The Versatile Blogger Award

versatileblogger11Once again I find myself truly humbled and floored for being nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award. A sincere expression of gratitude to the Geeky Book Snob for the nomination. Now the rules state I need to nominate 15 other blogs I follow or recently discovered. Well, I’ll be honest, I don’t follow that many and haven’t had the time to seek out new blogs and new civilizations (had to throw in the Star Trek). So I’ll modify and do my best.

The rules also state I need to tell Geeky Book Snob 7 things about myself. That is a little easier so here goes:

  1. I have an awesome kid that is my hero.
  2. My family inspires me.
  3. I love sports.
  4. I enjoy reading.
  5. Blogging has been a very rewarding experience.
  6. I love history.
  7. Finally, I really don’t know what I’m doing with this blog, but it seems to be working.

Now for the nominations. I’m going to do this in pieces. That means, since I don’t have the requisite 15 right off the bat, I’ll make this an ongoing process. So here is my first nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award:

Brandon Bored, I find this blog inspiring and honest.

Again, thank you Geeky Book Snob. I truly appreciate the recognition. I hope I can continue to entertain.

 

The Reality Blog Award

reality-blog-award1-e1357511854615I’m truly honored to be nominated for the Reality Blog Award. A sincere thank you to the Undead dad for nominating me. As a blogger, and someone who takes pride in writing his blog, I’m honored and humbled by the award.

Now the business of the Award:

1.) Visit the blog of the person who nominated you, thank them, and acknowledge them on *your* blog.

2.) Answer the five questions listed below and nominate up to 20 bloggers whom you feel deserve recognition.  Visit their blog to let them know.

3.) Cut and paste the award to your wall.

And so, here are the questions and my responses:

If you could change one thing, what would you change?

People’s negative perceptions. Seems to me too many people immediately look at the negative side of things. Take a look at the positive. You may just be surprised at what you find.

If you could repeat an age, what would it be?

27. A few things I would like to change I guess and do differently. Not sure if that is the essence of the question, but that is my answer.

What one thing really scares you?

Same answer as the Undead Dad, losing my family.

What is one dream that you have not completed, and do you think you’ll be able to complete it?

To write something others will remember. As long as my wife reminds to do it, yes I will complete it.

If you could be someone else for one day, who would it be?

My dad. To see life through his eyes and experiences may just clear up a few things…or complicate them more.

And now for my nominations. I started out blogging about baseball and from there I do as others and follow what I like. I’ve taken inspiration in some shape or form from them. The blog you see here, wouldn’t exist otherwise.

The On Deck Circle  

The Minds Cabin

“You Jivin’ Me, Turkey?”

The Ball Caps Blog

Many thanks to all who follow me and read this creation of mine. Definitely read the bloggers above. And again, many thanks to the Undead Dad.

WordPress.com Is Great For Dad The Aspiring Writer

In my last post, I alluded to the challenge of writing. As many parents out there will agree, the kids have a way of taking over daily activities. Blogging and writing in general, is one such activity that can easily take a back seat to junior. This is why I like using WordPress.com.

WordPress.com allows users to create a blog in a quick, simple, and creative way. Just check out Freshly Pressed and some of the thousands of blogs you can find on WordPress.com. Of course if you’re reading this, there is a good chance you’re using WordPress in some form already.

I have not used WordPress.org, but I’m sure for those with a little more time, and some working knowledge of CSS, WordPress.org is the preferred method. For someone like me, I enjoy logging in, and just writing. For me, blogging is the simplest, most raw outlet for writing. Why? Easy, you can just write and within seconds of hitting publish, potentially millions of people can share in your thoughts.

Now, from the dad perspective, the ease of using Wordpress.com allows me to focus on Little A (which he appreciates very much as he babbled to me the other night), and I can focus on the words I write.

This is not to say I don’t enjoy building the blog and trying different widgets. That in of itself is half the fun. Maybe, just maybe, one day I will build up enough courage to strike out on the self-hosting platform. I said maybe. I suspect Little League, soccer, piano lessons and who knows what else…oh yeah, homework, may get in the way.

On a side note, the writing of this post was interrupted by one bath, one bottle, a rather full diaper, 30 seconds of continuous air freshener spray as a result of the rather full diaper, and 45 minutes of convincing a certain five-month-old he needed a nap.