1. Why did you sign up for writing your blog?

Many moons ago, I used to write really odd, alcohol-fueled e-mails and send them to friends. I loved the activity of writing, the expression and creativity, and it was the perfect accompaniment for getting munted. Once I stopped my nightly overconsumption of fermented grain beverages, I couldn’t write a damn thing. My friend Ali was on Vox, and cajoled me into signing up. My first posts were rough, but gradually, I found the love of writing again.

2. Why did you choose your blog’s name? What does it mean?
When I was production director at 102.5 FM, I had an idea for a promo. I was talking about it with my program director, and I couldn’t quite explain the idea. “I KNOW the idea, and I can hear it. I just can’t…” He replied, “You just can’t quite pull it out of the Tom Zone.” I liked the way it sounded–my own Zone–and it seemed apropos. “Dispatches from the Tom Zone” just followed.

3. Do you own another blog?

Nope. I do more on Twitter than anything, sadly, although I also book blog on Goodreads sometimes. My review to books read ratio is well below the Mendoza Line.

4. What do you do online when you’re not on your blog?

I wander around. I’ll have a movie playing in the background and start reading something about it, then just follow links wherever they lead. I could go from Casablanca to Christy Mathewson to cone-nosed assassin bugs. It’s just pure geek heaven. As mentioned, I do a lot on Twitter with different friend pods, and occasionally chat on Yahoo Messenger or AIM.

5. How about when you’re not on the computer?
Well, I read a lot. I take neuropathy meds, and sleep too much. I work, during which time I’m on a computer. I’m frequently just addled by the stupid stabbyfeet meds, and I’ll watch Tim Burton movies with my brain off.

6. What do you wish people who read your blog knew about you?
That I am extremely wealthy, thin, handsome, and cool. None of these things are true, but if they were, I wouldn’t mind people knowing.

7. What is your favorite community in the blogosphere?
Vox. I say that, fully aware that Vox has been silenced, but I met some amazing people there. I made some amazing friends and acquaintances, simply by visiting a friend’s Vox, seeing somebody else who looked interesting, and adding them. My circles and neighborhoods kept growing. I’ve been on WP for a year, and I still think of myself as a Vox person.

8. What is your philosophy on your blog layout?
My philosophy? Space stuff iz kewl. I am a night person. I love the night life. I’ve got to boogie on the disco ahahaaaaaay. Sorry. Step away for one moment, and Alicia Bridges takes over your keyboard. Nah. I love astronomy stuff and night. Ergo the dark, and the lovely aurorae. Plus, it’s the same thing I had at Vox.

9. Tell me about your picture you use to represent you on your blog.
It’s an actual photograph of my head taken after I took a bunch of NyQuil to fight off the flu. My head is a colorful, ringed gas giant. It only looks like a neon-colored Hubble shot of Saturn.

10. Pick 3 random blogs from your blogroll and tell us about them.
I don’t have a blogroll proper, at least not that I’m aware of, but I follow a number of my former Vox people. Kzinti (from whom I appropriated this meme), Laurie, Kelly, Steve Betz, just to name four. Cori, Ginger Sister, Madtante, and a bunch of others I can’t remember right now, because I’m at work, and my brain is fitna splode. I like these people, and I like the way they write about their lives. Kelly does a lot of book blogging, and I have gotten some great suggestions. There are a number of blogs I’ve subscribed to, and I read them when I can. Sometimes, I save them till I have enough time. Either way, I miss the neighborhood feel of Vox.

11. What features do you think your blog should have that it doesn’t currently?
More damn posts?

Actually, like Kzinti, I liked the multiple access levels on Vox. I liked that I could set something to “neighbors,” and it would be limited to the 200 or so people I had in my ‘hood. For some things, I narrowed that down to a few dozen “friends.” Most of the things I wrote were public. There were just a few subjects I prefered not to have “out there in front of God & everyone,” as the Georgia aphorism goes.

12. What do you consider the 10 most “telling” interests that we would infer from what you blog persona?
That I have cats, read a lot, trip balls on NyQuil when I have a cold (or any other even remotely valid excuse). I almost died from nardsack gangrene, drank a lot, like space stuff, watch a lot of movies, have very little logical flow, and zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Sorry. I have bored myself.

13. Do you have any unique interests that you have never shared before? What are they?
Some part of me really wishes I were better at math. I’m not bad, but my eyes lose focus at anything beyond Algebra 2.

14. The best thing about blogging is all of the friends that you make. Beside from those folks, do you think your blog has fans?
When I had my Vox blog, I had StatCounter, and I loved see the hits from all over the world. I was getting 10 or 20 times as many hits then than I do now. I don’t think I have any “fans,” per se. It’s mostly just my friends, as far as I know. I’m glad to have you, whoever you are.

15. What’s your current obsession? What about it captures your imagination?
I don’t really have one. I just try and get through the day without falling down.

16. What are you glad you did but haven’t really had a chance to post about?
Various CIA black ops, exorcisms, and coups d’etat.

17. How many people that first became a blog friend, have you met face to face?
Really, only noted author, cupcakestress, and Canadian, Laurie.

18. What don’t you talk about here, either because it’s too personal or because you don’t have the energy?
Work. Just too damned uninteresting.

19. What’s a question that you’d love to answer?
Who wrote the book of love?

20. Have you ever lost a blogging friendship and regretted it?
Yes. Still not sure what happened, but yes.

21. Have you ever lost a blogging friendship and thought, “Was that overdue!”
Nope. I think it’s pretty miraculous people keep coming back.

Um. That’s it. I’ve had a lot of fun with my blog. I miss writing, and I need to do it more. I don’t really write with any consistent purpose. It’s just brain droppings, as George Carlin so perfectly called them. Weird and occasionally stressful as it was, I enjoyed my two long, themed writing marathons: Lent in Casablanca, and that weird story with LiLo, Ginger Sister, and Kelly. I guess blogging occasionally makes me feel legitimately smart sometimes, instead of just smarter than the bunch of idiots I frequently encounter IRL.

Have a lovely Monday. And thanks for stopping by.


13 Responses to “Meme-o-rama”

  1. Thanks for the shoutout. 🙂 I’m glad you and Jenny were friends, which led to us becoming friends.

  2. This is great!
    I really miss Vox too! Can’t believe how many people I have met and “met” because of that site.

  3. I wonder if the people at SixApart understood the kinds of small communities that they were creating with Vox? If they did, I can’t imagine that it would have ever gotten axed — or taken over with spam-bots and porn-bots.

    When the Beloved asks me about someone, I still say “They’re a vox-friend” even if it’s someone, like you, that I met after the jump to WP.

    I like to think that there are other little clusters of former vox-friends out there making their way in the blogoverse.

    • I agree. There was a thing many years ago called 6Degrees. It was more of a chatroom thing, but just like Vox, I made a lot of friends. WP is an excellent blog platform, but I miss my ‘hood.

  4. The Tom Zone is a wondrous place that we never get enough of.

  5. I still remember when you “neighbored” me on Vox, tom. I was surprised, because I didn’t think my blog was of much interest to anyone but family and close friends: but reading your blog and others’ on Vox (and now on WP) taught me so much about writing and blogging. You showed me it was okay to loosen up and have fun with the medium. I also got to meet a wunnerful guy on Vox and whom I’m very glad to count as a friend now.

  6. I missed this when you first posted it, which is embarrassing since I’m mentioned in it twice. I’m ever so glad to have the honor of being the first blog friend you met for reals.

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