Sunday, April 26, 2009

The Sunday Roast

She's A Heart-Starter. No, Seriously

This week's interview is with Epijunky,
who writes the blog Pink Warm and Dry.

Here's the first of the standard questions. Why do you blog?

To answer that question I have to give you a little bit of background on my profession. I'm an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician), working on an ambulance. While a lot of our job isn't terribly exciting, it can get very stressful at times. I started blogging as an outlet for that stress (as well as some of the more humorous things that have happened on the job). As time went on I started talking about my children and photography as well. It's an addiction for me!

What's the story behind your blog name?

As EMT's we start assessing the Patient as soon as we see them. Part of that is a skin assessment. If the Patient's skin is pink, warm, and dry (as opposed to gray, cold and sweaty) it's generally a good thing. I wish I could say it was something more glamorous than that (that inspired my blog name), but I'd be stretching the truth. For some reason the name stuck with me.

What is the best thing about being a blogger?

I would have to say it's the friends I've made. I have been so blessed. I've met people through blogging who I would count among the closest friends I have. They are among the true friends and family members that I'd call with the best (or worse) news I've ever gotten. Given the fact that in most cases I've never met them in person (and in some cases an ocean and several continents separate us), I think it's kind of an amazing thing.

What key advice would you give to a newbie blogger?

Two things. First, write often. Don't worry about how polished it is, just get your thoughts down. Write from your heart. Some of my better posts were inspired by just writing down what I was thinking and feeling. Second, read and contribute. Find blogs that interest you and read them often. Don't be afraid to comment. I love getting feedback from the folks that read what I have to say, and I can't believe how many fantastic people (and blogs) I've found just through comments.

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

That's a tough one, there are so many talented Bloggers out there who I read regularly ... I'd have to say that Ambulance Driver's Seeking Words Of Balm and Sam The EMT's Falling Softly are two that touched me the most.

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

The Ballad Of Hilda And Oscar. It took a good friend over a year to convince me to write it, it was such an awful experience that I still can't think about it today without getting teary eyed. In the end I believe it was cathartic to finally get it all out.

David, I can't thank you enough for this opportunity... Thanks for everything you do. It is so appreciated. I hope you know that.

Today's Sunday Roast with Epijunky is the 65th in a weekly series of interviews with bloggers from around the world.


Anonymous said...

Great interview with a very interesting blogger. Off there now..

CJ xx

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Terrific interview...and it looks like her blog is stunningly beautiful! Must stop by for a visit! Thanks, David!

Akelamalu said...

Great interview and another new blog for me to read! Thanks David. :)

Nessa said...

Very enjoyable interview. My daughter is an EMT and a Firefighter. Tough work with little appreciation.

Willow said...

Great interview, David! Thanks for highlighting her.

Maggie May said...

Great interview. I have seen that name scattered about on my travels!

ArneA said...

Congratulation with Sunday Roast.
I am simultaneously Heart and Kidney Transplanted 11 years ago and know exactly the need for your profession.
Have a nice day in or out of ETM services

Anonymous said...

Great Interview, love Epi's blog :)


Shrinky said...

I do so love this feature, David. Another great interview, thank you for posting it.

Gaston Studio said...

Love your Sunday Roast as it puts me in touch with some wonderful bloggers.

Epijunky said...

David, thank you so much for the interview, it means so much to me.

And to all of the wonderful,kind commenters, ya'll know how to make a girl feel loved :)

Lluvia said...

Medic61 said...

I love this woman and her blog very much :) What a wonderful pick for an interview, David!

Trauma Junkie said...

Epi has an excellent blog; I've been following her posts for quite some time!

Excellent interview. Thank you, David!

Old NFO said...

Thanks for picking Epi David, I can vouch for the fact that she is as nice in person as she was in the interview. AND she is good at what she does!