Man I am not good at writing blogs. I recall the days when I started blogging. Back in 2003 or so when I read about this article on https://slashdot.org about Google buying Blogger.
That’s when I setup an account and started just dumping my mind onto the internet. Thinking nobody would ever stop to read. I couldn’t get into MySpace. Facebook wasn’t a thing and I just wanted to get thoughts out there. I think LiveJournal was a thing but was never really into that. I think I still have an account over there. The most social networking then was done over AIM, MSN, Yahoo Messenger and good old IRC.
Back then the internet was a ton of fun with a ton to explore with bunches of little silos all over the place. Forums and so for I got really into php and working with phpBB to moderate forums. Crazy how far we have come in that regard. Forums are still around but I don’t participate much these days. I deleted my Facebook account and just been trying to disconnect from most social networking. I am not sure why I keep this blog around. Perhaps I just like to have some internet presence to stay connected to the world.
So lets see how 2022 has been going. Started off the year pretty generic nothing much new. February went to Maui and got to enjoy a bit of a vacation for once in two years. Was happy to get down under 300lbs and into a size 38×34 pants. I can’t recall if I was even that size in high school. Took the diabetes from an A1C of 13 down to a 4.9. Blood pressure is under control and life is good health wise.
Rest of the time just been doing the home thing. In July went to Mexico and brought Covid-19 back. That was no fun and I do not recommend getting it at all. I am getting the next COVID booster at the end of this month. (September 2022) looking forward to that.
Other than that just been enjoying fires and hanging out with people. Having cigars and trying to figure out how to take on home projects in a more efficient manner. But would love to hear from anyone that is still reading this text on the internet.
So back in the end of March I really had to get present to myself. I was finally working on finishing the last part of this curriculum I had been taking for Landmark. I did the initial Landmark Forum back in July of 2016. I did the Advanced Course in September of 2016 and started the final part called the Self Expression and Leadership course in March of this year.
It’s been a rather interesting undertaking and been getting present to a few things that I never really thought about. But one aspect of the final program is take a community that you’re connected to and have a way to transform it. The community I wanted to transform into something new had to be my family. I had a few things I wanted to do.
- Share myself in a real matter with my family as I feel like they don’t really get who I am.
- Figure out where the hell we came from and get that outlined somehow.
- Learn more about my family and who they are.
Currently with my family things are always a bit odd. We show up and everything is rather generic in communication. It would appear that things have also gotten distant after my grandmother passed away in November of 2015. While that was hard I just want to be present and share myself. I want to take the stand that everyone wins.
So to do that I came up with the following. To accomplish #1 I thought about what I have done over the years and I had a pretty odd blog where I just wrote things down for a good run daily and weekly for around 10 years. I wanted to expand on any content on there and basically get my life written down into something that I could share and look at what I did. Here is who I am and get that put into a new blog or perhaps a book.
To accomplish #2 I signed up for an ancestry.com account and paid for a few months to do some research. I also paid for a DNA test and wanted to have the end goal of learning about some stranger in my family and get to know them.
I plan on writing about that experience on this site later.
The third thing I wanted to do was interview my family members. Get to know them better and have them write a story about what their experience of life is. Something about themselves just create a clearing for sharing everything.
Now I had three months to do this in the course but what I have learned is writing a book and doing research which now turns out to be 100’s of people isn’t easy. Some of those ancestors in the 1800’s had 12 kids. Going down those tree’s hasn’t been the easiest thing in the world either. So here I am in the program with a few weeks left and nowhere near where I would like to be. But I will carry on and press forward to get this done.
If anyone has any ideas or thoughts I would love to hear them.
So after starting this blog up I was thinking about the main purpose. The big purpose was to get back into writing again. I haven’t really been spending much focus on doing that. So here we are in May and wanted to talk about what I’m working on.
I have been researching my family history to get a better understanding of where I came from. I setup an ancestry.com account and just started building out a family tree. I hit two road blocks with my grandpa after I found out he was adopted. So I have been looking into how to figure out who his real parents are. So that has been an interesting and fun challenge.
The other thing I was wanting to do in learning more about my family was get to know my local family. I wanted to sit down with as many of them as I could. I wanted to know who they were on a deeper level. I want to know how I occur to people. So that is next on my project. The end goal is to hopefully self publish a book on the matter of my family. I will need some help with that and looking forward to see what I can come up.
Thanks for reading =)