Wednesday, June 1, 2011
I was thinking about a way to re-pay this debt and also add more entertainment to my blog. An idea popped into my head today (ouch!) and I want to toss it out there to see if it sticks.
Growing up, I loved to read advice columns. Ann Landers, Dear Abby, Miss Manners, et al. I enjoy when people try to figure out the conundrums of life, big and small. Those columns help a lot of readers sort things out. Plus, they're fun.
So, I'm going to start an advice-column of my own, here on the blog. I'll offer advice to any of you who writes in with a question. I'll try to keep the answers helpful and witty. You can pose a question anonymously or with your name attached; that's up to you.
The column will appear occasionally, when there are interesting questions to consider. Often, people's questions are as important as the answers, so you share some responsibility in the success of this venture.
Your questions can be serious or humorous. I'll respond to each accordingly. You can ask about anything.
Subjects I'm knowledgeable about are:
- Law ("Can the landlord keep my security deposit?")
- Romantic relationships ("Should I worry that my boyfriend watches a lot of porn?")
- Gender ("Is it okay for boys to play with dolls?")
- Art and culture ("What is Woody Allen's best movie?")
- Health and fitness ("What the hell is quinoa and should I eat it?")
- Etiquette and public behavior ("Should I give up my seat on the bus to an old man?")
This might be fun for us. I'll do my best. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and say whether you want to be anonymous or identified.
Oh, and the title of this post refers to a name (short for Allison) that my close friends call me. I'm going to use it as the title of the advice-column, in homage to the pioneers Ann Landers and her sister Abby.
I haven't used the name Ally on the blog before because I don't want new readers to be confused about who I am. Once you know me, you can call me whatever you are comfortable with. I answer to anything.