I know what some of you must be thinking right now. Is that title meant literally, or figuratively? Oh, you weren’t thinking that? Well you are now, aren’t you? Now I wonder what you all are thinking. Did Brother Jon forget to pray today? He’s acting kind of funny. Continue reading
Hey guys! What better way to introduce myself to the new followers then by introducing them to someone else. It’s yet again time for a Celebrity Blogger Interview. Today we have Ericka Clay over at Creative Liar. She’s super talented and super good looking…if you don’t believe me just ask her, she’ll tell you.
Hello Ericka (Creative Liar….aka CL)
How ya been? I hope all is well. In my quest to find more BFF’s I’ve discovered that I haven’t interviewed anyone from your Country. That is, from Texas. I lived in Texas once, it was awesome. I’m sure that’s because you were within the borders also. So, in order to include you on my list of BFF’s I need to get to know you better. Do you mind answering some questions? I’ve noticed that you like to do list that are 21 statements long. I usually send 15 questions, but I’ll try for 21 this time…..a first in Celebrity Blogging Interviews. You feel special, don’t you? (That one doesn’t count!)
BroJo: How many times have you done the “Cut, It, Out” gag in your life?
CL: I’ve only done it on three special occasions: my wedding, the birth of my child and that time I accidentally ate a penny. I’m just kidding. It was no accident.
BroJo: Speaking of hairy Aliens, you also like Alf. Do you like to eat cats or something?
CL: Listen, just because someone accidentally covers a cat in barbecue sauce and accidentally eats it doesn’t mean she actually likes it. But in my case it was delicious.
BroJo: Would all guys look better if they were to wear Sombreros?
CL: Everything would look better in a sombrero. Except a sombrero. That would just be ridiculous.
BroJo: You wear Skechers Shape Ups, like for real. You must have really toned……calves.
CL: You know, I don’t wear them only to tone my….calves. My main goal is to be taller than a five-year-old and with Skechers Shape Ups, I’m 73% of the way there!
BroJo: You’re about a month younger than my little brother, and more talented than me. This makes me feel old and sad.
CL: Dad, is that you?
BroJo: Can I get free, signed copies of your books? (I bet you never heard that) Wait…not like that…but, ahh…never mind.
CL: I actually get asked that all the time. By my grandmother.
BroJo: Do you still owe your dad that “money”?
CL: If by “money” you mean trapping an angry drunken wombat in his car for him to unwittingly discover, then consider the debt paid.
BroJo: Are you still Vegan? Just because you don’t eat sandwiches anymore doesn’t mean you can’t make me one.
CL: Yes, I just went back to veganism again, and I have never felt so amazing/starving in my life. And I would love to make you a sandwich, but my husband doesn’t let me use sharp objects. Smart man.
BroJo: I was on Le Clown’s Blogroll before you were….HaHaHaHaha (You’re still better looking though.)
CL: Sure, but did you make a life-sized statue of Le Clown out of butter and put it in your ex’s attic for it to go rancid? Yeah, that’s what I thought, Jon. (Editor’s Note: Don’t get on Ericka’s bad side…unless you have an ample amount of toast.)
BroJo: I read something about Social Anxiety Disorder. Me Too. High Five?
CL: I would but then I’d anxiously vomit.
BroJo: Favorite 90′s pop band that includes only brothers? (That’s not leading, is it?)
CL: HANSON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!*(#$@#($*@!($*!@$*#($@*#( Ahem.
BroJo: I just noticed I have a bag of potato chips. Best day ever. You ever have a similar situation?
CL: Yes, I found a half chewed piece of gum under my car. I don’t get out much.
CL: Tell all your followers to check out facebook.com/creativeliar where I like to say the f-word and talk incessantly about rabid giraffes. Don’t forget to tell your grandmothers!
BroJo: My Grandpa wore a fanny pack, mostly because he liked to wear sweat pants that didn’t have pockets. Is this your reasoning too?
CL: Is there any other?
BroJo: You’re not from Arkansas are you? I’m in Missouri…which is different (maybe better) but about the same. High Five?
