|Posted by Anna H. on September 23, 2016 at 4:35 AM|
How's it going my gumdrops? Today is the day! It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns turns 3, this year! When I announced that I would be publishing another Q&A blog this year for the 3rd anniversary, I seriously expected more questions from you all on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns and social media.
I don't know if you were either scared, unsure where to submit your questions, had no questions to ask, believe you know everything about me (Trust me, you don't!), or if some of you felt extremely indifferent and apathetic about me publishing another Q&A blog.
I have considered publishing Q&A blogs once a week besides publishing Song Saturday and Cartoon Sunday blogs. However, I try keeping Q&A blogs for It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns' anniversaries like today. I consider these Q&A's as "intimate fall treats."
Some friends think they know EVERYTHING about me, when they really don't. I have always been a very complex and multi-passionate person. Sometimes it can be really difficult to decide if I should publish blogs about more different topics on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns, or stay with the current topics.
Before this turns into a long-winded blog of my digressions, here is the Q&A for It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns' 3rd anniversary.
Donald Clements asks:
1) Within the blogosphere, who are the people you look up to and why? 2) How big is your current following, and how has it evolved over the years?
Watching, reading, and listening to Marie and Tim will be beneficial to you, if you need self-help, want to become a better writer, blogger, etc. They are both really multi-passionate (like MOI except they are more informative, useful, less moody, and snarky).
You can learn so much from them both, especially Marie Forleo. Marie is motivational as well as entertaining to watch on Marie TV. I always look forward to a good laugh. Meanwhile, I believe I have a little more in common with Tim on different levels.
The man is an Anime and Metal fan, which makes him awesome when you are a fan of both. He also has personal experience with overcoming adversity such as dealing with being suicidal, years ago. Tim turned his life into something positive. Honestly, this is all the more reason to commend him.
As far as my current following, my following is gradually regrowing. All the while, it is much like a revolving door. Having false support from social climbers, open and closet "haters," and opportunistic friends hurts me and my traffic.
If followers TRIED being more interactive, this would also help. I ALWAYS respond to comments day and night.
It has been a major struggle these last 3 years. The fact that The Xanga Team was divisive by dumping their money issues into our laps at Xanga really hurt Xangans, including me. The Xanga Team REALLY should've taken out a business loan rather than beg us for donations, relocate to WordPress as a platform, THEN make it mandatory to pay to blog.
I cannot count, much less remember all the sites I have joined to generate blog traffic and rebuild my following over these last 3 years. Therefore, my current following is extremely niche and can be temperamental.
The moment I share my opposing views about something, they leave. If I shared my political views, they would NOT be able to handle it. That's why I stay apolitical.
Danni Darkness asks:
1) What are the logistics of your website? 2) What was it like working at a radio station?
Answers: Danni, these are 2 more excellent questions! My subscribers must create an account, read my blogs and excerpts to my short stories, comment, and share them on social media or e-mail to friends.
Aside from all that, I am a 1-woman show. In case you have NOT already done so, you should read last week's Cartoon Sunday blog. I explained the discussions I had with Jonathan Ian Mathers, last week via facebook.
Whenever I am working on these blogs, most of my time lately is spent on finding the right picture to upload to this site, in order to capture the topic or theme of my blogs. Then, I must decide which links, songs, and videos to share. Afterward, I start blogging.
I work on these blogs, while everyone is asleep in bed throughout the night and early morning. Editing anything always takes the most time. Once I am finished editing, I publish these blogs, type and send e-mail blasts to all my subscribers, share on facebook and around the Google Plus communities I have joined.
Sharing around Google Plus takes more effort because I must share my blogs to every social circle to generate page views, traffic, feedback, and followers. It would be so much easier and better, if all my subscribers actually commented here on It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns and shared these blogs around social media. It's not like Xanga 1.0 and Blogster where everyone is guaranteed to see these blogs.
Speaking of show, I have always been a 1-woman show, since 2002. During Fridays at 4-6pm Central, I hosted All Things Frightening. This was all while attending and living on campus at UW-Parkside and commuting to Carthage College part-time for Japanese. My show originally broadcasted locally in Kenosha, WI and online.
Due to FCC regulations, everyone at UW-Parkside's 101.7 WIPZ had to censor music live UNLESS they had a pre-censored CD. I usually carried my own CD collections to our campus radio station and played extra albums, that were already on campus.
Sometimes I seriously miss hosting my own radio show. I was able to discover other bands and expose listeners to music, that wasn't always played on traditional radio stations.
Hunter Gibson asks: Do you have a favorite movie and band?
Answer: Yes, I do and my favorites have always been very broad. If only I could narrow them down. As everyone knows, I am a Horror fan hence the Horror page I built with excerpts of my latest short stories.
Re-Animator, the original Carrie, The Crow, The Craft, Child's Play, Beetlejuice, and The Omen instantly come to mind. I enjoy movies from several other genres and sub-genres, but I always look forward to watching Horror movies from the 1970's to '90s.
During those decades, Hollywood filmmakers were actually more original and did NOT remake every movie.
Lately, I enjoy Alien Vampires (they are actually an EBM duo), Lacuna Coil circa 1999-2002, Type O Negative, and other Goth Rock bands like Bauhaus, Siouxsie And The Banshees. Stone Temple Pilots and KoRn from the 1990's were 2 of my favorite bands. Also, bands such as White Zombie, Stabbing Westward, Gravity Kills, Fear Factory, Arch Enemy, Slipknot, and lots more.
Music was my entertainment and Metal was especially my catharsis growing up. Most people young and old do NOT realize, that the 1990's had the most music genres and sub-genres compared to now. Today it seems as if Pop and Rap Music have merged and ONLY 1 music genre exists.
There are too many bands to think of from the top of my head. I was already drawing blanks with your questions because I really had to think much HARDER. LOL! Great questions!
Even though there were not as many questions from most subscribers this year, the few I did receive were excellent questions. Hopefully, there will be more questions similar to these next year for It's Not All Gumdrops & Unicorns' 4th anniversary!
What are your thoughts? Did you like this year's Q&A blog? If so, let me know in the comments section below!
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