Would you please tell us something about you and your site? I’m not good at following orders; I’m 187 centimeters tall; I take no particular pleasure in wearing hats. My blog (www.johnshoreland.com) is called “Suddenly Christian,” because 12 years ago, when I was 38 years old, I very suddenly became a Christian. And … there you have something about me and my site. Thanks for asking!
Do you feel that you continue to grow in your writing the longer you write? Why is that important to you?
Continuing to grow as a writer is important to me because not getting better at something difficult and complex that I do all the time would mean that I’m an idiot. And I’d rather not be an idiot, since idiots tend to fall off things.
I’m wondering what some of your memorable experiences are with blogging?
Sadly, nothing comes to mind. Which means there probably is something terribly wrong with me.
What do you do in order to keep up your communication with other bloggers?
I find out where they live, and stalk them. It costs me a lot of money in traveling expenses, but I think it’s worth it. I think they do, too.
What do you think is the most exciting or most innovative use of technology in politics right now?
Those screens politians read off of when they’re giving a speech that somehow manage to stay invisible to everyone but them. I think they’re amazing. They defy … eyeballs. Or TV cameras. Or something.
Do you think that these new technologies are effective in making people more responsive?
I think the technology of Invisible Speech Reading technology does absolutely nothing to make people more responsive to the deathly boring speeches that polititians usually deliver.
What do you think sets Your site apart from others?
The fact that it has its own url. Plus, mine’s funny.
If you could choose one characteristic you have that brought you success in life, what would it be?
My willingness to pay the cost of properly stalking people. So many people SAY they want to stalk others, but then give up after a bad car chase, or falling out of a tree, or getting thrown out of a lingerie store. I, however, get up, dust off my clothes, find my night vision goggles, and get back to work. No, but that’s … creepy. So forget that. Let me instead say that the reason I’m successful in life is because I haven’t died yet. Although I enjoy being successful in life, I know that, in comparison to how long I’m going to have to be successful in death, it’s nothing.
What was the happiest and gloomiest moment of your life?
I can’t say for sure yet, since I’m still alive. But so far my happiest “moment” was the day I got married. My gloomiest was … I’m sorry. I can’t stop thinking about what an incredibly goofy-sounding word “gloomiest” is. Sorry.
Do you think [the use of Twitter and other social networking tools by politicians] is bandwagon jumping or what?
I find it hard to believe politicians are hopping on any kind of wagon called “Twitter.” It sounds so gay. And homosexuality is such a delicate subject for polititians. Are you sure you have this question right?
If you could pick a travel destination, anywhere in the world, with no worries about how it’s paid for – what would your top 3 choices be?
New York City.
What is your favorite book and why?
Honestly? It’s a book called, “‘Penguins, Pain, and the Whole Shebang: Why I Do The Things I Do,’ by God, as told to John Shore.” I understand how repellingly obnoxious it is to pick as your favorite book in the world one you wrote, but … what can I do? It’s the book for which I feel the most affection–and, yes, pride. Other than that, my favorite book is “A Confederacy of Dunces,” by John Kennedy Tool. And I love “Breakfast of Champions,” by Kurt Vonnegut.
What’s the first thing you notice about a person (whether you know them or not)?
That they’re alive. Or not, if not. Which comes up a lot less often. Thank God.
Is there anyone from your past that once told you you couldn’t write?
Yes. I killed him. Class sure did get out early that day.
How bloggers can benefit from blogs financially?
I have no idea. Anyone who’s blogging for the money is probably not terribly swift when it comes to the proper relationship between work and pay.
Is it true that who has a successful blog has an awful lot of time on their hands?
No. It’s true that someone with a successful blog is consistantly giving lots of people something those people want. How much time they have to spend doing that is up for grabs.
What are your thoughts on corporate blogs and what do you think the biggest advantages and disadvantages are?
I don’t like corporate blogs. A corporate blog is, or should be, an oxymoron.
What role can bloggers of the world play to make this world more friendlier and less hostile?
Publish a friendly, unhostile blog. “No Mean Blogs” would be an excellent World Slogan.
Who are your top five favourite bloggers?
I can’t say. I wouldn’t want to hurt the feelings bloggers six through one zillion.
Is there one observation or column or post that has gotten the most powerful reaction from people?
Not just one. Posts about the relationship between Christians and atheists invariably generate massive hits. Everyone just starts arguing: Christians quote the Bible; atheists call Christians morons. It’s boring. I tend not to do such posts anymore. Let ’em at each other somewhere else, is my motto. Well, maybe not my MOTTO. But a General Sentiment.
What is your perception about Pakistan and its people?
It is my firm belief that some Pakistanis are wonderful, kind, thoughtful people, and that other Pakistanis aren’t.
Have you ever become stunned by the uniqueness of any blogger?
No. Have you? Has anybody? Is that even possible?
What is the most striking difference between a developed country and a developing country?
The amount of money people had by the average citizen of either. But you knew that.
What is the future of blogging?
In the future, everyone who currently has a blog will die.
You have also got a blogging life, how has it directly affected both your personal and professional life?
I’m now wildly famous and loved throughout the world. But since I really only want to be loved for who I am, instead of for what I DO, I actually resent that fame, and am subconsiously motivated to destroy it.
What are your future plans?
To miss the days when I was wildly famous and loved throughout the world.
Any Message you want to give to the readers of The Pakistani Spectator?
Yes. Please remember that not all Americans are not arrogant, ignorant, wealthy butt-wipes. A lot of us are arrogant, ignorant, poor butt-wipes. No, but seriously: Not all Americans are … the way we know it’s become all too easy to assume all Americans are. Trust me: We’re not. Not even close.