CL: Total high-five. And yes I’m from Arkansas. It’s one of the main reasons I refuse to wear shoes in public. The other seven reasons are because I’m bat shit crazy.
BroJo: Oh man, coming up with 21 things is hard. How do you do it?
CL: Unicorn dust. But don’t snort it unless you never want to step foot in North Dakota again.
BroJo: How do you prefer your wine; Cork….screw cap…or in a box?
CL: Cork. I like to turn the corks into earrings and guilt various family members into wearing them at holiday functions. And by family members I mean my husband.
BroJo: How do you like your steak cooked?
CL: Medium. That’s also how I like my tofu.
BroJo: Do you know what a buckeye is? I was once in a bar in New Braunfels, TX and a guy asked me, while watching a college game, because “you’re from Missouri – you should know.”
CL: I have no idea but if it can be covered in barbecue sauce and meows a little, count me in!
BroJo: What is(are) your favorite book(s)? (Can’t say your own.)
CL: Ugh, fine. Let’s see, The Year of Magical Thinking, The Glass Castle, A Confederacy of Dunces, Endgame (more of a play than book but whatevs), The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Giver, Bridge to Terabithia, The Bell Jar, Fear of Flying, Forever ( by Pete Hamill), and anything David Sedaris has written, will write or has/will ever even consider writing. Also, Everybody Poops.
BroJo: Where should I go for Spring Break this year? (If I were still young enough to do such things.)
CL: Anywhere except my ex’s attic. I hear it’s a little too buttery this time of year. (Editor’s Note: TOAST!!)
I want to thank Ericka very much for taking the time to answer my questions. I hope you all enjoyed it…and learned something too.
Any one else interested in being interviewed? Just ask in the comments or shoot me an e-mail. It’s listed above.
Wow, that was something else today don’t you think? That interview went way better than I thought it would. Here are some numbers for you.
32 - Total Likes
86 Total Comments
122 – Total Post Views
Some of you big dogs out there might not think much about these numbers, but they are the best I’ve ever seen on any given day. Some other benefits of this interview include;
6 – New Total Followers (New Friends!)
80 – Total Page Views For Other Posts
4 – Total Clicks On My Infamous Interview
Now, for an update and a follow-up on some of the Interview questions.
First, the update.
Because of the Infamous Interview, that was shown on the Local News, I received two separate phone calls today from gentlemen who are willing to replace all of the wiring that was stolen, and provide free labor in fixing the wires and plugs too. My fame is doing good for the world. Shoot me an e-mail if you would like me to make an appearance at any of your functions.
Follow-Up on Interview Questions
2. I don’t really like Long John Silver’s, but I probably would if it were renamed Long Jon Silvers.
3. As soon as it cools down I’ll see about growing it back.
4. You’re Welcome!
5. Sorry, I’ll try to ask the correct question next time.
6. I’m not a bandwagon fan, but the Saints are pretty good……..the Latter-Day Saints – Boom!
7. See comments section under Twindaddy. He knows his Stuph!
8. THAT’S WHAT IT’S CALLED! And anyone that does that is kinda weird.
9. I’m glad we can agree on the olive thing. Our Restaurant does make one without it, but I still can’t do it.
10. Great! Now my mustache will match my….
11. This isn’t over. Link all of the way.
12. I liked all of the people you listed, but I had to look up Rhys Darby. I remember him from the movie Yes Man. He was really funny in that.
13. You can do it. I quite smoking about 500 days ago. Let me know if you want any pointers. Make sure to buy some cinnamon gum, toothpaste and mouth wash. Grapefruit juice helps too.
15. I liked Bobby too. You remember when he wanted to take on the new comedic persona of Celery Head? That’s one reason I like Carrot Top. That joke wouldn’t work without him.
Thank you guys so much for coming around today, and thank you Becca for playing along. This was one of the best days I’ve had in the blogoshere!
