The Blogger I Want To Be

(originally published here)

The Blogger I Want To Be. I like the sound of that, kind of reminds me of the old standby essay that teachers made us write: What I did on my Summer Vacation.

I like it because I love summer. It is my favorite time of years. I love going to the beach and camping trips. I love leaving town and doing a little globe trotting. Summer reminds me of hot dogs and barbecues, summer loves (ok, all you Danny Zuko and Sandy wannabees you can stop humming ‘Summer Nights.’) and just endless possibilities.

Endless possibilities, that is what the beginning of every summer felt like to me. Who knew how many cool adventures lay ahead of me. I never did, but I always looked forward to them.

The Blogger I Want To Be knows how to tell a good yarn. He can take those endless Summer nights and compose a tale that is too compelling to skim. He can come up with tremendous insight into the human psyche and what our roles are in the world.

The Blogger I Want To Be can write about politics and history. He is erudite, refined and witty and he does it all without coming off as being stuffy. People seek him out because it feels good to be near and to share in his community. He is not arrogant nor pretentious although his detractors wish that he were.

The Blogger I Want To Be is not just a myth or even a mister. The Blogger I Want To Be is a goal that I set for myself. I don’t know if I will ever be that guy. In part because I am very much human and subject to all of the failings and frailties of humanity.

But without The Blogger I Want To Be as a goal I am not sure if this blog would worth visiting. Goals are important. They help to keep us motivated so that we always try to do our best. Why work if you are going to give a subpar performance. If you are going to do it you might as well do it well.

I’d write more but I hear the roar of the ocean in the background and I desperately need to feel some sand between my toes. I think that I am going to go commune with the sea for a while. I’ll catch up with you all later.

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11 Comments

  1. CK_Lunchbox August 4, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I've been wanting to read this post ever since seeing the title–a title I think that needs to be changed to "The Blogger I Want To Continue To Be" because I think you're already there.

    No blogger does a better job of evoking nostalgic memories in me better than you do with your stories and pop culture references.
    My recent post Gandhi And The Ghosts Of 3 AM

  2. TheJackB July 27, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Hi Dieter,

    I think that the blogger you are now is pretty cool- interested in meeting the new guy one day.
    My recent post She Is My Girl

  3. TheJackB July 27, 2010 at 6:56 am

    I am slowing growing into that blogger- but that is ok. It sounds like you have an idea about what you want and how to get it. That is a big deal, many people don't have a clue.
    My recent post She Is My Girl

  4. TheJackB July 27, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Happy to be of help. 😉
    My recent post She Is My Girl

  5. TheJackB July 27, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Sand between your toes is absolutely amazing- at the right time that is. 😉
    My recent post She Is My Girl

  6. TheJackB July 27, 2010 at 6:49 am

    Love the ocean, just never get tired of spending time there.

  7. @QuietRumbling July 27, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Hi, Jack!

    I love the way your post makes me feel. I look forward to meeting "the blogger I will become" because I have liked both "the blogger I was" and "the blogger I currently am". Thanks for the food for thought, too.

    Dieter

    My recent post Word of the Day – Parlay

  8. @BloggerTalk July 27, 2010 at 4:37 am

    I think you are that blogger. The blogger I want to speaks up for what she believes in even when she feels uncomfortable.
    My recent post Dog left in Hot Vehicle

  9. Erica M July 27, 2010 at 4:17 am

    Having goals is awesome. Thanks for the post idea. I was empty, and it is my bedtime.
    My recent post the mind- it has to land somewhere- right

  10. Kelly July 26, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    The Blogger I Want To Be will always choose the roar of the ocean and sand between her toes over watching life from behind a computer screen. Good choice!
    My recent post Away- with quotes

  11. otter July 26, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    The blogger I want to be spends more time at the ocean like you. Sounds fun.

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