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Five Questions: Johnwriter’s Raves & Rants

1. Why do you blog?
Because I want to be immortal. Maybe in the waning years of my life I would want to indulge in my thoughts and preoccupations over those hidden periods in my life. It’s like a diary, but a diary that I can open any time, anywhere and read.

2. Which author and/or book has most influenced you?
The authors who made me want to be a writer are Thomas Hardy and Charles Dickens. I discovered Tolstoy, Turgenev, Hemingway and Bellow later. But they all conspired to induce me into writing.

3. Which three blogs do you most visit?
I visit a few group blogs which are updated daily and bloggers who I know are committed to blogging:
Caferati at:
Shakespeare & Company at:
John Baker’s Blog at:

4. Why do you read fiction?
Good question. We live in a world of specialisation. No one knows what the other person is going through or is doing. Literature is the one force, the equaliser that by opening the world of the character gives us the feeling of “deja vu” and gives us the hope that the spirit of man can survive all odds.

5. What makes you laugh?
Trivia, irony, situations where the protagonist finds himself in a mess of his own creation.

John Mathew blogs at Johnwriter’s Raves & Rants, which can be found here:

4 Responses to “Five Questions: Johnwriter’s Raves & Rants”

  1. Lee says:

    John, if you’re reading out there: I’m really enjoying this ‘why do you blog’ project.

  2. John Baker says:

    Me too. It’s great that there are so many reasons why.

  3. John P Matthew says:

    Thanks for featuring me. I am happy to be here. This is a good project and I am enjoying reading the views of various writers featured here.

  4. John P Matthew says:

    Yes, there are many reasons why we love blogging. But the Indian government has again blocked blogspot and I can post to my blog but can’t read my own blog. Imagine!