Wednesday, October 13, 2010

New Adventure

This is my first attempt at writing a blog.  I have been an avid reader and dedicated follower of several blogs for more than a year.  So, with overwhelming apprehension, I decided to start my own personal blog site.  This is unusual for me for several reasons:

1. I don't feel like I have anything interesting to put into a blog.
2. I HATE sharing information about myself to anyone except the most intimate of people in my life.
3. I'm not sure that I will have the time to dedicate to writing a blog on a regular basis.

Now, for the reasons for starting my blog.  I love to read about people around the world who share common interests, ideas, and hobbies that I have.  Some examples are:

1. Politics - CONSERVATIVE ('nuff said).
2. Avid interest of handguns, rifles, and shotguns (Lifetime member of NRA).
3. Self-sufficient, independent, and capable and I enjoy reading about others with the same characteristics developing friendships and lasting relationships through the blogosphere.

I may be getting a bit long-winded in this first post, so I'll stop here for now.  I hope that readers will find something here interesting enough to visit and respond regularly.

I couldn't make my first blog post and have an interest about firearms without a gun pic.  Here is a pic (not the actual pic, traded the .44 off long ago for a Remington 788 in .22-250) of my first handgun, a good 'ole Ruger Super Blackhawk in .44 mag that was the old style without the transfer bar safety.  Pretty good pistol for a 15 year old to start out with, huh?

Blue Steel


  1. Oh welcome to the blogosphere!! You made me laugh with the whole "getting long winded" part cuz seriously, some of us go on and on and on. :D

    By the way, gun porn is always welcome.

  2. Thanks for my 1st comment LL! I feel as though I have been graced with the presence of blogging royalty.

    I say this with blushing sincerity.

    Thank you,
    Blue Steel

  3. Welcome!
    Newbie blogger here as well. I found you through your comment on Brigid's site.

    Things I've learned so far:
    Remain an avid reader of your daily "family" of bloggers, and be prepared to expand the family as people link to and follow you.
    Comment. I'm as guilty as anyone of this, but we tend to read, enjoy, and move on. A good, clever or thoughtful comment will make people curious to click on your name and see what else you've written. That's how I got here.

    Don't worry about post length too much. I thought I would be throwing out short snippets of wit and wisdom, with an occasional longer gun essay. Instead, I have to stop myself from going on for ages and running off topic in a million directions. Check out the Atomic Nerds blog. Most posts are very long, and yet are dense with well-focused information.
    Remember that blogging is writing. People will enjoy good writing of any length.

    What I can't help you with - finding time to do all this. I have maybe an hour in the mornings on the weekdays, and some more time on the weekends. I might throw out an occasional quickie on my lunch hour at work, but otherwise I'm stuck with a headful of half-formed ideas and no time or means to compose and publish the words.
    I actually feel pressured by my own unborn posts, and by the feeling that as more people notice me, they'll expect a certain volume of content. Don't do this.
    My guardian blog-angel Brigid told me quite clearly, "Don't force it." If you start posting just to post, the quality may not reflect your true abilities.
    The posts I'm most proud of so far were composed and edited in my head for days, then put down as drafts and edited some more before I hit the "publish" button. So relax.

    See what I mean about post length? And this was just a comment!

    If you don't mind, I'd like to follow you and link to you.
    I wish you all the best.

    P.S.: Nice first gun! A .44 SB at 15? Damn, son. I bet you walked around for days with numb hands and a goofy grin on your face...

    Take care,

  4. Blogging Royalty? haha That's like saying Paris Hilton is celebrity royalty. It's more for the train wreck than anything else.

    And I am the total opposite of Rick. Shit bounces around in my head, I type it out with little thought other than as a running monologue in my head and I hit publish with no regard to overall quality cuz to be honest, I just write to write, not to entertain or inform. So I guess it's all in what you want to do here. You'll find your way.