Meet A Blogger

Meet A Blogger: Fannie Frankfurter

Meet A BloggerToday you all get to meet Fannie Frankfurter, who runs a blog of the same nameFannie’s blog is very diverse, so one day you might read a post on her dating life and another day, you might spend a little time catching up on Fannie’s week. Fannie also has a section on her blog where you can view some of her art projects.

Tell us a little about your blog and why you started blogging. 

“Fannie Frankfurter” was born in 2014 after months of intense introspection and an overwhelming need to express myself through writing. A decade ago I fulfilled this need through distributing my own mail-order perzine (“Gretchen”) but times have changed and a blog seemed like the best way to find the catharsis that journaling provides.

This was my first post: Funny People Get Sad Too

What with your Demotivational Poster say? 


Head over to and look through the first couple pages of words and find a phrase that you feel best sums up the presidential primaries.

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If you were stranded on a deserted island and could bring three books and three movies with you, what would you pick?

The three books would be Moby Dick (because I’ve been procrastinating reading that for a while), How to Survive on a Deserted Island (Prepare to Survive), and Egon Schiele: The Complete Works. As for the movies I would take The Big Lebowski, Heathers, and Beetlejuice. This list was created with the assumption that I knew I might be stranded and that I would have the ability to throw myself a movie night.

Let’s say that the powers that be at WordPress tell you that you can only keep up three posts on your blog. What would you keep and why?

Both Doodlebug, Doodlebug, Come and Get Your Meat and Bread and Tobacco are two of my favorite posts because they remind me of simpler times and evoke memories of growing up on a farm. I wrote A Love Letter to Life because I needed a gentle reminder that despite how dark things seem sometimes there are advantages of being alive over the alternative.

What is the funniest lie you’ve ever told?

I have a difficult time being dishonest, but there was a time years ago when my (now) ex’s child’s mother friended all of his female contacts on Myspace and pretended to be interested in their lives in order to keep tabs on what he was doing. After a period of tolerating this and politely refusing to give her any ammo I started answering her with ridiculous, off-the-wall responses. She inquired about my favorite holiday and I randomly chose “Boxing Day (Can.)” from a calendar. She believed me and I had to explain what Boxing Day was, so for a long time that was a running joke between me and another friend.

Now that I’ve typed that out it doesn’t seem nearly as amusing. I guess you had to be there.

To wrap up, tell us three blogs you’re crushing on right now. (Please include the name, link, and a brief description of the blogs.)

Bonnywood Manor: I really enjoy Brian’s “Past Imperfect” posts which provide amusing descriptions of or dialogue from vintage photos or old movie stills.

These Unquiet Things For Kindred Glooms: Mlle Ghoul is one of the kindest and most interesting people that I’ve met online. Her site is a wonderfully witchy collection of treats for the senses.

Maverick Mist: I look forward to each day’s lovely photograph and accompanying quote.

Thanks so much for participating, Fannie!


Meet A Blogger: SassaFrass, The Feisty

The blogger you’re meeting today is my future Lord of the Rings tour mate, SassaFrass, who writes at SassaFrass, The Feisty. Between her sense of humor and tendency to keep shit real, I adore Sass. If you visit Sass’s blog, you’ll find that she writes very candidly about her mental health issues, as well as parenting and life in general.

How long have you been blogging, and what got you started?

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Two years May 30. In my post Blog-aversary I talk about what got me into blogging. Short answer is there. Long answer is when my not soon enough to be ex husband kicked us out and I stopped working, I couldn’t afford to see Jane my therapist. So I was looking for a way to have a therapeutic outlet and voila! Sassafrass20blog was born. It was SUPPOSED to be SassaFrass2.0blog but WordPress has this thing with dots in names…

If there was a book published on your life, what would the title be?

I heard my son say “Beautiful Chaos,” so that would be the name of my book.

What are five of your biggest pet peeves?

