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Where Do You Want to Blog Today?

Well, folks, this is six months here at the old bloggery. I’m not really sure what to say about it. ‘Thanks!‘, for one, for all of you who’ve read, and commented, and sent me cool emails — you guys are the best, and I couldn’t do this without you.

(Well, okay, so technically, I could — people have been writing private little diaries and things for years. And come to think of it, I didn’t get any hits or comments or messages for the first few weeks, either, and I still kept going.

So, I suppose it’s better to say that I could do this without you… but I don’t want to. It gets awfully chilly around here without you guys milling around. You’ve got to keep stopping by, at least so I can siphon off your body heat.

Um, you know, in the most innocent, non-sexual way possible. Of course. I’ll keep the actual leg-humping to a bare minimum, and I’ll barely use any ‘love lotion’ at all. It’ll all be very tasteful. No, really. Hey… where are you going? Damn.)

Anyway, I already took a tongue-in-cheek look back at a few highlights yesterday, so I thought that today I’d give you a bit of insight about me and my writing, rather than the blog itself. Let’s see if we can milk anything useful out of this, all right? Here goes.

So, in the six months I’ve had this site, I’ve blogged:

  • from four different offices, on two jobs
  • from my desk at home
  • from my living room couch
  • from my living room floor (when sitting on the couch was just too exhausting)
  • from a deli (look, I’m doing it right now!)
  • from a food court near one of my offices
  • through a mealtime, forgetting or neglecting to eat
  • on three other people’s blogs
  • until after three am, before going to bed
  • before ten am, just after getting up

That’s not so bad, I guess. It shows a certain level of obsession and commitment to the craft. I blog at work, on lunch breaks, in my spare time, and when I should be sleeping. This is all well and good.

But you know, I think I can do better.

And so, I’m setting a few goals for myself. I’m taking a moment to step back, here at the half-year mark, and throw some milestones out there to meet before my first full year is up.

Therefore, before my one-year annivesary on June 17th, 2004, I’m going to do the following. I’m going to blog:

  • from my car (whether I’m actually driving, or the car is moving, are purely optional at this point — baby steps, people)
  • from bed, either before sleeping or just after waking
  • while out at dinner, or in a bar or comedy club
  • from an airplane, at altitude (Christmas break oughta get me this one)
  • in a business meeting, while pretending to be working or taking notes
  • from a bathroom (hey, most of my ideas go right down the crapper… why not cut out the middle man?)
  • naked (and no, there aren’t gonna be any piccys of it — really, would you want that? Perv.)
  • from at least five different states or countries (the break will give me a head-start here, too)
  • on five other people’s blogs (even if I have to resort to stealing passwords!)
  • on both ends of a 24-hour period, without sleeping in between (not necessarily continuously blogging, but this does have Blogathon written all over it, don’t you think?)

Well, that’s all I can think of. Given the ‘where I’ve been‘ and the ‘where I want to go‘ lists, I’d say I’m blogging at about 40% efficiency right now.

So how about you? How many of these things have you done? Or would you want to do? Or are there other goals you’ve set for yourself? Or am I just a frigging douchebag for thinking of such things at all?

(Yeah, look, just don’t answer that last one, all right? We all know the answer already; there’s no need to rub it in my damned face.)

Anyway, thanks again for being here. If I remember, and the authorities haven’t locked me away by then, I’ll post an update on my goals in June, and we’ll see how I’ve done.

Hey, you can play along, too — set some goals. Think of them as (slightly) early ‘New Year’s Blogolutions‘, and we’ll hook up in June — or next December, if you’d rather — to take a status check. C’mon, it’ll be fun.

Just one thing, though — everybody’s got to have the ‘Blog naked‘ item on their lists, even if you’ve done it before. If I’m gonna risk burning my damned winkie with my laptop, I’m not gonna be the only one.

(And besides, just thinking of all you folks — well, half you folks, anyway — out there ‘blogging in the buff’ helps to warm me up, even when there aren’t so many of you around. Like when I’m wrapping up a post at three in the damned morning, for instance.

Speaking of which, it’s pretty chilly around here right now. C’mon over, and we’ll get warm. Now where did I put that tube of ‘love lotion’, anyway?)

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12 Responses to “Where Do You Want to Blog Today?”

  1. Adrienne says:

    Goals are always good to have. I hope that you reach them all. But come on, no pics of you writing in the nude, how fun is that *winks*

  2. Rengirl says:

    I have an INTENSE craving for these beer-onion brats of yours!

  3. Tanya says:

    Charlie, you can blog at my place anytime. Just let me know

  4. Suzette says:

    and The Soup has never been the same after you were there.

  5. Lara says:

    Yay for you! Happy six month anniversary! I’m with Tanya, if you ever wanna blog from my space, just let me know! Would be nice having blogger company! It could only improve things over here too! If you wanted to kill 2 birds with one stone and blog NAKED from over here, I “PROMISE” not to look OR take pictures. (THEY’D BE ARTSY AND TASTEFUL, I SWEAR!) And I wouldnt even show them to anyone (well not too many folks – hey you gotta do what you gotta do to get people showing up at your site right?)

  6. Jeff A says:

    Congrats on the six month mark, it has been some damn good reading, and I think a little more than “lighthearted comedy”. More on that thought later!

  7. Desiree says:

    Well, I have just come across your blog tonight and it is definitely getting bookmarked (I’ll update my blogroll another night.) Happy Blogiversary!!

    You certainly seem to have a great way of talking and expressing life.

    oh… and, I’ll add I’d welcome you to my blog too to help fullfill your wishlist (but no doubt you already have loads of blogs available to you!)

  8. Ash says:

    Congrats on the anniversary. I will only blog in the buff if you promise pictures.

  9. nefarious says:

    Ugh.. Siphoning my heat? bloggin in the buff? Love Lotion? Uhhhh… did I make a wrong turn at Albuquerque? This does NOT look like Pismo Beach.

    -nef (running away in a screaming terrified fit)

  10. Anonymous says:

    Hey Charlie, I think I’m ahead of you on this one : I already blogged naked in my bed (stop fantasizing right now!). Hehe!

    You should come over to one of my naked bloggers party! I think I am going to have one for the New Year’s Eve.

  11. Riri says:

    Ooops, I forgot to enter my name, that comment, right above, was mine.

  12. Miss Lyndsay says:

    woah. Charlie, you seem to get all the women worked up! and to think *tisk tisk* you are a married man.

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