I've blogged before in lots of forms and in even more forums over my years of being in school, in business, and now, currently. It just wasn't called "blogging." Heck, I didn't even know it was "blogging!" It was just a way to get something out....to get something off my chest...to show...to teach...to motivate...to inspire...to question...to challenge...to be challenged.
My most recent foray was as a part of the Nutrisystem weight loss online community, where, after having gained too much weight as a result of fatherhood, not paying attention to my health and fitness, and having high-pressure/low free-time jobs - the usual suspects, I had my first "real" blog experience. I called it "Tony's Rant" and I, at first, detailed my trials, thoughts, and advice as I lost 32 pounds using their food and the program. (I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to lose weight - it works!) After I lost the very unhealthy weight, I noticed that my success, as well as the others who were similarly successful, was based on a very pragmatic, no-nonsense, tough-love mindset. I adopted that mindset in my blogs subsequent to my weight loss. I also took on some "sacred cows," and caused more than a little controversy. It was a place where people came not only to have their virtual butt's chewed on, but to receive a parting inspirational, motivational "shot"...along with my offer to assist in any way I could. It was therapeutic, not only for me, but for those who read it as well (so the readers told me). I received numerous coaching offers and engagements from many of the readers based on what was said and the ensuing feedback. I know now that that therapeutic result can be equated to "value."
I intend to do the same here. It is my sincere hope that I can add value to anyone who drops by and takes a read. That value can take several forms. It can make you angry, make you talk, make you care, make you think, and make you act. I would appreciate knowing your thoughts, your feelings and your points of view. As I bring value to you, I will, in turn, get value from you.
What's the point? That's the point!