1 Year Anniversary! Some Updates, Some Clarity

by chasereeves on April 2, 2010 · 1 comment

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1 Year Anniversary! Some Updates, Some Clarity

I was making some changes and updates to this site when I realized that Write To Mean has been online for just over a year now! It took me a bit by surprise to realize that almost exactly a year ago I wrote How to Start, a simple, unassuming post on a blog about putting some f*cking ink on paper.

And now I have this huge online legacy… oh, wait. A year later I don’t have much to show in terms of “moneys”, but this blog has accomplished some cool stuff…

I got to thinking quiet a bit about becoming a dad… and I got to bitch about putting together baby furniture.

Remember that baby that was born? This blog was the information channel throughout the whole labor process. People still talk to me about how they were refreshing the page every couple of minutes and getting pissed at me when I didn’t update it. That was some heavy shit, and this blog was at the middle of it! Maybe it will still be around when Aiden is writing a blog, and i’ll be like, “Oh son, why are your search rankings so bad? Maybe it’s cuz i’ve been around for, like, ever and I’m drinking all the SEO juices! WHA!?”

Then there’s, like, all this fallout from actually being a dad. Which is a mess.

My wife and I started another new chapter of our lives by getting into a new house, the one that will, hopefully, grow Aiden till he’s old enough to take care of us… like 13 or so. And I wrote a little poem that I love about what a house is.

And then there’s the killer community of commentors that I’m SO grateful for. It’s a great thing to dig up some stuff, put something out there, and see others come around it, enjoy it, add to it, correct it. It feels like being vindicated in a way, like you’re not alone, and like you played some role in putting something true and hard to define into words.

What’s To Come For WriteToMean?

I’m happy with some maintenance I just finished on the site. I made some updates to the design and code behind the site and updated to the very killer Thesis 1.7 framework for WordPress. So, I’m feeling good about that.

It seems that there’s a lot of interest around the whole dad/father/man/son/relationship/taco theme, so I’d like to spend some of this next year on that stuff. Luckily I find myself right in the thick of that – just beginning a very long career as a dad – so I’ll have plenty of content to pull from.

And I wouldn’t be surprised if we spend some time on the whole husband/wife thing… I feel like I need to write about that to remind myself that Mellisa and I aren’t just a couple of people who laugh at each other and think our kid is f*cking hilarious.

Ultimately, it’s becoming clear that WriteToMean is the place where I try to discover how to say what matters, so that in saying those mattering things I might live better. It’s not about my everyday life; you can check out BeChase.com and follow me on twitter for that. The posts aren’t always simple to write, and I’m not exactly making any money on this thing, so I wouldn’t expect posts every day… but I want to grow my vocabulary of things that matter.

So, may your cups be full. May your tables be messy. May many happy drinks be spilled on your hardwood floors. And may you find some sort of meaning on this site for yourself.

And for good measure, here’s a quote I used at the end of my first post here:

“Resistance outwits the amateur with the oldest trick in the book: It uses his own enthusiasm against him…It knows we can’t sustain that level of intensity. We will hit the wall. We will crash.” (Page 75 of The War of Art by Steven Pressfield)

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Shelly April 17, 2010 at 11:41 am

Every time I pop over here…you make me laugh out loud.


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