While the title of my introductory post might seem a bit dramatic, the descriptive words suit the purpose. It has been a long awaited journey, for me at least. I’m sure most of you read that and said to yourselves “Speak for yourself there buddy”.
I set out to build this website nearly 4 years ago with the sole purpose of giving me the ability to freely write about subjects that I enjoy. Why such a long time? Got engaged. Bought a house. Got married. Started a new job. Wife got pregnant. First child is born. That is about as simple as I can explain it. If you want the even more condensed version in layman’s terms; lack of time.
I’m sure I could have found more time at the end of the day, but when you are practically attached at the hip with the internet the last thing you want to do at the end of the day is fiddle around on a personal project. It’s a true story. I literally loathed installing WordPress, uploading the bare bones template, and starting to develop a customized theme. I thought to myself, “I do this all day. Been doing this stuff for years. Why can’t I put up a simple website to blog on?” I never really could give myself a solid answer.
Then a few months ago, as I was rewriting some content for a website, I realized how much I was struggling with organizing and rewording the content in order to fit the pages. At that time I found a new inspiration to focus on putting up this site. That realization and inspiration is directly associated with missing opportunities to write. Believe it or not, practicing your composition skills is quite the asset when working in an industry such as mine. Even now I cannot believe why or how I have neglected it so much.
I consider myself a perfectionist at times, so coding up a theme for myself from scratch was going to take up even more time that I didn’t want to use. After having several conversations with friends I broke down and decided against coding a customized theme. I believe it was a conversation I had with Nick Eubanks that drove me to purchasing the theme I am using from ThemeForest. It all came down to me being reassured that purchasing a premium theme or template wasn’t a bad decision. I will admit, it really wasn’t a bad choice after all. Thank you all for your input.
The New Beginning.
So, what are my expectations from this little adventure? In all honesty, I don’t need oodles of traffic and page views here (For those of you who don’t understand that terminology, I simply don’t need to have a popular website with lots of visitors reading my writing) to give me a sense of completion. I’m not looking for or expecting that. All I really wanted was a
place to practice writing place to write with the purpose of educating myself and possibly a few others along the way. This is going to be that place.
This blog isn’t going to be filled with material or content from only one subject (e.g. online marketing or search engine optimization). Rather, it will be filled with a variety of topics; how to guides, case studies, personal musings, rants (yes, I enjoy these), and whatever else I can think of. I should mention that if you are searching for the next “ground breaking” post in the search marketing industry, you won’t find it here. Nor will you find any keynotes.
And So It Begins.
Even though I’m not pursuing “popularity”, I will still encourage sharing and discussion. Why not? I believe my friend Anthony Pensebene sums it up best with a post he authored this past summer on how commenting and discussion strengthens a community. This might not be a community of sorts, but the premise and importance of discussion on a blog holds true. I find that creating relationships and networking with these new acquaintances to be pleasurable and gratifying.
I appreciate you all for stopping by and reading my first post. Feel free to drop a comment below to say hello and introduce yourself. Especially if we have not had the chance to engage in conversation yet. If you aren’t already, follow me on Twitter or add me to your circles on Google+. Thanks again for stopping by!