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Why the heck am I blogging anyway?

See this little picture here? It’s a figure of my blog traffic for this week.  You would think most bloggers would give me a “gratz” for the one peak you see there.  Unfortunately, that one peak is basically somebody flipping me the bird…lol.  I’ve been sparsely blogging for about 6 months, and I’ve received about 10-12 personal emails that range anything from weird, graphical, odd, beautiful, & inspirational.  BUT….I’ve also received some negative emails, too.  It’s not the occurrence of the negative emails that’s got me thinking, it’s the pattern of the occurrence.

I was at a ball park on the evening when I had a spike in my blog traffic.  I’m standing in line to purchase some beer and pretzels when I notice the spike.  At that moment I’m thinking, “Oh damn, what did I do now…”  And sure enough, about 25minutes later, I get the negative email in my account.  The email was very valid and I could see the point the emailer was making.  But at the same time it was a gross misinterpretation of my comment that caused the misunderstanding.  It’s amazing how differently a short comment can be interpreted if read in a wrong chronological order with a “glass is half empty” attitude.  Anyway, I did reach out with an olive branch and I left it at that.  The stuff I don’t understand is why a traffic spike is always associated with a negative email.  Does this happen to anybody else?

I’ve had 3 spikes like this, and they were all followed by 3 sets of negative emails, it never fails.  So, naturally, this event made me think about what I am doing in the blogging world.  Am I here to make someone’s life little sadder? Am I here to get rich? Am I here because I have nothing better to do with my time? Am I here because I’m an aspiring writer? Answers are no, no, no, and heck no.

I realized the reason why I’m here is to invest my time in people.  You hear the phrase, “there is something to be learned from every individual” It is so true!  It makes me feel like a human again, I want to look forward to what others look forward to, and feel the excitement when a fellow blogger achieves something.  All these feelings are things I would normally never experience, but it’s a human experience that makes me a better more fulfilled person.  I know that last sentence sounds cliché, so let me explain it better with some examples.  Here are my reasons to why I stay involved in this blogging world:

  • There is an individual that is about to lose his/her home, and potentially become homeless.  I want to see this person get back to stability and re-establish his/her life
  • Special someone working hard in the Carolina in which a novice writer, like me, cannot describe in words how awesome she is, but she is such a beautiful person inside and out.  I want to see her land a wonderful life-changing job or maybe marry a self-made millionaire from a guy from Isle of Man.  Why? Because there is no studdlier place than Isle of Man, that is man’s man coming out of that place!
  • Another beautiful person that’s currently living with 20+ roommates and has to get along with every single one of them.  Worst part is, they only have 1 car to share amongst them.  This person is in survival mode right now, and I pray every day this person stays alive.  Wouldn’t it be amazing if this person does survive and ends up saving lives of 1000s others who were also brutally abused and traumatized as a child?
  • That customer no service guy…lol.  This guy is such a f’in ass, but he sure has some funny stuff.  You often hear that your job affects your personality.  Can you really blame him for his personality when you are dealing with customer complaints every day? Lol.  I want to see what happens to him if he lands a different job, a better job.  Can people change their outlook in life with a different career? I want to see it.
  • Couple of young folks that I follow.  They are bright and energetic with bottomless dreams.  I want to see them grow up, get married, and write about their little children.  I want to be the uncle9911 that showers them with toys and candies and go around telling them to pull my finger…lol.   Okay that’s little creepy, but you get the idea.
  • Handful of aspiring writers waiting to release their first publication.  You better believe I’ll be in full support mode once it does get released.
  • Handful of accomplished writers.  I want to eventually read all their books.  How cool is it to read somebody’s book while understanding them at a personal level via personal blog?  And that guy who ran across America.  What did he learn, what did he see, what made him get up every day to do this crazy thing.  I’m hoping to collect these books and maybe score some complementary autograph!
  • All those single people.  They seem to have so much give, just waiting to share them with the right person.  Who isn’t a sucker for a good romantic ending?  I’ll pop a Champaign with every one of you that finds your life mate 🙂

I blog because I want to be in the middle of the action!  Its one thing to be a spectator and simply read blogs, it’s a whole new experience when you are “in the circle” and interacting with all the fellow humans 🙂

I also want to apologize to some of you for my misinterpreted comments…Can I blame it on my inner city public school education for it? It was a really bad education and I was more focused on not getting beat up than studying 😦

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  1. August 10, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Interesting perspective on the why’s of blogging LOL:D

    • August 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

      Thanks Jaz, I’m just glad to be in the circle 🙂

  2. August 10, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Can’t quite figure out why some people are so motivated to take offense at things and send nasty emails at the drop of a hat.

