Welcome to the Second Annual Community Networking Meme! If you’re unsure of what this is, I recommend you check out Tom Baker’s blog, Morning Erection, for a complete list of details. To sum up, a list of bloggers participating have posted this blog at the same exact time around the world, answering the following questions. At the end of my questions, I have a list of the other bloggers participating. Enjoy!
1. As a blogger, what do you draw inspirations from for your posts?
For the most part, my inspirations come from my emotions and experiences from my every day life – especially when it comes to my poetry. If I’m writing a post like a top ten list, I usually just go with what I know, no real inspiration necessary. This is probably why I’ve been lacking in posts lately, with working split shifts and extra hours, all I know is work, and all I feel is tired. There’s only so many poems you can write about being tired!
2. If you could swap blogs with another blogger for a post, who would you switch with and why?
There’s so many blogs I’d love to switch with! Of course it’d be fun to switch with Broken Sparkles because we both have different styles of poetry, it’d be fun to see what we’d share on each other’s blogs. Maybe Morning Erection so I could make Tom write poetry again. But I think one I think would be a lot of fun would be to swap with Nerds of the Round Table. I love the stuff they write about (being a nerd myself), and I think I’d have fun writing a post for them.
3. If your blog had a theme song, what would it be? Why?
I had such a hard time with this question, mostly because I didn’t know what kind of song my blog “suited”. I ended up putting my playlist on shuffle and the two first songs were Like a Boss by The Lonely Island or Come Out and Play cover by Richard Cheese (the version online I found definitely is not the best version, the one I have from the cd is way better, sorry). I think the first one would suit my blog because I feel sometimes I hold a false sense of arrogance on my blog (for comedy purposes of course…But I am totally badass and you know it). As for the second one, I think it reflects the fact that I can have fun on my blog, it’s not all serious poetry or thoughts, but jokes and randomness too. Plus it’s all lounge style, so it sounds way cooler and more suave than the original song actually was. And I definitely try to come off as more cool than I really am.
4. What is your writing process for a post?
It all depends on what post I’m writing. If I’m writing a poem, I don’t really have a process; I kind of just write what I feel, or about something I’m inspired by. When it comes to a top ten list, I typically compile the list itself first, order it, and then I write the filler. The Coffee Wars posts take the longest I find, mostly because I have to get a good image of the beverages first, which doesn’t always happen. Then I have to think about which one I enjoyed more and why, and yeah, sometimes that just takes too long because I’m not that picky of a person. Typically though, images are found last on any post, I plop them in and then I edit. Nothing really spectacular really, I just sit down and write and there you have it. Though I almost always need a coffee (and a fancy coffee to boot – lots of foam for me!), and I like to listen to some music, it’s just my routine I guess.
5. Your blog requires a cute, new, mascot – what would it be?
The dancing coffee cup from my intermission images from the 31 Days of Blogging Honesty posts. It’s a cartoon dancing coffee cup, how much more fantastic can you get?
6. Do you feel you express your “true self” on your blog?
Yes and no. Whatever I do share on my blog, I don’t lie about. I’m never lying when I say I’m working a lot, or that I’m tired, or that I’m having a good day, or whatever I say. With that said, I don’t share everything on my blog. I can be a very private person (which some people find hard to believe because I can be so loud), so there are some things I don’t feel I can open up about, especially with a bunch of people I’ve never met. Hell, I can rarely open up about things I feel with people I love and trust, so it’s not you, it’s me. I think the truest form of myself you can find is on the post Singlehood and Craving Intimacy. As far as my poems go, they also hold the truest form of myself I’ve ever shared on my blog. There are some poems, that even though they are ambiguous or metaphorical, there’s a lot of who I am written in each word and spoken with the words I didn’t say but through the emotions I tried to invoke.
There are some things I don’t share to protect myself or those I love – I try to use names very little unless I have permission or if I feel it’s absolutely necessary. I also haven’t mentioned where I work outside of what I do there, because I don’t want to disrespect the companies I work for inadvertently and basically I’m covering my own ass.
