perspective quite a bit. I was Instalanched without a blog! Within three weeks, I had designed and installed the Gleeson Bloglomerate, incorporating both of Phoebe's former Xanga blogs, plus one for me, plus a sort of aggregate blog home page. And I waited for my next Instalanche.
Why home-schooling instead of private schools?
Once we decided to give our children the best education in the world, there was really no other choice. There is simply no school -- public or private -- in the world that could give our children a better education than homeschooling. Some books that helped seal the deal were Homeschooling for Excellence, by David and Micki Colfax, and How Children Fail, by John Holt.
Why do trolls troll?
Wikipedia has a list of 22 possible motivations for trolling. I think mainly they're perverts.
Can you sing any of the songs from "Oklahoma?"
Yes, three of them.
Are You Being Served? or Vicar of Dibley?
Fawlty Towers. Seriously, I cannot stand The Vicar of Dibley. It is a terrible show. Are You Being Served? isn't terrible, but I am prejudiced against any title containing a question mark, as it makes writing about the work needlessly confusing.
What's the best game you ever wrote?
That's easy. The Autorantic Virtual Moonbat! Its inane remarks are widely believed to be a piece of ingenious programming, but really it is manned by a bank of moonbat volunteers in California, who believe they are staffing a Green Party online help desk.
What's the game you want to write?
I have two games on the back-burner. One is a puzzle game, where you're locked in a room with a broken robot. The only way out of the room is to fix the robot so it can open the door. But the door leads to another room with another broken robot, and you have to figure out how to fix it. And so forth. The other is a sort of solitaire poker game that uses all 52 cards for each hand. Think video poker, but ten hands at a time. I think I could sell it to casinos.
Do you blog in pajamas?
I don't own pajamas, okay?
Name one Democrat you'd vote for president in 2008.
Blogger Charles Hill (writer of Dustbury.com) is the only registered Democrat I would even consider voting for any office, and even then it would depend on who the Republican opponent was. If Hill ran against Arlen Specter, sure.
What was the first blog you ever read?
The Bleat, by James Lileks. Only, I didn't know it was a blog at the time.
What was the first blog you ever read again and again?
Same answer, I reckon.
What's the best pet you ever had?
Dear departed Blue, my lazy, smelly old basset hound. I realized he died when he started smelling better.
Would you rather change a really messy diaper? Or a car tire in the rain?
Are you kidding? I love changing car tires in the rain!
The Beatles or the Rolling Stones?
Out of respect for Phoebe, I decline to answer.
You have lots of children. Did you and Phoebe ever figure out what causes that?
I did, but I haven't told her.
Thank you, sir, for agreeing to the interview. I enjoyed the heck out of this. I hope everyone else did, too.
Tomorrow, we have Dragonlady (Dragon's Den) lined up. Should be fun.