    • August 10, 2012 at 6:59 pm

      hmmm, sounds like you know a thing or two about negative emails…lol
      Well…I don’t have anything against the critical email. This person certainly had a good reason to email me, its just odd that I get a mad spike on my traffice EVERY time I’m about to get a negative email. Its like all those wild animals running inland before the tsunami, while I’m crabbing by the shore…lol

  3. August 10, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I haven’t had that experience but hey, you’re still getting a lot of traffic, don’t know how you do it when you’re not posting! What kinds of negative things can they say? I don’t know what the context is…….I hate to say it, but I think the Bee Gees came from the Isle of Man, though the British accents are charming. Working with people on a very intimate level every day, I do understand the attraction to understand people. Understanding, accepting and loving people-I think that’s why we are all here, in the blogging world and in life. I think it’s really admirable that you truly want to help your friends!

    • August 10, 2012 at 7:08 pm

      You probably haven’t had that kind of experience because you are a very talented writer and look prettier than me 🙂 I do get little surprised by the amount of traffic I get, sometimes I wonder if I have been exposed in the real world and somebody is trying to find dirt on me…lol
      BeeGees????!!wtf???!!!…they are from Isle of Man? you just killed it for me. And I wanted to have birth of my next son there, too 😦
      I don’t help friends, I’m just an investor(people investor) wanting to rub elbows with you creative folks 🙂

  4. August 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    I had a spike in my stats the same day. I hadn’t made any connection to any emails, however. I had one negative comment during that time, but it was marked spam. Now you have me wondering! And this is not a spam response. 🙂

    • August 11, 2012 at 12:47 am

      lol, that is a funny concidence. Well, coincidence is what got me in the trouble in the first place…lol.
      When I check my stat, I want to see consistency, a nice flat plateau with good conversation in my comment box…lol
      Have fun “troubleshooting” what caused your spike, and I appreciate the non-spam comment 🙂

  5. August 11, 2012 at 11:24 am

    Who knows what drives blog traffic? My stats are all over the place, seemingly unconnected to anything I write. As long as I keep getting a few new subscribers a week, I just don’t worry about it. My loyal commenters always show up to say something funnier that what I wrote in the first place, and that’s what makes it all worthwhile for me.

    • August 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm

      lol, you do have some really funny comments on your blog, and you are not too shabby yourself as a moderator 🙂
      I’m always pleased to be visited by a well accomplished author 🙂

  6. August 12, 2012 at 1:16 am

    Okay, so here’s the deal, I just found you recently and I love your posts but more than your posts I love your very personal interactions with the other bloggers. That’s life. That’s interesting to me. that’s making a positive difference. You say real things to real people and sometimes its something that makes us laugh and sometimes it makes us think. Bottom line, I started following you, because you are good for me and I’m guessing the other bloggers feel the same way. Today I laid bare my soul (wasn’t easy – felt the need to do so) on my post. Tomorrow it’s back to insightful wisedom (I’ve been coined as Zeni Penny – I can live with that) or humor or whatever comes to mind. Like you I love the interaction. There are three sorts of meanings that people can derive from things, the one you mean, the one they think you mean or the one that is being deliberately misinterpreted for someone else’s private agenda (whatever that might be) Having been greatly influenced by S.I. Hayakawa, (important guy regarding semantics, are you impressed? 🙂 ) I just simplified up above what he said often about understanding what people are saying. You are warm and caring, funny and fun. Keep being you I for one, like and admire you!

