Mo’ of yo’ questions my faithful followers!!
What’s the most positive thing you’ve gotten out of blogging?
When I was struggling with OCD, anxiety and depression… my outlet was blogging. It helped me take the jumbled up catastrophe of thoughts in my brain and put them into words on a page! Tears sometimes streamed down my face after I’d go back and read what I wrote! My blog has deviated from where it was almost two years ago (through the life of Hands To War and my previous blog: Virtual Hugs). I had initially started it as a therapy for myself. I don’t know why… but it felt better letting people know what I was going through. I’ve always worn my emotion on my sleeve.
Now that I’m in a better place, the blog reflects myself in a different light than it did two years ago. While I still enjoy talking about religion, fatherhood and being a husband… I also enjoy talking about boobs, baseball and vlogging myself smashing my ass through a coffee table.
So… I would say that the most positive thing I’ve gotten from blogging is understanding myself.
Oh… and people who leave comments about how much they LOVE my blog. Those are always pretty positive too.
What’s the most negative thing you’ve gotten out of blogging?
There’s a couple of things.
First of all, once you start a fresh new blog, you can’t expect yourself to accumulate 1000 hits a day immediately! I “knew” this when I started… but was hoping that since “I’m ME” and “You’re Not Me” that my blog would become the #1 search engine phrase on Google. As fate has it… I’m dreadfully mediocre and wasn’t able to gain instantaneous fame and fortune just because I started a blog (yet). It takes a lot of work to make yourself known… and I’m not even really up there with the big leaguers yet. I’m barely in rookie ball right now. So… I suppose this wasn’t as much a negative thing as it was just a harsh reality.
Secondly, I’m a perfectionist. I want everything to be PERFECT… or up to my standards anyway. This initially resulted in me spending too much time on the computer making each blog post perfect… and denying quality time with my wife in the evening. Of course she’s not going to tell me to stop something I enjoy doing… but I admit that I was a little too involved initially and now have a more chiseled-out time to write blog posts.
Do you write your posts ahead of time?
I actually prefer bending the space-time continuum by stepping into the future and stealing my future blog posts and bringing them back to present day so I never really have to “do” any writing.
Me in my sexy bikini about to travel into the future while getting a tan on my time machine/tanning bed
What do you think I can do to improve my blog?
You know what I love about your blog… you’re not ashamed of your geekiness! Part of being a geek is not giving a crap what other people think about what you write about. The first thing I thought when my eyes locked with yours on your blog’s profile picture were, “This guy did not post a picture of himself with a lightsaber as his profile pic!!” Dude… now that’s awesome. Being genuine and true to yourself will go A LONG way my friend. Keep it up.
But… I love it when you write about Star Wars or zombies or being a comic book whore… I’m interested in the you write about that because I’m a geek too. So I had to say one thing… I’d say write more of that kind of stuff!
1. What do you think of the “Twilight Freak”, really? (Cause I about cracked up on one of your older posts when you called him that).
I honestly wonder “What. The. Eff. Am I missing something here?” The dude is whiter than my ass used to be before I burnt it in a high velocity tanning bed just recently (yes while traveling into the future… see above). So, I haven’t seen the movies… but I don’t have to and don’t want to because this whole “Vampire Craze” bugs me!
2. If you and Bunny had another baby, would you (collectively, you and Bunny, not just YOU) seek out alternative health care to avoid a repeat Cesarian?? (i.e. midwife, family practice doctor, etc.) Would you consider a home birth? Do you think home birthers are nuts?
This is three questions by the way…
In answer to the first part of your question: I think I speak for both of us when I say, “No”. While we both understand there are methods out there to prevent having a repeat Cesarian… everything that Bunny went through trying to get DLG out the most natural way was exhausting. While we both know that she could have eventually… possibly… MAYBE been able to push DLG out we would run the risk of her having some sort of damage done to herself from the trauma of going through the birth canal.
In answer to the second part of your question: “No” as well. It’s just a personal preference. I (and I think Bunny) “feel” safer being in a hospital or birthing center. While I doubt that statement is 100% true all the time… it at least puts our minds a little more at ease.
Lastly, I have close to 20 nieces and nephews (and one great-nephew)… nearly ALL of them were home births. So… if I were to call home-birthers “nuts”… I may just not be invited to the next family reunion. But honestly I don’t think home-birthers are nuts at all. We’ve all got our personal preferences. Now… if you prefer to have your baby while sky-diving… THAT would qualify as nuts.
3. What’s up with the naked chick tattoos (or “partially dressed” chicks might be more appropriate)?
For the record, I have THREE chick tattoos. Wait… I have four! Damn, I guess I do have a lot of chick tattoos. Honestly… I don’t really know! I guess I like chicks (a) in tight superhero outfits, (b) larger than normal boobs or (3) that look like my wife… so I want them forever emblazoned on my body.
I just think they look cool. Gimme a break… geeeeeez!
