Hello, Hello! I’d Like You to Meet . . .
It’s a fine way to spend a Sunday visiting some B. A. D. Bloggers I know. Without hesitation, these are folks who are worth getting to know. I can say that because I did.
Have you met Kirk M?
I got a B.A.D. Blogger email from Kirk M.
He said, “If you’re still doing this, I would like to offer myself as a victim…er…I mean interviewee if you would be willing to risk your mental health by talking to me.” You should have seen me smile. The prospect was lovely. This fella who came around my blog with always a thoughtful remark, wanted to spend time talking to me.
It was a gracious man, Kirk M., who took a phone call from me. We talked about submarines, wheelchairs, dreams, blogging, the sort of people we are, the sort of people we meet, how our minds ramble from subject to subject. I told stories. He told some. We talked about claustrophobia, fear of heights, and that crack between the floor and the door in an elevator. It was a fun and relaxing conversation.
Kirk was in the room he once described in a comment.
Currently my back room is located in a corner of our library (we live in an old house so we set it up in an old fashioned way), with a rocker to my right with a forest of plants behind it in the window. Behind me is a old table made out of rock maple and a grandfather clock on the other side ticking away ready to tell me I need to get started for work (and more plants).
He was the guy I knew who typed those words. Authentic Kirk.
Kirk original email had also said, “Just think…then I could put a ‘I survived a call from Liz Strauss’ thingy in my sidebar!” He did. At least, I think he did.
Oh and, do you know Kent Newsome?
I met Kent for the first time when he suggested we might meet virtually. So on went out head phones and up went the conversation level. From his first words, I started thinking about and calling forward my memories of Texas just from hearing his voice. It was lovely.
I had recently discovered Kent’s blog. He had recently emptied his feeds and asked his readers to recommend new ones. Somehow my blog got in the mix. Somehow we ended up on a voice call.
Kent and I spent time discussing what made a great blog post. It was a conversation about conversation and blogging — how to leave the blog post open and unfinished, the way conversation happens. That led into writing and interacting with people. We talked about how long we’d been blogging. That led into a glance at our philosophies of life and our histories . . . isn’t that always the case?
We compared notes on everything from the web to songwriting to lawyering.
Kent told me a bit about his background in law. He’s songwriting lawyer who blogs — well not all at once, but it’s fun to say. Kent wove all three into the coversation about his blog and his blogging. He’s an integrated guy. He brings his skills out when he needs them.
Kent said he started blogging to see whether a guy who didn’t live in the Bay area or work in the tech industry could make his way into the conversation.
The answer is a resounding “yes.”
Kirk and Kent, you are B.A.D. Bloggers!
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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