Why a Blog?
Updated: Jun 17, 2020
So the question is why am I starting a blog. Well the answer is pretty simple. I like to talk. I will talk about just about anything, with just about anybody. Always have. My mom tells me that when I was younger and she used to take me the park it would take me about 2 minutes to be friends with everyone on the playground. I like learning new things and tell other people about things they are interested in if I know them. Human beings are fascinating creatures. We are capable of doing wonderful things, both wonderfully wonderful and wonderfully awful. Ever one has a story behind where they are in life. And if my story can provide someone an opportunity to learn something new, reassure them that they can get through something they are struggling with, or just make someone laugh then it is well worth the effort to make this website. Plus it gives me an outlet to drone on about something when everyone else is tired of me talking or I am stuck in a hotel while traveling around for work.
I have been told that my wife and I have led an interesting life so far so hopefully some of you find this amusing. That coupled with the fact that neither of us have much problem telling anyone who wants to know just about anything about our personal lives makes me a perfect candidate for exposing myself(metaphorically speaking) to anyone on the internet who stumbles across my website.
So back to where I left off, I wrote a children's picture book! Super exciting stuff. Now I am trying to get it published, so this blog will double as my social media exposure. Now some of you might be wondering why I did not choose a more traditional form of social media like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Well to explain that properly, we would have to go back to when I was in middle school. So when I was in 8th grade, back in 2006, social media was just starting to gain a footing in the world of the internet. Myspace was dying as the main contender in the market bringing rise to the mighty Facebook. I grew up in the country, so believe it or not, we did not have an internet connection at home. I didn't even have an email address or know what IMing was let alone this new Facebook thing. But all that changed when I got my first girlfriend that year. Which was actually a practical joke by some of the other guys at the school. They put notes in both our lockers asking the other one out. We were 3 weeks into our relationship before either of us figured it out. Anyway back on topic, back then it was a big deal if you we a couple to be "Facebook official", I don't know if it still is, which is a problem if one of the two of you doesn't have a Facebook. So she helped me setup up my first email and a Facebook account. Which I never checked cause I did not have internet at home. So after a few weeks of people getting mad at me for not adding them as friends or replying to their posts I ended up cancelling my account. The experience soured my opinion of social media for a time and led to me developing the position that if you were actually my friend you had my number and could just text me if you actually wanted to talk about something. Fast forward a few years to college, and I gave it another try but was met with similar results. The final straw was when my dad called me to tell me that my grandfather was pouting(yes a grown, 76 year old man) that I had not accepted his friend request yet. So coming back to social media that was a no go from the start. Like I said earlier, I like to talk so limiting it to 160 characters was out. And I am honestly not even sure what you do on Instagram outside of take pictures of food you didn't cook yourself. So I was stuck for a bit.
Then a good friend of mine suggested I start a blog. He pointed out how one of the regular sources of entertainment when the guys and me meet up is to get me wound up about something then watch me rant for 20 minutes straight about it. They all highly encouraged me to give it a short and with a little extra push from my wife here I am. Back online and in what honestly seems like the perfect format for me so far. But we are only on post number 2 so more on that later.
In the mean time I hope this message finds you in good health and sound mind. I am just another confused father from Kansas wondering...
HOW DID I END UP HERE?