- Cause We’re The Two Best Friends, That Anyone Could Have (ldsconvertblog.com)
- Move Over David. Tim Is Here – To Stay (ldsconvertblog.com)
- Move Over Boys, There’s A New Ginger In Town (ldsconvertblog.com)
So I've figured out my problem. My problem is I always want to talk to people the same way I blog. I want to begin at the beginning of my story and tell how I progressed and how my thought process altered and then show where I am now.
I’m not a one trick pony. I can do other things, and write about different stuffs, if I wanted to. But, the most greatest thing in the world are the new friends that I’m making. So, I will continue to do these post…just because. Here is an e-mail I sent Mooselicker a couple of weeks ago. He actually decided to answer me back…so that means we really are BFF’s, or something like that. Continue reading
I haven’t really received that many blogging, so you’d think I’d be all over it when they do come in. Not the case. I have the memory of a turtle. (I don’t know what this means, but I said it once and someone laughed…so I’m keeping it.) I recently received the Very Inspiring Blogger Award from Maddie Cochere. This is the first time I’ve received this particular award, so I thank Maddie very much.
The rules for this award are as follows;
1. Display the award logo on your blog. Check
2. Link back to the person who nominated you. Check
3. State 7 things about yourself. Really?
Alright, here are seven things about me.
- I am deathly afraid of snakes and will freeze up if I run into one.
- I’m a dog person. I have a cat because I live in an apartment and I’m too lazy to take a dog out multiple times a day.
- My nickname at work (and with some friends and family) is PDJ, PD for short. This stands for Pimp Daddy Jon. I recently told Go Jules Go that “Mormons be pimpin’ too.” She made me promise to say this as often as possible in 2013. Three down so far.
- I don’t like playing video games, but I’m pretty good at them. I have a very addictive personality, so if I got into that habit I would be lost to the world.
- I think Gabriel Macht is a very underrated actor. Have you seen this guy? He’s totally handsome and has stood out, in my eyes, in most of the films I’ve seen him in. Check out Because I Said So, The Spirit, and American Outlaws.
- I could live off of Butter Noodles and homemade Quesadillas. Great, now I’m hungry.
- I’ve watched Pitch Perfect three dozen times since I bought it a little over a week ago. I think I have a problem and I’m currently seeking help for it. Continue reading
As we draw closer to the end of 2012 I can’t help but think about how we should be celebrating. Some of us have reflected on the past year, while others are looking towards the future. I’ve written several posts this year and have decided that it’s time to turn towards 2013. But, what will 2013 bring – or, better yet – what will I have to offer for 2013? This is as good a time as any to reevaluate this site and try my best at putting things back on track, so to speak.
I’ve wandered away from my initial intentions for this blog. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing – I’ve grown as a writer and as a person – but I think it’s important to always put things back in perspective. I started out as a “Missionary Blogger”, always trying to offer up some sort of golden nugget of truth in each of my post. From that I evolved into a quasi humor blogger with a ‘middle ground’ view on all of the issues. Now, now I’m trying to decide what direction I want to go in.
It’s time for some rules. If I’m supposed to do something a certain way I tend to do that. I wasn’t a member of the Post a Day or Post a Week from WordPress, but I would like to join in the fun during 2013. I tried the post-a-day thing and that didn’t work out too well for me. I rolled really well for about three months but ended up burning myself out. I don’t want to do that again, so I’m going to commit to the Post a Week campaign. (Is there a badge for this yet? Let me know.) So, one post a week…how bout that? But wait, there’s more.
I want to set up a weekly schedule. Something to go by that will offer a much-needed push, on a semi-daily timeline. This is something that will also allow me to concentrate on the writing aspect of it. Anyone can put up a few hundred words each day…been there, done that. It’s time to get serious – but not too serious. It’s time to strive for something better. Who doesn’t want to be better? Oh yeah? Well that guy doesn’t count. Anyway, here is the schedule that I will be keeping for 2013. (Subject to change. Not available in Rhode Island.)
