The tag line for this blog reads, “It’s MY blog, but it’s all about YOU”. And that’s true.

I write for you, I do my best to help you, and I’m always open to questions or concerns from you.

Recently I was honored to be interviewed by Blogger Dad.

It’s all about me.

Although my “About” pages gives you some insight into who I am, Blogger Dad asked questions about me and my blogs. Here’s a sampling:

“What are the origins of your blogs?”
“What are your blogging pet peeves?”
“How has your blog helped others?”
“Who inspired you?’
“What are your plans for your blogs?”

It was a fun and thought provoking interview.

Want to know more about me? Check out the interview on Blogger Dad’s site. It’s titled:“Eight Questions – Interview with Barbara Swafford of Blogging Without a Blog”

Want to know more about Blogger Dad? Stick around his site, dig through the archives and join me and be part of his community.

I hope to see you there. 🙂


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  1. Hello Barbara!
    Am I first to comment? I must be up too late LOL

    Off to Blogger Dad . . . looking forward to it!

    Vintage Mommy´s last blog post..Adoption Book Review: The Day We Met You

  2. Nicely done Vintage Mommy! 😉

    Congratulations on the interview, Barbara. (And thanks for visiting!)

    Blogger Dad writes fantastic introductions, yours is just incredible!

  3. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Ann (Vintage Mommy) – Yup, you’re the first. Hope you like the interview.

    Hi Matthew – Thank you!. Yes, Blogger Dad is a fabulous writer. His introduction brought tears to my eyes.

  4. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara. Congrats on the interview. I’m curious and on my way over there right now.

    Davina´s last blog post..Free Spirit My Ass!

  5. DavinaNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, I’m back. I became completely immersed in this interview. It was well done, and nice to read about YOU for a change — well deserved 🙂 You are a bright light and an inspiration.

    Davina´s last blog post..Free Spirit My Ass!

  6. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Daina – Thank you for your kind words. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the interview.

  7. J.D. MeierNo Gravatar says:

    That was a very well done interview.

    Nothing surprised me since it seems like I’ve watched your blog grow up and leave the nest.

    I did forget that you have your other blog and I forget which I came across first, but this was the one where the fire was warm and it felt good to take my shoes off (hope you don’t mind … my socks are clean.)

    The point that resonated the most is that you read between the lines. I suspect one of your strengths is empathy.

    J.D. Meier´s last blog post..If You Want to Learn Success, Study Success

  8. LanceNo Gravatar says:

    I enjoyed reading the interview very much Barbara! It’s so nice to know you a little bit better.

    This was cool!

    Lance´s last blog post..Winds of Change

  9. Scott McIntyreNo Gravatar says:

    A very interesting interview, Barbara.

    It was great to read of how you were inspired to start blogging in the first place.

    I was wondering… you mention faux painting as a hobby you have. Can I ask you what that is?

  10. Eric HammNo Gravatar says:

    I just read the interview and thoroughly enjoyed it! It’s great to hear a little more about YOU for a change.

    BTW, I just noticed your Alexa rating is at 96,122. Very nice! I’m a stats junkie so I can’t help but notice. Eric.

    Eric Hamm´s last blog post..M2A! October (Exercise) Week1: The Question

  11. Blogger DadNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks again to Barbara and to all the people who stopped by to read the interview. Thanks also for the kind words. An interview is only as good as its subject. Thanks to Barbara for being an excellent subject who provided many thoughtful answers.

  12. chrisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Teach, your desire to help shines through that interview…

    chris´s last blog post..Jack Of All Trades

  13. I was waiting for a good opportunity to thank you Barbara, and I feel this is a good time:

    Thanks for the idea of using a signature in each of your posts. I love the personal touch it brings.

    Miguel de Luis´s last blog post..Amorevolezza: 3 Steps to Diamonds of Kindness

  14. Barbara,

    I really enjoyed the interview. It’s nice to see the spotlight on you for a change! You deserve it! I also enjoyed cheching out your other blog.

    Wendi Kelly-Life’s Little Inspirations´s last blog post..Remembering Pen Pals…

  15. JenniferNo Gravatar says:

    How exciting! We were both interviewed today. I can’t wait to read your interview and learn more about you! You deserve so much recognition! Off I go to check it out!….

    Jennifer´s last blog post..Heroes of Healing: Ron Wilkins

  16. Avani-MehtaNo Gravatar says:

    Loved the interview. And such an apt introduction – you indeed are the star who shines brighter by sharing spotlight.

    Avani-Mehta´s last blog post..Honor Your Anger Style : Anger Management Series Part V

  17. It’s amazing – I went over to Blogger Dad to read up about you and then my eyes fell on an article he wrote that I thought was rather hilarious (“A Most Embarrassing Moment”).

    I enjoyed learning more about you and I get this sense that you are on a mission that few bloggers are on and that’s to specifically help new bloggers see the light of day by exposing them to your community.

    When you do something like that, you open yourself for wonderful things to happen in return. I love that energy. I’m definitely contacting you for an interview – hang on……

    Stephen Hopson´s last blog post..Stephen Hopson Interview with Jennifer Abbott of Principles of Peace, Part I of II

  18. I would love to know more about you.

    I’m on my way. 🙂

    Vered – MomGrind´s last blog post..Saw “Burn After Reading”. Non-Botoxed Actresses. Awesome.

