I really enjoyed checking Miguelina’s blog out in order to formulate some questions to ask the author. She doesn’t post daily, so her archives didn’t take me forever to read, but were very good reading. For anyone who hasn’t signed up yet, Neil at Citizen of the Month has instituted the Great Interview Experiment . Get on board! It’s fun, and you get to read a new blog. I wish I had such a genius idea.
1. I’m not sure I got all of your archives. July and August 2006 were a bit wonky for me. Are you embarrassed about your first posts? What compelled you to start blogging?
I decided to start blogging so I could become rich and famous.
OK, maybe not – the truth is that as a new mom I was entertained so much by blogs written by much more talented women than I’ll ever be – women who manage to make the ordinary extraordinary – that I decided I wanted to do it too, even if I never quite get to extraordinary. I’m having a blast just having a reason to write.
As far as my first posts – I’m actually quite proud of those posts. So much so that I’m slowly republishing them. I never blog about anything I wouldn’t say in front of my parents – that’s been my policy from day one – so I have nothing to hide. I took a blogging hiatus over the summer of 2006 – during that time I redesigned the site and took down all the content – which is why the site looks wonky. It didn’t help that I was suffering through morning sickness and spent an entire month in Austria being taunted by raw dairy and wine.
2. Besides your loved ones, what is it that fills you with happiness?
I also love beauty potions, uncluttered rooms, white peonies and Boxer dogs.
3. If you had a do-over, what in your life would you do differently?
I would have taken more chances. It’s true what they say, you regret the things you didn’t do much more than the things you did.
4. Can you explain to newer readers why you changed your blog name from Diary of a Reluctant Housewife to Miguelina?
I always hated my middle name (Miguelina), so when I got married, I jumped at the opportunity to change my name and dropped Miguelina in favor of my maiden name. Then I started to miss it. I decided to drop the Reluctant Housewife name and use my old name because it feels more like me – probably because it was my name for 27 years.
I also got sick and tired of getting hits from people looking for housewife porn. Those people are relentless.
5. What blog post surprised you most with the response to it?
Hmmm…I guess the delurking post. I loved hearing back from my readers – and learning that most of them don’t even have blogs (yet).
6. What were your dreams for yourself when you were a child? Did you see yourself married with children?
I always assumed I would be married with children – but I never, ever thought I would be a stay-at-home mother. I wanted to be a zoologist, like Jane Goodall.
It could still happen, right? Never say never.
7. I read only three posts mentioning poop. Don’t you know that poop is funny? Or do you consider it to be a cheap laugh?
Only three? Really? I don’t think poop posts are a cheap laugh; on the contrary, I think it takes incredible skill to do a good poop post. A skill I clearly lack.
8. Did you have other blogs that you abandoned before you started this one? Care to share details?
Nope, no other blogs. I used to contribute to Girl’s Guide to City Life, but had to stop because I don’t get out as much now that I have two kids. Otherwise I write at New England Mamas, Everyday Treats, Aisledash and at my personal blog. That’s enough for one person I think!
9. What do you love about Boston? How do you relate to Bostonians? The food?
It’s funny you should ask that…I had my Dirty Water post in my queue so I think that one answers this question.
10. What is your absolute favourite food to eat? Don’t say Sachertorte.
OK, not Sachertorte. I also love pulled pork sandwiches with coleslaw and baked beans.
11. Where do you see yourself when you and your husband retire?
We will probably be in Europe, hopefully Rome.
12. What is the wildest, craziest thing you’ve done?
I quit my job without warning – I hated it and knew I wanted out, but one day I was literally ill to my stomach and walked into my boss’ office and quit. She wanted to know where I was going next, and I told her the truth – I had no idea, but I knew it wouldn’t be brand management.
Then I called my husband to let him know.
Then I closed my office door and started to cry.
That night I took a pregnancy test, and it was positive.
13. Why do you equate new age with spacey?
Probably because I’m a spacey non-new age type!