In mid-January of 2013, I had some unexpected and unwelcome downtime. Because of a serious traffic accident, I missed several days of work. The time off was necessary– a nurse with his right arm in a splint can be a pretty useless luxury. I needed some recovery time, and my coworkers were very understanding.
Unfortunately, it left me with an uncomfortable amount of time to think, and I was in the market for an entertaining way to pass a little time. Fortunately, one of my favorite bloggers, Mr. Money Mustache, picked that week to file a post called “How to Start a Blog.” If you would like to check him out, he can be found at http://www.mrmoneymustache.com/
Mmm, as I call him, has been writing his blog, subtitled “financial freedom through Badassity,” for two years. He is very good at it, and has a lot of great, practical ideas for reaching financial independence at an early age. I’m a regular reader and a great fan. His writing is perfectly clear, and he made the whole process of creating a web presence look relatively easy. From registering a domain name, to finding a web host, to actually uploading content and maintaining a website, he actually made the complicated look doable for someone in his 72nd year. And it might even be mildly entertaining, as well as a way of sharing some thoughts.
In the interests of full disclosure, I’m a retired English teacher who entered nursing school at the age of 60. One thing missing from the life of this 75 year old nurse is the opportunity of writing on a regular basis. Twitter, at 140 (or so) characters, doesn’t help much. Facebook is great for keeping track of friends, but it really doesn’t encourage a real exchange of ideas, let alone support for those ideas.
My vision of this project is not overly ambitious. Unlike Mister Mustache, I have no intention of writing hundreds of posts that delve deeply into a single subject. This will probably be a few words about a lot of newsworthy subjects. Since there are no deadlines, if I have nothing to say about a subject, I’ll have the luxury of keeping my mouth shut and not embarrassing myself twice a week just because some editor needs to fill space. If I turn out an opinion once a month or so, great. More would be greater, less would still enlighten the world to some extent. What do we have to lose?
Let the parameters be clear, though. There will be no poetry.