Monday, April 30, 2007

Gillette on Blogging

Another sunny weekend in London. It makes such a difference.

Over the next few weeks, I will post interviews with a number of bloggers on my blogroll.

I read Rebecca Blood's interviews on bloggers on blogging, which I thought was a great idea.

The first interview is with Gillette, an ex courtesan in transition.

A Former Courtesan, Former Wife, Former Business Owner, Former Midwife who laughs at life as she begins anew.Gillette is a Courtesan of ten years but now in transition. She writes about adventures of courtesanship, sex, mysticism,love, relationship, orgasm, spirituality, life both exciting and simple, ideas, opinions, Tantra and other forms of Sacred Sex.

What is the first weblog you came across?

Not sure, but the first one I remembering reading regularly was Postmodern Courtesan.

Why did you start blogging?

I needed an outlet to talk about what was going on in my life and simultaneously take my mind off it. It was a diversion. Plus I like to write and had many people over the years telling me I should write a book. Blogging is an easy way to publish. I can write in short spurts on various topics (which appeals to an ADD person like me), and then move on to NEXT.

Which blogs do you read?

All the ones in my Blogroll.

What appeals to you about the blogs you read?

I like stories of people's lives and what they have figured out for themselves. I tend to read ones that make me think more than pure erotica ones, but love an occasional erotica writing when the writing is good or is attached to some other theme.

Whose writing do you particularly admire?

Hm..particularly? So't even begin to go there....I like most of the writing styles of those in my blogroll. I appreciate the variety.

In your reading do you seek out different points of view ?

Yes..but if the style is rude, mean, unhappy, constantly confrontational, sticky, gossipy, icky inside me, I try to find other place to spend my energy. I like being happy and don't like to involve myself in other people's angry dramas too much for too long

How do you choose items to link?

I try to find who links to me and return the consideration.

What is your policy on comments?

I have moderation on but do that to avoid spamming. In addition, if any of the above mentioned things about not happy blogs are there in comments, I will not publish. I have had a few comments that are gossip about other people and not published them. It's not my thing so I don't want to be a vehicle for someone's issues.

Do you ever receive abusive comments, how do you handle it ?

I haven't yet directed at me. I would delete them. Probably swear a bit before that, muttering something like...asshole...or something. But then let it go, tralalala... People who feel the need to be mean have my pity. Happy people are not mean.

Where do you find interesting links?

On other people's blogrolls

Do you ever write to provoke a reaction, how do you do that ?

I haven't yet. I have written pieces that have provoked a reaction, but I was just being me in the moment. Oh...maybe one..I wrote a piece on a Tantric session. One piece of that for me, but not all, was a hope that people would be able to feel the energy and feeling of what it can be, because it's so different from much of sex.

How much traffic do you get?

Not tons.

Has your writing changed since you started blogging?

I hope it's better.

How many hours do you spend online a day?

Lots. I have started an online business.

How much time do you spend on your site a day?

On the Courtesan site? Depends on how long it takes to write the piece. I write long pieces. And while I write really fast, it still can take time.

How many blogs do you read?


How do you find new blogs?


How much reader email do you get?

More now. The stuff that the writing brings up for people has been really interesting lately.

What do you think makes a successful blog?

Haven't a clue. I've seen many very successful blogs that bore the hell out of me. Others are not well known but they intrigue me. For me, I think the writing has to be good and presented in a fun way. Most of the really succesful blogs are ones that are funny, have some quirkiness to them that catches the eye of the 20-30 something crowd. (who I think the majority of Blogland is).

What is your advice for a new blogger?

Keep writing. Be yourself. Find your own voice. Enjoy it.

How has blogging changed your life?'ve met some really nice people so far. I am starting a blogging based business thing so we'll see if that changes it in different ways.

What blogs do you think deserve wider recognition and why?'t a clue.

What are your hobbies?

Sailing. Walking. Anything Art- I am obsessed.

How has your blog changed over the years?

Um...well...not sure. I find it more difficult to think of topics. I hope to make it look better soon/get it prettier, more techi-esque.

Are you fairly accurate in predicting which of your items will be widely linked?


Do you have a background in writing?


When do you blog?

When the ideas come to me.

With regard to blogging what was your most memorable moment?

Hm...when I posted something that was really difficult..I was scared to post it because it was so raw and I was in pain. I almost didn't publish it. But then wonderful people were everywhere and supportive. It really hit me...this kindness of strangers and how this is a community of sorts.

Would you read your site?

Yup. Definitely. Every day. I think the writer is really smart. Plus, she's cute.

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Nice interview. I love this blogger.
Very interesting. I like this idea, interviewing bloggers.

Thank you for taking part.
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