My sister Rebecca once sent me a coaster from a NY hotel called The Benjamin. At times I am referred to as The Benjamin. I used that arrogant nickname for my humble blog.
May I use content from this blog?
You are welcome to use my words or photos for non-commercial, non-profit use. I’d appreciate being cited, either with a link to my blog or a mention of my name (Benjamin Hoover). I reserve the right to ask you to remove reposted content if it is being used for purposes I consider nefarious (I’ve encountered some of my writing and photos reposted on sites I do not wish to be associated with).
Why do you blog? I blog because it amuses me. It also helps me stay in touch with people I do not see often. Blogging gives me an outlet to write in a non-scientific manner, with a degree of recklessness regarding grammar. I’ve found that blogging motivates me to ask questions and experience things too, which is a perk.
How do you come up with ideas? Most of my posts are born as I go about my day. Some posts are just accounts of experiences or observations. Others are questions or thoughts that happened to germinate in my mind. I keep lists of potential post ideas, many of these are topics that would take research or extra work to write, so I save them until I have time. Insomnia is also a good source of inspiration; some ideas are nocturnal.
How long does it take to write a post? I’ll often begin to formulate a post in my mind well before starting to type it out. The actual writing and formating can take anywhere from ten minutes to a couple of hours, depending on the post. After writing a post I try to wait a bit, then proofread it before publishing it. Some posts take a long time to write. I have a Baseball Apologetics post that I’ve been working on for months (it’s getting too long to be a simple post).
I’ve met you in real life and you didn’t seem anything like the person who writes this blog. Why? In many real life settings I am parsimonious with words. My blog is a small world constructed primarily out of words. Thus the conflict. I think my blogging persona and real life persona are congruent. If I wanted to build a different blogging persona I would write an anonymous blog (or maybe I already do).
How long do you intend to keep blogging? I have no idea. As long as I have time for it and I enjoy it I’ll continue.