Featured Blogger this week: “The Part-Time Monster” blog

chouettheaderpic3

Please welcome Diana from the “Part-Time Monster”ย blog. Diana isย Just Gene’O ‘s sister and is also a major contributor to “The Sourcererblog”. I would like to thank Diana for taking the time to all my questions and really hope you enjoy getting to know a little more about her.

 

LaChouett: When did you decide to create The Part Time Monster blog and did it start as a multi-contributor platform right away?

I decided to create Part-Time Monster in oh, probably September, or perhaps even in August, of 2013, though the site wasn’t up and publishing until November. My brother and I had been talking with a group of friends about a multi-contributor blog for a while, but the timing just hadn’t been quite right. We were all in the middle of a grueling academic semester, trying to leap toward the end.

Somewhere I saw that November was National Blog Posting Month. I decided that there probably wasn’t a better time to just start writing than that, and the Monster started publishing. The initial focus was on both personal and collaborative blogging.

LaChouett: I have been all over your blog to look for โ€œThe Monsterโ€ and cannot find it in the traditional meaning of the term. So what is the Monster defined as in relation to your blog?

Generally, when I refer to the Monster, I’m referring to the blog itself. But in some ways, the monster is me, and I suppose that in some ways it’s all of us. Really, we’re all little bit monstrous, and the blog’s title is meant to embrace that.

LaChouett: During your blogging experience either by creating posts or by visiting other blogs, have you had any โ€œa-haโ€ moments and would you share one?

Oh gosh, I think I have “a-ha!” moments regularly! I’m always learning new things, and I love that about blogging and the blogosphere in general.

But I think my biggest “a-ha” moment was when I read posts about blog-planning that suggest writing a backlog of posts before beginning to publish. I didn’t do that with the Monster, but I would encourage any really new blogger to do that–write 50 to 100 posts and/or get 50 to 100 photos ready before publishing anything. There will be times when writing and publishing are difficult, and a log of post-drafts to choose from is really handy to have.

LaChouett: What is the Part Time Monster feature/category you are most proud of and why?

I think I’m proudest of our Girls and Women category. I established the blog, albeit accidentally, as a girl-centric blog, and we’ve remained that way. Most of our contributors are women, and we often write about girls and women. For example, last year during the April A to Z Challenge, I blogged my way through A to Z of girls in children’s literature. This year, I’m blogging my way through A to Z of Lady Monsters. We also host Feminist Friday discussions when Gene’O or I write the post, and one of our contributors has a multi-part series on Tough Ladies in Comics.

I’m also happy about our growing pop culture section and our weekly features, especially weekend coffee share. Some months ago, I started writing “if we were having coffee” posts after seeing a similar one at another blog. People seemed to really enjoy stopping by and talking, and the posts were a different style than most of the posts on the Monster, more personal. And then people began writing their own. Around the first of the year, I decided there might be enough of us to try a link-up. Weekend Coffee Share started running on January 10. Every Saturday, I post a “if we were having coffee” post with a link-up that is open for about 48 hours. There are generally 25-35 blogs on the link-up, and a real community has developed. It’s been a lot of fun to see this project grow, and I’m excited about where it’s headed.

LaChouett: I know you donโ€™t get the time to re-read any books, but if you could, which one would you choose and why? (And you can only choose one :)!)

Oh, this is difficult! I don’t re-read books that often, because I always feel as though I’m missing a new one, but there are some that I just can’t resist. I’m going to choose one that I haven’t re-read, though I’d really like to.

“American Gods” by Neil Gaiman.

I remember loving this book when I first read it, but that was several years ago. I’ve forgotten a lot of what I loved about it, and that’s a bit of a tragedy.

 

Thank you for sharing Diana

LaChouett

โ€œThe Part-Time Monsterโ€ blog will feature on Chouett to the end of the week

 

Advertisements

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Great interview ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a fan of the monster! I particularly enjoy the diverse content. It’s always cool to hang out at Diana’s place!

    Liked by 4 people

    1. I am really glad you like it ๐Ÿ˜€

      Liked by 2 people

    2. Diana says:

      You’re so kind!! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Diana says:

    Thank you for such a lovely set of questions and for being my first official interviewer as a blogger. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 3 people

    1. You’re welcome, it’s a real pleasure ๐Ÿ˜Š

      Liked by 2 people

  3. Gene'O says:

    Fantastic interview! I had forgotten that she started when she did because it was National Blog Posting Month.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. That’s an event we haven’t taken part in yet, and it feels daunting here in the middle of the A to Z Challenge. Still… maybe something to look at!

      Liked by 3 people

    2. Gene'O says:

      It falls at a bad time of the year for me.

      Liked by 2 people

    3. For sure – I run into the same thing year-over-year as I think about doing NaNoWriMo. I haven’t looked at the rules – is it not something that we could get contributors putting together, or write in advance? A to Z has been great for that!

      Liked by 2 people

  4. Great interview! Very happy to see the Monster featured here! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Diana says:

      Thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m quite happy to be featured here.

      Liked by 2 people

  5. I remember why I love American Gods. It’s a scene in the middle, where Odin lists his 18 powers. It’s chilling. It’s clever. It’s amazing.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Diana says:

      I remember that part. And I remember the infamous “I believe” part. I think I fell in love with Neil Gaimain that day. lol

      Liked by 2 people

    2. I had forgotten that until I just re-read it (nicely quoted on GoodReads!). So good! Neil Gaiman is amazing ๐Ÿ˜€

      Liked by 1 person

    3. Diana says:

      Yes indeed.

      Liked by 2 people

  6. joyezeka says:

    I do love #WeekendCoffeeShare and a huge fan of Part Time Monster and Gene’O. Following The Sourcerer Blog introduced me to a whole new world of blogging and bloggers especially a post on #SundayBlogShare. Great interview LaChouett!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. It’s exactly how I felt when I first came across them. They’re brilliant!

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s