Why?

Why do we blog? To fill a void? To make friends? To make money? Because we like (the sound of) our own voices?

I have two blogs. I have one for my family and friends. I have another, until now unnamed, for the general public. I write the first (though I haven’t much lately) to stay in touch with my family, and my friends. So the kids will have something to look back on when they are older. A public/private diary aimed at them, as it were.

I write the other, the one that is becoming this blog, for me. Why? Because I want to be famous. Yeah, that’s right. Not Harrison Ford famous, or (god Forbid) Paris Hilton famous. No, but I do want some of the people to recognize my name some of the time. I think that’d be cool. Especially if it’s because I write well, or I take good pictures, or I make pretty things.

If I make friends, money, or fill some kind of void along the way, all the better.

And let me just point out, that I hate reading anything I have written, because I’m a perpetual reviser at heart. So no, I don’t like my own voice (and wow do I hate what I sound like when recorded!).

Where?

This seems like an odd question to pose to a blogger. Where? Where do you live? Where do you write? Where are you talking about? Where is your head today? For most people, you’d think the answer would be, “on my site!” One of the coolest things about a blog is that it doesn’t matter where you actually are, anybody can get to your blog.

But I expect to be writing about a lot of local stuff, from politics, to reviews of local businesses, to the latest thing going on down the street (I need one of those “I’m blogging this” t-shirts). So the where is important.

But then there are those pesky privacy concerns. My privacy, of course, and that of my family, but also the privacy of those people I talk about in the blog. So I need some geographical context, but not too much.

I live in Lawrence, KS. There.

What?

So what will this blog be about? What service will it contribute to humanity? What good will it bring forth? Why will millions of readers flock to it daily?

I don’t have a clue.

I have a personal family site, so I don’t expect to be writing about my family much. I think I’m witty, but not in that laugh-out-loud, gotta-read-it-to-the-guy-next-to-me kind of way (alas!). My non-family-related life is not all that exciting or original, my work involves being creative while using computers, and I like to think I am creative, but really, the Internet is full of creative computer nerds.

And I don’t eat interesting stuff for lunch.

So, what do I have? I have my opinions. When I arrived in college, lo those many years ago, I discovered that it was okay to be opinionated, to be wrong, to sit in the front row. My life was fine before that, but a lot of good has come of being bold, forthright, honest, and vocal. I know not everyone shares my opinions (but that makes for popular blogs, right?) but that’s all I’ve got.

If you don’t like it, you don’t have to read it. That’s the best thing about the Internet.

Who?

More about me. Who am I, and why should you care? My name is Danny (only sort of my real name, as it turns out), and I am a citizen of two countries, a (relatively) recent arrival in this country, and now a Midwesterner, if you consider Kansas to be in the Midwest. I am a father of two boys, married, a dog owner and a Mac fan(atic, actually). I grew up in a family that appreciated whimsy and creativity (at least when I was there, my sisters may have a different take), and I speak two languages.

I’m a liberal (my wool still dripping from the dye), I am literate (which means I can read, right?), and a conscientious objector to war (or so says my draft card). I have lots to say about politics, Apple, my kids, life in general, my life specifically, and various and sundry other topics. I don’t keep favorite music around, but some of my favorite books include The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Crossing to Safety.

I think I’m an interesting guy, and so does my mother, so there. That’s me.