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1.31.2008

The Insomniac Interviews: Bob Slentz-Kesler

Bob Slentz-Kesler (aka Bob S-K)
Bob's blog, Neither Clever Nor Witty, is not the place to go when you're in the mood for prolonged reading. Let's face it, he doesn't have the time. Instead, Bob posts (usually) daily insights into his fragmented but surprisingly balanced life. A stay-at-home dad, novelist, and a member of the Beer Of The Month Club, Bob has become one of the five bloggers I'd take with me if I were to be stranded on a desert island. It's time for you to get to know him too!


ii: What made you decide to start blogging? In what year did you open your blog?
Bob:
2005

ii: Has your blog and/or blogging style changed over time? In what way?
Bob: Even though I've tried from the beginning not to put pressure on myself to write something interesting each day, I find that as time goes on I'm even more cavalier and nonchalant about what I splash onto the page each day.

ii: What advice would you give someone who is new to blogging?
Bob: I'm not a person who gives advice. To anyone who's new to blogging, I say "Welcome, and pull up a chair. It's going to be fun."

ii: Do you see a time when you may decide to stop blogging?
Bob: I can see a time when I'll take breaks (maybe even months at a time, much later in life), but at the moment, it's a habit I can't break.

ii: What are your 3 favorite blogs?
Bob: Irregular Times - An unapologetically partisan blog with excellent writing, good citing of sources, and concrete recommendations for taking action.

Incurable Insomniac - No, seriously! I do love your blog. I love how the layout changes from time to time, and I love your graphics and the way you write and what you write about. Silly, serious, bawdy, sad, introspective. Good stuff.

Foner Books Blog - As a self-publisher, I love reading about the experiences of others. This fellow, Morris Rosenthal, has a lot of experience and has amassed a great archive of blog posts about self-publishing and print-on-demand technology.

ii: What do you most enjoy blogging about?
Bob: Nothing in particular. I really do splash up whatever's in my brain at the moment. I avoid themes.

ii: What is your "Day Job"?
Bob: Stay at home dad.

ii: What one thing in your life has suffered since you began blogging?
Bob: Nothing that I can think of. The amount of time I spend writing the blog is less than 10 minutes a day. It's often closer to 5. Also, I don't read the blogs of others every day--I might check in every few days. I recognize it could become addictive, so I try to keep a laid-back approach to the whole thing.

ii: What one thing in your life has been enhanced?
Bob: Connection with people, definitely. I've made new friends online, and I feel more connected to the readers I see around town from time to time.

ii: Is there someone, either living, historical, or fictional, that you wish had a blog?
Bob: A toss-up between the musician Dave Guard (dead), and the writer Reynolds Price (living).


Bob Slentz-Kesler Online
Weblog:
Neither Clever Nor Witty

Website:
Thatcher Forest Publishing

Books:
Sylvia, Rachel, Meredith, Anna - A wonderful book, rich with characters and deceptively complex with sparkling prose.
Search For the Flaming Chalice - I haven't read this one yet.

Articles:
Romancing the Sauce

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