How did this blog happen?

If you’re visiting this page, it’s because you want to know how this blog was allowed to happen. You are not alone. Thousands of others — including my newsroom editor — have pondered this same question.

Generally after a few beers.

To help answer this perplexing question, blogger, writer and filmmaker Alan W. King of Humble Bear Production created a glimpse into my writing process and the origin of this blog in a video short.

So if you have a few minutes, go ahead and lower the lights, grab some popcorn and sit back while I plug in the projector. Sorry, but we’re out of Raisinettes…


(Ned Hickson is a syndicated columnist with News Media Corporation. His first book, Humor at the Speed of Life, is available from Port Hole Publications, or Barnes & Noble.)

12 thoughts on “How did this blog happen?”

  1. Ned,

    You just started following me on Instagram today and I got so excited! Anyways, I have been contemplating do I or don’t I contact you? Well, here I am contacting you. I hope you don’t mind. I am so overwhelmed right now. To me, you are like a celebrity.

    I have been looking through your Instagram through Alicia. I know your wife Alicia. I’ve known her since 1989, we worked together at Lucky’s and she was in my wedding 19 years ago. I told her a while back that I wanted to contact you and she told me too but you know how time gets away from you. Anyway, I’ve read some of your blogs and I love them!!! You just have this magnetism about you. I watched your YouTube video here, I really like you. (Truth be told, I already liked you because of your story with Alicia but that’s for another time!) I plan on getting your book too!!!

    You are the 3rd person either I know or through someone I know, that wrote a book. I thought God, I want to write one too. I am an aspiring writer. I have been since I was very young. Mostly, what I have written were poems, only ones that rhyme though. I know it’s weird, right? It is such a release and outlet for me, it’s ridiculous. Here’s what happens, how I write. I can’t just sit and write. Something happens or I’m thinking strongly about a certain subject and I just go to town for hours. I’ll start writing and re-writing like 100 times over. But I’ve never done anything with it. I have loved writing but not the way your English teachers told you too. It is my passion. I know this is what I want to do. I am not thinking I am going to be famous or anything like that, although if that happens, I’m okay with that! Can I just tell you how badly I want to write a book? Well, I do and I’m telling you! The problem is… I have absolutely no friggin idea where to start??? Can I ask you to steer me in the right direction?? I would love to have a blog but I have no idea how to do that either. Ugh… I am clueless. Please help me Ned. I appreciate your time and advice in advance. Thanks~Lisa

    1. Hi Lisa! Alicia has told me so much about you! But I believe everyone deserves a second chance after they’ve served their prison sentence, so I’m here to help!

      OK, seriously, she’s said a lot of wonderful things about you and I’d be happy to help in any way I can. Here’s my email:

      Drop me a line and I’ll give you whatever advice/suggestions I can to help get the ball rolling. It sounds like you already have the passion for it, now it’s just a matter of turning that passion into a productive routine 😉

      Thank you for the kind words, Lisa, and I look forward to talking with you!

      1. THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!!!! O M G!!! This is so exciting. I hope you are ready for me, LOL!!! Give Alicia a hug & kiss for me! (But no tongue okay?)

          1. Hello Ned! I too, I am very excited to be here! I’ve to tell you– I love your writing style. Your blog is one of the best blogs I’ve ever read. You write very funny, which–by the way– is a rare talent. I can imagine it’s difficult to write like you, but hell! This is exactly how I want to write, and I want for you to help me– any tip.

            I just got myself a WordPress account, the 35 bucks a year account– end of story. I confess; I don’t know where to start!

  2. Well, well, well. I cannot believe I’m just now getting around to watching this spectacular video. I loved every minute of it. You made me laugh out loud with the “serious side” face.

    I came here because of your contest (again) and kinda got sidetracked. Anyway…what was I saying again? Oh yeah. You funny. Thanks for sharing more of your writing life as a columnist. You’re living the dream, man.

    1. So glad you enjoyed it, Darla. Alan King did a terrific job putting it all together. I’m very appreciative. It’s something my kids can look back on one day and feel proud they turned out relatively normal.

  3. I Ned, I just signed up for your blog, because it is funny. I read the joke on the Walmart speed of light and I have used it. Got a few laughs thanks. But I also wrote to you and you seem to have answered the questions in your blog. I am starting my own blog, podcasts and for me it is a process. But I do still plan on checking this site to see what’s going on. Thanks

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