Questions I Don’t Know How to Answer

Today’s first question is this:

Gain? Really, your reader demographic skews towards ads for Gain?

And my best answer is…Yes?

I honestly have no idea how my ads work. I don’t know if my reader demographic skews toward ads for cleaning supplies, or if BlogHer just has an agreement with all their advertisers to give equal time to all the products, or time commensurate with the amount of money that advertiser has paid to be a part of the BlogHer advertising network. I don’t know. I would guess, however, that the reader demographic of the entire BlogHerAds network skews in that direction, and that’s how I got ads for Gain on my site.

The next question is this:

Presuming you had a totem animal what would it be? And would this differ depending on whether you or the animal chose this relationship?

Do you mean to imply that there is a parallel universe somewhere in which animals are making totem poles of people, and an animal could choose me as its totem human? Because that’s AWESOME! Or that in this universe, animal guidance counselors are asking animal high school students inane personality test questions like “If you could be a human, which human would you be?” and the animal teenagers are thinking, “I’d be Beth,” and then justifying their answers?

I love this.

Now. I have no idea which animal(s) would choose to be me, but I think I would have to be an owl. According to this website, the owl represents deception, clairvoyance and insight. It is also a messenger. I don’t know about deception or clairvoyance, but as a writer, I fancy myself an insightful messenger. Maybe if I’m writing fiction, I could fit deception in there…or when I’m ripping off Paula Abdul.

I chose the owl, however, because of the questions for consideration asked here (and listed below).

  • Have you ever felt drawn to one animal or another without being able to explain why? This could be animal, including birds and insects.
  • Does a certain kind of animal consistently appear in your life? This doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical appearance, it could be represented in other ways such as receiving card and letters with the same animal pictured over and over, unexplainable dreams of a particular animal, watching television and seeing the same animal featured time and time again, or, actually having the animal show up.
  • When you go to the zoo, a park, wildlife area, or forest, what are you most interested in seeing?
  • Are there any animals that you find to be extremely frightening or intriguing?
  • Is there a particular animal that you see frequently when you’re out in nature?
  • Have you ever been bitten or attacked by an animal?
  • Have you ever had a recurring dream about a certain animal, or a dream from childhood that you have never been able to forget?
  • Are you drawn to figurines or paintings of a specific animal?

I have had a small obsession with owls since the fall (The fall of 2009, not the fall of man). I find myself drawing them, thinking about ways to create art that includes them, wanting to make appliquès of them for bags and jean pockets, etc. I see them everywhere – not necessarily real ones, but you know, on clothes and note cards and jewelry and things. And as you know, I have an irrational fear of birds. So while, in choosing my totem animal, I might be inclined to choose an animal that represents characteristics I think I have or hope to have one day, it seems that the owl is my animal.

Hey wait. Does that mean that the owl has chosen me? Do I need to choose a different animal now? Nah, I like the owl. So I guess to answer your question, no, there would be no difference no matter which of us did the choosing (me or the owl).

Author: beth

I'm told that I'm cleverly stupid, and that's why people are friends with me. And here I thought it was because I was so dang cute...

2 thoughts on “Questions I Don’t Know How to Answer”

  1. I like the fact that apparently being bitten or attacked by an animal means it’s your totem animal. Because I’m pretty sure that if something showed an uncanny willingness to maul me I wouldn’t go and pick it as anything but arch-nemesis.

    1. I like that too, and I agree with you. I can’t say that I’m hoping to be attacked by an owl, or that I would feel more connected to them if I were. Probably quite the opposite.

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