“Storytellers, by the very act of telling, communicate a radical learning that changes lives and the world: telling stories is a universally accessible means through which people make meaning” – Chris Cavanaugh
One month ago today, I wrote about needing a direction and some focus for the blog. I felt that I was scattered with what I was doing with the blog. I was forcing myself to create. Create something for people to read. I had gotten away from what I truly loved, in an attempt to drive traffic, numbers, stats, etc.
I nipped that shit in the bud.
It also didn’t hurt that I needed to take a little break from the blog to get myself and wife back to New York. This past month has been a whirlwind, but it has been amazing that Juliet and I are settled back in snowy New York and LOVING IT. Exploring new areas, meeting new people, growing our network. We are creating memories that we will tell for a long time.
February also gave me the opportunity to get all of my thoughts down on paper, make sense of the random images, directions, blogs, content, dreams, trips, pictures…. everything. It gave me the opportunity to present a clear, concise picture of what JustinHamlin.com will become. It also gave me the opportunity to get back into the world of design with a personal project of customizing and adding graphic appeal to Get Busy Livin’. You can see how much we have already changed visually.
You think that is awesome, just wait for the direction we are going. More changes are coming to fine tune the blog and its offerings, but the content… the content will get you excited.
This blog is going to be different.
This isn’t your momma’s opinion-based, silver-bullet solution type of blog. I hate those. You won’t find that here. This blog is going to be epic. This blog is going to be different Think of Get Busy Livin’ as more of a virtual campfire, than a virtual pulpit. Drop by, kick your feet up, roast a marshmallow, listen to some kick-ass stories, heck, even chime in with one of your own.
Get Busy Livin’ will be my creative output for telling my adventures, and my stories. I will also pull from multiple resources for content. I will be inviting others to post guest blogs and participate in interviews on a regular basis. These guest (and myself) will not be preaching. We will not be speaking at you. That is not the format I will be employing here. I, personally, learn from the exchange of stories with others, and that is how I want to convey information here.
You will be hearing stories, directly from the mouths of the people who lived them. You will be seeing the pictures that go along with those stories. These stories you read here will be interactive, they will be graphic, they will be amazing.
There will be guest posts, interviews, question and answer sessions, and I am even kicking around the idea of setting up a semi-regular video chat with whomever wants to join. Just to tell stories, catch up on the weeks past, without all the advertising and PR positioning that is Twitter.
I am freaking EXCITED. All these ideas, all this work, I cannot wait to get down and dirty and take my ideas and turn them into something real. I am completely jazzed to have you to join me.
First and foremost, welcome back to my existing readers, and welcome aboard to all of the new readers.
I look forward to having everyone join in, so if you think you have something to add, well, I am not a hard person to find. I look forward to hearing from you. Email, tweet or leave me a comment below. Your feedback, your ideas, your thoughts, your comments and most importantly, your stories, are important to me.