Blog Interview: I Shoulda Been a Stripper



After visiting Chrissy’s blog and reading several of her posts, I instantly became one of her loyal readers. Not only was I drawn in by her natural style of writing, but I also found her sense of humor dry, intelligent, and sarcastically brilliant. Whether she’s sharing humor or something that’s very dear to her heart, my attention is fully on following her every word. I especially look forward to when Chrissy shares stories involving her precious canine daughter, Bernie. OMG…can I just tell ya how much I LOVE this dog? She’s freakin’ adorable!

So, lets find out more about the lady behind the blog, I Shoulda Been a Stripper….

Welcome Chrissy……

What first attracted you to blogging?

I’ve always had this closet dream to be able to say “I’m a writer” and I decided that 2009 would be my year to do something, anything to hone my skills. Blogging seemed like the right fit to get started.

How did you come up with the title of your blog?

I was raised in a rather abusive home and I always joke with my friends that most people raised in an environment like that are either, strippers, hookers or drug addicts.

I thought being a stripper would have been the most fun. And for some reason, I do feel the most confident naked.

How long have you been blogging?

Since January 4, 2009.

What has most surprised you about blogging?

First, that this whole blogging “world” even exists. It’s far more vast than I ever imagined and yet, I’ve made some wonderful connections with people who have become friends.

Second, that people are actually reading me! I’ve always thought I was funny but I talk to my dog so, who’s to say? I think Ron was the first one to leave a comment!

What types of readers has your blog attracted?

There are two types:

1) The “quick clicks”: They think they’re going to see a little booty because of my title.

2) The “Seinfeldesque” reader: They find humor in daily life; they’re intelligent but still laugh at stories about farts. They’re a little self-deprecating and they understand the subtle tongue in cheek references in my blog.

What attracts you to read someone else’s blog?

I have my core group of humor bloggers that I love to read daily. I want to be able to relate to the stories so I’m attracted to people who draw humor out of the daily minutia of life and yet, aren’t afraid to get a little deeper and serious sometimes, too.

There are also a few blogs I follow in photography, interior design and dogs. There’s nothing funnier than talking dogs. Oh, except talking monkeys.

Where do you find the inspiration for your posts?

All I have to do is open my eyes in the morning because there’s inspiration all around me. Lest you think I was locked in a cage during my childhood (that only happened on Sundays if I was late for church), my parents are two of the funniest people I know. My mother is very loud and boisterous and my father is the quiet, dry humored one. We learned to find humor in everything. I keep a notebook with me everywhere I go to jot down daily funnies.

What is the most challenging aspect of blogging for you?

I’m trying to become more disciplined to post at the same time during the day but sometimes I don’t have time in the morning or I’ll post right before I go to bed. I also try to respond to all my comments in a timely manner because I really appreciate that people have taken the time to visit and leave their thoughts.

What is one thing about life that you don't understand?

Why anyone watches the Tyra show. Really, people, Tyra?

Do you believe in a higher power? And if you do, how do you see this power?

I do believe in a Higher Power. I was raised as a Christian in an Eastern Orthodox church but at this point in my life, I don’t belong to any organized religion. I think mainly because my beliefs cross over too many ideologies.

Yes, I have a relationship with this Higher Power that gives me strength and imbues me with an overwhelming feeling of love and acceptance but I can’t really define what or who it is exactly.

What one person has affected your life in the most profound way. And how?

I’ve never been able to answer this question because I can’t narrow it down to one. I would have to say my sister and my closest girlfriends. They’ve always been the shelter through all of the storms in my life and I’m so grateful to have them.

Please describe Bernie in one word.

Love!



I love you Bernie!



Note: Chrissy will also be responding to comments on this post, so please feel free to talk with her. Thank you.

*the photos of both Chrissy and Bernie were created at Photofunia

49 comments

  1. Love the fact that you are starting to do interviews! It is such a great way to find new interesting bloggers. Chrissy sounds great. I will have to run on over to her place and check out what else she has to say.

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  2. What a great interview! I'm off to visit now. Thanks for finding me new reading material Ron my lovely. xx

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  3. what a great interview Ron

    Chrissy - I think we had the same parents. Hi Sis!!!
    You started blogging for the same reason I did. Are you finding that blogging makes it easier or harder to write other things?

    Bernie is beautiful. what a face!

    So nice to meet you Chrissy

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  4. Why anyone watches the Tyra show. Really, people, Tyra?

    I snorted coffee through my nose! She is brilliant and I must go read her blog.

    Thank you, Ron. I loved this interview.

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  5. Hi Jen!

    Putting this interview together was so much fun. Chrissy made it so easy for me. She made me feel like Barbara Walters!!!

    HA!

    You're going to LOVE her blog!!

    Thanks for stopping by, Jen!

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  6. Morning Akelamalu!

    Thanks m'dear!

    GREAT! You're going to love reading her!

