What’s with the name of this blog?

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.

6 responses to “FAQs

  1. Sandra Myers

    Love your blog! I have been finding blogs of many of our friends and all of you are incredible writers! Check this one out Jenny has been attending our church! Miss you and pray for you often and hope to see you soon!


    • Thanks for stopping by my blog, Sandra. I’m not sure when I’ll be back in town next. Most of my recent trips have not occurred over a weekend, so I have not had a chance to visit Wellspring.

  2. Edward Pier

    I like pringles but not honey mustard is not
    that good at all, I my glad it is for limited time
    only. A two for one would be good.

  3. Anonymous

    II came across your blog while trying to figure how to get my store to carry a certain flavor of pringles the lightly salted ones. Have you not tasted the them? I just love them! Anyway, just wanted to say, I enjoyed reading the blog.

  4. My parents and I were friends with Ron Stone in the late ’60’s, but somehow lost touch with him. My mother was Godmother to Ron’s daughter, Jennifer. I found some pictures of his daughter and child. Do you know how I can get them to Ron?

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