Me again, in a thong (sorry again).
I suddenly had the realization I could be in danger of wearing out my own welcome.
While it’s true this site is called Ned’s Blog, I’ve tried to avoid having it become a mere self-promotional or marketing tool. My goal for this blog has always been a simple one: Make it a place where people can count on getting a laugh or two.
Possibly three if I’m really on my game.
Over time, it has also been a place where I’ve opened up on occasion about the more sobering aspects of my life as a firefighter or growing up in a family of alcoholics.
Granted, those posts didn’t get many laughs.
But because I’ve made so many personal connections with bloggers here, this place has evolved into something more than just a laugh zone; it has become an extension of myself.
During the past few months I’ve been exploring some different avenues for humor, including short audio clips on SoundCloud and, most recently, videos like The Nedinator which, for me, is like being handed a blank canvas and a new set of paints. I believe passionately in the power and importance of humor in our lives, particularly in these times of high stress and low tolerance mixed with information overload. It’s getting harder and harder to live our lives in the moment because we are constantly being told to move forward faster in everything we do.
Humor helps ground us in the moment and remember, at least for a little while, where we are instead of where we’re in such a hurry to get to. It’s also an equalizer. It speaks an almost universal language that, when done well, helps us identify and connect with others in a way that is non-threatening and positive.
Sharing a laugh is sharing yourself.
That being said, I feel in my excitement to share some of these other projects, I have inadvertantly turned my blog into what might appear to be nothing more than a stage for my own spotlight — rather than being a facilitator working beyond the spotlight in the interest of the real star: Humor.
It’s not that I’ve received negative comments or have seen stats dramatically drop; but looking over my last several posts and seeing myself front-and-center has given me a moment of pause. Possibly even a Long Awkward Pause, which I would mention if this was all about promoting. But it’s not, so I won’t… *cough cough*
Seriously though, as I mentioned, this blog is a true extention of myself. And like me, it is evolving and growing. Not necessarily in terms of maturity (I think we can all agree that boat has sailed and sunk), but growth through trial and error. Like that time in the late 80s when I wore my hair in what could’ve easily been mistaken for a mullet.
Today, I looked in the mirror and feared my blog was in danger of wearing that same mullet. If that’s the case, I apologize about that. And the 80s.
Like everyone, I want to be successful and good at what I do. My father once told me, “Just concentrate on doing something well and the rest will take care of itself.”
He was right.
Thanks for giving me time to remember that.
(Note: The “Ned’s Oil & Stuff” sign was taken by talented photogrpaher Sharlynn Vee. For more of her terrific work visit her Facebook page or on Instagrav at “sv1.”)
(Ned Hickson is a syndicated columnist with News Media Corporation.