A Self-Interview for the Alabama Women Bloggers

A Self-Interview for the Alabama Women Bloggers

This is the second self-interview I’ve participated in with the Alabama Women Bloggers. We’ve had an enormous amount of growth with the Alabama Women Bloggers and so our team thought it would be a great idea to do another one of these self-interviews.

You can read more about it on the Alabama Women Bloggers page.


Here are the questions and my answers for the interview:

What part of the state do you call home?
I’ve been in north Alabama (Huntsville) since 1991 and while I am not a native, my children are!

How long have you been blogging?
I’ve been blogging since Blogspot first came onto the blogging scene; mid-to-late 1990s? Yes, that long and I have had SEVERAL variations of blogs throughout those years. Too many to list but I’ve finally settled on just my regular ole name for my blog domain.

Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging with encouragement from a group of political women. We all started off in forums and such and there were some other big time political bloggers out there and I thought, “Why not.” And off I went. I was immediately hooked. This was all before Facebook and Twitter. I loved connecting with a group of like-minded people and knowing that others were out there who also liked to write and share their opinion made me feel like I was not alone.

What do you love most about blogging?
Blogging and blogs have changed so much over the years. It seems that the blogging community is always evolving, and quickly too. But one thing remains the same and that is connecting with other people and building relationships. The fact that I am in control of what I write, edit, and publish is very appealing for me too. I feel like an entrepreneur, writer, editor, publisher, business owner all wrapped into one.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In the words of a very young Madonna, “I want to rule the world!” No, I wouldn’t want to do that, I’d rather see myself continuing to blog! In five years I’d like for my name to be a household name like Erma Bombeck or Nora Ephron. I might need to make that a ten year goal instead of a five year goal. But there it is, I blogged it out loud!

What is your favorite movie?
This is easy, ONE TRUE THING starring Meryl Streep, Renee Zellweger, William Hurt. The movie is based on a novel by Anna Quindlen and it’s about a mother losing her life to cancer and the daughter having to come home to take care of her. The daughter has always idolized her professor father and is put out at first by the request, she thinks her mother’s world is small because she has always been a stay at home mom and housewife. You can imagine how the daughter’s life is changed by having to take on some of the duties and responsibility of her mother.

If you could use any actress to play you in your life, who would you choose and why?
Mary Stuart Masterson – kind of below the radar, low-key, quirky and I think her sense of humor (judging by the characters she has played) would be very well suited to play me in a movie. Plus, she did play Idgie in Fried Green Tomatoes! Hello!

Name the top 5 things on your bucket list.

  • Go back to Italy
  • Visit the Northeastern United States
  • Be present at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade
  • Attend the Erma Bombeck writing conference
  • Participate in the CrossFit Games

Who or what inspired you to blog?
Again, it was a group of political women that I met online in a forum.

If you could be known for one thing in your life, what would it be?
A sense of humor and an easy-going, laid-back, gets-along-with-everyone kind of person. I know, it’s not much, but it’s important to me.

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation?
Well, right now I’d say the beach. But really, if I could afford it, it would have to be Italy.

Describe the best moment in your life.
Man, these are some tough questions. THE best moment of my life? Okay, here it is, other than wedding day, becoming a mom and all that stuff, I’d have to say that landing in Italy, November 2, 2008 would be the best moment in my life. I am NOT a person who easily cries but that day I cried out of pure relief and joy.

We’re headed to your neck of the woods for one day. What is one thing we have to do, and what restaurant we must eat at?
I’d say you’d have to check out the Farmer’s Market on Thursday afternoon. As far as where to eat; a restaurant? You can always find me at Gibson’s BBQ on the Parkway just about every Friday night. But Huntsville is no slouch when it comes to having lots of eateries. I might suggest one of our Food Trucks. Other places to mention are Cotton Row and Commerce Kitchen. I also want to mention The Sage Grille inside the Westin, it’s quiet, a well-kept secret and the food is great!

What is a tradition you and your family have?
We eat dinner together, sitting down at a dining room table, bowing our head in prayer before braking bread together. Now that the kids are older (college age) it’s more difficult. Plus, my son goes away to military school but before he started attending we always had dinner together, sitting down, holding conversation. I’ll leave all the extra-curricular activities that we did not participate in order to make this happen for another day, another topic.

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C.A. MarksBaptizing the ordinary and mundane with my very own vein of levity. CarolAnnMarks.com

That was fun. Thanks for reading,

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