Let’s Try This Again

It’s been nearly a year since I started this blog. The idea when I started was that it would motivate me to start writing more often. I really hoped to write daily. Obviously, I’ve failed miserably. It’s been over six months since I last posted anything. There has been plenty for me to write about. Let’s see, since last July I’ve been injured in a car accident, I got my first smart phone, my son totaled another of my cars, I bought a new one to replace it, my wife and I celebrated our thirty-first wedding anniversary and I had a birthday – I turned 57 in October. Plenty of topics there to write about, but the honest answer is I’ve just been lazy. I can blame it on health problems and family problems and work problems and anything else problems; lazy is the real problem.

So now I’m back, I’m motivated, and I feel pretty good, so…let’s try this again, and do it right this time.

Since I haven’t written here in a while, I haven’t QC’ed the site lately. If you read this, to begin with, thanks. If you find anything broken or that seems out-of-place, please let me know in a comment.

Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning. ~Hesiod; Greek oral poet (750-650 BC)

Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Writing Freedom

A few posts ago, I wrote about purchasing a new camera. The image on the left is a picture of it, a Nikon COOLPIX P510. I’m still learning to use it, but so far I like it a lot. It’s still a point and shoot camera, not a DSLR, but it is just enough camera for me now. What does a picture of a new camera have to do with writing freedom? Actually, nothing. The picture on the right is the key to that.

You see, the picture on the right is a picture of me taken in 1974 and published in my high school yearbook. I actually took a picture of it with my new camera to publish here. I could have scanned it just as easily, but I wanted to see how a new image would look from the new camera. I think it turned out pretty good for shooting a grainy, black and white photo over thirty-five years old.

The picture got me started thinking about my writing. A blog provides nearly unlimited freedom for anyone to write what and how they want. I started thinking about my life, and it struck me that I can start writing about the things I have seen and experienced in my life. Since this photo turned out pretty well, it leads me to think that some of my old photos from years past will work also.

There’s only one way to find out, and that is to get started.

“Rest of the Story” updated

After several months of random, inconsistent blogging, I finally updated one of the pages I created early on. Here is a bit of a favorite quote,

But we in it shall be remember’d; We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

You can read the rest of the quote and a little about me on the updated “Rest of the Story” page.