Say It Forward: Brenda

Friday, February 27, 2009
Brenda is my sister, the oldest of the four daughters. She lives in Seminole, Florida and is a mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Indian Rocks Beach, where she enjoys the warm ocean breezes while she fills mail boxes shaped liked dolphins. Not bad for a day's work!! I can't imagine why she is counting the years, wishing they were days until she is able to retire. She enjoys watching and attending almost any sporting event, but is a huge fan of her hometown Tampa Bay teams. She enjoys playing golf and any outdoor sport. She also, occasionally, enjoys being dragged to Walt Disney World by me and the girls!

Here are Brenda (r.) and I on one of those trips to Disney enjoying dinner in Cinderella's Castle.

Here's what Brenda has to say about Pieces Of Me:

Sheila: When I first emailed you and asked that you take a look at Pieces Of Me, what were your initial thoughts? Oh, great! Not her again. I don’t have time for this nonsense! Or Wow! Something new to read. I can’t wait to dig in! Or just plain old indifference?
Brenda: When you first emailed me about "Pieces Of Me", I had no idea what it would be about. I had never followed any one's blog before.

S: When you first read Pieces Of Me, what were your initial thoughts in terms of content? Design/creativity? Originality?
B: My initial thoughts were, "this is very interesting and very well composed. Where does she find the time to do this?" The whole format was intriguing to me; I am very computer illiterate and would have no idea where to begin with a project such as this.

S: One of the primary reasons I started Pieces Of Me was to keep relatives informed of our goings on. Do you feel closer to our family by reading our daily adventures? Do you feel as if you are part of our experiences?
B: I feel much closer to your family as I read the daily postings. Being 1000 miles away, it makes me feel closer to the girls as I see pictures of them in their daily activities.

S: What have you learned about me, the author, after having followed Pieces Of Me for two months?
B: I have learned that you are a very talented person; a mother and wife who can multi-task and still find time to design and compose daily postings to your blog. Unbelievable!

S: In terms of features and content, what would you like to see more of? Less of? Is there a particular kind of post that you would like to be a regular (weekly) feature?
B: I would like to see more pictures, of course, I'm being selfish and would like the pictures to be of the girls. It gives me a special kind of closeness, knowing I can see weekly pictures, instead of having to wait months until I see them again.

S: What attracts you to read Pieces Of Me consistently? How often do you check-in? Daily? Weekly? Monthly?
B:. The variety of information that you post, be it current events, the girls activities, or useful household info. There is never a dull moment or boring subject on Pieces of Me. I check in daily, as soon as I get home from work, and at various times during the night. One of the highlights of my day. Keep up the good work.

S: How would you feel if I told you tomorrow that I have decided to discontinue writing Pieces Of Me? Please explain.
B: Please don't stop writing Pieces of Me. It is such a fun piece of material. I know when I come home from work I can read something exciting, before I browse and delete my useless emails!

1 comment

Anonymous said...

I was so glad to hear that Brenda was clueless on "blogs"!