Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A First Blog and Why

Nothing profound or life changing herein lies. So, run like hell if you wish to be enlightened in any way what-so-ever. Should you be a, "Grammar Nazi," completely void of a sense of humor or just a curious bystander wishing to poke fun at a, "Big Dumb Animal," attempting to write, then this may be the place for you.

Why I am writing a Blog. Apparently, it is what I am supposed to do. When asking other folks whom are either published writers with an established readership, or other fledgling writers attempting to make their own mark, the advice is the same; write a Blog. From what I am told and from what I read, being a successful, (insert anything here), means having a social presence online. Now, all I have to figure out is what this Blog doohickey thing-a-ma-bob is supposed to be and do.

The Blog, from what I have read, is supposed to be some magical medium, bringing readers and would be adorers to follow me. Ok, sure, I'll buy that advice for what it is worth....free. It all sounds a bit narcissistic to me. After all, who am I to spout off about things and what do I offer that others may be interested in? That was my big question as I considered writing a Blog.

As it turns out, I have a wealth of information to share. Some of it may be as dry as licking dust off of a dirt driveway, but none-the-less, I have things to share. When asking what I should write about, I was told to just be myself and let my personality shine. That just wont do. If I am assuming correctly, most readers don't want to be kicked in the groin and have their noses rubbed in the dirt. Internet wedgies and noogies are probably not my best bet either.

Instead, I will focus on topics that help.... at least for the most part. I will write how to dos and share good to know information. Of course, I will write, on occasion, about my family, my pets and my hobbies. Oy Vey, you may have to endure an occasional rant about some political issue that is driving me nuts too. Take that with a grain of salt or just ignore it; it will pass.

A little about me is what I should introduce now. I have a beautiful wife and together we share six children. My wife is an Irish woman and a nurse; she keeps me in-line. Our pets include a dog, Marley, that is to no surprise, a Yellow Lab. Yes, the kids named her after the movie came out. We also raise chickens and rabbits. We have six red hens that remain unnamed except for one that we call, Princess Crazy Feather. We have nine rabbits but only meant to have two. The one we call, Ruby, got out of the run and the one we call, Jack, did what boy bunnies do. Thirty-one days later we had seven new additions. Luckily, they are cute as heck and we should have no problem finding them homes. Three are already spoken for.

My hobbies, if you are interested, are gardening, fishing, and writing, along with screaming at the television while watching a Viking's football game. If you have followed them or know anything about football at all, you will know I can barley speak after this season.

Well, there it is, a first Blog, but not yet complete. I have not adequately plugged my reason for  the Blog. I am a writer, so look for my work ahead.  "The Gavel's Echo,"  is in the works as well as is, "The Weatherman chronicles." It would be remise of me to not mention, Verbified Media, a fledgling online publishing house that offers to do the editing,  cover design, and promotion. I did speak with the owner not too long ago and he assured me that he would be getting back to it as the new year dawns. They will work with anyone having a publishable story, be it a short, novella, or a full length novel. Rest assured, the graphics, layout, and all other issues are supposed to be worked on within the realm of endless things to do.

There you have it folks, a first Blog done, just before the new year starts. Stay safe and be good to one another. As a friend of mine recently wrote, bloom where you are planted.

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