If you want to know more about the Ginger and her blog, you’ve come to the right place. Here, the Ginger interviews herself, and answers some FAQs:
Q: How did you come up with the name “Ginger Wroot” for your blog?
A: I thought of different blog names for months before I settled on “Ginger Wroot.” The name combines different plays on words. Some people understand the double meanings immediately, and for others, I feel that I need to explain, which is then demoralizing for me, because I had hoped the double meanings would be obvious to everyone. Anyway, “Ginger” can mean (1) an accepted slang term for a red-haired person, and yes, I am a redhead, although I’m really more of a strawberry blond; or (2) the hot fragrant spice made from the root of the ginger plant. The word “wroot” is an old English version of the word “wrote”. Chaucer, for instance, used the word “wroot”. And then “wroot” sounds and looks like the word “root”, which is what the ginger spice is, an actual root. So, you can read my blog name either as “Ginger Wrote” (and that’s what this red-head does for this blog, is write) or as “Ginger Root” (and ginger is a fragrant spice that I love to cook with, and this blog has lots of cooking recipes that use fragrant spices). And don’t forget the tagline beneath: “Dig It”. “Dig” can mean (1) to obtain or unearth by removing earth or other material; (2) to learn or discover by careful research or investigation; or (3) a slang term meaning to understand fully and/or to like, enjoy or appreciate. So you can read “Ginger Wroot – Dig It” not only literally as to dig up ginger root from the earth, but also to discover great things from this blog, and also to really love and enjoy what you dig up and discover!
Q: So what does your blog have to offer? Why did you start it?
A: I initially started Ginger Wroot as a way to share recipes, my reviews of books and other products, to put my love of photography to use, and highlight some of my ideas about home, style and beauty. I hope that I can connect with others who have some similar interests and who can share their knowledge with me too—hopefully we can learn from and inspire each other.
Q: How’s it going so far?
A: It was an incredibly steep learning curve for me to start Ginger Wroot and bring it online live. Now that Ginger Wroot is off the ground, I love blogging more than I ever imagined. It’s hard work getting an idea all the way to a published post. I didn’t realize what hard work it would be, but I honestly lose myself in it! I go to bed thinking of new ideas to post about and I wake up in the morning looking forward to, say, doing a photo shoot of a recipe, or writing a book review.
Q: Ginger Wroot. Is that your real name?
A: Well, as W.C. Fields said, “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.” I will certainly answer to Ginger Wroot!
Q: What kind of camera and lens do you use?
A: Right now, I’m using the 4/3 Panasonic G2 Lumix that I bought a few years back from Amazon, along with a Lumix 20 mm f/1.7 pancake lens. This camera was a hand-me-down from my daughter, who stepped up to a bigger camera. I’ve been extremely pleased with this Panasonic Lumix—it’s small but can do a lot. The pancake lens has served me well, but I’m looking into getting another lens, just so that I can find a wider angle on certain shots, and occasionally get a different look.
Q: Is blogging your full-time job?
A: No, I would starve if it were. I work for a law office by day and I blog in the evenings and on the weekends.
Q: Do you have a family?
A: Yes, I have been divorced for many years, and I have two lovely daughters who are in college now. My mom and dad live a couple of miles away, so they can come over to help test margaritas, etc. that I create and feature on the blog. My mom is gluten intolerant, so I’m hoping to develop some awesome gluten-free recipes for the blog. Also, I have a wonderful sister who lives on the West coast, and I wish she lived closer.
A: Yes, I have my sweet old border collie mix, Daisy. And then there’s my daughter’s hedgehog Walter, who is adorable but getting grumpy in his old age. So am I.
Q: Really? How old are you?
A: I’m old enough to list the disco-legend Bee Gees as a favorite musical artist, and I’m young enough to list the rapper Eminem as a favorite musical artist.
Q: How do you stay so youthful?
A: Why, thank you for asking. I always have tried to (1) get enough sleep; (2) exercise regularly; (3) eat and drink in moderation; (4) stay out of the sun; (5) write down the stuff that bothers me and/or just do it and “git ‘er done”—that way, I don’t worry a lot; and (6) be open to new ideas and not be afraid to try new things.
Q: You sound like you’ve really got it together.
A: Nah, not really, but I do try to maintain the right attitude. As Wade Boggs, a former Red Sox baseball player said, “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive events, thoughts and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.” I totally dig that quote. I love quotes, by the way, and I intend to add a whole section to my blog for quotes that I hope will inspire.
Q: What is your favorite food to eat?
A: My warm and freshly baked bread smeared on top with lots of butter. For a dessert, my apple crisp/crumble served warm and topped with vanilla ice cream.
Q: Favorite drink?
A: A classic margarita on the rocks, made with freshly squeezed lime juice.
Q: Favorite movie?
A: “Shawshank Redemption”. “Pretty Woman” and “Wizard of Oz” are up there at the top too.
Q: Favorite TV show?
A: I just finished watching the “Breaking Bad” series on Netflix—it was so weird and funny and tragic and well-written and well-acted. I’m a fan of “Mad Men” and “House of Cards” too. On network TV, “Goodwife” is well done, and “Scandal” can be pretty darn titillating.
Q: Favorite musical artists?
A: I’m going retro on a few of these:
Jazz: Gabor Szabo
Disco: Bee Gees
Q: You seem to have an eclectic taste in music.
A: Why yes, I suppose I do, but in my book (and on my blog) variety is the spice of life.
Q: Speaking of books, do you have a favorite?
A: That’s a tough one, but here are few of my favorites, just off the top of my head: “Bird by Bird” by Anne Lamott, “Ellen Foster” by Kaye Gibbons, “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, “Vein of Gold” by Julia Cameron, and “The Consolations of Philosophy” by Alain de Botton.
Q: Where do you live?
A: I live in a rather modest two-story home in the suburbs of a nice town in the Southeastern United States. We have four seasons here, and I truly love where I live.
Q: Do you have any pet peeves?
A: Scratchy tags in clothing drive me crazy—I cut out most of my tags, all the while wondering why the designers don’t insist on nice, soft, non-scratchy tags. Also, I find it incredibly annoying when people rinse out their dishes but then don’t rinse out the sink, leaving bits of food in the sink.
Q: What is your biggest weakness?
A: It’s difficult for me to resist pasta and bread, even though they’re not that healthy for me. Also, I’m a night owl, so even though I really like the idea of being a morning person, I am hindered by my tendency to stay up very late.
Q: Do you ever feel that you have a double personality?
A: What an insightful question, and yes, multiple ones, actually! Over the years, I’ve had to switch hats and/or gears constantly, sometimes within just a few minutes’ time, and often not so smoothly. I’ve been chef, chauffer, office worker bee, writer, gardener, painter, maid, decorator, seamstress, mom, daughter, sister, aunt, lover, and now blogger. And of course, here, simultaneous interviewer and interviewee.
Q: Thanks for your time, and best wishes on the blog!
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