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TTMM Weekly Wrap and Blog Question


TTMM Weekly Wrap

I had an interesting question this week from one of my acquaintances:

“Why do you write a blog? Isn’t that like a diary?”

Let’s be clear on the second question. No, blogging is not like a diary. If I wanted to write my most personal thoughts and share them with the world, I would probably set up a Twitter account. At that point, everyone would be able to hear about my trip to the grocery store and every time I used the bathroom. My blog is not a journal of my daily activities, which is reserved for Facebook. Blogs can be many things. Some blogs are company sponsored advertisements or special interest communications. Many of the blogs that I read are created by people who have ideas to share on politics, personal perspective, sports, humor, or other subjects that might interest the author and the reader.

As to the first question of why do I blog? The most obvious answer is that I am narcissistic enough to believe I have something to say that readers would find interesting. You do find it interesting, right? Mostly, the reason I blog is to write, to improve as a writer, to share my humorous thoughts or viewpoint. I hope that you find the post entertaining.

  • Monday, TTMM had a little fun with first date warning signs. A long time has passed since I have had to deal with the awkward and sometimes scary first date. Maybe I needed an intervention to safely remove me from the some of those dates. Regretfully, it took many dates after the first one to show me the error of my ways. Take some time to check out Monday’s Warning Signs of a Bad First Date
  • Wednesday brought a subject that took a thought on whether to add it to the rotation on TTMM. A new HBO program The Newsroom spoke to me. The video clip of the first few moments of The Newsroom convinced me that it was time to share this little editorial I have been contemplating. In the clip the question was asked “Is the U.S. the greatest country in the in world”. Check out the video clip from HBO’s The Newsroom that inspired this Wednesday’s editorial Are We the Best Country in the World?”
  • Friday closed the week with an early morning muse about potential television programming and advertising disasters. . What can I say? My mind goes to some peculiar places when I am between sleep and the waking world. Come explore some of my thoughts and add a few of your own suggestions to Awkward Morning Musing of a Sleepy Mind: Advertising

I hope you enjoyed reading this week’s TTMM as much as I have enjoyed putting it together.

Until next time…

jerryb

©2012

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Posted by on July 28, 2012 in Weekly Wrap

 

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TTMM Weekly Wrap and eBooks


TTMM Weekly Wrap

How was my vacation? Is that your first question? Watch it or that might end up being one of the office inner monologue blogs. I am sure I can come up with a few choice responses to that question. Now that I think about it, maybe I should do just that. Anyway, my vacation was wonderful. Thank you for asking.

This week I missed a day on the blog as I was recovering from all the fun I had with the family. I had hoped to use the hours on the train to work on this week’s post but instead, I took the moment to hold my wife’s hand and read my Nook. I find that between work, family, and writing, I have to actively attempt the balancing of “me” time in there. Thus, reading was what I chose. If you are wondering, it was a good book and I finally finished. You weren’t wondering? Well, never mind. I will move on.

TTMM was in vacation mode this week as well. As I long to be back enjoying the time I had off work, it manifested in my writing. Let’s take a few moments to review.

  • Of course, there are things that inspire you to question what the hell is going on or make you wonder. Vacation time is the perfect time for human theater and observation. I discuss some of them in ”Vacation Observations
  • There are quite a few things that go into planning a vacation but then there are moments that make it all worthwhile. Discover some of those moments in “A New Adventure

As mentioned before, I tend to read quite a bit. Most of my current library is in the eBook format. Not only is the cost of books a little more acceptable but I won’t have to add an addition on to my house for my book shelves. It is my personal opinion that the new format has changed the face of publication and has brought popularity to reading again. One of the benefits of eBooks is the opening of doors to new authors that may have never been able to be published otherwise. Self-publishing has given opportunities, not only for the author but the reader, to explore stories that wouldn’t normally be accepted by the print publication industry. For those that have an eReader, have you been reading more than you previously were? Are you discovering new authors? What are your thoughts on the shift of the industry?

Until next time…

jerryb

©2012 

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Posted by on July 21, 2012 in Weekly Wrap

 

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TTMM Weekly Wrap and Facebook Thoughts


TTMM Weekly Wrap

This week has been crazy and satisfying in many ways. We started the week visiting Hell or at least its kitchen, in our look into what the reality show’s contestants should consider before accepting a role on the show. On our next stop we visited what makes people purge their friends list on the all-powerful Facebook.  We ended the week with my personal blog and internet reading list at the moment.