  19. I’m kind of curious myself. I’m going to check it out now and read another blogger in the process. Thanks.

    Tom Volkar / Delightful Work´s last blog post..How to Beat the Work Life Blues

  20. Dave FowlerNo Gravatar says:

    Barbara, I went to read the interview earlier. It was great.

    You have a great many people saying wonderful things about you every day. I’m not surprised by that at all.

    Dave Fowler´s last blog post..Why I Want To Feel Hungry

  21. RitaNo Gravatar says:

    Blogging Dad has a way of asking the “right questions of the right people.” When he interviewed me, he knew what he wanted to share with other people – and he did a great job!

    BTW: I LOVED your answer to Cath today. An excellent response from a New Yorker who learned that lesson well!


  22. Tammy WarrenNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Barbara!

    It was nice to get to know you. Thank you so much for connecting many bloggers with each other.

    It was a great interview.

    Tammy Warren´s last blog post..Was that a compliment? Think about it.

  23. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi All – I’m in the middle of month-end and quarter-end reports. I’ll be back later to reply to each of your comments. See you then.

  24. Hi Barbara
    I popped over to Blogger Dad – another Blog I haven’t read before… and another one added to my reader! He has a great style and sense of humour too.

    I enjoyed reading the interview, and I was particularly interested to read that you feel that you are at a cross roads. I feel that way too however my options I am considering a quite different to yours as my blog is not necessarily central to where I am heading. I wish you all the best Barbara. I am sure whatever path you choose you will be fulfilled and successful.

    Now while I have the floor I need some help. The Comment Luv on my blog doesn’t seem to be working properly as just recently I have noticed that it does not pick up the most recent post. Can you or anyone help me to fix this?

  25. me again……..Maybe your Comment Luv isn’t working properly either as my last post didn’t appear at the bottom of my comment

    Leanne Magraith | Forever Change´s last blog post..Take 2 – How Do You Sharpen Life’s Pencil?

  26. ah ha – that pencil post is not my last post. Does anyone know what the problem is with CommentLuv?
    Apologies for hogging the floor!

    Leanne Magraith | Forever Change´s last blog post..Take 2 – How Do You Sharpen Life’s Pencil?

  27. MayaNo Gravatar says:


    It is great that we got to read a bit about you.
    I cannot wait to see what you are planning for your blog next!

    Maya´s last blog post..The key to happiness and balance is right with you, just learn to use it – Part 1 of the thinkmaya framework

  28. Great to know your life (beyond blogging) better Barbara. I shall remember the second part (slamming others) of Answer #9 when I post next :). I am not the one who do it often though.


    Ajith Edassery´s last blog post..Google bashing and Screw Google mentality!

  29. Looking forward to learning more about you and the origins of this blog!

    Stacey / Create a Balance´s last blog post..Two Truths and a Lie

  30. Blogger DadNo Gravatar says:

    Leanne – Thank you. My wife might question you about my sense of style since I have a habit of dressing our son in colors which she swears no human should be seen in. As for my humor, it’s the only thing keeping me sane. Thank you.

    Stephen – Thank you. I responded to your post over at my blog. Thanks again for stopping by.

    Rita – Thank you.

    Blogger Dad´s last blog post..Eight Questions – Interview with Barbara Swafford of Blogging Without a Blog

  31. Linda AbbitNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara,

    I can’t believe you were actually *negative* about something in that interview. Kudos to Blogger Dad for coming up with that question. 🙂

    Also, it will be interesting to see where you go when you pass the crossroads you feel you are at now. If I can help in any way, don’t hesitate to ask! I’d love to give back to you in some way for all you’ve given me and everyone here at BWAB.

    P.S. I don’t get the new CommentLuv either — it’s been at the same TLeC post for a week now. Huh?

    Linda Abbit´s last blog post..Inspiring Quotes for Caregivers — 9/24/08

  32. Yay it is all about you….FINALLY! Thanks for everything you do for bloggers, Barbara. You are the best, and your blog is the warmest place on the internet. That was a lovely interview. I am off to read your favorite posts.

    Dr. Nicole Sundene´s last blog post..55 Healthy School Lunch Ideas

  33. SpaceAgeSageNo Gravatar says:

    What a good interview, and nice to know a bit more about you. It’s great to know someone who really does live the pay it forward ideal.
    Crossroads can be fun places — hope all your ideas, thoughts, and dreams come together to for a great transition.

    SpaceAgeSage´s last blog post..Fall’s memories, melancholy, and magic

  34. Evelyn LimNo Gravatar says:

    Ok…going over to check out the interview now. It’ll be nice to get to know more about you 🙂

    Evelyn Lim´s last blog post..Soul Revelations From Past Life Memories

  35. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi J.D. – Sure, you can visit here and take your shoes off. You can even put your feet on the coffee table. 🙂 You’re right, I do try to have empathy for others.

    Hi Lance – Thanks. It was fun to do, too.

