I think a first blog post should say a bit about the title, and where it comes from. Mine seems self explanatory. I grew up in Iowa, and I now live in Georgia. I am male. Hence the name! But as I’m rapidly approaching my 46th birthday perhaps ‘Boy’ isn’t quite right. Screw it.
I left Iowa in 1994, on October 11th. I went to Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and from there flew out the next day to San Antonio, Texas, for Air Force basic training. I have not lived in Iowa since. SO, I guess you could say I’m an Iowa boy in Georgia by way of Nevada, England, and New Mexico. I think that’s too lengthy for a blog title, though!
When push comes to shove though, I’m still an Iowa boy at heart. My parents still live in Spencer, in the same house they bought 2 years before I was born. As much as I’ve moved, I have a place I can always call home, and I love it. Sometimes it takes moving away to fully appreciate what you had. People hear “small town Iowa” and they think boredom. But I remember freedom, and security. There was no violence, no poverty, no hunger. No, it was not the most exciting place in the world. You half to give a little to get a little. We grew up with a first rate education. We could play outside with no fear of others. We could still watch the Super Bowl on TV. It’s a longer trip to the airport, admittedly. However, you can look up in the sky and see endless stars. Try that in Atlanta! You’re lucky to see 5 or 10 on a good day.
Enough of that!
Why a blog? Eventually I plan on making a living by writing. And the only way to become a better writer is to write! And writing where people can read it and provide feedback (good and bad) can speed up the process. If you only write for yourself and refuse to share it it’s hard to make a living out of it! Obviously this post isn’t about that. It’s about finally writing something down for a blog I started 5 or 6 weeks ago. An empty blog is pretty much pointless (yes, many full blogs are, too – shut up!).