I started blogging one year ago today, on April 13, 2010. This was my first post:
One mystery I bet they won’t answer on Lost is why everyone knows how to make torches. No one in the real world can make a torch. You sure couldn’t.
It was just a test, like blowing into the microphone and asking, “Is this thing on?”
I began blogging because I wanted to learn more about setting up a website and keeping it going. I also wanted to distinguish myself from other people who were online and shared my name.
I’d planned on making this a professional site, which is why I used my own name, but I then I began posting things about the kids, instead, and, well, here we are.
Every weekday morning, WordPress showcases about a dozen blogs on its home page. A few times, the editors at WordPress decided to feature my blog. I don’t know why, but it’s great when it happens. Suddenly, complete strangers were reading my stuff. Of course, most of them disappeared the next day, but a few stuck around, and that’s really nice. If you’re one of them, thanks.
Other than the pieces that were Freshly Pressed, the post that’s gotten the most clicks by far has been one about why guys don’t wear fedoras any more.
I said it’s OK for guys to wear baseball caps. You can’t wear a baseball cap with a suit, but if you wear a fedora, you risk looking like a hipster or Indiana Jones.
Ordinary guys in a fedoras do not look like Don Draper (left).
Several people commented that guys in their part of the world do still wear fedoras, so I gave it a shot.
I bought a felt hat at Eddie Bauer. I haven’t worn it a lot, but it’s better than a baseball cap. I never wear it with my leather jacket, though, because there’s nothing as sad as a grown man going to Lowe’s on a Saturday morning dressed like Indiana Jones — and that, my friends, is a fact.