In which your Monkey once again shamelessly cribs the technique of the self-interview (as popularized by Dave Eggers in his Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius) in order to ask himself the questions that no one else dares (or cares) to ask.
Q. So Monkey, this is your 100th Blog Post! Congratulations are in order…
A. Is it really my 100th post already? Gosh how time does fly. Thanks so much for pointing that out. To be honest with you, I hadn’t even noticed that we were approaching such a milestone. I’m glad there are true fans like you to keep track of such things for me.
Q. So what have you learned about blogging so far?
A. Great question. So far I have learned that WordPress is a pretty great platform to have your blog on. It’s fairly easy for a lay monkey like myself to figure out, loading videos and images is a breeze, and the back-end analytics are great.
It’s easy to see who has visited your site, what links they have clicked on, and what searches on the web led them to your pages.
Q. So it must be a thrill to publish a post and then sit back and watch all the traffic it gets?
A. Umm. Not so much. The analytics are both a blessing and a curse. It’s good to see that a post is doing well, but it can be kind of disheartening when you publish a post that gets very few or no hits.
Q. Surely such a thing has never happened to such a tremendous writer as yourself….
A. My, my, you do have a way with flattery. Sure, plenty of posts have gone unread. But I think that is the price of competing against so many different blogs and so many different ideas on the internet. You have to be grateful for any page reads that you get.
Q. So what are you most proud of thus far?
A. A tremendous question! You certainly are an excellent interviewer. And probably a great lover as well. As I said in our previous self-interview, any chance I get to promote an artist, podcast, or movie that I love is a win in my book.
I have been happy to do my very small part for a blog like Me Like Good Music (excellently written music reviews), a fantastic online radio station like Radio Nowhere, or podcasts like Coverville, Filmspotting and Sound Opinions.
Q. So what is next?
A. More of the same I guess. Most importantly, there will be more music and movie reviews, and more talking about the oh-so-important podcasts that keep me entertained during my dreary work day. More updates on my search for new full time work. More of my hapless attempts to find work on Craiglist or Elance. And many, many more shamelessly self-serving posts like this one.
Q. Speaking of self-serving nonsense, can we end this ridiculous fake interview now?
A. No more questions. Here’s a song instead.
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