- Monday – Missionary Monday or Mormon Monday or Something else in that vein Monday. These posts will be very similar to the ones that started out this blog. There is a lesson to learn in every situation, and I will try to find that and offer it up to you guys. There will be scriptures, Ensign articles (Church Magazine), Sunday Wrap-up, and other such things. You want to find the good in something? That’s what I’m here for.
- Wednesday – Whatever Wednesday. Oh Yeah. Anything that doesn’t fit on Monday’s or Friday’s post will go here. This will probably be some ramblings, political issues, moral issues, and ‘Hey, how you doing’ post. These probably won’t be the crème of the crop…but you should still come around. You never know what hidden treasures may be lying around.
- Friday – Funny Friday. If I have something humorous to say it will go here. I wonder though…is that a big “if”, or what? I have a feeling these could very well involve a lot about my family. You know, not that we’re funny…but, we are something to watch out for, every once in a while. If I have a new saying or term that came to me at work I will try to fit it in here. The other day I thought of the term Deuce Soup…and I haven’t really been able to use it yet – kind of like diaper fudge, but not as sweet. This is also a good spot for my celebrity (blogger) interviews.
- Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays – If I feel like I have an extra something-something to give I will release it on these days. Maybe life updates or daily prompts or something like that.
- Sunday – No longer for blogging. This is a day of rest, so from now on I will try to stay away from the computer on these days.
So, there you have it. What do you think? I don’t think I’m going to change the actual theme anytime soon; I like the Burgundy and layout of it. What blogging plans do you have for 2013?
Don’t forget to send your “Sainted” nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. We have just one week left for submissions.
I’ve been thinking about the next set of “Saints” for my blog roll. I wonder who they will be? Two posts ago I enlisted the help of several of my blogging buddies, who offered up little notes about each one of the new inductees. In the last post I was able to get the inductees to write about themselves. Are you seeing a trend here? You all are doing more and more of the work, as I sit back on the trusty futon watching The Walking Dead and eating Christmas cookies. I’m not sure if I want this to end quite yet. Check that, I DON’T want this to end. So, what to do? How do I get you guys to do all the work again? I know!!
I would like everyone to send in nominees to be added. (And I won’t judge you if you nominate yourself. Actually, it’s preferred.) Is there a site out there I’ve missed? Have I gone to long in recognizing another? Do you want to know what it feels like to hang out on a Brother Jon page? All you have to do is send me an e-mail.
Nominations will stop on January 5th, 2013. (You might want to get them in by tomorrow, you know, just in case!) No restrictions on word count, but I will ask you to try and keep it clean. Oh, I guess I forgot to tell you that part. The e-mails will be used in the “Sainted” post. The following words are allowed
Friggin, freaking, fruit cup, mother lover, mother father, dag nab-bit, shut the front door, sonofa…., jack hole, jack, punk, pansy, heck, darn, gosh, gee-golly-gosh, tool, deuce soup and many, many more. If you’re wondering what words not to use…just ask George Carlin.
I look forward to all of your responses.
I failed to mention something. I will only be adding 3-5 people this round. Thank you.
The last “Sainted” post was such a hit I wasn’t sure if I would be able to top it. What’s better than getting a bunch of fellow WordPressers to praise our own? How about getting some to talk about themselves. I wasn’t lying when I said I was already thinking about this post before I uploaded the last one. These are way fun to write.
So, I sought out the help of three of my favorite blogging buddies and asked them to do me a favor. I had them ask the three recipients to do a 150-200 word write-up, about themselves or their blog. The recipients I’ve decided to “Saint” are Carrie Rubin at The Write Transition, Emily @ The Waiting, and Tim or AKA Mooselicker at well, Mooselicker. Any of the red text is by me. The other text is by the individual “Saints” listed, and the quotes are all from my special helpers. Thank you all so much for this.
Thank you, Jen for introducing me to your followers. Your blog is always a fun place to hang out, and I’m honored to be included. It is a fun place to hang out, but, little did she know, she is getting an opportunity to hang out with Brother Jon’s followers now. I’m not going to say that it is better, but it’s up there.