  • Assholes that don’t use their turn signals
  • Assholes that don’t do the speed limit
  • Assholes that ride my ass
  • Ignorance and intolerance are tied

What is the craziest lie one of your kids has told you?

They both say they didn’t do something when they did and I have the proof in my hands. Nothing really crazy, so I guess I’m lucky (?) in this area.

Pull up your mp3 player on your phone and hit shuffle – what are the first five songs (title and band)?

  • Remedy by Adele (25)
  • Sky Song from Outlander
  • Meet Me on the Equinox by Death Cab For Cutie (Twilight: New Moon Soundtrack)
  • Mess is Mine by Vance Joy (Dream Your Life Away)

If you went viral for something, what would it be?

It would probably be me saying a slew of profanities while in labor, telling my partner I will kill them for doing this to me while crying and saying how much I love them. No rationale where Bipolar and pregnancy are co-mingling! (DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT PREGNANT)

What are three other blogs everyone should be following? (Link and brief description, please.)

  1. My friend Morgue over at Take a Ride on My Mood Swing is brutally honest about her every trials and tribulations with life as a single mom in Armpitville, USA with mental health afflictions. (Anxiety and Bipolar are the biggest). She’s very candid with her struggle and her love of all things gore related, especially her horror movies. I love her! We have ongoing word wars were we make up words or use other words in place of cuss words or medications, and we’ve named our followers. She pushes me to be more creative.
  2. My lovely friend S. D. Gates whom I followed because I thought her name was SPARKLY PANTS, when in fact it is SPARKY PLANTS. So now we have our ongoing joke about gold lamme hot pants (like) the one character from The Rocky Horror Picture Show wears. She’s a wonderful writer living in California and writes about her life there, her books, her family, her dogs, and her stories. She’s brilliant in her word craft. And when I read her writing it’s like talking to a mother in the kindest way possible. She pushes me to be more concise.
  3. The last one is hard… Choosing just THREE. My last one is nombre de la pluma. I love his writing. He does poems and writes about his daily struggle with life all while still adoring his wife Mrs. M, food, and adult beverages. His style is like a statement font: not too bold or big, just enough of an attention getter to pull you into his fray and wish you had money to help him out. (We all wish that don’t we? To help our friends no matter what.)

    Thanks for participating, Sass!

Meet A Blogger: Victo Dolore

I’ve been doing the Meet A Blogger interviews since early on in the year, and my final question always asks the blogger to show some love and recommend a few other bloggers they’re really into. One of the names that has come up a lot is Victo Dolore, who blogs at Behind the White Coat.

As both a family physician and a mom, Victo covers many topics on her blogs. Meet A BloggerWhile many of her posts have a humorous side to them, you’ll often be left thinking. On top of that, stunning pictures always accompany her posts.

What’s your blog about and how did you get started blogging?

I started blogging, actually, as a way to force me to work a novel I had been dragging my feet on for years, Victo Dolore. It is about women, morality, and medicine and was set in Victorian times. My first post there was Prologue. At first it was great therapy, having a creative outlet, since I could not very well work on making jewelry with two toddlers running about the house, but I found that I really needed a way to write about my real life, too. Behind The White Coat was born. Just Why is my first post there.

If you knew your blog was going to self-destruct and you had five minutes to select and save three posts, which ones would you save?

Gah! It took me more than five minutes to answer that question and I think if I delved deeper into the archives I might have a different answer but here goes:

Grave is the first one I would pick. It is fresh and it still makes me angry when I think about it.

Gifted would be number two.

Multiples is number three simply because it was fun to write.

Would you rather…wear someone’s dirty underwear or use their toothbrush?

Dirty underwear, though it does depend on whose and how dirty.

If you could challenge another blogger to a dance off, who would it be and what would be your signature move?

I suck at dancing. But if I had to dance publicly against someone I would pick Desley at Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist. She seems hip, creative, and fun and I think that she would be kind enough not to make me look like a complete fool. My signature move would be “crazy middle aged woman waves her arms frantically in the air while awkwardly hopping up and down with no apparent rhythm.”

