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…
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.
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.
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.
- Why Blog? (fishofgold.wordpress.com)
- A Post A Day For 2011 – A Challenge From WordPress (gadabout-blogalot.com)
- Blogging Buddy (theboyellis.co.uk)