    • August 12, 2012 at 9:06 pm

      oh definitely, I love all the intereactions I get 🙂 And I also noticed you are comment driven blogger, too 🙂 and you write so darn well!!
      Isn’t it a great feeling when you know you have ability to positively affect someone else through something as simple as blogging?
      I think my biggest mistake is, sometimes I am not thinking in terms of just words. I forget that readers may not always be able to tell what type of person I am or with what intent I’m writing my comments 😦
      I guess I say real things with some details of my intentions left out…lol
      This was a really sweet complement 🙂 I’m glad you decided to follow this blog for the crazy reasons you listed…hahaha, and I’m having much joy following up with all your great blogs. I saw the preview of your blog in the inbox, I need to head over their after some blog-housecleaning 🙂
      Its amazing how you just nailed all the different types of meanings that people can derive from things. Its amazing what a good writer can do with words! Maybe some of it will rub off on me…lol
      I am very happy that you fully understand my non-negative intents and come here like this to explain it like a pro!

  7. August 12, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Well, well, well….Isn’t it usually the ones making a difference that somewhere along the line get negative feedback? So essentially…you must be making a positive difference!! 🙂

    I know you did for me. I simply adore the way you interact and how you can distract from the saddest thing, and say something funny…not that it takes away from the sad thing but helps pull one away from it. So so so important! I have learned a very important lesson, one can be sad (or any other less than plesant emotion)…just don’t LIVE there!

    I really truly sincerely hope that you don’t let misinterpretations change who/how you are or how you interact with those who so look forward to seeing/reading your comments! I am sorry some one/people misunderstood…but there are so very man who ‘get it’.

    By investing in people, you are sure to reap a very huge return investment!! I hope you keep writing, keep interacting, and keep sharing your wonderful ‘you-ness’!!! 🙂

    P.S. Sorry about not giving you a warning about my story….it happened so fast. I do appreciate you coming by AND I’m very very very glad you didn’t have the chance to choke on popcorn! :p

    • August 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm

      Christina, I am soooo freakin bad with some of my replies…lol. I almost need to warn everybody in advance 😦
      Sometimes, I don’t see the other person as a total stranger and I assume everybody knows what is going on in my head..lol.
      I guess I have a style that either works or don’t work with certain people…lol.
      Glad I can distract you from some of your sadness, and I learned that first hand in my first visit to your blog 🙂 Its gonna be a while till I forget about that incident…lol. Did that come out right? you know what I’m talking about, right? 🙂
      Love your new attitude and I hope you get to get out more and find some more happiness in life 🙂 But don’t forget about your to-do item during your darkest hour 🙂

      • August 12, 2012 at 11:09 pm

        LOL Maybe you could have a disclaimer after every reply…you know something like “The writer cannot be held responsible for any possible misinterpretations contained herein….blah blah legal jargin blah” :p I get the mindreading thing….I failed that class…but it would be helpful!!! Or not….maybe if you had an on/off switch 😉

        LOL Please, no worries about my site….I thought it was seriously funny…as I’ve said I do so love your lightning quick wit!

        As for the new attitude…thank you!!! I am seriously so ready to have some good times….karma says its about ____ time!!! 😀 I know some people might think my attitude is strange…but seriously he would absolutely not want me sad!!! 🙂 Ahhhh, YES Zen master Chris…I remember what to light my darkest hour with!!! 😉

        • August 12, 2012 at 11:21 pm

          man, let me tell you about my current “zen” moment…I just found out your mom was one of the blogs I started to follow last week! I just got done reading her latest two blogs and I just don’t know what to say here….I’m going over to your side

  8. August 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

    You know what? The day I had the highest traffic ever (like, 300 separate visitors) was the day after I posed the “Everybody please stop wearing clothes” post. At first I was like, oh cool, people are interested in my commentary on social norms. But actually, no. I reviewed my stats and apparently, almost all of those visitors got there because they were searching “naked girls” “boobs” and “sex.” They of course then realised it was a blog post, not a porno website, and left. LOL. It was disappointing but funny.

    I’ve gotten my share of anonymous negative comments. Of course, because I can see their IPs, I’ve figured out that a few actually came from people I know (people who would never have the guts to say those things to my face). But because they think they can hide behind the veil of their computer screens with no repercussions, they don’t think twice before expressing slews of negativity and insulting comments. That’s the way some people are. Many of us, like you said, are here to share a positive experience with other people. Yet there will always be trolls. I don’t think you need to worry about offending those people. Actually, I’ve read many of your blogs and comments and I can’t for the life of me see how anyone could think you’re offensive. Seriously. So yeah, don’t take those negative emails too seriously. It’s probably just people with way to much time on their hands who get a laugh out of ruining someone’s day.

