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Let’s Take a Look Under the Hood

Or, perhaps a better way to put it would be…Let’s Take a Look Under the Electronic Page

I have participated in the postaday challenge that the kind folks at WordPresss.com started.  Today’s topic starter really got me to thinking about my writing and how I got into this wonderful world called blogging

What made you decide to start a blog?

As many of you know, I have blogged off and on here on WordPress for about three years give or take a few months either way.  It has been an awesome journey so far, and one that has had many twists and turns.  Many stops and starts (geez my blog is like a clunker car after all). Okay enough already with the analogies and cliches, let’s get to it.

My start wasn’t as noble as a wish to write about my personal experiences on the internet.  No,  that would come later.  My blogging journey started with a want to connect with the local video gaming population.  I had dabbled with WordPress before, but hadn’t done anything with it.  I just hadn’t seen the need I guess.  I wanted to create a place for local gamers to get information on new games coming out, and for them to get information about a new business venture I was trying to start.  Long story short, the business never got off the ground, and my blog posts also ground to a halt.  The site still exists, but it is mostly an empty shell for now.  I do have plans on relaunching it some time in the future though.

...at least that's the story I'm sticking with

So where did Mike’s Take come from?  Anyone that knows me finds out a couple of things about me pretty fast.  I am a chronic know-it-all. Now…now before you judge hear me out.  I honestly don’t know what it is, I soak up knowledge like a sponge.  Unfortunately, we are talking more like trivial pursuit level knowledge and not the cure for cancer type of knowledge.  I know a little about many different subjects.  The liberal arts education I got from my college years certainly helped as well.  I am a very big fan of the broad base of education and not the laser pointer on a single area approach.  I also have a persona that seems to give people the impression that I am an expert or have the answer to any questions they would ask me.  It is a very common trend for me to have my coworkers walk up to me with tons of questions every day.  I seem to be the go to guy for everything from taxes to medical ailments and their origins and cures.  I assure you I am not anything close to an expert on most things (I am a pretty good Dad though).  Something about me just gives people the impression that I know what I am talking about on a multitude of subjects.

I think I've aged better

The other thing about me that people discover really fast is that I love the internet.  In particular, I love discovering new things.  Just check in with me on my Facebook page and you will find I am a very active contributor there of all kinds of things, including the occasional relevant information.  I love reading and researching and “traveling” to different locations from the comfort of my computer chair, and then being able to share what I find with others.  That’s where my tag line for Mike’s Take comes from…ramblings from the internet jungle.  I likened myself to be an Albert Schweitzer of the internet, and bringing information to the masses out of the “jungle”.

What I find truly interesting about my current blogging experience is watching my writing evolve.  In the beginning, I found myself regurgitating a lot of information back out on my blog.  As I have grown more confident in my writing style though, I find that while I use things like current events as an inspiration point, I put my spin on things from the outset.  That’s really cool to me, because for the first time in my life I feel like I am becoming an artist in my right.

I do eventually expect to take my writing to a new level, and I consider my blog the exercise regimen to get there.  Happy blogging everyone.

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About Mike Lemons
I'm a guy in his 40's who has been bumming around the net for years. I am married to a wonderful woman, and have 3 gorgeous kids.

3 Responses to Let’s Take a Look Under the Hood

  1. Rumena says:

    Yeah, the ‘Know-it-all’ approach to blogging… and to life.

    I can relate to that – wherever I have been working or involved in some kind of organisation (currently: university), I have always been the ‘go to’ person for almost anything. The amount of information I scan and comprehend on a weekly basis is gigantic. I feel like a walking reference book – I either know the thing or know EXACTLY where, how, and when to get the facts, can make a step-by-step ‘go and find it out yourself’ guide or just sit down with the person and explain. I never get tired of sharing information – but the people get tired of listening 😀

    I don’t know about you (yet), but until now, I haven’t really found a way to use it to improve my people skills. I suck in that. Well, the offline version of it at least. I don’t want to annoy people but I do it all the time… or, if the person is not a walking library like me, or doesn’t want to engage in a deep conversation, I get bored very easy. I don’t really want to talk about the last football match, or at least if I do, I want more than an excited reaction or swearing. I want facts, figures, numbers, relations, context….

    What about you? How do you handle this in your life?

    • Mike Lemons says:

      I was reading your comment and can so relate. In my own case, the people I annoyed the most was my family as I was growing up…it was a constant “you don’t know everything”…even though the reality was that I did know a great deal about a given subject. I guess where my frustrations come in are when people are conveying incorrect information…that drives me nuts…if I know the right answer I immediately want to “correct” it. That seems to be a major turnoff socially (gee I wonder why right?) 🙂

      As far as people skills, well you are right they are not a natural thing for me, but the career positions I have held have been innately social so I have had to learn to be better on the interactions…so what is natural for many people is a learned skill for me.

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