    Have fun!

    Thank you for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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  7. Hellooooo Dianne!

    Thank you, dear lady!

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  8. Howdy Nitebyrd!

    You're going to freakin' LOVE her sense of humor!

    Thanks for stopping by, Sis!

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  9. Hi Chrissy!

    You are right Ron, her blog is great. I love humor!! As a Sagittarian it's something I can definitely appreciate.

    I really enjoy blog interviews. Bravo on this one my friend.
    And count me in. Who wouldn't want to be featured on YOUR FABULOUS BLOG!?

    Thanks neighbor for doing something a little different here.
    Way to go, Chrissy, and glad to meet ya!

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  10. Hiya Crystal Chick!

    As I shared at the beginning of this post, the minute I started reading Chrissy's blog, I was hooked! She's not only funny, but a really wonderful human being.

    Thanks for stopping by, neighbor!

    And thank you for your encouraging words. This was a lot of fun, so I plan on doing it again!!

    Enjoy your weekend, M!

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  11. You guys are BOTH great. I am privileged to follow your two blogs. Keep up the terrific work!

    EFH

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  12. Howdy Expat!

    awwww...thanks, bud!

    It's a privilege to have you here!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by and spreading the good word about Chrissy - isn't she da' bomb?

    Enjoy your weekend!

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  13. Hi Jen,
    You know, I did feel like I WAS working with Baba Wawa. I'm so thrilled to meet all of Ron's friends.

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  14. Hi Akelamalu,

    I had such fun doing the interview with Ron.

    Your name is beautiful and I love the butterfly cursor on your blog. So unique!

    Thanks for stopping by. Great meeting you! Hope to see you again~

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  15. Hi Dianne,

    Well, Ron is my long lost twin, so we must be triplets!

    I feel like blogging has made my other writing easier because even though I "paid attention" to things around me before, now I think I'm ultra sensitive to my surroundings and things seem to come to me easier.

    Great to meet you, too! Bernie sends kisses for the kind words.

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  16. Hi Nitebyrd,

    Ahh...someone who understand the subtleties of my Tyra repulsion.

    Thanks for dropping by for a visit! I checked out your blog and can I just say, you had me at Chad Kroeger. I think we'll get along juust fine. :-)

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  17. Hi Crystal Chick,

    I was really excited when Ron asked me to do this. It's MY first interview, too!

    Thanks for stopping by to visit for a chuckle. Hope to see you again!

    LOVE your new tattoo! :-)

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  18. Hi Expat,

    I'm the lucky one to be in such esteemed company as you and Ron!

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  19. Hiya Chrissy!

    See!!!...I knew everyone would LOVE your blog! Now you'll have more fans!!

    Thanks for stopping by and responding to comments.

    You GO, girl!

    X

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  20. Ohhhhhh......look at those puppy eyes.......

    :-)

    Very well done, sir. And very well answered, ma'am.

    What a lovely person you located on this world wide web.

    Ain't it awesome?

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  21. Hiya Mel!

    You said it...

    Ain't it awesome the awesome people we meet on the web?? And Chrissy is one of them. She's a great gal!

    OMG...and is not Bernie the cutest pooch you ever saw? Those eyes and that face are the SWEETEST!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady! And thank you for your kind words.

    Have a GRAND weekend!
    X

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  22. ron, you did good..

    thanks chrissy, for the great interview ... you are very brave to have that blog title, I'll tell you....there is no way in hell I would even go remotely, slightly, ever so little bit near by ...is that clear?? :)

    and doesn't being abused make us incredible human beings? excepting I don't speak to them anymore and it sounds like you do ... maybe it was just thinking about them that made you laugh...oh well, I should shut up about that, is my thought...

    give your sweet pooch a hug from me!

    kisses to you ronnie
    xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox
    EHCORD 2X
    eheheheheheheheheh?

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  23. Hiya Linda!

    Thank you sweet friend!

    xoxoxox

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  24. Hi Mel,

    I'm amazed a little more each day by the people I meet that I never ever would have known otherwise.

    Yes, those puppy eyes are a powerful thing.

    Great meeting you!

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  25. Hi Linda,

    Okay, then we won't be changing your blog title to, I Shoulda Been a Stripper, too.

    I agree. I think anyone who's been through major adversity is far more complex and interesting that the Ozzie and Harriet set.

    I'll give Bernie a biq squeeze for you. So good to meet you!

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  26. Oh hey Ron and Chrissy, too!!

    Thanks sooo much for introducing us to Chrissy's blog!! She's sooo funny... and adorable! It's always a pleasure to make the acquaintance of your fellow blogger friends, Ron!

    I stopped by Chrissy's page the other day and started reading and couldn't stop!! Great stuff...

    Take care,
    Leese

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  27. Bonjour Leesa!

    You are SOOO welcome...and thank YOU for stopping by and reading Chrissy's interview. Isn't her blog great? She makes me giggle too!

