A New Type of Blog

A New Type of Blog

“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.

Pull up a chair

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.

Justin Hamlin

Justin Hamlin is the founder of <a href="http://www.justinhamlin.com">Get Busy Livin'</a>, a blog founded on collaboration and story telling, dedicated to inspiring himself and others to get busy living their lives. He is a writer, photographer, computer nerd, story teller and world traveler. He calls New York home when him and his wife are not hunting down adventure, exploring the east coast or jet setting around the world. You can follow Justin on <a href="http://www.justinhamlin.com">Get Busy Livin'</a>, <a href="http://www.twitter.com/justinhamlin">Twitter</a> or <a href="http://www.facebook.com/GetBusyLivin">Facebook</a>.

  • Anonymous

    Looking forward to it!

    • Glad to have you along for the ride, and definitely looking forward to the stories of you and Tigger.

  • Justin, all I can say is F*ck Yea! This is awesome and I am more than pumped to follow your journey 🙂
    Get busy livin, or get busy dieing… you chose the right one 🙂

    • Thanks Laur!

      Glad you like the idea and I hope that it will give some outlet for me to tell my stories, share my photos, etc, as well as share those stories and photos of others!

  • Justin! This is so exciting. Love the complete revamp! The video chat idea is killer. I know I’m down…so if you start sending out invites 😉

    You and @sheneeh are kindred story-blog-launching spirits this week, btw!

    • Tess, you are definitely on my list. I need to get some details worked out first, but some correspondence will be flowing soon! So glad to have you along for the ride and possibly contributing your stories from Seattle!

  • John winn

    I like the guest idea as well. That will allow you to weed through content to make it relevant to what you want out there. I’m happy to contribute. I’m writing a book right now which is more of a letter to Jack. It is fulfilling a life long dream of mine as well as a gift that has been bestowed. I’d be interested in learning about how you created this site, how easy/hard it is to start something like this for others to do the same or similar. I am so thankful that we live in a place where we all can express ourselves as loudly or as quietly as we want and have the tools available to do so.

    • Johnny, so glad to see you made it over here and had a quick read of things. I am definitely looking forward to hearing more about the book and all the effort and love you are pouring into it. I know that all of us will love it, and I can only imagine what Jack will think reading it in 15/20/30/40 years.

      I will give you a call and we will catch up more sometime soon. Take care of yourself.

  • 🙂 I am glad I found you guys–I hope to meet sometime…and we can share stories of the road over a roaring campfire. Thank you, for having the courage to follow your dreams. I salute you.

    • Jeanie – we definitely need to catch up on the journeys and road trips we have been on. Looking forward to seeing how your latest venture goes and sharing some stories, possibly on here!

  • Anonymous

    right on!! Really looking forward to following your site Justin, it’s lookin’ great. Love the Get Busy Livin’ Best of luck!

    • Peter – You and your wife rock. I love reading your site and so glad you made it over here to take a quick glimpse. Hope to have some killer content and an EPIC road trip to write about soon, then starts the fun with the guest bloggers, photo stories and more. Thanks for dropping by, we need to catch up sometime soon!

  • I’m not gonna lie…I’m slightly (and by slightly I mean a lot) jealous of the road your on. That being said, I’m also really excited for you and glad you aren’t being stingy with your adventures so that I can live vicariously through them. Hopefully a Colorado trip is in your near future. 🙂

    Best of luck!

    • You would be surprised to know how happy i am to make you jealous! I guess that really means I am doing something right, because I know that feeling all too well reading some other blogs. Thanks for coming along and reading about my journey, going to be some fun to come!

  • Love love love it! But I love everything you write.

    • Thank you very much. Been working on the writing a lot more lately. This short blog took me over an hour to write, just so I made sure it came out right. This should be fun, glad to have you along for the ride! 🙂

      • I agonize over posts. I know mine are shorter than most but it’s because I’m a ridiculous editor and think people don’t want to read half the details.

        • See, and that is what I think is lacking in so many blogs. I am a details guy, I really despise generalities. I need to know nuts and bolts, how it works, how you work, etc.

          • More people should agonize over posts. Being a ‘ridiculous editor’ is what makes a good writer.

          • But it also makes the writing too filtered. You start worrying about what message you want to convey, how the reader will read it, etc. To me, at times, it takes the honesty out of the writing.

  • Anonymous

    right on! The beauty of all this internet stuff is the ability to connect and create real community. I’m looking forward to seeing what grows here, count me in! Especially if the video chat happens.

    • Thanks for dropping by! As soon as I get back from my Epic road trip, will be diving more into te community building. Should be a great experience. Will definitely keep your email on file!

  • Love the campfire image. I want to be there! (with some wine and cheese, please) A fantastic image to inspire a new blog direction.

    • Thanks!! It was either that or a bar, and i liked that picture too much to not fit it in. There actually was wine that night too, no cheese though. I know, sacreliege.

      Thanks for dropping by Torre, hope to see you around more!

    I love the new lay out and love all the detail that is going to be going into every post and and everything you do in general!!!

    Woohoo to new adventures!!!

    • So glad you could drop by! Glad you like it, lots of good stuff to come! Hope you are enjoying your new adventure!

  • Bryan

    Site’s looking great J! I know I’m really interested in following along as I’m living vicariously through you at the moment. 🙂

    • Glad I can help you live vicariously 🙂 Now be inspired to do something crazy with the whole family!

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  • Hey, just found your blog through Ayngelina’s page, and I totally dig where you’re coming from, especially in the comments. I used to edit the crap out of my writing, too, mostly out of self-doubt. These days I tend to just let it flow, then let it go, recognizing that perfection is both overrated and unattainable. Good for you for following your creative gut! Looking forward to reading more.

    • Thanks for dropping by!  This has been a learning year for me in getting things going with the blog while balancing work, life, etc, but it has been fun along the way!