Somehow I’ve managed to make it to 50 posts of “Not That You Asked,” a (hopefully) humorous blog in the vein of Andy Rooney and Rick Reilly with some Midwest-Texan wisdom you never wanted in the first place. I can’t really tell if I’m successful or not yet as a blogger, but I think I’m doing OK. Persistence seems to be key.
My first post was on July 2, and now it’s Nov. 15. Here’s some things that have occurred in that 137-day timeframe:
- The NFL season started, and my 49ers have won only one game so far.
- The Houston Astros won the World Series. Everyone I meet is a ‘Stros fan now.
- The cut on my finger healed.
- Hurricane Harvey messed with Texas.
- Two people I knew died. Worldwide, 20,769,200 people died, according to my math and this website. 49,320,000 people were born in those 137 days.
- The average worker bee was born, lived and died during its 6-week lifespan.
- According to my math and data from Ford, since my blog started, the automaker built approximately 2,252,054 vehicles worldwide, or about 16 every 60 seconds.
This blog has changed a little, too, in terms of its look and branding, since I started it.
For one, “NTYA” has been through at least a dozen iterations of icons that show up in various uses, whether it be on a phone or tablet’s homescreen or on the tabs at the top of the screen on a laptop. This is also known as a favicon. I couldn’t decide on a favicon for days and days. I knew I wanted these attributes:
I think I finally got what I wanted, for now. This is why I will likely never get a tattoo: I can’t decide on what I want.
I also changed the headline/header font to a sans serif font, Noto Serif (in the red boxes in the screen shot), so it would stand out a little more than the body text. I like the contrast this creates.
Still awake? Good.
I actually changed my mind again, four times, in the course of writing this, in terms of the favicon. I think I have something I like now, but who knows?
The hardest part by far—even more difficult than deciding on a favicon, if you can believe it—is coming up with material.
I have a dozen or so posts that I’ve started that I either think are garbage and not worth finishing or are worth saving for a rainy day when my mind is blank.
I’m afraid to get too personal, though, with my posts. I’ll never mention much about my wife or her family to help maintain some sense of privacy for them. There’s things I’ll never share about myself because they’re too raw, and I won’t share a whole lot about my job, our home’s exact location or what car I drive.
And even though this blog’s posts are often tagged as “humor,” it’s hard to be funny. Funny sort of happens on its own, if it happens at all. Funny is the goal most of the time, though.
If this blog has made you think, be distracted for a couple minutes or even made you chuckle, then I’ve accomplished my mission.
Here’s to 50 more posts.