Those who know me — and my blogging practices — know I don’t usually get into the “know me” sort of thing.
I always figured one could see what I was like through my writing or my photography etc. However, I recently joined up with the North East Bloggers Network, a group of — you guessed it, bloggers — who reside in the Northeast.
Check and check.
First, I realize I’m a minority in this group as I’m one of only a couple male bloggers here. At least that I’ve seen. It’s funny because you can see differences in blogging style and such. But the beauty of the blogging world is all the different styles and such. This group, thus far, has been a lot of fun to be involved with.
Anyway, on with the show…
I’m based in upstate New York. It’s a small town, but I usually tell people I’m not far from Cooperstown. It’s a good bridge. If somebody is a baseball fan, that’s an easy connection. If not, most have usually heard of it. In theory, my area is also at the middle of the bottom of a triangle with Syracuse being the point and Binghamton and Albany being the bottom points.
This area is really nice for a lot of reasons. We’re engulfed in mountains and rolling hills. It’s pretty simple in regard to life. People know each other, most are friendly and it’s a great place for kids. That being said, it’s not always the best for activities. You need to pretty much travel 30 minutes if you want to do anything such as a movie, shop or things like that.
If you are into the outdoors, though, this whole area is great.
There are plenty of places to investigate for hiking, photography, biking and whatever else you might like outside. Though I don’t participate in them, fishing and hunting are massively popular around here.
As for me, I love being outside (in good weather). I’m an avid geocacher, love photography and really like getting out and exploring through hikes. I enjoy a bike ride and really can handle just going for a drive with my camera close by so I can see what kind of things I can capture. This area offers said opportunities. I’m also a softball junkie in the summer, play disc golf and just really enjoy trying to be as active as I can.
This area also is a great place to be able to get outside and blog. With a plethora or pretty quiet parks and areas, during the warmer months, I love to try and get out and blog in the outdoors. Of course I have to watch battery life, but it’s still nice to be outside and do some writing. Plus, it gives me a chance to people watch, which is also a fun thing.
My blog, which I’ve run in some form or another since 2005, is a potpourri of my life. There’s going to be photography, some sports stuff, geocaching, disc golf, happenings in my life, stories of my attempt to home brew and whatever else. Sometimes it’s serious, sometimes funny, sometimes in between. Kind of like life. I even throw in a journalistic style story on occasion. I don’t consider the blog to have any one style, but more of a personal reflection sort of thing. I usually try and stay away from controversial things, however.
As for why I blog, well, I’ve always been a writer. I’ve written for newspapers for the majority of my career, have worked in public relations and have always been involved in communications. The thing is, when I do things like that, it’s for a living. When I blog here, it’s about my writing and things I want to write. I like it that way because I’m a little more free to write about things such as that.
Truthfully, it’s a way for me to just write about whatever. Sometimes I get more views than others. Same with comments. But I keep typing away knowing one day in the future, I’ll be able to spend a weekend starting from the beginning and read all the way through this blog and smile. I’ll have gone through many things in that time period, so it will be fun to see the things I wrote.
I will also try and interject photography as much as possible, whether it be nature, everyday life, sports, covered bridges, waterfalls or whatever else.
I’ve also met a lot of people through blogging who I never would have met otherwise. There are some great people doing blogs. One day, I hope to hit up a blog meet or conference or something as I’d love to meet some of these bloggers face-to-face instead of just behind the screen! This community is pretty fun, though, and it’s one I like being a part of for sure.
It would take forever to go through all my posts and find every favorite one I’ve done, so I’ve gone through and picked a random sampling of those I have really enjoyed writing. If you want to see some more of my stuff, click the links below:
- A win doesn’t always need to end with a victory
- Peanut butter owns Nutella
- What in the blog is being said? Is this a crossover post?
- Mets fetch $2.49 on eBay auction; move forthcoming
- The best news I have ever received came today!
It’s nice to have found a smaller group such as North East Bloggers. Some of the others I’ve joined are bigger and everyone gets lost in a massive pond. This group has really been fun so far and I hope it continues that way.
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