Going in a new direction…

October 24, 2012

So I decided this blogging thing works for me.  So now it’s time to step up my game and improve my blogging craft.  I’ve been reading Problogger, Copyblogger, and signed up for Corbett Barr’s Start A Blog that Matters course.  I am still stuck on where I should be taking this…

I am looking to either go with another social media blog that chronicles my work…or a social commentary blog…or a travel blog.  My mind is all over the place.

Any tips?

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The Why

October 4, 2012

Why am I writing this? What is it that I have to say that has not been said already?  Chris Guillebeau mentions in his entry about “Success as a Travel Blogger,” to tell the why of my adventures.

The question why is an important part of Western reasoning, thinking, and even motivation.  The quote “Finding the why will overcome any how” comes to my mind.  I don’t remember where I read that, but it still sticks to me during times when I feel burnt out.

So going back to me; why am I taking 30 days to find out if I like blogging or not?  There’s that deep part of me that has always liked writing and even felt I had a knack for it.  I remember in fifth grade writing outrageous stories and entertaining my class and teachers with them.  However, somewhere along the way, that desire was suppressed and I was told that I had to lead a normal life of going to university after high school, getting a career, married with 2.5 kids, house in the suburbs with 2 cars in the garage and a white picket fence.  But I knew I was different and I felt that life wasn’t for me.  A long story afterwards, and now, here I am in Thailand, trying to rekindle that passion.

But what am I trying to accomplish? What is my goal through all of this? I know there are people out there that make money from their blogs and many others hope to capitalize on that trend.  However, that’s not the reason why I’m here.  I mentioned that I would like to get into social media marketing and this can help establish my brand.  Maybe I’ll even discover the niche that I should be directing my writing craft towards.  Using this blog to land a social media job would be nice, but that is not the sole purpose of this blog.

So rekindling my passion for writing and landing a social media intern gig may be my objectives, but there has to be a deeper meaning behind all of this.  Why am I willing to post whatever stories on the internet, whether it’s my quest to be a social media intern or my travel stories to be accessed by billions of strangers all over the world?  Hopefully, someone out there will read them, but if not, I can at least say I gave it a shot and learn from my mistakes.

My goal…my message is to inspire people.  In a way, to be a social commentator.  I reflect on the conversation with my friends and I talk about my disdain for Western consumerism, or how the modern man has become a pussy (I mean, just look at Justin Bieber or the modern hipster), or even why you should travel (and sitting at some five-star all-inclusive resort in Cancun or Punta Cana doesn’t count, but if that satisfies the shallow desires of some people, then whatever).  Then again, I’m glad that there are a majority of Americans that don’t travel; part of me is glad because it keeps the stereotypical Americans at home and the other part of me feels that the self-absorbed douchebag in me doesn’t have to do much to be exceptional and can fuel those who “live through me.”  So hopefully, I can be an inspiration for someone to create their own adventure and I can read about it on their blog one day.

I know I’m not big enough to be a catalyst for change in today’s society, but maybe just putting my own words out there provides me with some therapeutic effect.  Whether I’m saying this in a room full of people or screaming in an empty vacuum, it feels pretty good to just let yourself out there, naked to the world.  This is not the end-all, just a springboard to get me to where I want to go (at least to find out where I want to go).  This is just the rough draft.  This is not going to have all the bells and whistles that other blogs may have, but at least I took the plunge.  I’ll figure out all these tags, pictures, links, and other editing stuff later.  I’m not worried about grammar or spelling, but I still don’t want to make myself look like a complete dumbass.  Right now, it just feels great to stop over-analyzing and actually fucking do it.

I tried this blogging thing a couple times.  Some people say I have a knack for writing.  Yet, for some reason I couldn’t follow through on it.  Maybe I just thought I wasn’t good at it, maybe I just cared too much about what people thought.  Maybe…maybe..maybe….

Whatever, I gave myself too many excuses.  Then, I saw this video.  So now, here I am, stepping back up to the plate, ready to take another crack at it.  Giving myself another 30 days to figure out if I truly like this.  If I do, I guess this will be my springboard to develop my craft.  If not, then I gave it a shot, and I guess that’s all that matters in life.

What is this blog going to be about? I don’t know…whatever I feel like writing about.  This isn’t some niche blog, like on travel or how to stop your dog from pissing on the carpet.  I’ve led a pretty interesting life, so if I wanna tell you about it, then I’ll fucking tell you about it (by the way, I’m pretty vulgar, so if that offends you…..tough shit.  Grow some balls and a thick skin.  Or you can go to another page.  The internet is pretty vast).  If I wanna share my political views, then I’ll do so.  If I wanna write about how awesome this mango is, or how I’m eating yogurt at this moment, or how fucking lovely your eyes look in the twilight sky, well, you know what? I’m writing about that too.

I guess there are rules in life and in society, like don’t swear, work some 9 to 5 job in suburbia Wisconsin, kiss ass and be politically correct to everyone, get married, have kids, conform and be like everyone else…blah blah blah.  I’m not one of those people.  And despite seeking a social media gig, I’m not gonna play this facade game of hiding who I am.  This is my brand..a “take-no-shit-no-prisoners-swing-for-the-fences” type dude.  I guess if social media is about branding, then I’m gonna be upfront and honest from the get-go.

So this blog will follow the style I want it to.  It will follow the grammar rules I choose.  There is no order and it will be the start of my brand..since I guess that’s important nowadays in the marketing industry.  If you know me, I write how I speak, so this is going to be no different.

Oh, I’m done writing…is this where I do some lame signing out shit?