Meet the Blogger: AbsentElemental of Short Stories and Sustanance

“Meet the Blogger” is a series where I interview blogging friends both new and old. If you’re interested in getting interviewed, drop me a line!

I first met the blogger behind Short Stories and Sustenance at 20SB. His blog is a bit of a rarity in the blogging world; he’s a male blogger and publishes a combination of non-fiction and fiction writing. Read on to learn more about him!

Hi! Tell us a little bit about yourself and Short Stories and Sustenance.

I’m a bit of a rarity in the blogging world — a twenty-something male blogger who writes a personal blog. I just turned 26 in late November, though I didn’t celebrate it until Thanksgiving Day (8 days later). I work at a technology company where I’m responsible for a team of 16 people, and I’m a bit of a workaholic. absentelemental

Short Stories and Sustenance started out as a place where I could keep the short stories/series stories I’ve written for ease of sharing with friends/colleagues. Over the past year though, it’s morphed into a bit more of a personal blog where I discuss a series of topics — particularly music, food, economics, and literature — in addition to my own personal stories and the aforementioned short stories.

What made you decide to start a blog? How long have you been blogging for?

I started blogging a little over 9 years ago when I was in high school. I had just gotten the internet (albeit the slowest dialup known to man), so I was eager to make my mark on it. A friend of mine was blogging on Xanga, so I started my own blog and used it to bitch and moan on the internet. I’ve had a few blogs since that point, however I didn’t write anything consistently until early 2010. At that point, I was just looking for a place to clear my head, so I turned to blogging. Ever since then, blogging has been somewhat or a cathartic exercise for me.

What’s the best thing about blogging? Worst?

By far the best thing about blogging is community building. I love receiving feedback from fellow bloggers, and I love talking to them about their writing process and their thoughts on my work. I’ve learned just as much about writing from taking cues from other bloggers as I did in any of my high school/collegiate writing courses.

I’ve had a few really bad experiences blogging that I tend not to talk about on the internet. I decided to continue on with my blogging (albeit on a different site) in spite of these occurrences, however I feel that too many talented bloggers fall by the wayside because they have bad experiences with commentors on a brand new blog. I know this personally drove me away from writing my first blog. It’s so important for new bloggers to have support from others around them. Sadly, this is rarely a reality.

What’s something you wish you knew when you first started blogging?

Never, ever write a personal blog and use your real name. It causes more trouble than you could possibly imagine. You’d be surprised how rarely that trouble comes from future/current employers. More commonly, it comes from lone wolf individuals with nothing better to do with their time.

Who’s your favorite fictional character?

That’s actually a really tough question. Part of me wants to say Winston Smith from 1984 or Tsubaki Nakatsukasa from the Soul Eater. However, I ultimately decided on Truman Burbank from The Truman Show. Jim Carrey’s character of Truman is so relatable and believable that you can’t help but root for his eventual success.

What’s something you’ve always wanted to be able to do?

I’m a pretty big fan of professional wrestling, so I’d say going to the Royal Rumble would be near the top of that list. Most wrestling fans would probably say Wrestlemania would be the life goal event, however I’d rather watch the unpredictability of the Rumble.

What’s your favorite meal? Favorite drink?

Favorite food? Chicken parmigiana. Favorite drink? Wild Cherry Pepsi if we’re going non-alcoholic, bourbon (neat) if we’re going alcoholic.

Who’s your hero/idol/someone you look up to?

I have a lot of respect for people who aren’t afraid to speak out against those who are being wronged. It’s one thing to protest as a group, but to stand on your own is a sign of bravery.

What’s your favorite sport to play? Favorite sport to watch?

My favorite sport to play has been football for as long as I can remember, though I’ll watch ice hockey before almost anything else on TV.

Tell us a random fact about yourself.

I never learned how to swim.


  1. says

    It’s always fun to read about a fellow blogger through the lens of an interview. I’ve followed his blog for some time now, and really appreciate the uniqueness of his writing style. I couldn’t agree more on the community feel. There are time when I feel that it’s easier to develop an understanding of certain individuals in ways that are more difficult in real life. This may sound weird, but considering that folks are more likely to articulate their thoughts via writing than by mouth, it all makes sense.

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