Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tunnel Vision

"If it looks good, you'll see it. If it sounds good, you'll hear it. If it's marketed right, you'll buy it. But... if it's real, you'll feel it"

The alarm clock reads 5:47 a.m.

Summer is so over.

Time to go back to work.

But, differently this time.

Since launching the TSB blog in late July of 2008, there have been 496 postings, mostly original material in a Monday-to-Friday format. The last two summers (July and August) have been used to re-post from the archives to give this author and you the reader, a break from the daily grind. Regular readers will also recognize a familiar pattern within the postings themselves. Ambiguous headline that together with a photo, video and closing quote helped to package a (hopefully) well-crafted story about a remarkable person, group of people or brand.

All that comes to an end today.

Would you believe that being on the trip of a lifetime can sometimes make you see things differently?

Funny things can happen when you and a friend are stuck for 3-plus hours in Italian autostrada gridlock; trapped in a mountain tunnel near Genova with only each other to depend on.Frustration can quickly turn to anger if not outrage, unless you happen to be with a friend that you really enjoy spending those 180-plus minutes with. The kind of friend you can have a spirited dialogue with and find answers to stuff that has been on your mind.

Such as this blog.

I admit then that I am getting tired of the "same-old, same-old" blog format and not sure if the Monday-to-Friday format works for either the reader or myself. I explain that the "story" format might need to change also,, that maybe it's time to take this blog in a different direction, but I am not sure where.

As the hours passed, and the conversation deepened, the answer became abundantly clear.

"Why don't I just start writing fucking real"?

"What do you mean, she asks?"

"Instead of polishing, crafting and refining other people's stories, why not write from in a more personal way? Why not write from the soul and be willing to be vulnerable to the point where you may not have all the answers, but at least you have the balls to admit it"? Do you think readers would be interested in a blog like that one, because I think I am good and ready to write it".

Starting today.

And every Tuesday and Thursday.

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Lenny Boudreau said...

Twice a week Gair is better than none a week Gair!

I am looking forward to the new style of the blog, post away!

ElderGEEK said...

Bring it on Gair! Personally, I don't know how you did 5 days per weeks 48 weeks a year (Plus Re-Runs)for so long. I have trouble posting once per week... period...

Looking forward to it buddy

Brain Diesel said...

I am on the last few chapters of Nuts Bolts and a Few Loose Screws and lok forward to more of the real Gair.

Ken LeBlanc said...

I'm looking forward to hearing from the "real" Gair Maxwell!

Dave Gallant said...

Blogging twice week is still very impressive.

Can't wait to see what's in store!!

Anonymous said...

Two years ago you set a HUGE challenge to yourself - to write a daily blog - a challenge to yourself and an inspiration to your many readers. You have succeeded.

I love it that, having achieved that goal, you see the wisdom in moving away from the self-imposed daily grind. I am sure that lesser frequency will not equal lesser quality. If anything, I expect to see even more inspired writing from you.

Looking forward to the new more "out there Gair". ;-)

Kathy Mercure said...

I can't wait to read the new style of blog, Gair!

Mike Shanks PSP said...

Would the real Gair Maxwell please stand up.

Angie said...

Love vulnerable....its like faith, faith that all who love you will love you still when you are real enough to write about what is in your soul even if they do not agree or understand completely. Faith to find out who really doesn't love you at all. Faith to be full of joy no matter the outcome.....

aaaahhh life is so great and God is good.......