Thursday, September 22, 2011

Awkward.  That's how I feel right now.  Not one to rush to embrace this world of social media, I'm clearly not what you would call an early adopter.  I like to sit back, watch how things play out, and then decide my move.  So I've been sitting and watching, and finally...I'm making my move. 

Funny how something as benign as deciding on your blog title can make you feel unoriginal, uninspired, and a total hack.  I won't go into the details, but it turns out I'm not as clever or as original as I thought I was.  And that's how this title was born.  These thoughts may not be new to the world, but they'll be new to me.  Kind of like thrift store clothes; and just like thrift store clothes, it'll be my interpretation and expression of these thoughts that makes them fresh and on trend.  Ha, that was pretty bad.  But it stays.

I read somewhere once that that truly successful bloggers are truly successful because they blog about their passion.  That passion translates into informative and interesting posts that appeal to similarly minded individuals.  With some smart marketing, a following is developed, and like they say in that old Kevin Costner movie, "if you build it, they will come."  In this case, the "it" refers to blog followers, and the "they" is advertisers.    Considering I have no followers at the moment, and I tend to be slightly Attention-Deficient, this whole blog idea might end up one hot mess.  But it's a fun endeavor.  At the very least, it's teaching me something new.

Which leads me to my first goal of the blog:  to highlight and document my life learnings.  Now, that is one loaded goal.  And I'm not going to sugar coat'll get the full gamut of my learnings.  For example, yesterday I learned quite a bit about the warning signs of when your cat is about to die.  And then I learned that if you choose to skirt the law and bury your cat in the backyard, you should go at least three feet deep or the dog might dig it up.  Another thing I learned yesterday was how to set up a twitter account and send a tweet.  I have to thank my friend Suzanne for that one...she is teaching me the ways of social media.  I still don't get what there is to gain from tweeting and following other's tweets.  Seems like a waste of time.  But I'm going to hang in there and see what informative nuggets Suzanne can impart on me.

My second goal of the blog is to put to paper (or monitor, I suppose) the deeply insightful thoughts that float around in my head.  Again, a loaded goal.  Between work, the kids, the marriage, the family, and me (yes, I deserve my own call out), I have plenty of opinions worthy of penning. 

My final, and most relevant, goal of the blog is to improve myself as a person, one post at a time. 

As you can see, I have high hopes for this endeavor.

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