Big wheels keep on turnin’,
Proud Markie keeps on churnin’ …
Rollin’ on the WordPress.
I received the Big Blue 500 this morning.
My story about Syracuse veteran guitarist Mark Doyle got me to that nice, round number. Not bad for a writer who pushed the button for his first markbialczak.com piece — “Yeah, I’ve Got a Blog” — on Feb. 26, 2013. The monthly numbers on my archives list second my notion that yes, I have indeed found a rhythm here.
Don Charisma, that wily iPhone-photographer-and-more from London, had me linked with my photo on the sidebar on one of his sticky pages today on one of his gracious you-should-check-these-bloggers-out posts, and already I’ve gotten a handful of new followers.
Perfect day for a little recap.
For many decades, I was a newspaper journalist, covering sports, and then music and entertainment. Then the economy and industry changes caught up to the big daily here in Syracuse, and me, too.
I still write about sports and music and entertainment here. But mostly I write about life. I like to figure out the way the past has made me the way I am today, and how the way I am today relates to the rest of the world out there, and how the way the rest of the world out there is today pertains to the life of my dear wife Karen and I in our home in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood. I bring my iPhone 4 and iPad Air around town with me often. Most of the photos here are my own.
We’re all in this together, simply put.
This WordPress world also is a great leaping off point for my twice-weekly film blogs for syracusenewtimes.com. I review a new-run film on Mondays, and comment about movie news on Thursdays. On Wednesdays I write about the Central New York community for the Syracuse Public Media site waer.org. What I’m finding is that people like to compare their community to mine. And don’t worry. The stories here and at the links I provide are always different.
I always ask questions at the end of each post to stir the conversational stew.
Yes, it’s a conversation. I answer your comments.
I’m curious about the world. I’ll read your blogs and comment about your thoughts.
When that No. 500 popped up, I was happy that it will forever be pinned in my memory to a music story. Kind of full circle, don’t you think? Karen and I will be going to that concert next Friday. You’ll see pictures and read about what I thought.
Now I’m thinking about the next 500. Stories. Followers, too. I’m just shy of the first 500 WP followers. I may get my second 500 badge today, if my world keeps rollin’ on the river.
If you like what I’m doing and want to spread the word with a reblog, well, please and thank you.
How long have you been blogging on WordPress? Do you start reading a lot of new blogs every week? What sort of blogs do you like best?