    • August 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

      ROFL!! I remember that nakedness blog…hahaha. It was one of the funniest conversations I’ve had with anybody from the blog realm. That is just too funny! I guess sex really does sell…lol. That would have been another really funny follow up blog 🙂 Do you think they were really disappointed when they found out it was only a blog? maybe they learned something. Hopefully they learned to keep that “bio hazard” covered up and less drippy…lol.
      It must be tough being you…lol. Just leave the IPaddress tracking alone, just let these people remain “anonymous”…lol. And I think I kind of remember the blog about your backstabbing friend, too. Its the one where you went off on your friend(s) and accidently made it public, and then you made it private soon afterwards 🙂
      I think its your lovely personality that makes you see things from positive perspective. Or maybe you just know me better because you are my oldest follower..lol.
      I’m not going to take the negative email seriously, but its definitely something that could have been easily diffused.

      • August 13, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        I hope they learned something, even though their intentions were probably just looking at naked women. I’m glad I may have educated some perverted people anyway. lol.

        Yeah, I must say I took myself a bit too seriously before. I was like “uhhh! so mad!! must find out who is insulting me!!” But when I did, it was like well what did I accomplish? It’s not like I’m gonna go to this person’s house and yell at them. I plan on leaving the anonymous people alone from now on.

        And thank you for enjoying my positivity. Some of the people I know, I think, are kinda annoyed by it. My parents are always like “Uhhhh. You’re still young, that’s why you’re positive. When you’re old and cranky like us you will hate everything too!” LOL. I certainly hope I never become that way.

        • August 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

          Yes, you gotta focus that relentless energy of yours into something meaningful, instead of tracking down every hater…lol
          Regardiing your parents’ comment, they are 100% correct. I think it happened to me about 5years after I graduated from college. It wasn’t really hate but more of, “why bother…” attitude 😦

          • August 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm

            Uh oh I’m already starting to have a “why bother attitude.” The other day a few of my co-workers are like “we should have harsher criminal punishments” because there have been rising gang violence in Toronto. I was like “Ehhh, I don’t care. People are gonna be assholes no matter how harsh the punishment.”

            • August 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

              lol, exactly! That kind of mentality is actually getting you prepped to become a lovely wife for some lucky CEO, maybe CEO of an up-and-coming design firm 🙂

  9. Uma
    August 14, 2012 at 2:14 am

    Thats an interesting read.. I have never had that problem in wordpress yet *touch wood* but have experienced some negative attention coz of some misintrepretation between friend circles : (.. I think the experiece could be similar.

    • August 14, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Your explanation among your friends is exactly what hapened here, unfortunately 😦

      May all your blogging peaks bring you good news 🙂

  10. August 14, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Hey man. Seems like we’re kind of along the same ways of thinking. Great post. Blogging is a weird war that we all fight inside of ourselves for some reason. The pure fact that we can write something or take a picture of something and then send it off into space and someone else finds it and likes it, sometimes enough to comment that it affected their life, is amazing to me.

    • August 19, 2012 at 10:42 am

      Excellent observation, my friend. I’m usually good about quickly responding but I somehow missed this one.
      Every like and comment is just crazy to me! its the whole thing of, “really? somebody else actually read this stuff?”…lol. Hope you are doing great with your collection of followers. I think its taken me about 5months to get to 50followers…lol. That should put it in perspective how well you are doing.

      • August 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        I think the people that think that way always have the best blogs because they are writing to write and what they feel – not writing to get a bunch of followers. Also, sometimes the people that over think their posts and worry to much end up not coming off and sounding real. Good work.

  11. August 15, 2012 at 10:56 am

    You get negative emails? I am totally lost! I am obviously way too new to this and obviously have a lot to learn! I feel that there is this whole secret blogging etiquette that I’m not privy to! Tell me what the hell is going down! 🙂

    • August 15, 2012 at 1:36 pm

      what is going down? …lol
      Here the 411 on wha’s goin’ down, G.
      Dat ^%&^% did *&^%% and *(&^* to me, while *%(&^% and thats how it went down, yo.