7. What is your biggest online pet-peeve?
There’s soooo many. My first one is: pEoPlE wHO tALk lIkE THiS!!!. Or how about: ppl who tlk like dat is da gr8st thing eva, u no wat i mean? Come on people, learn to spell properly!
Oh and then there’s those girls who take pictures of themselves wearing little to nothing (and almost always in a bathroom for some reason), and they have their makeup caked on, trying to look hot when they just look desperate and skanky. When you add the infamous “duck face” the equation, it just really grinds my gears.
The last online pet-peeve is when I see comments that are just rude to be rude. And no site is safe – I’ve had comments on my site. One guy came out here, called me a fat cow basically and said I was disgusting. I have no idea why he said, who he was, and what the point of that comment was. It’s like when I see a comment on a youtube video and someone calls someone a “fag” or “gay”, like that’s supposed to be an insult (fucking ignorant people). Anyway, rant complete.
8. If you could live in a fictional universe, where would you live? Why?
Again, too many answers to pick from. I think I’d live in the Star Wars universe. I almost picked the Harry Potter universe, but only if I could be a wizard. The problem with the Harry Potter universe is thoughts like “are wizards not taught how to do basic math, or writing skills”. Plus there’s a lot of issues with muggle treatment, and I’d probably be a target of a Death Eater attack. And as much as I’d love to go to Hogwarts to woo Professor Snape, I think I’d much rather be in a universe where I could possibly check my Facebook and have access to the internet. I mean think about, if in Star Wars they can have hologram messages they must have the internet – how else will they get their porn?
9. You’re having a bad day, you’re upset, you’re angry, or you’re sad – what is your go-to comfort?
First thing I do is get myself a coffee, and depending on the degree of how upset I am, that usually helps quite a bit. But for really terminal days, I usually go out for a sundae or cake with Ryan or one of my other lovely friends. There’s nothing quite as comforting as crying in public and eating a banana split.
10. What is your favourite inspirational quote?
“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
11. If they were to make a movie based on your life, who would play you, your leading lady/man, your best friend, and your rival?
I think my life would probably be a comedy film, and to play me I’d love it for Melissa McCarthy to play me. I friggen love this lady, she’s beautiful, hilarious, and super talented, and I think she’d do a great job playing me (cause I’m hilarious, beautiful and super talented too! See what I did there?). Leading man is a tough one though, cause I’m just 22, so it’d be hard to make a movie based on me now – most of it would be a bit exaggerated and fictitious anyways. So I’m gonna say Ryan Reynolds, because it’s a movie about me and I can make up whatever I want (plus they have really good chemistry, check out the movie “The Nines” if you ever can). My best friends would be played by Sean Hayes and Katie Aselton, and my rival would be played by Tom Cruise (I don’t have a rival in real life, so I picked Tom Cruise cause I know he can do well in comedic roles, and he really gets on my nerves, so it’s perfect!).
12. Do you think the world is going to end in 2012?
No, absolutely not. This past year we were supposed to have the apocalypse, and in 2000 the world was supposed to end with Y2K. If anything happens in 2012, there’s nothing I can do to stop it, so I’m just going to enjoy my life. There’s always going to be someone who thinks they know when the world will end, and I doubt the “world will end” in my lifetime.
13. If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?
I would love to say my body, or anything with my appearance. But I think what I really want to change is my confidence level. I feel insecure a lot of the time, and I’m very self-conscious. I want to become more confident with myself as I am, love myself for who I am, and I think with that it won’t really matter to me what people think of me, because I’ll like myself.
14. What is your favorite season and why?
Fall! I love it because it’s not too warm or cold, it’s full of beautiful colours, and I don’t get allergies in the fall. Plus I’m always so wiped from the summer, I find that the fall helps me to recuperate and reflect.
15. You’ve been bitten by a vampire. Would you fight it with all your undead being or would you embrace it for all it is worth?