4. Did you convert to Catholicism, or were you raised in a Catholic family? Is your entire family of origin Catholic? Have your brothers/sisters/parents remained Catholics?
Again… this is three questions. I guess I’m going to have to rewrite the rules next time I have a question and answer session.
First answer: No. I did not. I was raised Catholic, fell away for about five or six years while I was in college getting drunk 24/7 and shortly thereafter but came back after wallowing in a rather large puddle of angst and self-pity. Thank God I did.
Second answer: Both my mother and fathers side of the family were (and still mostly are) Catholic.
Third answer: My parents remain STRONG Catholics. My father really started getting into Catholic apologetics after he retired and they have probably read every book about being Catholic there has ever been published. They’ve even been to Rome, seen the Pope and met Jesus while he was sipping his latte at the Starbucks next to the Vatican. While my parents raised all of my siblings and I (there are five of us) Catholic… we all broke away from the church and I’m the only one to come back. My sister over at One Thing (who needs to start writing again!!) is a very strong Christian who writes quite often about her faith. My other sister is Christian too… but is really involved in the activities of her two high school kids at the moment to go to church. My two brothers are unfortunately agnostic… but I pray for them every day! I must say they are both dangerously hilarious though… my oldest brother just started his own little blog project: How To Create A Garden Of Inhuman Delights… it’ll have you rolling.
5. How do you feel about the Catholic devotion to Mary? What do you say when confronted by Protestants who are all like, “You worship Mary! Heretic!”, when in fact, we don’t?
If you’ve never listened to a Catholic apologist by the name of Tim Staples… then you should. He is a man FAR MORE intelligent on this issue than I ever could be. I can’t even begin to try to dissect your question because I would do it pretty miserably. All I can say is that you’re right when you say, “We don’t”! It’s a common misconception of Protestants who think we’re in mass, bowing before a statue of Mary and chanting a Gregorian chant.
6. Does potty training suck? What’s your take on it?
Potty training does suck. But I hate anything involving poop regardless. I was just getting good at changing diapers without having to look at the poop. Now… I have to look at it in the toilet and clap my hands and act really excited when all I want to do is throw up! But I now it’s for the greater good so I push on through…
7. Now that you have a child: What do you think of the public school system and would you expose your child to what’s in it? (Think “comprehensive sex education starting in elementary school.)
Oh Lord… Bunny and I HOPE to be able to enroll DLG in a private school. I’ve read about this and it’s pretty damn disturbing!
I learned about the birds and the bees when I went and saw, “Look Who’s Talking Too!” with my mom when I was in 3rd grade. If you’ve seen it, there’s a scene where the sperm are racing each other to the egg to fertilize it and they’re all talking with each other. It confused the living hell out of me and my mom had to explain it all to me on the drive home.
Look Who’s Talking Too: a perfect sex-ed tool
8. Cloth diapers: Crazy or convenient?
Again… I hate poop. I’d rather wrap it up in a disposable diaper and throw it away than having to deal with putting the log in the toilet, washing the skidmark off the diaper, dealing with the smell, etc.
I know… I know… I’m not “green”. Sue me.
Now my brother and his wife used cloth diapers and as far as I know… didn’t have a problem with it. As it is with home birthing… it’s a personal preference. Whatever floats your boat. Or holds your kids gigantic piece of crap.
9. Loud toys: Only for Grandma’s house or Bring ‘em on?
DLG is not allowed to have toys.
10. Circumcision: Would you cut your boy (if you ever have one)? Leave him as God made him? Why or why not? (I highly recommend searching for a video of an infant circumcision on youtube and watching it before you formulate an answer. Of course that may predispose you to a big, fat, “NO”. My appologies.)
You know, I never really thought otherwise until Bunny got pregnant. I never knew there was really “an option” to not get a circumcision!
Believe me… I have NOT A SINGLE DOUBT IN THIS WORLD that a circumcision would hurt like a mothereffer!! I do not need to nor do I want to see an infant get circumcised on YouTube! I may just have nightmares. With that being said… I think the positives outweigh the negatives when it comes to getting a circumcision. While my heart would ABSOLUTELY BREAK for my son who just got circumcised because I know the little man just went through hell… I also know he won’t require massive amounts of therapy when he’s 30 because he won’t be able to remember it.
(Unless he’s that albino dude from the movie, “Powder”… who remembers everything… including when he was born)
Albino dude from “Powder” = creepy
11. Is there a tattoo that you regret getting? (I have just one I wish I could get rid of.) Would you cover it up if you could? Remove it? Which one is it and why?
What’s with the three questions in a single question!
Yes. This one:
I regret this one because it really makes no sense whatsoever. It’s a scorpion on my boob. Okay. What’s that mean? I don’t know.
Yes… I have tiny nipples.
No… I haven’t thought of anything to cover it up with yet but plan on covering it up with another half-naked chick because you can never have too many of those.
Still working on the others. I’m not good at giving short and concise answers if you can’t tell already!