“So, what do you write on that blog of yours, anyway? Do you tell everyone when you take a dump?”
Those are the two questions I’ve been asked most by anyone who doesn’t take the time to understand what a blog is, and why anyone would create and maintain one.
“Oh, wait, it’s an online journal. A diary.”
Everyone writes a blog for their own reasons. Some write because they think they can. Some write because they want to further a particular topic. Some do it for business. Some do it for work. I do it because I like to. It’s a hobby. That’s that. It’s the same for me as working out is to others, because I’ll only run if I’m being chased.
This blog is about me. I’m not an attention whore – okay, maybe a little bit. Mostly, though, you’ll find my writing to be about topics and not events. If you feel passionately about something I write, please leave a comment. If you want to promote it, please do so with a link. I also like being put into other people’s blogrolls.
Finally, a note about the name. Clever, isn’t it? Well, I can’t claim credit for it. It comes from a former colleague of my newsroom days named Peter Hartzel. Peter died suddenly in 2007, and left a big whole in the writing world. He was amazingly smart and witty, and his ability to string together words was one I admired and envied. He was a good friend, a bit of a crazy driver, and a mentee who taught me a lot.
He gave me the idea one day as a name for a column in a rather joking way, saying I could “write about the highest of peaks and the lowest of Lavallees.” Well, I turned his friendly teasing on its head and actually named my newspaper column just that. The column however, never appeared with any regularity, even when I rose to the level of editor and had the sole authority to publish it. I missed writing under that column name, though, and now I’ve named my blog after Peter’s brilliant idea.
So long, Pete. Thanks for everything!