It seems if you wish to get people’s attention, just mention Facebook. That is why I mentioned it in the title of today’s blog. Almost everyone has a Facebook account, whether they actively use it or log in once in a while to creep through their friends’ photos. My mother is even on the social network giant. She uses it to keep in contact with her children. Now that doesn’t mean she is actively participating in two-way communication, she is sort of “stalking” the family by reading our statuses or blogs. Kind of creepy in some ways, but it is nice in others as it gives the feeling of having a guardian angel watching over me; a mute guardian angel. I love you, Mom. Just smile and wave at the readers.

“Social media includes web-based and mobile based technologies which are used to turn communications into interactive dialogue among organizations, communities, and individuals.”.. as defined by Wikipedia

Our fascination for all forms of social media has been growing over the past 15 years. Social media began to enter mainstream culture as AOL grew in popularity. True geeks will argue the first wide-spread social communication on the internet was message boards but the majority of us are not “true geeks” so I will stick by my timeline, not the geek-line. As I was saying, social media started with AOL, then moved to Yahoo, progressing to the social world we have today.  Like all things, if used responsibly, the inter-linking Internet communities can be beneficial; like guns, alcohol, religion, and porn. (I have always wanted to put those words in a sentence.) However, if abused, those same electronic societies can quickly go from annoying to fanatical. Now I don’t think that Facebook will be the fall of society but more likely a blip on the timeline our progress. Then again, religions have been started from some of the strangest things; wasn’t Scientology born from a sci-fi book?

Let’s look back at this week’s posts

  • Love them or hate them, reality shows are part of our culture and television schedule. This week, we looked into what the contestants on Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen should understand before they join the show in “A Little Advice for Hell…Or Hell’s Kitchen.”
  • If Facebook friend lists reflect our relationships with others, then it is time to clean up your list. Here are the reasons why some do not appear on my friends list anymore in “The Friendship Is Over…Just Ask Facebook.”
  • Taking a little time for a family vacation this week, I thought it would be fun to share out some of the authors, bloggers, and webpages that I am currently following. I hope you took some time to read through their pages. I hope to share more that I discover. See my recommendations in “It’s Family Vacation Time.”

I want to thank everyone for reposting and sharing. I write because I enjoy writing. I post for you, the reader to enjoy. If you like a blog, share it with your friends, repost on your favorite site, or just leave a comment. I will keep doing this as long as everyone keeps reading.

Until next time…

jerryb

© 2012

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Posted by on July 14, 2012 in Weekly Wrap

 

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TTMM Weekly Wrap…Holiday Week Edition


TTMM Weekly Wrap

Here’s to you!

June was a busy month at TTMM. At the end of each week, I try to take some time to step out of the normal format of the post and take a more personal approach to the message. In the past, I have thanked some of you for your support. That support has made June a month of records for TTMM. I saw daily view records broken, not once but four times during the four weeks. June was also the most viewed month in the past two years. This was directly related to you, the reader. I have a limited amount of exposure on my social media but have noticed that many of you that follow TTMM have shared with their friends. I cannot express how much that means to me. There are some of you that go above and beyond in your support and to those, I send out a special thank you.

Once again, I owe a very special thanks to my wife. I have realized in the past few weeks that when I write, I have a tendency to almost obsess. Though I can be narcissistic and compulsive in my craft, she has undying support and patience with me. She is my editor (thankfully you do not read what it would look like before she gives it a work over), my soundboard (for hours on end at times), and co-contributor to a few of the posts. I look to her as my anchor in all aspects of my life. With our family, our home, and our interests, she is truly my partner.

A week in review

I think my mental filter might have been on a vacation this week. Let us look back and review some of the ramblings from the past week.

Summer reading

I want to wrap up with a little discussion on summer reading. It is the time of year where many take some time to grab a book and read on the beach or pool side. A few books on my list include: A Game of Thrones, the whole Indian Hill series by Mark Tufo, the final book in the Morningstar Strain trilogy by the late Z.A. Recht, and a list of others that are loaded on my Nook. What is on your summer reading list?

Until next time…

jerryb

© 2012

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Posted by on July 7, 2012 in Weekly Wrap

 

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TTMM Weekly Wrap and Shout Out


TTMM Weekly WrapThis week’s TTMM weekly wrap begins with a thank you for all those that have been reading over the past few weeks. Because of you, I have seen new records of views and some fresh new followers of the blog. I also want to thank those that have reposted the blog to their social media pages as it has helped to introduce the site to new readers I previously could not have reached. I truly want everyone to know that I appreciate all that you do and every one of your visits.

