Revealing myself… WAIT, it’s not what you think!

Yes, that really is me (on the left)
Yes, that really is me (on the left)

When other people talk about me, it’s usually behind my back. Not that I’m paranoid.

I just… know it.

So naturally, our next challenge in the “Performer of the Year” competition at The Public Blogger is to put together a special two-part presentation revealing who we are through the eyes of others. As you might expect, this meant soliciting people to talk about me in front of my back — the objective being to offer a revealing look into whether we are an imitation or representation of our art.

I don’t know what all that means, but I’m repeating it here in hope of sounding highly sophisticated and artistic.

Now before I show you the clips below, I promise you that “revealing” who I am does not involve any undergarments. This time. 

Though I’m not allowed to share the final version of the video, which will air this Sunday beginning at 7 p.m., I have put together a few sneak peeks that I’ll be sharing on my Facebook page throught the week heading into Sunday’s round of competition and voting.

Will the video offer insight into “Who Ned Is?” Or perhaps more importantly, will it serve as evidence should any of my friends or family sue me for mental anguish? Only time will tell.

Probably behind my back…

(My Mom even chimed in for this one, aka, “payback time”)


(My co-workers are really… uh, supportive)


(My first editor does his best to forget hiring me)


(I almost appear legit here)

I hope you’ll tune in for the “big reveal” (again, don’t worry!) this Sunday. I’ll post a link here and on my Facebook page when it goes live and voting begins at 7 p.m. (PST). The competition is down to three of us, with one of us going home after voting ends Monday morning at 10 a.m. After last week’s round, I am back to the top ranking again, thanks in large part to your support at the polls. As I mentioned to a friend last night who was asking how I’m handling the pressure now that it’s getting down to the final two rounds, “hand me another beer.”

But I then told him the pressure has been easier to bare (sorry) because of the amazing support I’ve been receiving from all of you.

And then I passed out.

In all seriousness though, my sincere thanks once again for your continued support and encouragement on this journey. It really does mean a lot.

— Ned


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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

53 thoughts on “Revealing myself… WAIT, it’s not what you think!”

    1. You’re very kind, and I really do appreciate it. It’s been pretty crazy and I feel like I’ve neglected my blog the last month. Thank you so much for the kind words and support 😉

  1. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching you navigate through the contest. It has stretched your writing and creative boundaries (thank goodness for stretchy pants!) as well as made you so accessible to a larger audience. Throughout you have stayed true to yourself and still made each reader feel like you were writing just for them. Honestly, I don’t know how you do it with such grace. I’d have shrunk into fetal position long ago.
    Can’t wait for the final promo! Good luck!

    1. Thank You SO much for that, Michelle. I really needed to hear that. I’ve have been fearing overexposing myself (despite recent history involving a red thong) — asking for votes, promoting, etc. I don’t ever want to look like an egotist or “sell-out.”

      Wait… you didn’t mention those things. Uh oh…

      Really though, Michelle, Thank You. While it’s been a lot of fun, overdoing the “facetime” it has been a concern of mine. I’m glad to know people aren’t getting sick of me.


      Oh great.

  2. “I mean….he MADE his new friends”….LOL. That was great. Would you be offended if I told you the first picture of you reminds me of Linguini from the animated movie Ratatouille? (Your head is a much more appropriate size, of course!)

      1. OMG! That’s right!! Well…. uhm… I think we are ok this time, right? It doesn’t LOOK like there is any thongs in these clips, unless you are keeping that a surprise??!!! he he! If that is the case, you might want to rethink it! 😉

        I have so enjoyed going through all of the contest levels with you. They are fun to see and it gives us a really good glimpse of your creativity in all medias. I truly hope you win! I will be on task Sunday!!! 😀

        1. Did you hear about that Ned Hickson guy? He’s such a..Wait I think he might be listening. So yeah I’ll be voting for Ned on Sunday because he’s..well he rocks…

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