(Disclaimer: this image was ”borrowed” from another blogger – THANKS!)
On Monday, January 2, 2012 I took the plunge and started my long overdue blog.
Let me tell you exactly how long overdue. Waaaay back in 2001 (maybe 2002), I wrote a piece about Kobe, Jay-Z and R. Kelly. Yes I do realize this is a slightly random grouping of people but at the time I found all of them equally irritating for similar reasons. Don’t remember exactly what that was but that’s not important although it’s probably not to hard to figure out why I was “pissed” off at R. Kelly (hahahahahaha - omg i crack myself up).
ANYway, no one asked me to write anything, I just did it and emailed it to a few of my friends. Most of them found it insightful and amusing (the ones who did not I stopped speaking to – kidding). One of them said I should start a column, “Crescent’s Soapbox” or something like that and I remember thinking “great idea and where exactly would this thing live?” I thought emailing my friends regularly with my “musings” would eventually annoy the ish out of them so I put that idea in the back of my head and carried on my merry way.
Fast forward a thousand years later (well that’s what it feels like) and here I am with my very own platform that is cheap, user-friendly and entirely within my control. Ain’t life grand?? #drunkwithpowerIam
Speaking of being in control, there will not be an official weekly recap today. Instead I decided to interview myself.
Q. How long did it to reach this watershed moment?
A. Duh, you didn’t peep the start date above?? Fine, I will spell it out, a little under 6 months.
Q. No need to get snippy. Continuing, what is your highest viewed post to date?
A. My grandfather passed away in April at the age of 103 and I did two posts. One contained excerpts from his obituary and a few cool photos. The other was a historical timeline highlighting events that transpired during my grandfather’s lifetime. The timeline post has the highest views which frankly I find amazing. Didn’t realize so many people were down with history. Awesome!
The top five highest posts are listed below:
- 103 Years in America
- ABC’s “Scandal” Starring Kerry Washington – I’m Sold! (Another surprise to me)
- Introducing my Grandfather, Mr. Hartie Blake, Sr., (Feb 14, 1909 – Apr 1, 2012) – 103 Years Old!
- “There but for the grace of God…” (This one is about Trayvon Martin)
- We are all Trayvon Martin, Robot Romney is not the answer, Barack Obama is a true leader and I may have a girl crush on Rachel Maddow (One of my Weekly Recap posts)
I’m glad the post that is directly about my grandfather is in the top five. I was surprised that one resonated with so many people. Surprised and proud I should say.
Q. What is your most controversial post?
A. Hmmm, good question. I don’t think I’ve had one yet. I think I’ve hit on a few hot button issues here and there but thus far I’ve escaped getting into any unnecessary back and forth with any fools and by “fool” I mean someone who wants to argue but can’t back up their opinion with a legitimate analysis. I have no problem entertaining a difference of opinion (on most topics) and I am willing to concede to someone else’s point if it makes sense but if you’re just spouting nonsense then I’m not interested.
Q. Are you pleased with the process so far? Are you getting the kind of results/feedback you want?
A. Another great question. Overall the answer is yes. I’ve gotten outstanding feedback from people and that has been wonderfully encouraging especially given that I’m not utilizing all the ways possible to increase “eyeballs”. That will definitely be a key next step. I want to incorporate more material (additional pages, help promote other people’s projects, video!!) but my schedule only allows me to do so much right now.
Oh yeah and generating an income would be DEEE-LIGHTFUL!! #goals
Q. Are you– (cutting myself off)
A. We’re done here. I need to get started with my holiday weekend.
Well that was fun! My first interview about my blog. More big things to come!!
A big huge gigantic extremely heartfelt THANK YOU to all of you who have read, commented and forwarded my writing. I thank you profusely for
indulging my narcissism supporting me on this journey.
Before I go I do have two newsy things to share:
(1) One item has been traveling around on facebook all week and that is the story of this photo:
The NYTimes did an article about this photo this week, relaying how it came to be and providing the dialogue that accompanied it.
The boy in the picture is Jacob Philadelphia of Columbia, Md. Three years ago this month, his father, Carlton, a former Marine, was leaving the White House staff after a two-year stint on the National Security Council that began in the Bush administration. As departing staff members often do, Mr. Philadelphia asked for a family photograph with Mr. Obama.
When the pictures were taken and the family was about to leave, Mr. Philadelphia told Mr. Obama that his sons each had a question. In interviews, he and his wife, Roseane, said they did not know what the boys would ask…
Jacob spoke first.
“I want to know if my hair is just like yours,” he told Mr. Obama, so quietly that the president asked him to speak again.
Jacob did, and Mr. Obama replied, “Why don’t you touch it and see for yourself?” He lowered his head, level with Jacob, who hesitated.
“Touch it, dude!” Mr. Obama said.
As Jacob patted the presidential crown, Mr. Souza snapped.
“So, what do you think?” Mr. Obama asked.
“Yes, it does feel the same,” Jacob said.
I LOVE IT! The America where all dreams are possible is the America I will root for every time. God Bless!
The second story involves a kid as well. Sometimes you just gotta love ‘em, they really do help keep things, i.e., “life” in perspective.
(2) I saw this kid’s “to do” list on Jezebel and found myself inspired to create a similar one.
That reminder to “sit down” after “get dizzy” means he’s done this before. Outstanding.
- sing out loud
- play outside
- laugh some more
- visit a friend
Do yourself a favor and create your own simple to do list and of course ENJOY YOUR HOLIDAY WEEKEND!!!!