I have no desire for or illusions of fame or fortune from this blog. I’m thrilled with the accountability it has created for me. And I hope that one day my kids will find some value in my online musings. Even before they were born I’ve wanted to write to them and even made a few attempts, but it wasn’t until I started this blog that I was able to sustain my writings to them.
Having said that, if I achieve any degree of blogging success I intend to use it to promote other bloggers. Being a newbie to this blogging world myself, I’ve been overwhelmed by the support and encouragement I’ve received from other bloggers in the community.
I feel compelled to pass this support on as best I can. While I may not have the biggest audience in the world, I wanted to do something to help encourage other bloggers/podcasters who may be starting out or just looking for a new audience to reach.
This new mission has the added benefit of exemplifying a couple of lessons I want my boys to take note of:
- If you are in a position to give back and help others, do it.
- You will always benefit from listening to another’s perspective and experiences.
- Don’t be afraid to ask! (An upcoming Surprise Guest is a direct result of simply asking).
“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness.”
I’ve was a big fan of Mr. 1500’s 10 Questions and have really enjoyed Physician on Fire’s Spinal Tap inspired adaptation. So rather than reinvent the wheel, I thought I’d use my own mediocrity to flatter the greatness of Mr. 1500 and Physician on Fire…after putting my own spin on it of course.
Today I’m unveiling a new series in which I ask bloggers and podcasters from around the web a series of questions. Sticking with the eclectic nature of my blog, I thought these questions should be random and maybe even a little intrusive.
- Let’s Start with who are you?
- What are you passionate about?
- What song do you want played at your funeral?
- Who’s your favorite comedian?
- What are you insecure about?
- Tell us something the readers of your blog or listeners of your podcast don’t know about you?
- What are you afraid of?
- What are you most looking forward to in the next 12 months?
- Why did you start a blog/podcast?
- What post/episode are you most proud of and why?
- How is blogging/podcasting different from what you expected?
- What unique skill do you have?
- What is your favorite book that doesn’t relate to the topic you write about or discuss on your podcast?
- Dog person or cat person?
- What celebrity have you been told you look like?
- What famous person have you met?
- Let’s stretch those writing muscles. Write a Haiku summarizing your blog/podcast? (Remember a Haiku is a 3-line poem. First line- 5 syllables; second line-7 syllables; third line-5 syllables).
- What random question would you add to this list and what’s your answer? (If I like the question, I might add it to this list).
It seems only fair that I be the first to take a crack at answering this hodgepodge list of random questions. So with no further ado here are my responses:
Who Are You?
This is a tricky one, because what am I really asking here? Am I asking for your name, your occupation, or your blogging secret identity? Or am I asking something more profound. I’ll leave all of that to your interpretation. However, you choose to answer it, it’ll be the right answer.
What are you passionate about?
Easily my sons, my family is by far my biggest passion. But that seems too obvious. So I’ll also tell you that I’m passionate about helping others.
What song do you want played at your funeral?
Things just took a dark turn.
I remember after my dad died, I listened to one song over and over again and it seems like it’d be fitting for my own funeral; Father & Son by Cat Stevens.
Who’s your favorite comedian?
Jim Gaffigan and Anthony Jeselnik [Warning: if you aren’t familiar with Anthony Jeselnik and you decide to look him up or click on the link above; you should know he has a very twisted sense of humor and what you hear will most certainly be offensive].
I should also note that on the rare occasion I write little asides, like I’ve done on the preceding question and on the following question, I hear those asides in Jim Gaffigan’s aside voice.
What are you insecure about?
Well that’s kind of personal!
My voice. I would love to do a podcast or even a YouTube channel, but I can’t inflict my voice on people that way. It’s like this nasally monotone lispy monstrosity. And I have a bad tendency to mumble, which just makes it even harder to understand me (so if you were thinking of having me on your podcast you’ve been warned).
Tell us something the readers of your blog or listeners of your podcast don’t know about you?
While I was raised in America, I’m not originally from America. I was born in England and am currently a duel citizen. Sadly I didn’t keep my British accent. (If I had, I might not be so insecure about my voice!)
What are you afraid of?
The obvious is something terrible happening to my kids. Beyond that the list gets pretty extensive, but right at the top has to be snakes.
What are you most looking forward to in the next 12 months?
The Great American Road Trip [More to come in future posts]. But the long and short of it is that my family will be taking a road trip starting at the end of May and extending to the middle of June.
Why did you start a blog/podcast?
I created this blog so that my boys could have some place where they would always be able to access some version of me. To collect the lessons I hope they will learn and see their dad in a way they may not have been able to see through their childhood experiences.
What post/episode are you most proud of and why?
My letter to the NFL draft class of 2017. I worked really hard on this one. Not just the research, but also crafting the language. I’m not a big fan of editing, but I poured over this one with a fine-toothed comb. Editing over and over again until I was happy with the result.
How is blogging/podcasting different from what you expected?
It is way more addicting than I thought it would be. The blogging community as a whole has been really supportive, which has been an unexpected surprise. And people actually read my ramblings, which in all honesty I didn’t think was going to happen.
What unique skill do you have?
I can solve a rubiks cube. It’s been a few years since I’ve done it with any regularity, but my best time was a few fractions over 36 seconds. This isn’t really all that fast by speed cubing standards, but I was impressed with myself. If I tried to solve one now, it’d likely take me closer to 90 seconds.
What is your favorite book that doesn’t relate to the topic you write about or discuss on your podcast?
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison – It is a book that found me at the right time and helped me figure out who I am.
Dog person or cat person?
Dog person, but sadly I developed really bad allergies to dogs in my early 20’s, so we are a dogless family.
What celebrity have you been told you look like?
When I was in high school I was told I looked like Ringo Star (I know…of all the Beatles to look like, why’d it have to be Ringo Star?). Then a few years later when I had rounder glasses I was told I looked like Harry Potter. So apparently I look British.
What famous person have you met?
Met might be too strong a word, but I once had an encounter with former NFL coach turned TV analyst Tony Dungy.
Let’s stretch those writing muscles. Write a Haiku summarizing your blog/podcast? (Remember a Haiku is a 3-line poem. First line- 5 syllables; second line-7 syllables; third line-5 syllables.
My Sons Father Haiku
Immortalized on the Web
What random question would you add to this list and what’s your answer? (If I like the question, I might add it to this list.)
I won’t answer this one for obvious reasons. But I will say that I’ll likely change this list of questions over time: either adding questions to it or removing others from it. Variety is the spice of life after all.
So there you have it, my attempt to reach out to and promote other bloggers/podcasters. I’ve created a separate page to host the most up to date list of questions in the blog header above under the “Random Questions” section.
If you are a blogger or podcaster that wants to reach my audience (aka me, my wife, and a few others who have stumbled onto this site), I’d love to hear from you. Please get in touch using the contact page and take a crack at my list of random questions.
I’d love to make this a regular feature, but your responses will determine how frequently I am able to get these out.
PS – Bonus points if you Legofy yourself and send in a picture with your responses.