I’m not shy about sharing my thoughts on your blog. Yeah, I know that you know. I made that year-end Top Five commenter list on the Monkey Report for a lot of you, didn’t I?
Thankfully, as I made my way through the Happy New Years and glad-to-know-yous this past week — all heartfelt and a benefit of the time I put into building my community through markbialczak.com — I saw more than a few responses thanking me for my kind and generous spirit and gentle humor. Or words very similar to that phrase but of the exact sentiment.
Wow. Really? Thank you. I’m humbled. Just being me.
This got me to thinking more about an idea that’s been rattling around the brain for some time now.
I grew up reading the Ann Landers and Dear Abbys of the world, the twin advice-givers, the queens of newspaper syndication. These days my eyes gravitated toward the work of Amy Dickinson, a wonderful woman who lives in the Southern Tier of Upstate New York whom I got to interview once for a story when I worked for the big daily, then saw give a lecture and performace-art show in a Syracuse theater.
I always thought that I’d like to be on the giving end of that sort of thing. And that I could seriously put some humor and soul and everyday common sense into it.
So here goes. What the hey.
Free Advice will become a part of markbialczak.com in 2015 if …
Anybody out there sends me questions. Yeah, that’s a pretty humungous if.
I’m going to take it as seriously as I can. But my responses may be somewhat funny. (Gentle, remember above?) Letter writers can remain anonymous, of course, but the situations, dilemmas, problems, questions, should be real. Also, come up with a great psuedo name, won’t you please?
Feel free to share this post with anybody more messed up than you who may be daring enough to send in a question. Ha!
My email address is email@example.com. I promise not to make any questions up. If you see a first installment of Free Advice, well, here we go.