      Just be wary of those strange spikes 🙂 I haven’t been blogging long enough to know all the details, but its still pretty interesting 🙂
      I like the one comment about how the commenter had a similar spike in her stat, and it ended up being mostly perverts searching for certain key words that were in her blog…lol

  12. August 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Er, I was trying to be hip! I’m so not down with the kids *breakdances*

    I read that comment…pretty funny! They do say that sex sells!

    I’m getting the feeling that there is so much more to blogging than I ever realised. I read another post about, ‘blogging etiquette’….turns out, I am a rude blogger 🙂

    • August 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm

      lol, I fully expect people to beat me up if I even attempted breakdancing, it will be doing a public service…lol
      I know what you mean about there being so much to learn. My first “wakeup” moment prompted me to write this blog and etiquette:

      https://chris9911.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/bloggers-rules-of-engagement-standard-procedure-draft-a/

      You are a rude blogger? lol. Please tell me you have a link that explains this…hahaha

      • August 15, 2012 at 2:56 pm

        I dare you to give it a go 🙂 haha

        Thanks, for letting me read that, it’s just what I was meaning, I read a post that said it was ‘rude’ to just press the like button and not leave a comment. I have done that, sure! Sometimes you just want to give someone the nod of the head, tip your hat at them, if you like. I’ve got a lot to learn about all this….

        • August 15, 2012 at 3:16 pm

          lol, I would shoot myself if nobody else does…hahaha
          I am amazed how one can get into trouble for mishandling “likes” and wrong comments 😦
          I think that is really funny how it can be rude to not leave a comment after a ‘like’ hit…lol. That person must be desperate to interact with people…lol.
          People also have to realize, just because you hit the ‘like’ button doesn’t mean you are a lifelong follower of that person. I do lot of my reading from popular tag search, and I will hit the like button without researching anything about that blogger or his/her other content. Sometimes it ends up being a very controversial blogger, and sometimes you get associated with the controversy as a result of hitting the ‘like’ button. Some people do take offense to where you leave the comments and where you are hitting the ‘like’ button, unfortunately 😦

          • August 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm

            I’d probably laugh so there’s a good chance you’ll amuse others 🙂
            I know, it totally pickles my brain…I just thought if I liked something, I could click ‘like’. That’s what I do anyway, to be honest. I shouldn’t feel that I have to think of a comment when I actually don’t feel it necessary,
            I guess you can’t please everybody, I offended somebody by saying that E-Reader users are lazy goats. That’s slightly out of context but I did kind of say it :S.

            • August 15, 2012 at 3:46 pm

              lol, what does it say about me when I can laugh about your e-reader comment, and I do a LOT of business with various designs associated with e-readers 🙂
              Oh and there is one more way you can end up as the bad guy/gal in a blog realm. You can be the first person to hit the like button and leave a positvive funny comment, funny comment that is funny in your own head because of some past experience. Time goes on and bunch of other people will add comments to that blog. Problem can happen if all the rest of the commenters are saying some very controversial/nasty stuff that you had no idea what you were stepping into. The comments are then setup in a way where it LOOKS like you are fully aware of what is going on and thus making you part of the evil “band wagon”. Your blog friend sees this and ends up being a betrayal kind of situation 😦
              Well, thats what I leaned in my 6months 🙂

  13. August 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    It says that you work hard, making E-readers better for lazy goats 🙂

    I feel like I need to be writing all of your tips down! I fear I will remain in the, ‘rude’ camp of blogging, forever 😦

    • August 15, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      psst psst, got a little secret to tell you 🙂 did you know that lazy people are fantastique for business? lol
      hahaha, my tips might end up getting you into bigger mess…lol

  14. kaypix
    August 15, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Ha, you liked my post! Sorry, had a nerd-out moment…

    • August 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

      if there was a ‘really funny button” for all those darwinism photos, I would have hit that, too….lol. I welcome ALL nerd-out moments in my blog. Actually there is shortage of nerd out folks visiting my blog…ha!

