Tagged by Angelle:
1) When did you first start blogging and why?
Technically, I started keeping a writing-related journal around May 2002, but I didn’t post it online; I was living at home at the time and paranoid about my folks. I finally gave in September of that same year and started a blog at Blogger (here if you want to see, though the archives are also on my LJ).
Why? Partially to keep people I knew updated on what was going on, as it got very tiring having to tell people the same thing a bajillion times. Also because I’m an affirmed attention slut and like comments. 😉
These days, promotion is also a part of it, though if I didn’t enjoy
blatting my opinion to anyone who’ll listen blogging, I wouldn’t do it. 🙂
2) What don’t you talk about?
I’m pretty open in general about myself, what I’m working on, and my lifestyle. I don’t necessarily go into specific detail, though. I’ve mentioned I’m into extreme kink, but I doubt most people are interested in my posting that sort of material on my blog. That being said, I’m more open about things that might be “controversial” or disturbing to readers on my LiveJournal, and usually behind a friends lock. My general attitude about entries there: Don’t like it? Tough shit.
3) Are you and your blogging persona the same person?
Yes. I see no reason in hiding who I am — if you look around the net, you can find my actual legal name, though I use Nonny in almost any social context and will eventually change my name. I use a pseudonym for my published work, but I’m also open about that (and ones I’ve used in the past).
4) How do you use blogging to build friendships?
I comment to people’s blogs, I check out people who comment, and I blog-hop. I wouldn’t necessarily say that blogging in and of itself builds friendships, but it’s definitely paved the way for some — there are people I’ve met that I wouldn’t have otherwise except through my blog. Or else certain posts have led me to IM the author and chat for a bit about the subject.
5) How would you describe your writing style?
Oh gods. Um. It depends. I don’t necessarily have a standard “voice” — it depends on the genre, characters, and setting. I’m much more “formal” and quasi-archaic in some of my fantasy work than I am in my contemporary.
Two things that tend to be standard in my work, though… I write about strong female characters, and I tend to explore unconventional issues and themes, like homo/bisexuality, polyamory, and taboos (as you can see from reading the story I have on my website, In Dreams of Mine). 🙂