I want to start out by thanking all of you that have followed me over from my old blog on blogger. You guys are truly dedicated. Or maybe y’all are just completely crazy. The jury is still out on that one.
For any new readers that might have accidentally found themselves here; welcome and I hope you stick around long enough to decide I’m worth a read. I can’t promise anything, but my goal is to entertain and maybe share a laugh or two.
In case you were wondering why I decided to take the scary jump off the deep end and start my own site, I’ll explain. Other than doing it because the cool kids where (and everyone knows I’m far from being a trend setter), here are the reasons I moved my blog to a self-hosted site – one or more may or may not be slight exaggerations or completely false cuz I like to make shit up:
1. I got ran out of Montana. I guess all the ranchers got tired of me giving their cattle the hungry eye. Maybe the industrial sized BBQer strapped down in the bed of the truck made the cows a little nervous. Or it could have been all those afternoons spent slowly driving by pastures while drooling and calling out, “come here my tasty little hamburgers!” To hide from their mad cow strike teams, I had to relocate my blog as well.
2. Julie nagged me to do it. You might be familiar with that curly-blonde, big mouthed, slightly funny (ok, she’s more fun than a wheel barrel full of monkeys careening down the side of a very steep hill) and very opinionated blogger, Julie DeNeen. She’s always harping on the benefits of having a self-hosted blog. I figured breaking down and getting my own was less painful than sitting through one more lecture. You might remember that feeling; when you stayed out past your curfew and tried sneaking into the house. Just when you thought you were in the clear, the light suddenly came on and there sat your very pissed off dad? Yeah, it’s like that.
Zombie! (Photo credit: danhollisterduck)
3. The Zombies almost got me. You can only write so many posts about preparing for the zombie apocalypse before the zombies start to take notice. Thank goodness I had my bug-out bag packed, all the guns locked and loaded, the emergency supplies strategically placed along my escape route, and I was wearing my scent-masking underoos on. I am now safely entrenched in my ultra-safe, super-secret fall back fortress, happily blogging along but still wearing my anti-zombie undies.
4. Paving the way for Stacy. One of my favorite bloggers (yes, I play favorites cuz I’m shallow like that. She met me in person and STILL considers me a friend – bonus points for her), Stacy, and I agreed that I’d take the plunge first to see how the water was. So far, only a few baby sharks and a curious sea cucumber have nibbled on my toes. Starting a new self-hosted blog is a lot of work, but it’s also a lot like being locked in a haunted candy store overnight. I’ll let that image sink in.
5. Turn a hobby into a bigger waste of time and effort. I was accused of sitting around on my ass and being about as productive as a dust bunny. No, not by a family member, they aren’t that stupid or fond of having their body parts rearranged by me. So, as a kind of “f-you” to that person, I paid for a self-hosted blog and when I start making a little cash (ok, I’m hoping to make enough to actually pay for this site), I can tell that particular asshole where they can shove their unsolicited opinion. And I’ll probably do it with…wait for it…a blog post on this very self-hosted site!
Here are a few things that you might expect and what I hope to accomplish at my new site:
1. Craziness. I have no intention of leaving behind my kind of wacky humor. So, if you’ve somehow grown fond of it, no worries, it’ll still be very much intact. And that’s just more proof that it is possible to hypnotize readers with the written word into believing you might have a little talent. Could I write any other way? Sure, but it’s not nearly as much fun…for me.
Sasquatch, the Legend of Bigfoot (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
2. Overwhelming desire to research el Chupacabra and Sasquatch. I admit, I love stories about ghosts, hauntings, UFO’s, aliens, and all the rest of that stuff. But, I’m a little tired of writing about zombies. I know – total disappointment! However, I’d like to explore more about Sasquatch and a little closer to home, the Chupacabra. In fact, one was spotted a few weeks ago not that far from here. Yes, I’m excited.
3. Product Reviews and Recipes. Ok, I’m kidding. Could you honestly see me tackling a recipe post? And I tried the whole product review thing and it went over like a fart in church so I won’t be unleashing any more of those on my poor, innocent readers. You can stop all the lawsuits for the mental duress now, thank you.
As always, I’d love to hear from you with suggestions or feedback on what you like, what you think should be sent back to the kitchen for a rework, what should be buried in the back yard and never spoken of again, or what you’d like to see that I haven’t done or even thought of. I’d even love to have a guest blogger or twelve. Drop me a line or a comment and let me know.
Thank you again, and I hope this little experiment in “The Joy of Blogging” is as much fun for all of us as the massively expensive seminars and conventions say it is. Hope to see you around these parts again.