As a mom, what is the funniest thing you’ve seen your kids do?

My kids are a never ending source of entertainment. All kids are funny as hell at times. Probably the one thing that still makes me cringe/laugh the most was when my son grabbed a patient’s breast in a pet store and squeezed hard to get her attention. He really, really wanted to tell her that he was getting a pet lizard. Here is the post if you want to read about Adventures at the Pet Store.

Let’s wrap this up by showing the blog love. List at least three other blogs you’re into right now. Please include a link to their site as well as a brief description.

First off, there are dozens of blogs that I love and visit regularly. If I have liked a post of yours, then you are on my list. Since I am charged with only listing three here, I am going to pick blogs your readers may not be familiar with:

John Callaghan of Get Off My Lawn, was one of the first bloggers I ever met on Word Press. He writes about all manner of things. He is not terribly prolific right now which makes me sad. He has a sharp tongue and a quick wit and can always make me laugh. My favorite post, however, is this serious one about his past, One Last Beer.

C. S. Boyack at Entertaining Stories is another one of those that I met early on. I learned a ton from him about blogging and creative writing and about making sourdough.

The Skeptical Cardiologist is another interesting blogger. His series on dentistry was especially fun. Part One and Part Two.

Go check them out!

Thanks so much for participating, Doc 🙂

Meet A Blogger: Filosofa’s Word

Today we meet Jill, who blogs at Filosofa’s Word. This is the blog to follow if you are at all interested in politics and current events. Jill does an awesome job of keeping her readers in the know, especially about some things that might not get a lot of media coverage otherwise. Plus, she’s witty and a great writer!

What made you decide to start a blog? And why do you stick with it? Meet A Blogger

I had been writing book reviews for several years, publishing them on Amazon and Goodreads, and I was basically just looking for an additional venue to publish my reviews. Eventually, after reading other blogs, I expanded my horizons and now have a full-fledged blog that I find very fulfilling.

Why do I stick with it? Well, I write mainly two types of material: political and social commentary. Both are rather dark subjects, so every now and then I try to throw in a bit of humour, but it isn’t my main focus. I stick with it because I like to think that I am shedding light on some of the important socio-political issues facing the world today, and I like to think that at some point maybe I help somebody understand an issue better, or consider a side they have never considered before. In other words, it is my voice to the outside world and I hope that I am doing something good.

Which blog posts make up your blog’s Hall of Fame?





Just for fun, go over to the Trump Insult Generator and take a screenshot of the insult slung your way and include it here (or copy and paste).

“Do you believe highly overrated Jill? What a dope!”

Go to your iPod or whatever you use to listen to music and hit the shuffle button. What are the first five songs on the list?

1. Rainy Night in Georgia – Aaron Neville

2. Blowing in the Wind – Peter, Paul & Mary

3. This Night Won’t Last Forever – Sawyer Brown

4. Puff, the Magic Dragon – Peter, Paul & Mary

5. Just Once – Quincy Jones

What are your top pet peeves in the blogosphere?

Disrespect … either in the post itself or in the comments. I have zero tolerance for disrespect.

Religious, preachy blogs … I simply don’t follow or read them.

Links that do not work … it only takes a minute to test your link.

What’s the craziest/funniest lie someone has ever told you? And did you let it slide or did you call them on it?

When my children were small, they were outdoors playing with neighbor children and my son came running into the house saying “whatever they say I did, I didn’t do it!” I didn’t have to call him on it … the other kids did it for me!

Finally, which blogs are you loving on right now? Kindly include names, links, and a brief description.

