I’ve felt like I’ve been neglecting this blog lately, and wanted to get focused on it again. As it happens, I ran across the 7 day Challenge from Andrew Emmett‘s blog (via Lee’s entry), which seems like a good idea to get me started again.
The idea is to write 300 to 400 words about each of the following questions over the next week:
- What the purpose of my website is, who I am and why my blog is unique.
- Answer one question I think people visiting my blog may have.
- Write a blog post on the same topic as one of my most popular posts.
- Share a photo I took this week and tell you about it.
- Embed a legal youtube clip that I either found today or created myself. Then tell everyone about the clip and related information.
- Create a blog post on a subject Iâ€™ve never blogged about here before.
- Share hints or details of what I intend to write about in the future.
I’ll warn you right off I’m not going to be really paying attention to that 300-400 word goal. That would take attention and effort, and we all know I don’t put any of that into my writing.
So let’s go…
Originally, the real purpose of Caddickisms was just so I could get experience working with blogs, so I could then apply that experience to my job. To do that, I decided the focus would be on movie reviews and the distance learning industry. I wanted to have a personal tone, but not go into my personal life at all. In fact, at the beginning I wrote anonymously. By a few months in, I realized I was writing very few reviews, and mostly concentrated on distance learning and corporate life, with a large slice of sci-fi rumors tossed in, and had begun to throw some personal life posts in as well. Over the last 5 years I’ve lost almost all focus on distance learning and related technologies and moved almost exclusively to the realm of the stereotypical personal blog, focusing on my life with an emphasis on my entertainment choices. It’s a much more personal blog than originally intended. I feel like I used to write more “important” (and well-considered) entries years back, but it’s possible that people get a better sense of me now (well, parts of me, but more on that below) and I’m okay with that.
Who am I?
Given what I’ve just said, it’s a little odd to admit that I’m a rather private person. There are whole swaths of my life that will never be touched on in this blog, let alone dealt with in any detail. But there is this: I’m a distance learning specialist at a global company and I enjoy all the technology that goes along with that – computers, social media, data management, etc. I have degrees in Psychology and Education. I’m a husband and father of 2 girls, struggling to stay out of debt and plan for the future. I like movies, especially sci-fi and fantasy, but really anything done well (and some crap, truth be told). I want to improve in many areas, and I want to find a fun outlet for my creative side – and some of that might show up on this blog.
Why is this blog unique?
It’s not, honestly. There are a thousand blogs created daily of people spouting off about their life. But there is this: my blog has fewer grammatical and spelling mistakes than most of them. And that’s important.