Sunday, February 01, 2009

The Sunday Roast

It's All About Rhyme And Reason

This week's interview is with Doris,
who writes the blog Get Thee To A Poet.

The first of the standard questions. Why do you blog?

I blog because I must! For years I’ve been writing in all sorts of venues, and for a while I had a website called that contained a lot of my book and movie reviews, humor, poetry, and opinion pieces. After awhile, I outgrew that site and began looking around for a new outlet. When I began reading trade blogs (I’m a technical communicator), it led me to forming my own blog. Now that I’ve been at it nearly a year, I’ve fallen in love with it. Hence, I blog because I must.

What's the story behind your blog name?

When I first started the blog, I was heavily involved in the poetry reading series at my alma mater. I still work with them because it’s great fun and gives me a live outlet for my poetry. Naturally I started considering names that had to do with poetry: Poetic Justice (but I thought that would sound too law-oriented), Poeticism, etc. Poetic License seemed appropriate because it refers to the poet’s right to ignore standard rules of grammar in order to achieve the desired effect of the work. This can include arranging the words in such a way as to communicate visually (i.e., picture poetry). Poetic license, by definition, is an extension of artistic license, which Wikipedia summarizes as follows:

* Entirely at the artist's discretion
* Intended to be tolerated by the viewer (that is, "willing suspension of disbelief")
* Neither "good" nor "bad"
* Useful for filling in gaps, whether they be factual, compositional, historical or other gaps
* Used consciously or unconsciously, intentionally or unintentionally or in tandem

I think that pretty much sums up my blog!

What is the best thing about being a blogger?

Undoubtedly, the best thing about being a blogger is the other bloggers! I have met some amazing people (like you!) all over the world. Reading the thoughts and intimate feelings of other people who feel free to express themselves in ways that they might not otherwise do in “real life” is such a privilege. There are many inspiring stories out there that just make me want to be a better person. (I hope that some of my posts do that for others).

Additionally, there are some amazing photo-bloggers who never cease to delight me with their perspective on the world, and the humor bloggers (especially sites like, a web comic blog) tickle my funny-bone on a regular basis. I might not have otherwise discovered all of these wonderful sites without diving into blogging myself.

What key advice would you give to a newbie blogger?

I would say that you need to be patient, write as often as you can, and be real. Read other blogs every day, not only to make friends and gain readers but also to learn what works and what doesn’t. You will quickly find that you can see right through a blogger who is being imitative or less than genuine. By studying other blogs, you’ll gradually find your own groove and your own style, and then, like me, you’ll be reading dozens of blogs a day and wondering where all of your free time went!

What is the most significant blog post you've ever read?

The first time I read "In the Life of a Child", it was this post Lullaby And Goodnight. Before I had finished reading it, I was in tears. Though my children are both adults, I found myself wanting to hold each of them and say a prayer of gratitude that neither of them had been struck with something as devastating as CVS.

Reading M’s blog will change the way you think about your own children forever. She does some amazing work for other parents in similar circumstances, too. She’s a very giving woman who has a beautiful way of expressing the fears and challenges associated with parenting a special needs child. (P.S. - If you want an example of keeping it real in your blog? Read this one on a regular basis).

What is the most significant blog post you've ever written?

I was surprised at the responses I got from my "This Used to be My Beach" five-part series in which I talked about how I became homeless and what life was like without the creature comforts we all take for granted. While it was difficult for me to get around to finally talking about that period in my life (when I was about my son’s age), it was cathartic to do so. You can find the first entry at This Used To Be My Beach.

Thanks for interviewing me, David. Your blog was one of the first I came across during my first months as a blogger, and it has been a constant source of great reads (through your Post of the Day entries) ever since.

Today's Sunday Roast with Doris is the 53nd in a weekly series of interviews with bloggers from around the world.


Maggie May said...

Aw...... Doris is a friend who I regularly visit and I do admire her work very much. Was lovely to recognise her face, which is more than she could say about me, as she's never seen mine! LOL!
Enjoyed the interview.

RiverPoet said...

Thanks so much for interviewing me, David. It was a privilege for me to be singled out by you!

Peace - D

TheWritersPorch said...

What a wonderful choice David !
I love her writing !

Anonymous said...

How lovely to see D. whom I read with every emotion given the Sunday Roast spot.

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

Whoa...!! FAB to read you here...!!!
I loved reading this...hope you enjoyed writing it too...

Hope you are chilled too..
thanks David for bringing us more from this wonderful lady...
I heartedly recommend you all bookmark her blog, for your future delectation..

Akelamalu said...

Great interview David.

I've been a fan of Doris for ages. :)

ArneA said...

Good choice Have a nice Sunday
Still Saturday here in Oslo, Norway

CrazyCath said...

Aaah - a superb blogger. Great interview.

Shrinky said...

I so enjoyed Doris's interview, I am a regular visitor to her site. She always "keeps it real", is a supportive and compassionate friend to many, and her posts are always worth the read.

Well done David, thanks for bringing another great roast to our table.

Merisi said...

I started reading this roast, thinking Doris would be a blogger whom I had not met yet, and only when I got to the part where she refers to her "This Used to be My Beach" series did I "recognize" her! I had read her before, but lost her when I switched to Firefox.

Thank you, Doris and David, for this interview, I greatly enjoyed reading it.

sandyshares said...

yay a new place to visit thanks sandyt

Woman in a Window said...

such a service you do for all writers! And what an interesting person to interview.

Poutalicious said...

Wow, I did not know this blog before reading this. Good advice for new bloggers. Thanks.

Bee said...

This was a great interview -- and I look forward to discovering (yet another) exciting blog.

San said...

I admire Doris so much and of course I enjoy her blog enormously. And yes, I believe I made her acquaintance through authorblog. One of us was on the POTD list and this prompted the first visit.

Great interview!

Daryl said...

I am late to the party but as an almost daily reader of Doris's blog I dont really feel all that late ... okay so I do .. but I am working to get over it ...

The verification word seems fitting: obstop

Childlife said...

Doris was a fabulous choice for an interview. She's one of the most genuine, kind-hearted bloggers I know -- so fun to sit in on a chat with her!

D -- you're killing me with kindness, you know that, don't you? ;) Thank you so much for the lovely words about my place (in spite of my horrific bloggy commenting habits of late...) Love ya!