The BvO™

The Interview Game

Here are Peter's questions, interspersed with my answers.

1. Why did you decide to blog, and what impressions do you want blogs to leave your site with?

I decided to blog for exactly the same reasons many did. I've outlined what those are more fully in the answer below. Basically when I started, I was a geek with lots of spare time and a need to be socially connected constantly. A slightly unusual factor prodded me though - I wanted to arrange, setup and manage a webserver for myself and I needed something to put on it. A blog fit that bill.

In the content of this blog I'm looking to show the different faces of the BvO, to give friends and acquaintances scattered around the chance to see a representative sampling of the thoughts running through my addled brain. The design of this blog is intended to be a test of my technical abilities - scaleable columns, php dynamic content, transparent images - to develop my skills and to show off a little.

2. Why do you think so many people at Redeemer started blogging?

I think it's an issue of mob mentality, social critical mass. An small undergrad community is ripe for blog fission because there are all the requisite ingredients:
a) Tech savvy users - or at least tech literate. Undergrads occupy much of their time in front of computers with email, instant messaging, websurfing.
b) Idle time - contrary to what undergrads will say about being "soooo busy" they actually have an incredible glut of free time. Don't bother objecting, I was there not too long ago.
c) Socially obsessive group - A small undergrad bubble naturally becomes introspective to the point of navelgazing. Students must know what other students are thinking and feeling and reading. The community blogosphere functions as a distributed tabloid.

3. How did you meet the lovely lady?

The lovely Jenn is a Redeemerite whom I first encountered as a Foodstore employee. I got to know her a little more through the Concert Choir where she sang Alto. I developed an interest last summer whilst playing Sunday Afternoon Volleyball™ at RUC. She and I were the worst players on the court at any given time, and she still managed to have a good time - a very endearing trait. It took a few more months of posturing before we started going out, but here we are.

4. How's the quest for pink lungs going?

I do miss cigarettes. I really do. I've been clean now for just over a month and I still really would like a cigarette. You know what? For all my missing ciggies, I don't think I'll smoke them again. Like, at all.

5. What do you think of your church?

I love my church. I'm really glad to have found a church as unique as First. I'm excited to see where God leads us as a congregation over the next couple years, and I hope that I can be a faithful part of this community. I also really like living in the Office's basement apartment.

Anyone else interested? Send me a note or leave a comment. Here's the rules.

1. Leave me a comment saying "interview me." The first five commentators will be the participants.
2. I will respond by asking you five questions.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions. (Write your own questions or borrow some.)

This post bubbled to the surface on Wednesday, March 02, 2005

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