I've gotten a lot of e-mail since I started this sucker back in May 2005. Over the course of a few months, the style of writing has changed, the content, and there have been several different layouts.
I figured I'd better do an updated FAQ because I've started getting those pesky "you're not really a..." type e-mails again.
1. What I Do Professionally:
I am currently a librarian in southwestern Ohio, with an MLIS from Louisiana State University. I'm presently debating pursuing a Ph.D. in information science/intelligence studies and a Masters in Construction Management upon completion of my current position. While some library personnel specialize in building collections, building resumes, and building more bureaucracy, let's just say I specialize in building libraries - that's as detailed as I'm going to get. I don't work with books, databases, or do anything even remotely traditional in terms of being a librarian. There are, at last unofficial count, only about a dozen librarians in North America who does what I do for a living.
2. Why I Don't Talk about Librarianship Much:
Well, because most of the professional literature covers in such nauseatingly boring detail. I'm a firm believer in the principle of "go where the user is." Some people get a lot out of reading literature; I have to directly observe behaviors, mannerism, study speech patterns, and see levels of discomfort/comfort for myself to get an understanding of user needs. I've met folks at conferences who are completely right on in terms of understanding users but have no clue how to interact with the ones in their own back yard.
3. Why I am so Concerned with Political Issues in Places like Sub-Saharan Africa:
My research interest. I have no push to publish right now, so I do it as a hobby. It is my firm personal belief that finding practical solutions to the social and digital divides on the global, national, and local level is the key to achieving a more stable international climate. No human structure on this planet exists in a vacuum, especially not libraries, archives, museums, and other information repositories.
4. Why do I not post about the more everyday things in your life:
I post about whatever comes to mind when I'm sitting at a keyboard. Sadly, I try to blog about what goes on in my daily life. I'm more careful, I think, than most bloggers about posting personal information because:
(a) I've had a total of two cyberstalkers.
(b) Posting about hanging out with an adult entertainer became a major distraction at work, as apparently quite a few people witnessed she and I out and about here in Oxford.
(c) Yes, I know a few famous people, thanks to my media days. I've interviewed quite a few of them. I've been to cocktail parties with them. I've even had one buy me breakfast. My own brief 15 minutes felt like an eternity because I didn't respect my own need for privacy.
I'm also acutely aware that, unlike a lot of bloggers, there are locals who read this site, who know who I am and where I work. That's fucking creepy sometimes; other times, it's kind of neat and even downright amazing.
I'm very well-aware that my life is somehow interesting to some people, but I like to keep some things private. I don't blog about work-related business; if I do, it's rather inconsequential stuff.
5. Why I write so much about relationships and don't give sexual details:
Because healthy relationships fascinate me. Quite frankly, women fascinate me. I've spent a good portion of my adult life in and out of extremely dangerous, unhealthy relationships, so I'd kind of like to get a n idea of what, exactly, I've been doing wrong for the last decade and what, exactly, I've been doing right.
If you're waiting for me to start giving intimate details beyond simply implying certain activities, it's not going to happen. And I'm never going to blog about certain things, especially if they would embarrass other people involved.
And while this may sound pretty arrogant, I've never had any physical problems regarding intimacy. I may not know how to read signals or figure out the whole relationship thing, but I figured out the secret to mindblowing sex a long time ago - communication. Hell, everybody has to be good at something.
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