My original thought was to write an introduction piece after I cranked out three or four blogs of sufficient content and length as an example, then to explain in greater detail what I was trying to do. Like I would point my finger at the trail
behind me and exclaim, “See this is what I’m talkin’ ‘bout!” Upon reflection I think my early thoughts as captured on the About This Blog page already sum it well but I’d like to give more detail…
I’m a pretty creative person and visually oriented in how I think and understand the world. I am not necessarily arty, I have some talent but I don’t really have all the skills for most kinds of art. I DO have a better eye for photographic composition but that recent development is exceptional.
I am at times driven by a need to exercise this creativity. To express it outside of myself. Given that I have limited visual art abilities writing seems like the easy answer. But what to write about?
More than ten years ago if you’d asked me for the current status of my life I could probably give a concise answer. I’d probably leave out details and just focus on what was making me happy or not. Then along about my mid 30’s I developed the ability to kind of take a step back from myself and explain things that happened to me more as stories or at minimum as observed jokes. Maybe it was Seinfeld that led me here and I owe something to Larry David? 😉
Years fly by life stuff happens, if you’re lucky, and here I am: on the other side of a divorce that moved at a grindingly slow crawl thanks to the court system, not the participants, and as the father of an absolutely incredible kid.
All kids are incredible. Given that we know what the, usually, fun steps are to create one it still astounds me that a brand new person can be the end result. If I was an alien I’d be quite perplexed, “You do this and you get THIS?” 🙂
So, I’ve lived and have the resultant baggage to show for it. Baggage being the summation of experiences of a person who’s lived. Circular definition, see? I forget who said this, “It’s not that you have baggage to carry, it’s how well you carry it”, but it’s what I am trying to live by.
Marrying the need to write and having my own life as source material technically makes things easy. I say technically, because if done wrong one way you end up with tell-alls that offend people, if done another way you have boring stories. The challenge I’ve set forth for myself is to create interesting short stories based on current or recent events in my life with as little fiction as possible. I think I’m pretty settled on format at the moment which is a little rambling but fun to write as seen in this piece.
Here’s another fine way an experience can be told. 🙂
In addition to being fun I’m hoping I can learn through the course of this work to carry my baggage a bit better. Thus ends my third ever post.
2 thoughts on “Why this blog?”
EXCELLENT!!!!!!! Although i am a tad too lazy to actually start and maintain my own blog, I fully understand how relaying my life experience helps me to laugh at myself and in most cases how to “carry” said experience. As you know from reading that “other dudes” blog 🙂 I have seen and done quite a bit. Until now I havent had the inclination to want to share it with the masses in a non confrontational/defensive way. Im waiting on the next two years when I can officially comment on your “dating on the north side of 40″…
Maybe I’ll have some war stories, maybe I wont. But the experience of getting there should be worth the anticipation for me.
and as for:All kids are incredible. Given that we know what the, usually, fun steps are to create one it still astounds me that a brand new person can be the end result. If I was an alien I’d be quite perplexed, “You do this and you get THIS?”
I have a 10month old who has seriously curtailed my ability to continue racking up “real talk life experiences” but I couldnt be happier!
but i still have my “back in da day…” memories. lol
Hey Frank, Thanks for the comment! Kinda’ funny, you wrote something over at Bill’s site and my reaction after reading was, “Oh crap, Frank forgot to throw out the ‘Back In The Day’ flag!” Unfortunately I lost track of which post it was… 😉
Yeah, having a kid really changes your priorities. Let’s face it, your kid is probably the first person in your life that ever really needed you. That took some getting used to but I’d prefer to be a good dad and not be available for other things then to have it the other way around. 🙂
In about a year you’ll have a really independent little person who can get most of the food in their own mouths, take care of the other end and say “No” faster then you can finish speaking. Then when the badly named “Terrible Two’s” ends, somewhere around 3 years later… you’ll be teaching your little tape recorder (kid), through example, how to think and how to live. That’s been my experience. Hmmmm… sounds like a good idea for a post… 😀