Rick Garner’s blog is on Blogspot.
DC Social Media Examiner (DCSME): What is your blog about?
Rick Garner (RG): The blog’s genesis was a means of keeping family and friends informed of my family’s move to the Washington, DC area from Jackson, Mississippi. In June 2004, I was using a Yahoo group to communicate this information but soon converted those group posts into blog posts. The rest, as they say, is history.
DCSME: How did you pick the topic for Mr. Garner Goes To Washington?
RG: My original intent was to post only stories about DC life. Having lived in MS for over 30 years, I felt my writings would be a unique take on DC life. Yet, over the months and years, my posts have drifted into other musings more focused on politics, religion, and culture. My posts reflect whatever inspires me at the moment.
DCSME: How is Mr. Garner Goes To Washington different from other blogs that cover the same or similar information?
RG: I feel that my blog is different because of the width of content and that I enjoy responding to comments made on my posts. Comments, I feel, should be an extended conversation about the post. Not just tossed-in comments from visitors or discussions between visitors but also a conversation between me and them.
DCSME: What do you like most about blogging?
RG: Blogging offers a chance to not only know a person better but it also provides a chance to dialog about an issue. While some of my posts might be considered controversial due to my faith or political views, the posts can expand into comments by further defining my thoughts on a subject. It’s often difficult to fully articulate complex cultural subjects in a blog post. Comments allow for that discussion to breathe and ideally everyone learns from the experience.
DCSME: How often do you update Mr. Garner Goes To Washington?
RG: While I’d love to update it at least weekly, I’ve fallen short of that goal often. However, that’s my plan for 2011. At least 1 new post weekly.
DCSME: What else would you like to share with readers of your profile?
RG: I never thought the opportunity would present itself to me as a chance to live and work in this area. Underestimating God’s plan is something all of us with faith do sometimes. Learning and growing from our missperceptions are what help set us free.
Rick Garner’s other blog(s)/website(s):
Unexplained Files – is an archive blog documenting my experiences and cases with paranormal situations in the South.
Jon And Kate Prayers – has also become an archive blog and was launched to combat the negative press the Gosselins received during their divorce.
Obama Prayers – is likely to become another archive blog merely due to my not having time to update it. It’s original purpose was to provide not only a conservative viewpoint on some of the Obama Administration’s policies but more often on how we as a people should stop complaining and pray.
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