    Hi Scott – Faux painting is the art of using paint (in a house, mostly) to create different effects, such as marble, granite, concrete blocks, venetian plaster, or a “wallpaper” effect. I like it as it brings out another creative side of me.

    Hi Eric – I didn’t realize my Alexa rating dropped below 100,000. I used to be a stataholic, but now only check my stats about every other day. I forget about page rank and Alexa, though.

    Hi Blogger Dad – You’re very welcome. That was a blast, and brought up great memories of those beginning days.

    Hi Chris – Thank you. By helping others, I get to learn more, too, so it’s a win-win. 🙂

    Hi Miguel – You’re welcome. In case you missed the link, the signature is from

    Hi Wendi – Glad to hear you like the other blog. It gives me a chance to share tips and ideas from my real life.

    Hi Jennifer – YES! I read your interview. It’s fantastic. I’m waiting to see part two of yours.

    Hi Avani – That introduction left me speechless.

    Hi Stephen – Welcome to the BWAB community. Yes, Blogger Dad’s embarrassing moment post is precious. He loves to make his readers laugh.

    Yes, I do try to help new (and some not so new) bloggers. Blogosphere can be a lonely world, and I don’t want anyone to ever feel isolated. Re: your email; I’ll be in touch with you soon.

    Hi Vered – The interview will tell you a little bit more. Enjoy!

    Hi Tom – You’re welcome.

    Hi Dave Fowler – Thank you for the kind words.

    Hi Rita – I agree, Blogger Dad is great with those individualized questions.

    Hi Tammy – You’re welcome. Glad you liked the interview.

    Hi Leanne – I think you’ll love Blogger Dad’s humor. Thank you for the encouragement.

    I had been noticing that with CommentLuv, too. Andy Bailey, the developer, popped in last Friday (see the comment section) and suggested reloading (download/upload) the plugin. I think mine is working correctly now (when I comment on other blogs). As soon as I have a chance, I’ll do a little digging into your problem and see what I can find.

    Hi Maya – Haha! I can’t wait to see what happen next, either.

    Hi Ajith – Thank you!

    Hi Stacey – Enjoy the interview.

    Hi Linda Abbit – Now you know a couple of my pet peeves. As much as I try to be optimistic, I don’t like thieves or disrespect.

    Thank you for your offer of help. I appreciate that.

    Hi Dr. Nicole – You’re welcome, and thank you for your kind words.

    Hi SpaceAgeSage – Thank you. I agree, crossroads ARE fun places to be. You’ll all see it happen, as it happens.

    Hi Evelyn – Enjoy!

  36. Thanks to Blogger Dad’s interview I found out about your other blog Observation Mountain and checked it out. I love the information that you provide with that blog. I subscribed to it.

    Patricia – Spiritual Journey Of A Lightworker´s last blog post..Growing Up With Alcoholism In The Family

  37. Cath LawsonNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Barbara – I just read the interview. It was excellent.

    Cath Lawson´s last blog post..An Image Branding Mistake: I Make It But You Shouldn’t

  38. NaturalNo Gravatar says:

    okay i’m late to the party, but i’m on my way over there!

    it’s all about you too! 🙂

    Natural´s last blog post..Filler Post

  39. sharonNo Gravatar says:

    It looks like I have missed the bus! A lot has been going on while I was in wonderland..Barbara congratulations for the interview. I have read it already and I think both you and Blogger Dad did a good job. Am sure this will prove to be a popular post, as many people are interested in getting to know you Barbara.

    Wow.. the secret movie, looks like it has inspired many. I watched the movie too and it has influenced in so many ways. Thanks for sharing your experiences, and am sure whichever way you choose to go with your blog, you will be a success!

    sharon´s last blog post..The Prosperity Mind Game-Ask and It Is Given

  40. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Patricia – Thank you for subscribing to my other blog. I truly appreciate it.

    Hi Catherine – Thank you!

    Hi Natural – I hope you like the interview and Blogger Dad’s blog.

    Hi Sharon – Oh no, the bus didn’t leave without you. 🙂

    You’re welcome, and thank you for your kind words. “The Secret” is an interesting concept, isn’t it?

  41. LindaNo Gravatar says:

    It’s about time you got recognized! Great interview and you are deserving of it. Congratulations!

    Linda´s last blog post..An Idea I really Like!

  42. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Linda – Thank you!

  43. Debbie YostNo Gravatar says:

    Congratulations on the interview. I really enjoyed it. I can’t think of a more deserving person.

    Debbie Yost´s last blog post..What Are You Doing Here?

  44. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you Debbie!

  45. PatriciaNo Gravatar says:

    I only have 5 minutes left on my Internet time for today…so I have decided to just say…wow I can hardly wait to read your interview and will attempt to do that next online time…How fun…and what is your other blog site…?

    Hawaii is very amazing…but hard to get Internet time…and extremely expensive so far…just a heads up…

    Patricia´s last blog post..Factoid Friday: Architects

  46. Barbara SwaffordNo Gravatar says:

    Hi Patricia – Hawaii, oh how fun. My other blog is

    Also, I hope you enjoy(ed) the interview. Blogger Dad made it a fun experience.