As for me, I love to write, but I’ve also spent time as a physician and a public health advocate. I believe every experience is worthwhile, even if our paths deviate from where we started. Or at least that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it…
I am the author of The Seneca Scourge, a medical thriller with a side of science fiction. In addition to writing fiction, I maintain a humor blog , because to me, laughter is one of life’s necessities. I live in Ohio with my husband and two sons.
Finally, for anyone interested in writing a novel but wondering if they can do it, I offer one of my favorite quotes on writing: “The only secret to writing is AC: Ass on Chair.”—Wayson Choy
You’re Welcome!! Well, at least I think she would say that. Actually, here is what Jen had to say about Carrie. (If you didn’t notice, I got Jen from Sips of Jen and Tonic to help me with this one.)
Carrie Rubin is one of those bloggers who made me wish I had stumbled upon her sooner. She is a writer’s writer, a renaissance woman, and one of the nicest people on the internet. Please take a moment to get to know the woman behind the skillfully constructed words.
I’m a southern girl with no accent. I bite my nails like it’s going out of style. I have two degrees in English but the only time I’ve used them professionally was talking lit with professorial patrons at a restaurant where I used to work.
At my core is my motherhood. I love my daughter something fierce and she seems to think I’m OK too, which is kind of amazing considering I put her through the agony of having her diaper changed multiple times a day. Her dad isn’t too shabby, either. He likes me too. And when it comes down to it, having both of them like me enough to call it love is the best thing that ever happened to me.
I enlisted Becca from 25 to Fly to help me out with this one. Here is what she had to say.
Emily is impossible not to love. She is the type of person you would never be able to imagine with a frown.She has a knack for dressing up people and babies to look like her, among other projects. I worked closely with her on Movember efforts, where I not only got to know her a bit better, but also saw her thriving dedication to any task that is thrown her way. Her abilities to make enjoy baby photos are also impeccable. That’s quite the mighty achievement in itself.
Tim Boyle was asked by a third-party to write-up 150-200 words about himself without knowing what it was for. The first thing you must know about Tim Boyle is he does not like surprises.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Tim Boyle has always been a person who lives to entertain others. His dark sarcasm and ability to relate just about anything back to his favorite films and television shows lends a hand to his unique perspective on life. Always putting a positive spin on the negative and a negative spin on the positive, this young man is someone to pay attention to and follow.
Suave, smooth talking, and a ruggedly handsome charm are things Tim Boyle tells people he meets on the Internet he has. He has none of these. He’s overly neurotic and due to years of poor self-esteem has trouble comfortably expressing himself.
A self-acclaimed brilliant blogger and aspiring screenwriter and author, Tim Boyle is a man more people should get to know before his head and wallet get so big he can pay people like you to do anything he wants.
Lily from Lily in Canada helped me during my cowardly ways. Here is what she had to say about Tim.
Mooselicker is one of my favorite bloggers on all of WordPress. That’s saying a lot because I don’t really like anyone besides myself. His small observations and amazing sense of humor make his blog worth a visit. Trust me, once you go, you won’t ever leave.
I can’t say enough about each one of these bloggers. (This is Brother Jon again, by the way.) I’m sorry for misleading you all, and I hope this makes up for it.
Carrie is my most favorite commenter on my blog. Sometimes it takes me a little while to answer comments and, never fails, she will answer me back, and it seems like she understands me too.
Emily is just super awesome. She put on a great Secret Santa party for ALL OF US. I received the single greatest gift of my life, thanks indirectly to her. Not to mention we were both awesomely born in January of 1982. That was a good year.
Tim is really something else. I saw in the correspondence that he actually called me a coward, for not asking him directly to write this. That was the funniest thing I’ve ever seen. I hope you’re not disappointed Tim. (Dang Kids!)
- You’ve Been Sainted: Foreigners (With A Little Help From My Friends) (ldsconvertblog.com)
- You’ve Been Sainted: With a Vengeance (Mormon Monday Edition) (ldsconvertblog.com)
- You’ve Been Sainted Too (ldsconvertblog.com)
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