Usually when TV shows hit the century mark, they have a big fancy recap show. I feel as though I should do something similar. So I thought I'd answer some questions that I just know have been at the forefront of everyone's mind.
I hope in the very least that this is interesting to someone other than me.
1. What got you started blogging?
Actually, it was Dunndee. I can't remember how I found out he was blogging, but I did. I had always shied away from blogging because I saw no point in an open internet journal. I am pretty secretive and didn't understand what you would be able to write about that you would want the world to see. I wrote a lot but blogging was definitely a new format. And I think to a certain extent it forced me to learn how to write more openly and for a wider audience. I also learned how to censor myself and was forced to pay attention to how deep into the inner mind of Mean Rachel I wanted my audience to go.
2. Mean Rachel? Where did that come from?
Honestly I cannot remember. Again I think it was a combination of Dunndee and IS2 giving me hell. I can't remember what exactly it stemmed from. Hurricane Katrina, maybe, and my outrage at the time. I called the Army Inspector General and complained. Maybe this was seen by some as mean/crazy? I really don't know. I do know that while it's more fitting, Mean/Crazy Rachel was too long of a user name.
3. What is your favorite post?
While it's depressing, I think my favorite is Slaughter Rule. I wrote it at a very difficult time in my life (while hopped up on hydrocodene, as the entry explains) but it says a lot about what I was feeling but doesn't really drone on and on. There is something to be said for its conciseness. I also love the one I wrote on election night 2006, Don't Stop Thinking About Tomorrow. I stayed up late writing that after I got home from the results party. I wanted to remember how energized I felt -- I felt like things were going to get better, or if nothing else -- different. I wanted to remember that feeling. When I read it now, I can. I'm glad I stayed up late to write -- even if nothing really changed that night.
4. What was the hardest post to write?
I know the answer to this, without question. "Let them go shopping." I had just seen Marie Antoinette, so the title came easily. Sadaam had just been hanged a couple days before. Everything seemed so archaic and apocalyptic to me at the time. I had a horribly painful inner ear infection and felt terrible and lonely. I wrote that and worked myself into a rage unlike any other rage before. It really affected me, even as I wrote it, which was definitely unsettling. To read it now, it doesn't have the same sadness I felt when I wrote it, but I was incredibly sad.
5. What is your funniest post?
Hm...I actually really like the one about the first day of boot camp, because I can still remember how awful and hilarious it was all at once. Some of my rants have been amusing to me but I can't remember any right now.
6. Name one thing you've learned from blogging.
The posts you don't expect to generate a lot of talk sometimes do. Usually they are the shortest ones or the seemingly trivial ones. The longer more in-depth posts usually don't get a lot of commentary. I think it's because either no one reads them or because they don't always know what to say. Either way, it's a loveless life being a famous blogger, but someone's got to do it.