  15. August 18, 2012 at 1:15 am

    Love this post. Forget the spikes and the stats and the occasional reader who doesn’t get what you’ve said– look at all the great comments you get and the interactions that go on here– it’s magic. What you write is warm and genuine, and the world needs warm and genuine. Blog on!

    • August 19, 2012 at 10:56 am

      Mb,
      What a cool and pleasant surprise this is 🙂
      Assuming you read this blog, you can probably guess which classification of bloggers you belong to from my list above…lol.
      I read your latest blog on the “tech convention” and I still haven’t gotten to putting in my comment yet, because its going to be a brutal one…lol. I’ll hit you with a ‘like’ button in the meantime 🙂

      • August 20, 2012 at 8:53 am

        I’m very afraid to think of what mean and scathing comments you might leave. 🙂 I’ve been playing a little blog catch up, and I’m so glad to read your stuff. Oh my God, you make me laugh like crazy.

        Poor Ben. I picture you writing a post one day called, “The Sixty-Year-Old Virgin.”

        • August 20, 2012 at 6:16 pm

          Just don’t take it in a bad way, I’m harmless 🙂 Glad you got few laugh from your visit here. I like to think my blog is a good value website for visitors…lol
          The sixty-year-old-virgin???!!! ROFL….My friends and I are taking him to CarMax to convince him to buy a Corvette this week…lol

  16. August 23, 2012 at 11:07 pm

    I have two blogs. One where I write about sports and then the one that you have come across. My sports blog gets a ton of traffic and that pleases me. My personal blog, not so much, but I have only recently really started to write on it. But I have realized that whether 100 people or 1 person reads it, that I would write it anyway. This is my release. This is how I relax. This is how I express myself and I love to write. I am more doing this for me than anyone else. But if one person relates to what I have to say, then that is great!

    • August 24, 2012 at 11:26 am

      I didnt’ know about your other blog, let alone a sports blog, care to show me the link? 🙂 That is really unique and I bet you DO get ton of traffic with that. I guess between a tiara topic and sports topic, you have pretty much everything covered in between…lol. Hey, give me your most memorable top 3 sporting events 🙂

      • August 24, 2012 at 5:13 pm

        haha it is highheelsandhockey.com. Most memorable: The Stanley Cup banner raising at Mellon Arena in 2009 which was also the last home opener at the old barn and my son’s first Pens game; the no hitter in 1997 at Three Rivers Stadium with Rincon and Perez, and Mother’s Day of last year, my son and I caught a home run ball at PNC Park 🙂

        • August 24, 2012 at 5:30 pm

          lol..highheelsandhockey? Do you think its safe for me to go there from work issued computer or do I need to check it out after I get home? lol
          Those are all pretty cool moments with your family. Believe it or not, I actually thought you were a female sports writer…lol.
          On a side note, you remind me of something I was thinking about few days ago…

          • August 25, 2012 at 6:36 pm

            lol I am a female sports writer. Slow going right now because hockey is in its off season and it is looking like a lockout. But yes, the site is totally safe. I keep it professional.

            • August 27, 2012 at 8:48 pm

              lol, I was expecting answers like the Miracle Mets, Ali, or Giants/Patriots superbowl. You threw me off with all the family sports moments 🙂
              Saw the website and I am really impressed!, and I think you really love your Penguins 🙂 You have a very wide range of writing skills there.
              Oh and I saw the subway commercial that I was thinking of. You know the one where an office girl named Samantha takes that nerd’s sandwich? Your starbucks coffee and lunch story with your male co-workers kinda reminded me of that…lol

              • August 27, 2012 at 9:23 pm

                Thank you! I LOVE LOVE LOVE my Pittsburgh sports! and that commercial cracks me up haha! Which blog did I write that incident about?

                • August 27, 2012 at 9:44 pm

                  I think last time I watched and followed professional sport was when I lived in Pittsburgh, many many moons ago. I did love my Penguins/Lemieux and coach Cowher/Steelers.
                  I’m not sure about which blog, but I recall your co-workers bending over backwards to get you coffee and lunch…lol.

                  • August 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm

                    lol oh my god. here is a story for you. the other day i asked a co worker if he wanted to run out and grab something to drink with me. he asked me if i was asking him on a date. i said no, i asked if you were thirsty. idiot. thanks for making this weird.

