Last Wednesday I quietly observed my third anniversary as a blogger. The past few days, I've been thinking about how rewarding this has been.
This blog was a result of my passion to communicate. This started when I was in elementary school. I wanted to be a disc jockey as I thought the folks on the radio had to be some of the coolest, and best paid, people around. Cliff Note:Some of the radio folks I know tell me otherwise.
When I got into high school, I wanted to become a sportscaster. My hero in that area was Joe Tait, Cleveland Cavaliers play by play man. After I graduated from high school, I went to broadcasting school, but did nothing with it. I blame no one but the guy at the keyboard.
But in the years since, I have taken advantage of any chance I could to be around an open mike. I feel that in my current capacity as the voice of the Rittman Indians Marching Band, I'm getting my money's worth out of my training. And the appreciation shown me tells me that this is better than many radio gigs.
But back to my blogging. When I started out, I had no idea how long I would be doing this or if I would even get anyone reading. I then promoted the heck out of the blog and hope I would get more readers than people annoyed with my persistence. Then came the rewards.
First reward was having one of my posts printed in an area newspaper along with a byline. That was a From the Pressbox of the Rittman Band Show. Along with the publication, I got thanked by some of the student musicians of the Rittman Band. So that was a double reward.
Next reward is all the blogs that have given me credit, at least partially, for their desire to start their own blogs. One such blog is Cleveland Classic Media, a well written blog by Tim Lones, someone that I became acquainted with on the local media message boards. His blog has taken off well.
I received a book from one who became a friend through this blog during a down period. He told me that it helped him through depression and it was a real godsend to me. I have received other books as a result of my blogging, one of which I was asked to review for this blog.
I have also received gifts from others. Last Christmas, Jen, of Unglazed fame, sent a package to me. It contained a braclet, which she made for my wife, and several bookmarks for me. Pigeon sent me a mug handcrafted by her daughter.
Finally, those that touched the heart the most have been a couple of sympathy cards. As you know I have lost both of my brothers in the past 1-1/2 years. When my younger brother passed away March 4 of last year, along with all my blogging friends at that time supporting me, I got a sympathy card from Struke, of Media Matters fame. He was going through some personal struggles himself at that time, but was willing to reach out to me. Early this month I received a card from Susie aka Clean and Crazy, of My Recovery fame. This one looked professionally made. It had her daughter on the front and a very touching message inside.
And I cannot say thank you to all who come to this blog near enough.
The heck with Twitter. I prefer the slow pace of Blogger.