This past week, I traveled for work and visited France for the first time. The trip gave me some ideas that I hope to capture on paper in the weeks to come, but also took me away from my family and normal writing routine. I have returned home and am enjoying time with my family as I settle in to my routine. For those out there that travel for business or vacation, I think you understand what I mean. You feel out of sorts and the schedule is off. To make matters more difficult, I was coping with a seven hour time delay. Enough of about me, let’s talk about the week.

So, let’s start the recap from the week:

  • Ever have those little things that aggravate you in traffic? We all have things that just seem so wrong. I had one of those moments and climbed on my soap box in “Rush Hour Reading”
  • Last week I wrote about the bad ideas people seem to get when drinking. Because of a few comments from readers about the biggest mistake that we can do, I had to revisit the subject with a follow up blog. Thanks, once again, to my wife for co-authoring this week’s visit to the drinking issues in “The Follies of Drunk Dialing”

If you have a subject you like or something you really enjoy reading, leave a comment or email me at tripthroughmymind@gmail.com. I enjoy hearing from my readers. The reason I write is to connect with you. If you like something or you think that your friends would find it interesting, please feel free to share.

Until next time…

jerryb

© 2012

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Posted by on June 24, 2012 in Weekly Wrap

 

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TTMM Weekly Wrap and a Special Thank You


TTMM Weekly WrapWhat a week it has been. I have been preparing for another business trip, as well as working to get some ideas out for TTMM. Always there is a balance between spending time writing and spending time with family. As always, family wins and this week, I have made the most of every minute with them. Since I will be out of the country on Father’s Day this year, my wife got most of the kids together to do an early celebration before I left. Dinners, presents, and the circus made for a weekend full of memories. In between it all, I continued to try and keep my discipline of writing each day. What ends up on the screen doesn’t always end up on TTMM.  I have a whole folder of half started ideas that lost steam during the process. The few that made it through can be found here this week.

As I muddle through writing, I look back on where I started and where I am today. I owe what I do with writing, to my wife. She tolerates my hours of single-minded focus on ideas and listens, even when she probably wishes I would talk about something else. She is patient when I create anxiety for myself for not meeting the self-imposed deadlines. As my editor, she is amazingly good, she has to read some of the drafts multiple times. Then, she listens, as I angst over whether it will be well received. Unlike writing books, there isn’t an acknowledgement page on a blog. So, I want to take a moment to say, without my wife dealing with my narcissistic ambitions, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this. She is my strength, my guiding light, and my partner in all things. I want to say thank you, to my lovely wife, with all my heart.

Until next time…

Jerryb

© 2012

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Posted by on June 16, 2012 in Weekly Wrap

 

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TTMM Weekly Wrap and A Suggested Read


TTMM Weekly WrapIt has been quite a while since I have posted enough to have a weekly wrap. My absence has been due to this nasty, but glorious little thing called Life. I have spent the past eight months travelling for my job as well as spending as much time with my family as possible. Throughout this sabbatical, thoughts would bounce around in my head but never make it to the keyboard. I have tried to keep track of them but it was similar to trying to grapple with a greased pig (I have been waiting years to use that cliché). At the moment, I have had some opportunity to get the thoughts out of my head and into a medium where I could share with my readers. It must have something to do with the Transit of Venus or another celestial event that allowed me this rare “brain dump”. For the record, I have missed everyone and all of your comments. I hope that my readers have not fallen out of interest of the little trip we take through my mind.

Before we go further down the passages of our weekly wrap, I want to share with you another blogger that has not only caught my interest but has given me many moments of intense laughter. I discovered this site through one of my posts this week and have become a fast fan of the daily posts. I spent last night sharing the site with my son as we both sat with our smartphones and read different posts. At points, we had our “WTF?!” moments right before we busted out in laughter. Without further delay, let me introduce you to “Joe’s Shitty Ideas”. The author knows this boy named Joe and as you can tell from the name of the blog; his ideas are not exactly stellar. I will admit, I am envious of the delivery and humor the author has the ability to deliver. Most of all, I can relate to some of the moments and feel like I know this Joe more every day. So, please, take a moment to visit my fellow blogger’s site and enjoy: Joe’s Shitty Ideas.

It is time to review what you might have missed from this week:

I hope you enjoyed this week and look forward to many more.

Until next time…

jerryb

© 2012

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Posted by on June 9, 2012 in Weekly Wrap

 

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