                    • August 27, 2012 at 11:45 pm

                      lol, I pity the fool! he had to do it…he had to push the border…hahaha
                      So will he be getting demoted to just delivering your morning newspaper now? lol. But seriously, I hope he finds his better “Subway girl” 🙂

  17. August 25, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    I must say that this is a pretty impressive site you have. very good

  18. August 27, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Hey you were supposed to comment – about my daughter-in-law! I was waiting and everything! 🙂

    • August 27, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      lol, you know its only matter of time before I have something to say on your blog 🙂

      • August 27, 2012 at 11:17 pm

        Yes this is true. Makes you very fun and cool actually! 🙂

        • August 27, 2012 at 11:22 pm

          naaaaa, I’m just your part time keyboard warrior…lol. But seriously, you should really consider Pennsylvania, it is beautiful there.

          • August 27, 2012 at 11:42 pm

            Hey I like that, a part time keyboard warrior lol, No my vistas are much wider than Pennsylvania Chris!

  19. September 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    I started blogging to prove a point to a friend…but, your list makes more sense (:

    P.S. going to school in the hood is what made us awesome, no? yes.

    • September 14, 2012 at 11:20 pm

      very nice, a fellow survivor! I don’t know if its made me awesome, but I can certainly spot and diffuse trouble-makers better than most people…lol.
      ummm…wait a minute…How did you know I’m from the hood?

      • September 14, 2012 at 11:56 pm

        cmon mang, inner-city? code word for “hood” used by ppl outside and always heard by ppl from the inside

        you can take the person out the hood, but never the hood out the person…so, we’re awesome.

        • September 15, 2012 at 8:38 am

          lol, come to think of it, you might be right on that one.

          • September 15, 2012 at 8:14 pm

            peas and carrots, my man…peas and carrots.

      • September 15, 2012 at 5:58 am

        >How does the last guy know you’re from the hood?!! Pleeaase… Anyhow I’m guessing these are moderated. But I got the hood vibe too!! Straight up Hood-Lum- Actually I think it was the letter-page-post to your Wife. I thought was really endearing, and that page went to your “Poor to Po” which was pretty good. I really do enjoy your site so far.I had a few problems (A LOT) with my site, tonight, but it could be worse. I’m also very paranoid, not a character trait that’s endearing! So I really did not see what you meant by ” referred to me” in your “about page”—? I’m awful. I always have to know! NOW!.Anyhow- I hope to keep–ummm-chatting in a thread?with you? I’m going to send an email as well. so we will see!!

        • September 15, 2012 at 9:07 am

          hahaha, you got me! and thanks for going through all this mess of a blog and still finding a way to appreciate it 🙂 If you read my “Po” blog, then you definitely know where I’m coming from. There is poor and there is po…lol.
          My letter to my wife is probably the most important section in my entire blog. She needs to know all the background information, and understand why I made her angry or hurt her feelings. I have a very SERIOUS problem of talking about emotional/”mushy” topics with her 😦 I cannot die with all these thoughts hidden inside me, it must get to her somehow.
          I did think it was odd that I didn’t get a single response back from your site…lol. thanks for the explanation. I was almost expecting another spike with a negative email to follow..lol. Glad it was a technical glitch and not another misunderstood comment from me.
          Your about me page had hints of passion and appreciation for quality stuff all over it. Guess what I’m a huge fan of? I love quality passionate people! I thought I had something that explained that in my about-me page, I’ll have to go back and check. I know what you mean by needing to know NOW! lol. I can really appreicate that attitude…its how you get result!
          You are one fantastic blogger and commenter 🙂

  20. September 28, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Lol, this is amazing Chris. Great analysis on everybody and why exactly you want to blog! I can totally, TOTALLY relate to this. (Y)

  21. October 9, 2012 at 10:06 am

    “You hear the phrase, “there is something to be learned from every individual” It is so true! It makes me feel like a human again, I want to look forward to what others look forward to, and feel the excitement when a fellow blogger achieves something. ”

    I love that part, it’s a blogosphere community :-). FOR THE MOST PART WE ALL ENJOY EACH OTHERS COMPANY, VISITS, COMMENTS, LIKES.

