I have taken a lot of time going back and forth on this whole blog idea thing. After all, why should I have a blog? Am I interesting enough for people to actually care?
Perhaps that is what everyone thinks when they are in the process of deciding if they should create a blog, or website, or YouTube channel. We are but one person in a world of billions. What would I say (if writing) or do (if YouTube) that any of those billions of people with their own lives, own time and own everyday goings on and time constraints.
But alas, I spent a week at home with my children, and observed their YouTube habits first hand. And most of the time, I all but facepalmed. Some of the videos that I saw, people walking around aimlessly, people driving and just rambling, people opening gifts. Just completely random videos, with no direction, point or – any value that I could see.
But, their “channel” told a different story than what I could see. Millions of views. Hundreds if not thousands of subscribers. People waiting, salivating at the mouth awaiting the “Vlogger” to release another, aimless video.
I am not talking about five or ten minutes a day. No, I see hours spent viewing these videos. In some cases, many hours. I failed, and honestly continue to fail, to see the admiration of these videos.
But with that, it did occur to me. I enjoy writing. Whether it’s a story, or just putting down thoughts on paper, or digitally, even random posts. I do enjoy it. So, if people making completely random, sometimes aimless, YouTube videos, can garner the attention of millions for hours on end, perhaps there are some out there that still enjoy reading.
Reading that sometimes may have no real point, but just an expression of someone’s life, daily activity, routine, or what have you.
With the advent, and easy access to videos, I do feel that younger generations, sadly enough, would prefer to watch stupidity in a video, than to read about it in a blog. So one day perhaps I will venture to YouTube. Who knows. But at this point in time, I refuse to rule anything out.
Life is short. It sucks to go through it with your eyes closed, and body always at work. There is a cliché that I have never let go of. If you do what you truly love, it will never be work. That’s how I felt with working at Walt Disney World. To me, that was never a job. Everyone made it fun and enjoyable, regardless of the tasks you were assigned or doing. Long days did not matter. Granted, the treatment of the Cast Members was at least seventy-five percent of why it was fun. Anytime spent was compensated for. Period.
With that enlightenment came the birth of this blog, The Recreational Writer.
I may not (or I may, it all depends) update it daily. But, it is a place that I can spend time at least doing something that that I enjoy, with the hopes that it brings entertainment to some and perhaps some learning to others.
Life is about being free and having fun. Well, life in America is anyway (thank you Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton, William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn, Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton, John Hancock, Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton, George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson,
Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton, Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross, Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean, William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris, Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark, Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry, Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery, Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott and Matthew Thornton (some of which lost everything that they had.))
But it is also about responsibility. Responsibility to yourself and your family and providing for them. For most of us, that means “working” for a living. But, hopefully this blog can serve as a momentary getaway from the insanity that is “work” for both me as the author, and you as the reader.
And maybe we can all learn something along the way.