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!).

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My name is Danny, and I grew up living overseas, but have settled in Kansas, where it turns out some of my family started, back when. I am helping to raise my own family, and hoping to be proud of what I've done when it's all over.