    It is encouraging to give and receive feedback, your an awesome blogger & one of my favorites 🙂

    • chris9911
      October 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      hehe, its so cool to be ‘in-the-circle’ 🙂
      Thanks for your kind complements and I am so very happy you are back. What have you been up to all this time? oh wait, I’ll stop over to your blog and find out 🙂

      • xoEvelynOrtizHasSpoken
        October 10, 2012 at 8:24 pm

        Your welcome 🙂

        I been overwhelmed with summer school, now classes are back up. && also work. I am trying to make a come back hahaha. We`ll see ..

        • chris9911
          October 11, 2012 at 1:30 pm

          lol, its about time you stopped being so busy! Enough hard work for your, when will you indulge, splurge, & treat yourself?

          • xoEvelynOrtizHasSpoken
            October 11, 2012 at 11:06 pm

            lol, I hope sometime soon! 🙂

  22. December 5, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    well…in response to the whys of it all….I started to blog publicly after the movie…Julie and Julia came out. I was totally In after that….I have always written…journaled and I love it….then I felt inspired to start a public forum for my thoughts….kept it private for about a week then opened it up..nervously…fearing the worst….then someone from my hometown saw it and told the local newspaper and they wanted to do an article on “hometown girl moves back and blogs as a preacherswife and talks about problems and such…..” Well big thrill for a minute, no one really cares ya know!…but then I got emails, a few from the parents of some of my old friends…so sweet, they were proud of me! Gosh..that was nice and then a older woman started to comment, she was stuck at home with her sick husband and was home at nite late…reading my blog. I t reminded her of how she grew up, just like me and she enjoyed…I love that woman, I have never met her and i wish I could..to help her…she seems to think I am a fancy lady…bless her…I lost touch with her, I think of her often…so I write for therapy, mostly my own and maybe it helps someone else? In truth also I love to write..tell my stories…like painting it is healing….Rose

    • December 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      rofl. holy crap, that is too funny. You must live in one small town to get discovered like that.hahaha. I would say thats better than being ‘freshly pressed’ here. So it sounds like your blog is providing soothing relief for folks that read it 🙂
      That was really nice story about the old lady. Did I tell you I had the similar affect when I saw your 30years page? it does bring back memory when you see stuff like that. Did you ever blog about the old lady?

      • December 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm

        No I havent blogged about her…maybe I will sometime…she used to talk about going to Goodwill and shopping and I told her I did that and garage sales cuz it is fun to find cool stuff…especially to repurpose…and she was soo shocked…I was humbled… makes me cry when I think about it,, sje thought I was the fancy Pastor’s Wife type…could not be farther….and thanks for reading all these…u must be bored..lol

        • December 6, 2012 at 1:24 pm

          oh that is just too good! I give my father $100 for his birthday and Christmas, and he’ll go nutz with it in Goodwill. He walks in with cash and walks out with car full of stuff.lol.
          And to think you may have never met her if you didn’t go public with your blog. I guess moments like that is priceless.
          I think you have lot to say and they are very fun to read. If you worked around the type of people I work with everyday you would be on the verge of going insane or violent. Normal and fun interaction like this makes a day go faster 🙂 So I would like to thank you in return

          • December 6, 2012 at 5:22 pm

            awe that is so kind…..I these days cant buy a job…I have been unemployed for a few years….sick of trying…letting the hubs take care of me, poor guy!!

            • December 7, 2012 at 9:36 am

              oh dear 😦 At least I hope the situation is stable and not getting worse. What were you doing before the layoff? I’m sure you are doing a great job taking care of your man. I guess one thing nice about being a versatile wife is, even if you are technically unemployed, there is always something you can do to help 🙂

              • December 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

                THe job I had before we moved back to MID TN was as a graphic artist for a daily newspaper, I LOVED IT! That is what I went to college for…when I got her I ..on a fluke! got a job for the IRS!! I was a fish out of water…but apparently filled a quota…until the year probation was almost up..then from 43 new hires they dropped all but 12…mostly ex military kept their job(for which I am glad, they deserve it) I truly hated that job but great benefits…

                • December 14, 2012 at 8:11 pm

                  well at least all that lead to here and now, and you can blog and paint freely 🙂

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