Author Profile: Master Yoda
Character Name: Master Yoda
"Real" Name: Bill Johnson
Global Location: Orlando, FL, USA
Day Job: Database Reports Specialist
On a whim, Bill started Master Yoda's Blog on April 17, 2005. In the first five months, the blog had attracted over 70,000 hits and continues to get hundreds of hits daily. As of this writing, Yahoo lists over 11,000 web pages with links to the blog. Posting every day since May 12, 2005, Bill wrote his 100th post for the blog on August 7, 2005.
Bill has aspirations beyond writing as the Little Green One. He recently completed a short story titled The Funeral which he plans to submit to various publishers. A self-proclaimed "doodler", he would also like eventually to become a children's book author and illustrator.
For everything you never wanted to know about Bill and was too uninterested to ask, check out this post.
Q1: What made you decide to start a blog like this?
My wife! We are both fans of the Incredible Hulk's Blog. After reading it one day, she said, "You should do something like that, but with Yoda." I had originally intended to write a couple of paragraphs two or three times a week, but it kind of exploded.
Q2: Why did you choose your particular character?
Q3: Where do you get ideas?
You have a flashlight? I'll show you. Seriously, I believe strongly in character development. Know your characters well enough so that you can close your eyes and imagine them interracting with each other.
I also get ideas from pictures that I find and manipulate or that people send me.
Q4: Any blogging tips and tricks?
Posting every day isn't for everyone, but you should post regularly and often if you want to receive a significant amount of traffic.
Q5: Where do you find pictures for use on your blog?
The Magic Picture Fairy... or maybe Google and Yahoo. Sometimes someone will send me a picture they've manipulated. If I use it, I'll always credit that person, including posting a link to their blog or website if they have one. In fact, if I use any image that has been manipulated by someone other than myself, the person who manipulated it will be credited somewhere in the post.
Q6: What's the last book your character read?
Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business by Dolly Parton. He's read it over 250 times.
Q7: What's the last book you read?
That's Not In My American History Book by Thomas Ayres
Lies Across America by James L. Loewen (More history. It's a follow-up book to Lies My Teacher Told Me, one of my favorites. If you're an American who hasn't read Lies My Teacher Told Me, you really should.)
A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking (Now can someone please explain it to me?)
Favorite Authors: Ray Bradbury, Jules Verne
Q8: Other hobbies/interests?
Hobbies? Interests? What are those? Oh yes, those are things people with a life have. Actually, my interests include writing, history, and movies, lots of movies. When my circumstances permitted me to enjoy the outdoors more, I used to mountain bike and fish.
Q9: Other blogs you work on?
Bill Johnson's Blog
Bill Johnson's Fiction