By Kenneth Justice
“My wife had kicked me out of the house and I felt like everything was caving in on me”
~ Last month I was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania visiting with readers and fellow bloggers on my Drinking in the Culture Tour. One of the bloggers I met with was a 40ish year old accountant, husband, and father of three children.
“Kenneth, I think the success of your blog is that you’ve captured a small picture of Americana, or more specifically the human experience. People read the stories you tell and it’s obvious that they are about real people like myself; we see ourselves in the people you write about and we can relate to them” he said
Apparently, while in his mid-30’s the accountant went through a mid-life crisis, “I was making a ton of money but I was married to my work. My wife and children never saw me. I even bought the proverbial yellow sports car. It was when my wife found out that I was sleeping with my secretary that I realized my life had spiraled out of control. And it’s not that I was particularly attracted to my secretary, I was just bored. I was working all the time and didn’t have an outlet for anything meaningful in my life” he said
That was about seven years ago and the wife and he have since reconciled, “I scaled back on work. I make a little bit less money, but now I’m at home with my family. I coach my oldest child’s little league team. But really, this might sound corny; blogging saved my marriage” he said
In a desperate attempt at finding some kind of therapeutic endeavor to deal with all the emotions surrounding his affair and the fracture in his marriage, the accountant began blogging; he wrote poetry, his thoughts on life, personal struggles, and more, “Before I realized it, all of a sudden I was waking up in the morning excited to post my article every morning. I still haven’t published my picture or name on my blog, and I don’t plan on it, I’m just grateful that it’s something I can do that uses my creative energy” he said
Everyone blogs for different reasons. Some people write as a way to earn extra money, some people post their artwork or poetry so others can enjoy the labor that went into it. Other bloggers simply love telling funny stories or sharing their thoughts on politics. And for that accountant in Pittsburgh, blogging was a last ditch attempt at saving his marriage…..and thus far, he believes it has worked, “We tried going to marriage counseling but neither of us felt that it helped at all. But I’ll tell you what, by me writing down my thoughts every morning and getting them out of my head it began to clear things up for me. I began working through issues and began understanding myself better” he said
Blogging is fast becoming one of the largest platforms in the world to spread information. There appears to be a consensus in the Internet world that there are over 152 million blogs. Whether they are all active blogs or not is impossible to determine, but suffice to say; there are a lot of blogs.
Blogging is becoming the NEW Media. People have become tired of the Old Media; huge corporations that control newspapers and television stations that disseminate the same old depressing s**t. Turn on the evening news tonight and compare it to what you used to watch in the 1980’s; it’s virtually the same. All that the Old Media has done in thirty years is change the names and faces of the people who present to you the depressing news.
24 hour Cable News stations have all but become sensationalistic channels centered on inflating the importance of stupid stories in order to get higher ratings. Evening NEWS shows on television involve more arguing and yelling than even Archie Bunker could handle.
Blogging is the New Media. It’s the place people are going to be uplifted. People read blogs to laugh, to cry, to be challenged, to learn, and to discover new ways of thinking……Blogging is the New Media.
Even more amazing is that the fat cats on Wall Street can’t control the blogosphere. Blogging is an independent underground network of writers and thinkers who post articles, pictures, movies, and music purely for the satisfaction of their work.
Depending on whether or not this article is reposted or published in other forums; anywhere from 20,000 to 100,000 people will read it this week and there is nothing that the Old Media can do about it. They can’t control the blogosphere……and I’m starting to wonder if we are at a precipice in human history where the powers that be could finally be uprooted by the people at the bottom. Could we really be approaching a time in human history where the average man and woman can yield as much influence in the world of politics, art, music, and movies, as the multi-billion dollar corporations and millionaires who have had a stranglehold on so much of Western Culture?
Just a few thoughts as I sipped my coffee this morning,
I am very excited about arriving in Minneapolis this coming weekend! If you live in or near the Twin Cities I’d love to have coffee with you or even a beer! I’ll be at two coffee houses on Saturday or you can email me for more info.
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