Autumn Ambles – Beautiful pictures accompanied by short poems that I can actually understand and appreciate! (I am ‘poetry-challenged’)

Barataria, the work of Erik Hare – precise and logical political/economic analysis

a cooking pot and twisted tales – lots to love here, sometimes humour, sometimes introspection, always a good read

fromscotlandwithloveblog – written by a young woman who is currently volunteering on the Isle of Kos (Greece), working with refugees, she writes beautifully heartbreaking posts about her experiences

The Playground – Thumbup finds some of the most fun things on the internet … always brings me a smile or a chuckle

Stuck in Perpetual Soliloquy – ferddhie lives in Ghana, and though he does not post often, his posts are always interesting and provide a glimpse into a culture that is much different than my own

That’s What Anxious Mom Said – Anxious Mom is sometimes introspective, often humorous, and I absolutely love the stories about her children

Thanks for participating, Jill!

Meet A Blogger: The Monster In Your Closet

After a few weeks away from the Meet A Blogger series, today you get to meet Deborah, who blogs at The Monster In Your Closet. If you aren’t already following Deb, you need to be, as she is one of the most kick ass bloggers on the Internet. Depending on which day you visit, you may come across a beautiful poem, a post reminiscing over her days as a student, or a heartwarming story about her boys. She is also the author of The Monster’s Daughter, which you can find more information about here.

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What’s your blog about and how did you get started blogging?

I started my first blog in 1995, when I decided I wanted my homepage to be more than a collection of links. I took that down in 2001–though the on-break notice is still up!–and moved to a more private blogging space, finally landing on WordPress in early 2011. I began The Monster in Your Closet as a place to talk writing and promote my then-new YA novel, but quickly realized I liked developing emotional connections way more than talking about writing by roughly eleventy billion percent more.

Thank You, Miss Smartypants.

What would your Motivational Poster say?

My favorite is actually a demotivational poster I’ve had posted in the past and might yet post again: “Just because you are unique doesn’t mean you are useful.” The picture makes me laugh, and–perhaps strangely?–reminds me to consider my objectives and perspectives.


You’re stranded on a desert island and have to choose three movies and three books to entertain yourself with forever. What are they?

I thought about this way too much and … Lord of the Rings, both sides! Part of me thinks I might get a little bored with all LotR, all the time. The other 99.9% of me knows I’d regret it more if I went with anything else!

What would be the title of a book on your day-to-day life?

How to Make Everyone Think You’re an Extrovert (When Really You’re an Exhausted Introvert Parent of Two Young’ns Who Overcompensates Just to Stay Awake)

What is the funniest thing you have witnessed as a parent?

I can barely remember an hour ago and it just gets worse the further back I go, so I’m going to go with the funniest thing I witnessed today! My two-year-old, Littler J, does not dig clothing one bit, so he was cruising around the house naked. My husband, Anthony, said he was going to put Littler in “a kilt and war paint and let him cosplay William Wallace.”

Anthony shouted “freedom!” in hopes Littler would echo him. Instead, Littler ran to where I was putting coconut oil on my lizard elbows. “Say ‘freedom,'” I prompted him. “Fweedom!” he shouted. Split seconds later, he reached for the coconut oil jar and hollered, “GIMME FWEEDOM!”

I busted up laughing, and I’m hoping he’ll take a little while to catch on the coconut oil is … not actually “fweedom.” Hee.

If you could give one piece of advice to new bloggers, what would it be?

Be you. You’ll find (at least) hundreds of posts daily telling you the specific steps to take and rules to follow to be a successful blogger. It can be tempting to follow that advice, but what the blogosphere–and the world!–needs is you. Your voice. Your thoughts, feelings, and perspectives … you, as you, not someone else’s proposed most-successful-blog-like version of you.

Let’s wrap this up by showing the blog love. List at least three other blogs you’re into right now.

I haven’t been able to spend much time on blogs recently, but these are three of many that I wish could get ported directly into my brain during my morning commute:

Victo Dolore
No Talent for Certainty
Little Bits of Heaven
Every blogger whose name shows up in comment on my blog 🙂

Thanks again for participating, Deborah!