Welcome to Monday Musings, glad that you decided to stop in. Grab your beverage of choice and let’s get to this.
Pretty quiet this week, please check back next week.
Let Your Voice Be Heard
As you probably know, with EGG stepping down, The Ohio State University Board of Trustees is in ‘Search’ mode for qualified candidates. Well, this came across my desk (laptop,actually) this week. It’s an online suggestion form for candidates for the office of president. (Mali, please send me your CV, and I’ll get you in the mix)
The vox populi have a chance to nominate candidates. Amazing stuff. I’m not sure how qualified the nominations will be, but I think it’s an interesting process on behalf of OSU’s BoT.
This is a series I’ll have this week and next. It will link to news and commentary on our opening day opponent, The State University of New York at Buffalo Bulls. U.B. to fans and probably sportscasters. Let’s start here, here and here.
Second year coach Jeff Quinn is putting together a pretty solid team this year, and is generating a good deal of excitement for the upcoming season. I’ll get into a bit more detail when I do the regular game preview this season, but these snippets over the next week or so should fill in some background.
You can also view Joe’s preview of Buffalo here at tBBC.
We’re closing in on the date of the season opener. We’re down to a couple remaining weeks and kickoff is approaching fast. Before we wade into the Big Muddy of the regular season, I’ve got a non-sports topic. However, it’s somewhat related because it involves ‘blogging’.
This was triggered a few weeks ago when I received an email from our neighbor about an article I’d done, where I expressed my thoughts about the passing of her husband, a very good friend of ours. She mentioned that she truly appreciated my thoughts. This compliment was certainly not due to any high quality of writing, but by the passion and sincerity in writing the article.
I thought, why do we, bloggers, do this? We all have ‘day jobs’ and families, so our discretionary time is pretty limited. Why would we spend our scarce free time researching and writing articles, when some unknown number of people may wander over to our website? It’s not for fame nor fortune; what is it?
I was curious and polled several of the writers here at tBBC. The compilation of the responses are below.
This is why we devote our time to this. We do this because we have a passion for the latitude of topics that we have. I doubt that anyone is anticipating a Pulitzer nomination. I doubt that anyone expects to change the world. However, the acknowledgement and gratitude from a friend far exceeds any other accolades. This is why we do this.
Passion is what drives us. Not a fanship. Or loving a team. Only those who have a heart can do what we do. Sink all of it into writing
There is something special about putting word to paper. But there is something even more special when it touches someone.
Nothing beats the feeling that you get when someone appreciates something you wrote.
So, there you have it. Admittedly, a pretty small sample size of all writers in the blogosphere, which may or may not be representative. It is, however, significant, because these are the thoughts and feelings of fellow writers here at tBBC. Based on that, I would also add camaraderie.
Passion and gratification. It’s what we get out of this. We hope that you do as well.
I wasn’t quite sure what to use for my music selection this week, until I read Mali’s SBP Weekend edition post. After reading what the rookies are doing with their black ribbons, I decided to go with Fleetwood Mac’s The Chain, from their 1979 ‘The Dance’ concert.