My name is Gerardine Baugh, I Blog at; http://gerardinebaugh.wordpress.com/. I live on the outskirts of a small mid-western farming community, Illinois, USA. My birthday is January 23. I am a wife, mother and writer. My husband, Michael, is a very supportive fan of my writing. My Blog came out of my passion for the outdoors.
I have had many different jobs over the years. I worked at a McDonalds, co-owning a sign company, was a marketing assistant, worked as an operations engineer, with T-mobile.
I am a poet, a short story writer and I am working on a novel, which I hope to finish this coming year. My poems are on different sites on the internet.
I have always wanted to write, I wrote my first novella at age eight. My sister, Judy typed it up, she was seven. I love gardening, crafting, and all animals. I have one dog at this time; his name is Uriah, and three cats, PJ, Kenshin and Tomoe.
Q: Welcome to Speakbindas. Tell us since when blogging has been a part of your life? Was there any motive or inspiration as a backbone of it?
* Ans.: I have tried my hand at Blogging over the past few years. Nothing ever really felt right. Not enough hits to the sites. I didn’t put my heart into the words. I finally decided to write about what I love, nature, gardening and animals and my own walking path. I wrote about this subject because it is my passion. I am not making money with my Blog. I am writing for me. I believe that if you are on the wrong path in life, something will trip you up.
* I had two work injuries that damaged my back. I had to stop and evaluate what I wanted. That was when, writing came back into my life. I write poetry, short stories, and joined a writers group. My first attempts at Blogging didn’t work out. I realized I was following the crowd. I finally stepped back and let my eight year old self out for a walk.
Q: What is your blog all about? Which topics you cover there? Is that you alone running/maintaining the blog, or have a team?
* Ans.: No team. Just me! I started this Blog November 2, 2009. I was surprised how many people kept coming back. I cover a walk outside with my dog, my cats, and problems with animals. Things that cross my path on a daily basis, or just once, gardens, vegetables, fruits, stars, clouds.
Q.: How important is it for the blogger to interact with their readers? Do you respond to all the comments that you receive?
* Ans.: It is very important. When someone takes the time to comment, I believe it would be very rude not to say, hello back. I hope I haven’t missed anyone’s comments. So, yes I respond to all the comments I receive.
Q: What are the present statistics for your blog, i.e. number of daily visitors, visitors geographical status etc.?
* Ans.: At this moment I have over 2,000 hits. It changes constantly. I have visitors from Scotland, Spain, and The United States. I haven’t set up a statistic counter on geographical ranges, yet.
Q: Is blogging for you just a passion or a medium for earning too? Does it help you to earn enough cash to quit a 9 to 5 day job?
* Ans.: Just my passion. This has taken off so fast I didn’t even think of making money off the Blog.
Q: Who are your favorite bloggers, whom you read frequently?
These are the people on my BlogRoll on the front of my Blog. Each one has their own voice. I hope I added everyone.
Q: From the secret bucket of your blogging experiences, what tips you would like to share with the fellow bloggers?
* Ans.: Blogging experiences… Write what you enjoy. That passion will come out in your writing. Add to your Blog at least twice a week to keep readers coming back.
Q: Do you believe that blogging completes you? If yes, tell us how?
* Ans.: Completes me? I have to be able to find that inside of me, not from a Blog, or from someone else’s opinion of who I am.
* Blogging does connect me to a lot of wonderful people.
Q: What was the happiest and gloomiest moment of your life?
* Ans.: Happiest: When my children were born and when I married my husband Michael
* Gloomiest: When my sister, Judy died.
Q: Say, you are sponsored to travel to 3 world destinations, where you need not to worry about costs for food, hotel or anything. Which destinations would you pick up, and why? Would you like to take someone along with you? If yes, whom?
* Ans.: I want to go on an Alaskan cruise- I saw a documentary that showed the best way to see Alaska was by boat.
* China I would love to see the great wall.
* Paris- I always wanted to see the Eiffel Tower
* On all the trips I would take my husband, or my kids.
Q: Are you into watching movies? If yes, which fills your list of favorite ones?
* Ans.: The Philadelphia Story, staring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and James Stewart
Q: How has blogging helped you other than money?
* Ans.: It has increased my self-confidence in my writing ability.
Q: What would be the one thing you’d change about yourself?
* Ans.: I really need to work on setting a schedule and sticking to it. I jump around too much.
Q: What is your deepest fear?
* Ans.: Loosing everything and living under a bridge.
Q: If you could meet one person, dead or alive, who would it be?
* Ans.: Oprah- I followed a lot of her advice over the years, I would like to say, Thank You.
Q: Which is your favorite television show? Favorite songs?
* Ans.: Right now, ‘Castle’ starring, Nathan Fillion. As for a song, any of Dave Matthew’s music.
Q: How much money do you have in your purse/wallet right now (including change)?
* Ans.: now, hold on a minute,…. $3.79
Q: What is your favorite food? Any particular dislikes?
* Ans.: I love pasta, fresh vegetables, Pizza. Dislikes- bad cooking- high in fat
Q: What’s your take on the technological advancement these days? Does it make people’s life simple or complicated?
* Ans.: Cell phones add to the complexity. Maybe you could run a poll and ask: why do you need a cell phone?
* Computers, I love them. They help me reach out in ways I never imagined. Medical advancements with technology can help a lot of people.
* I guess the answer to this question is, yes! They make people’s lives simpler and more complicated. Dependent on the technology used.
Q: What do you think of “blogging is the next BIG thing”?
* Ans.: Everything has its 15 minutes of fame. Blogging will be around and change with the times and needs of the people.
Q: Any special message you would like to share with your blog readers as well with everyone else?
* Ans.: Passion. Find that, don’t settle. You will loose out and life is way too short. Do what you enjoy. Follow your dream, the one you would do for free! Don’t look for the money; look for your passion first.
* I want to thank all my readers. And I want to thank you for this interview.