I would like to introduce my friend Jack Steiner aka TheJackB; he has graciously accepted an invitation to my ‘ghost in the post’ series. Jack is a writer, author and former athlete. You can find him at TheJackB. It will be well worthwhile to pay him a visit sometime; please enjoy this post.
I am not here to inspire or teach you anything. I am not going to use the words in this post to promote my blog, myself or any one in thing in particular.
Instead I am just going to write with reckless abandon and without a care about whether this will generate one comment or one thousand.
This is not a gimmick or a ploy. It is unadulterated Jack and at the moment it is all I have got to give and I am ok with that. I am ok with it because life has been more than crazy lately.
My grandfather died last week and my sister is getting married this coming weekend. Oh, did I mention that my family is moving in two weeks. I think that it is fair to say that I have a few things on my plate.
So you might wonder why it is that I am writing this post instead of taking care of the 1,983,983 things that take priority over blogging. The answer is simple.
I love to write and I find it to be relaxing. The simple act of putting pen to paper or finger to keyboard to create and construct takes the edge off of things. It helps me to understand, clarify and define what it is I think, feel, believe and or need to do.
These words that you see and the paragraphs that you read are being composed on the fly. This is part of a 15 minute break that I have built into my day. I am not concerned with metrics because I haven’t got the time for it and frankly my fragile male ego isn’t up to wondering or worrying about anything more than the things that I am focused upon.
Lean On Me
Whenever I write I like to listen to music. It helps me set the tone and pace of the piece that I am working on. Sometimes I listen to playlists that I have made and sometimes I just stick the player on shuffle and listen to whatever happens to come across the speakers.
Call it coincidence, kismet, fate, destiny or whatever you wish, but something interesting has just happened to me. In the middle of writing this guest post Lean On Me by the great Bill Withers just happened to play and if ever there was an appropriate song for blogging that is it.
“Sometimes in our lives
We all have pain
We all have sorrow
But if we are wise
We know that there’s always tomorrow
Lean on me, when you’re not strong
And I’ll be your friend
I’ll help you carry on
For it won’t be long
‘Til I’m gonna need
Somebody to lean on”
Those words and that song serve as a great reminder that the blogosphere provides an opportunity to be a part of a community. It is a reminder that if you open yourself up to possibilities there are friendships to be made and relationships that can be built.
You don’t always have to spend time in person with someone to create a friendship. There are people out here in cyberspace who are amazing and who want to be your friend. And if you let them they will help you.
So maybe I was wrong when I said that I wasn’t here to promote any ideas or to try and teach anyone anything. Maybe what I should have done is talked about community, its importance and its value.
If I had the time I would go back and rewrite this but the sand has almost run out of my hourglass and I need to return to the reality that I live in. But the beauty of life and blogging is that you can always start over. You can always create a fresh start and that is what these final paragraphs are about.
Social media is about being social and meeting people. If you want to get something out of it ignore the numbers and pay attention to the people. They may not always remember what you have done but they will remember how you made them feel.
The Jack B. is a writer and author of 39 unpublished books and three screenplays. A former athlete and would be superhero he still fights for truth, justice and the American Way. Though he may look like a grown man, don’t fool yourself he is still a boy at heart. When he is not engaged in Walter Mitty like fantasies he is a husband, father and friend and blogs at TheJackB or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/TheJackB