The Great Interview Experiment


I did this interview experiment and of course, at first I did it wrong because as usual I didn’t read the directions. So by accident I posted my answers on my blog this morning, whoops. Well here is the actual person I interviewed named Elizabeth. Now what I found interesting about this experiment is you don’t know who you are going to get to interview. As you can tell, Elizabeth and I are quite different but that meant I had to go outside of my norm to ask questions. I am pleased to say her answers were pretty much nothing I expected.

You can read the answers to my questions over at Jen’s blog.

1. What made you decide to get into blogging? I’ve been writing and working on a book for several years, and when I sent a proposal out to an agent she turned it down but recommended that I start a blog to get an audience and get my writing out there. I also was reading good friend’s blog and loved it so much so I started my own. I admit to feeling a little embarrassed about doing it – it just seemed like so much navel-gazing and self-importance, but I’ve found that writing everyday increases my output, works the “muscle,” if you know what I mean.

2. I read that you have a child with multiple disabilities. What are her disabilities and does raising a child with special needs make you view the world differently? My daughter, who is now fourteen years old, developed a severe type of epilepsy when she was three months old. We never found a reason for her seizures and no treatments have been successful in stopping them. I could write an epic about how raising a child with special needs makes me view the world differently but I don’t think anyone would want to read that. Suffice it to say that I am a changed person, in many ways for the better and in many ways, well, — different.

3. If you got one wish for your daughter, it could be anything, what would it be? That’s so easy. I would wish that her seizures would stop and that she would talk and live a more normal life.

4. Are there certain kinds of blogs you tend to avoid? Yes. I don’t like the constantly griping mommy blogs or the blogs that sell products or host giveaways every single day. Oh, and I really avoid politically conservative blogs unless they’re written beautifully.

5. What is the perfect happiness to you? Reading a book, eating delicious, simple food and hearing my children’s laughter.

6. What is your worst trait? I would say that I have a tendency to be condescending and my tongue is sharper than a scythe.

7. When was the last moment that you realized in that very moment you were really happy? This was probably during a kundalini yoga class – meditation and listening to beautiful music during it puts me in the moment and it’s all good, in that moment.

8. If your house was on fire, after obviously getting all your loved ones to safety, what would be the one material possession you would save? This is just an impossible question, no? Because really no material possession is that important, especially if you have to pick just one. But I might grab the paper-thin love letter that a man wrote me long, long ago. That way I would have the reminder of who I was and who I am right now quite evident in my loved ones all around me!


  1. Hannah

    December 1, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    Great interview! Elizabeth sounds like a really strong and interesting person. 🙂

  2. Barb

    December 1, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Great job, Robin! But I didn’t see your interview. 🙁

  3. Barb

    December 1, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    P.S. – The link to Elizabeth’s blog includes a link to yours. I mean, I found it, but just thought you should know.

  4. Jen

    December 2, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I posted your interview 🙂 sorry for the delay, something went wrong with my scheduling of it on my blog!

  5. Barb

    December 2, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Wow, I didn’t know you had tattoos. Naughty! 😀

  6. Avitable

    December 2, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    You guys are completely different! And her URL is messed up.

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