    Yes, she told me you stopped by her blog yesterday and introduced yourself to her!!!

    Take care my friend and thanks for dropping by to share a comment!

    Hope you're having a GREAT weekend!

    xo

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  28. Hi Leesa,

    You're so sweet. I'm going to live vicariously through you traveling and eating homemade brownies. Yum!

    Hope you're enjoying your weekend!

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  29. I love Chrissy and her blog. Thanks for featuring her on this interview so I can learn even more about her.

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  30. Hiya Peach Tart!

    Always great seeing ya!

    Thank you for stopping by and celebrating an awesome lady!

    Hope you're having a GREAT weekend!

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  31. Hi Peach Tart,
    Thank you for succumbing to my shameless self promotion. MMWWAHH!!

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  32. Wow-- great interview, fantastic photo! Chrissy hits the right balance of intellect and cynicism. I strive for this every day. I love her blog, and now I've found Vent, too! Cool!

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  33. Hiya Leah Rubin!

    You said it...

    ...Chrissy hits the right balance of intellect and cynicism...

    My feelings exactly! Thank you for stopping by, nice meeting you!

    Enjoy your day!

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  34. Love the interview! How fun!
    And tell me darling, how DID you get that photo of Chrissy and the new beau?

    Did her neighbor forward that to you? The angle makes me think it was from one of those camera he installed in her home...

    :-)

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  35. Hi Nancy....

    bwhahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

    OMG...that was HYSTERICAL!!!

    However, the photo source paid me BIG bucks to keep my mouth shut!

    sssshhhh...

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Always great seeing ya!

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  36. Hi Ron & Chrissy,
    Chrissy-fan here. I'm so glad she reminded me about your site. She'd mentioned you and I believe I jotted it down, then mistook Vent for a reminder to clean out the dryer-thingie.
    Sigh.
    Will it *never* end??
    Great interview...great subject matter. I'm glad you didn't ask her those Dateline questions, saying "And, how did that make you FEEL?"...(camera zooms in on Chrissy with her lower lip quivering). Oh, and Bernie? Metro says "hey."

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  37. Hi Kathryn!

    Welcome!

    YAY! Another Chrissy fan!

    Hey, I can tell just from your comment that you've got a great sense of humor - you had me laughing my ass off!

    Thanks so much for dropping by and spreading the good word about our mutual friend! Ain't she great?

    Please stop by anytime. You're always welcomed!

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  38. Hey Andres!

    Welcome!

    I've seen you over at Chrissy's place, so it's nice to meet you!

    Hopefully I'll be sharing these interviews a 2-3 times a month.

    Thank you for stopping by!

    Enjoy your evening!

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  39. Hi Leah,

    Thanks for you kind words. This interview was so fun to do. And Ron is the best!

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  40. Hi Nancy,

    I stole the shameless self promotion idea from you.

    Oh geez, don't even joke about cameras in my house. I don't think he came in this weekend because the scotch tape was in tact on my door frame.

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  41. Hi Kathryn,

    Thanks for coming over to check out my interview with Baba Wawa.

    I'm just glad he didn't ask me, "Did you know he was a 12 year old boy?"

    You're so funny. Bernie sends kisses to Metro!

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  42. Hi Carlos,

    Aww..thanks for checking out my celebrity for a day status. Okay, 3 days.

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  43. Hi Ron,

    Thank you SO much for asking me to take part in this interview.

    It was great fun and I've met some awesome people that I hope to get to know better.

    Kisses and hugs from me and Bern. XOXO

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  44. Hiya Chrissy!

    You are SOOOOO welcome, dear friend!

    And I would like to thank YOU too, because you made this first interview experience for me the BEST!

    I was thinking today how much FUN this was. And because you made it so easy for me, it makes me what to do it again and again.

    So, MUCHO GRASSY, Chrissy!

    And through YOU, I've also met some awesome people who I hope to get to know better too!

    Hugs and Kisses to you and Bern.

    XOXXO

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  45. As an avid fan of the brilliant Chrissy I can only underline how fabulous she is and her blog never fails to provoke a reaction in me, whether it be a guffaw or a "hmm..."

    If you haven't discovered her yet, race over there now!

    Anna
    x

    PS. And she has summed me up perfectly: "intelligent but still laugh at stories about farts". First bit I HOPE is true and the second - oh yes.

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  46. Hi Anna!

    Welcome!

    YAAAAY...another fan!!!

    Hey...thanks for stopping by and adding your BRAVADO to Chrissy - and I couldn't agree with you more!

    ...If you haven't discovered her yet, race over there now!

    GO! GO!

    So nice meeting you, Anna!

    Stop by anytime.

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  47. What a freakin' neat idea Ron!

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  48. Hi Hadassah!

    aaaw...thank you!

    I haven't done an interview in a while, so I really need to start focusing on them again because it's really a lot of fun putting them together!

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