Dionne from City of Dionne was actually one of the first official bloggers I met. She is the biggest sweetheart around! She has a beautiful blog and just became a consultant at bhldn in Texas! Legit ;) Dionne & Brian's story is quite amazing, from what I recall - they had a long distance relationship and I say anyone who can pull off a long distance relationship are superstars in my book! I get sad when Nick leaves for work each day, so I can't imagine being away from my guy for months straight. Hope you enjoy this super sweet interview from Brian!
Please tell us a little about you and what you do: I am married to a beautiful extrovert, making me a very lucky introvert. I currently work as a mechanical engineer. I like to read in my free time, but I spend most of it being content with hanging out with my wife, a.k.a. best friend.
What are your thoughts about blogs + blogging? When my wife started her blog, I got excited by the thought of starting one myself. I thought about letting out my perspective on everything I had on my mind, a little bit at a time. I imagined the discussions I'd have with all of my blog followers wanting to relate their own experiences to mine. It would be a great communal event linking my life to all those people on the Internet who were bound to flock to my words. So I started out and found that what I was writing didn't really come out like I had envisioned in my mind. In fact, I was bored reading what I wrote with the interest I was sure it would attract fizzling out as soon as I typed the words. My wife encouragingly wrote a comment after becoming my follower on my first post. I learned fast that I wasn't a blogger.
I like the idea of reading blogs since it would be a window to the writer's personal experiences. How cool that would be. I've been thinking how fun it would be to follow a few interesting blogs. It's been a few years--one day maybe I'll take the effort to look around and see if any attract my interest.
How did you & your wife meet? I knew some people who had nothing but outright fondness for this girl named Dionne. They seemed to think she was extra special and of course all this talk made me interested to meet her. Our mutual friends finally set up an outing at Laguna Beach and she actually was better than the expectations my friends had built up for me. She was very talkative and, of course, really easy on the eyes.
How many hours a day does your wife spend blogging? I remember she used to set every Sunday afternoon aside for blogging, but I haven't seen her writing lately. She must blend it much better with all of her other activities because I never notice her blogging these days.
What do you do during this time? I must be at work during the time she blogs these days.
Any silly/crazy/funny/cool stories or experiences related to blogging you'd like to share with the readers: Dionne likes to set up meetings for her blog readers every year during the Christmas/New Year vacations we take out in California. Since she posts pictures and writes about me, these people who are complete strangers relate to me as if they know me well. It's unusual especially since I feel a bit out of place talking with hardcore bloggers but they're friendly and easy to talk with. I like her blog friends a lot - they are great people!
Is there any one thing that annoys you most about having a blogger wife? I'm sometimes worried a bunch of people will find out embarrassing details about me personally all over the blogging world, but Dionne never blogs anything like that about me - she's always blogging happy thoughts, so I don't worry about it that much anymore. She used to set time aside where I'd have to leave her alone, which bugged me a bit; but now she never blogs when I am at home, she makes sure to set aside her time with me for just me - no blogging. :)