Depends on what kind of vampire universe you’re talking about – if I was from Twilight, well I’d just stake myself and be done with it. If I was in the Buffy vampire universe, I’d probably embrace it, cause they’re pretty cool and badass (take Spike for example). If I was in the Blade universe, well I’d just go find the cure, duh!
16. Have you personally met any of your blogger friends?
Nope, most of them are out of the country, so it’s a bit hard to do so. Not to say I’m opposed to the idea, I’d love to meet any of them! If any of you are in the GTA (greater Toronto area) ever, let me know, I’d love to meet up over coffee.
17. What does your favourite pair of underwear look like?
First off, I’d like to mention that I have no granny panties. I have a weird rule where I don’t buy underwear from a bag of 5, and the ones I do buy are typically $10 a pop or 3 for $20 (I don’t cheap out on my panties, no-sir-ee-Bob). That being said, I have a lot of favourite pairs. Probably my favourite are ones made of entirely black lace – they’re sexy and they make my butt look fabulous.
Wow, how uncomfortable did I make everyone? I spent way too long explaining my underwear…
18. Have you ever drank something right from the container in the refrigerator knowing other people will have to drink out of the same container later?
Yup. I know, it’s completely disgusting, but I’m sure I’ve done it. I don’t do it often enough to even remember the last time I did it, but I’m sure I have. I think everyone has been guilty of that at least once.
19. What is your favourite word and explain why?
Earlier this year I participated in a meme that Blaga from Broken Sparkles started which was all about your favourites of every season. The last part of the meme was your all time favourites. With that being said, the word I picked for that meme was:
–verb (used without object)
1. to persist in anything undertaken; maintain a purpose in spite of difficulty, obstacles, or discouragement; continue steadfastly.
2. to persist in speech, interrogation, argument, etc.; insist.
–verb (used with object)
3. to bolster, sustain, or uphold: unflagging faith that had persevered him.
I know, a lot of you read “perverse” didn’t you? Maybe that’s part of the reason I like it, people read it wrong and get a completely different impression of me. I like this word so much because I feel it’s what I try to do with my life – that even with the worst of times I need to struggle through, to remain strong and fight through it. As much as I may wish it was over, I don’t want to quit what I’m doing because I can be stronger than that. I can’t stand people who give up on something easily, who quit just because things get a bit hard or because you have to work harder to get the outcome you want. Well that’s life, and sometimes you have to climb through miles of shit to get to better ground. A lot of the times things in life don’t go your fucking way, but you keep trying because that’s what you have to do. I think a lot of people my age don’t realize that life isn’t just handed to you, that you’re not always going to get your dream job right away, you’re not going to just find your ideal partner for life – you have to work for these things. That’s why I like the word persevere so much, because I think it alone holds the meaning of my life.
20. 2011 is soon coming to a close, is there anything you’d like to do different on your blog in the year 2012?
I’d like to uphold to a more consist updating schedule. I’ve been really flakey this year, and I’ve really disappointed myself. I have a lot of ideas of things I want to write about, but I have a hard time finding motivation, or the time to sit down and do it. I’ve been learning how to rebalance my time now that I have more things that require my attention. Usually I’m not working two jobs, so I’m still getting used to that sort of schedule. I make an effort to see the friends that I can, so that is where some of my time goes to. Now that I am in a relationship, I have less time to myself and more time going into that part of my life. It’s all a learning process of how to allot time towards my personal projects. I’ve been neglecting a lot of those personal projects though, and I know in 2012 I want to give myself time each week to update my blog. I’m not doing it because I feel I owe anyone an update, I’m doing it because I feel I owe myself an update.
Also, I’m hoping in 2012 to be less flakey with the blogs I follow. I say this often and hardly follow through, but it isn’t out of not wanting to, it’s out of not enough time again. So though I may not be able to read every single post I want to, I’ll try to read more than I have been, as well as commenting more.
And with that, I just want to say thank you for stopping by, and I look forward to reading everyone’s posts (though it may take me a few days, I’ll try to do my best!).
2011 Community Network Meme Participation List
Over A Cup Of Coffee (that’s me :D)