Megan from Snow Cover Hills is our next featured blogger. She is known for her caring ability to write about grammar and journalism and sometimes answers her readers submitted questions as well as complaints. Being the David Hasselhoff fan she is has also complimented her blog. Here is her full profile:
Who are you?
I’m me. Nobody, really; just a person who likes to write. I’m not important or particularly relevant or even all that interesting. I’m still amazed that anyone reads my site. There is a reason I will never write a memoir: My life is too boring to be believed. The pajamahadeen would be all over me within days, demanding proof that I am actually this pathetic.
Where do you blog?
I always blog from my living room, usually with my feet up. I almost always blog in my pajamas: I think this gives me more legitimacy with other bloggers, although my living room is not in my parents’ basement. It also gives my critics a sense of satisfaction, because it is proof that I do not take writing seriously. Serious writers always wear warm-up jackets.
Why do you blog?
Writers write: I don’t think I could stop. I’ve been blogging for about three years, but before I had a website I did other types of silly writing. I used to write parodies of Dr. Seuss poems. It was every bit as awful as it sounds. From time to time I’ll post a poem, but I usually stick to prose these days.
What is the best part of blogging? …Or worst?
I really like the relationships I’ve developed over the years because of my site. It’s also really nice to have something that’s MINE, ALL MINE. It’s the only thing I have that’s just mine.
The worst thing about blogging is that people sometimes decide that I’m a horrible person because of something I’ve written. I’m actually a very nice person, and I don’t think there’s any need for the kind of personal attacks I sometimes get — always from people who’ve never met me, of course.
Who do you write for? Yourself? Your Readers? Google? For a living?
Hmmm. Definitely not Google. I’d have to say that I write for my readers. My site developed into what it is now because of the reaction I’ve gotten from readers. The David Hasselhoff stuff is the most obvious example, but when I first started my site, I didn’t write about grammar or journalism, and I never took reader-submitted questions or complaints. All of those things came over time, and only exist because people responded to them.
I have a whole life that never gets mentioned on the blog, so I can’t say that I write for myself. I can be self-indulgent, though: if I’m listening to a lot of Green Day, you’ll know about it.
When did you first notice people were actually reading your blog?
My readership grew slowly. I don’t think there was a moment when I realised that there had been a shift away from friends and family to total strangers, but obviously, that happened quite some time ago. I have a lot of readers who are current or former journalists, and I think they found me through my posts about journalism.
Do you or would you ever censor yourself?
We all do. I don’t think there’s any point in pretending otherwise.
I’m quite honest with people: if they want to know what I think about something, they should call me and ask instead of waiting for me to blog about whatever it is. It may never make it to the site. Then again, it may become a reader-submitted question.
PC or Mac?
Ugh. Well, I use a PC right now, but I want to throw it across the room at least once each evening. I’ll probably get a Mac in the next few months. I’m just not smart enough to be able to deal with PCs. I need things to be as easy as possible.
Blogs you read or would recommend?
Oh, there are SO MANY. I’m just going to pick a few, though:
Amy at On The Present Moment — for inspiring me to start my blog and for showing the rest of us that it’s OK when someone doesn’t like what you’ve posted.
Karan at Dispatches From the Failed Mommies Club — for writing about the difficulties of mommyhood with such grace and humour.
Geoff at Meeker On Media — for being one of the few media critics in the country.
Torq at The Big American Zero— for daring to be different, for having a great sense of humour, and for developing an amazing comment section that really is a conversation.
Craig at Townie Bastard— for being funny, ornery and thoughtful all at the same time.
Are you originally from Yellowknife? Or what made you decide to move here?
No, I’m from the east coast. I moved to Inuvik in 2000 to work for CBC North: I’d been working at stations in Halifax and Newfoundland, and I took a permanent job at the station in Inuvik. It was a tough place to work. I was young and completely unprepared for the challenges. (If I ever DO write a memoir, that will be the title.) I stayed in Inuvik for three and a half years and then moved to Yellowknife to work as a writer.