I couldn't have timed this post (and the one I put up on Friday) any better. My beloved computer caught a virus somehow, and I spent the weekend trying to salvage what I could. I ended up having to start fresh and erase everything off my hard drive, but I managed to copy a bunch of the important stuff like my pictures, music, and writing before the virus got to it. Let this be your reminder to back-up your files often, at least once a month. You'll save yourself the heartache of losing the stuff you hold dear and important.
After spending about 18 hours in front of my computer, reinstalling the operating system, drivers, and other miscellaneous software, I didn't feel much like spending even more time writing a post for today. The Boss was starting to forget what I looked like, having been hunkered down in my office all weekend, so having this post to come up with was a blessing in disguise. All I have to do is answer the questions you asked me from Friday's post. Here goes!
Aaron asked: Purely a selfish question based in envy and/or jealousy... How'd you get your readership so high? I keep a blog and feel pretty lucky to have 13 people drop by on a daily basis. It's kind of pathetic.
Well, it sure as hell wasn't easy. It has taken a lot of hard work and perseverance to be where I am now. It hasn't always been easy, and it hasn't always been fun, but the end results always make it worth it. Reading the responses and reactions from the things that I write is intensely gratifying, and it's one of the reasons I keep this going. If you are looking for tips on how to increase your readership, my best advice is to write. Write even if you don't feel things with your blog going anywhere. Don't interpret that to mean that you should write about everything; no one wants to read about what you had for lunch or how much things suck at work. Write hard, dig into your mind for those topics you don't want to talk about, and talk about them anyways. Comment ruthlessly on other blogs, but only if you've got something to say. If you can intrigue others by your comments, the readership will build itself naturally over time.
Didactic Pirate asked: I second the question above your readership, but more than that: for those of us that are relatively new followers, how did you get your blog name? What puts the "Badass" and "Geek" into the Badass Geek?
You know, I don't think I've ever talked about how my name came to be. If memory serves me right, the name came about one day a number of summers ago, when I was driving The Boss' best friend across town to pick up her car at the garage. It was one of those quintessential summer days, where driving around demands that the windows be down and the stereo to be cranked up. I was blasting Metallica's "Reload" album and was rocking out. Decked out in jean shorts and a Star Wars t-shirt, I apparently looked like a walking contradiction. My wife's best friend started laughing at me, and I turned to her and asked what was so funny. "You," she replied. "You're such a badass geek." And the rest, as they say, is history.
Web Savvy Mom asked: If you were on Death Row and had to select your final meal, what would it be? What's one thing you own that you know you should throw out but can't seem to do it? Why do men have nipples? Do you think blogs are dying out due (like newsgroups) to the instant gratification of Twitter?
My final meal would have to be baked breaded chicken breasts, with mashed potatoes and peas. It has forever been the ultimate comfort food, and reminds me of being a child.
The one thing I should probably throw out are some old t-shirts that I got from participating in band/chorus/drama club in high school. They have lots of special memories attached to them.
Men have nipples because the human embryo follows a "female" template. Men and women have a majority of the same parts, but the differences aren't made until the Y chromosome comes into play. Since the template existed before the male chromosome was introduced, the nipples stay. Or, you could take what The Boss would say: Men have nipples so women with nipple fetishes can have something to play with other than their own.
Twitter is great and all, but it hasn't bridged the gap yet. There is still enough of us out there who have more to say than can be expressed in 140 characters where I feel confident in saying that blogs will be around for a while yet.
Chuck asked: What is the most time honored "tradition" you have at home that drives your wife crazy? What inspired you to start your blog and keep it going?
My wife hates the fact that I leave the peanut butter jar out on the counter after making myself a sandwich. I don't know why I do it, but I almost always leave it out. I don't do it (always) to bug her, but she probably thinks that I do.
I started this blog because I needed a space to dump my brain into. I had other blogs or journals before, but people in my real life knew of them and read them. I felt like I couldn't ever let go with a rant or say something personal because of who might read it, either right when it's posted or months later. I started this blog anonymous and have gradually become less so, as I've felt the need to share more parts of my life.
Writer Ninja asked: What is your biggest pet peeve? When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up? Describe yourself in one word. What would you do for a Klondike Bar?
I hate being interrupted. It doesn't matter who does it, if it's some kid, The Boss, some old person, or someone of authority. I'll let one or two interruptions slip by without getting upset, but once you've got your three strikes, I start seething. The Boss learned this lesson the hard way.
When I was a kid, like all kids, I wanted to be many things. A football player, an artist, a policeman... As I grew older and perhaps a bit more jaded, I decided that it didn't ultimately matter what I became, as long as I was happy.
For a Klondike Bar, I would go to the store and buy one. No, probably more than one.
Lynne H asked: Rolling Stone has offered you a spread to interview anyone(alive of course) on the planet. Who would you interview and why? What is the funniest joke you have ever heard? You get the chance to play "air" instrument with any band; Who would you play with? WWJD with the Badass Geek in heaven?
I'd interview Stevie Ray Vaughn, and suggest that he take a later flight, perhaps on an aircraft with wings and higher constructional integrity.
A neutron walks into a bar and orders a whiskey on the rocks. "How much?" he asks the barhop. "For you?" the bartender replies. "No charge!"
I'd rock out with Metallica, but at their concert with the San Francisco orchestra back in 1999.
Jesus would assign me to be the guy who stands around awkwardly at all of the get-togethers. Everyone there would wonder who I am, and then probably assume that he's just the new guy.
Aunt Juicebox asked: How are things going with your health these days? Allergies and brain matter, and what not.
Things are alright. Still trying to find the right combination of medication to control my allergies that control the symptoms and don't tire me out. The allergy stuff has kind of taken the forefront for the time being. It's hard to know what other symptoms are related to my neurological stuff with all the allergy-related symptoms coming into play. The long story short is that I'm managing.
Tony asked: If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be and why?
After giving it some serious thought, I wouldn't change anything. I don't know what kind of person I'd be otherwise, and I'm content (for the most part) with how things are right now.
Mig asked: What incentive do you have for me to come back reading?
Well, geez. I don't know. I really only offer two things: something for you to laugh at, or something for you to think about all day. If either of those two things intrigue you, be my guest.
That took a bit longer than I thought. Hope I cleared some things up for you, but if I didn't, you can always drop me a line via e-mail.
Happy Monday, folks.