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Time to blog?

27 Mar

I guess it’s probably time for me to get around to explaining why I started this blog, and what I hope to accomplish.

The primary reason that I’ve started writing, is that outside of the 6 months leading up to a national election my job is pretty boring.  It’s easy to get pumped up for a Presidential, or even a couple good Senate races, but the day to day of building databases is real fucking dull.  I’ll probably write a post in the near future about why I’m not particularly interested in any of the 2013 races, but suffice it to say that I’m going to be able to budget a significant portion of my time and energy towards non-political pursuits over the next year or so.

Long story short, I’ve got to find something to do with my time, and working out is my major non-political interest.  I love the feel of a heavy barbell in my hands, I love the feeling of accomplishment after doing something I once thought impossible, and I really really love the endorphin saturated state a good hard workout puts me into.  The related incentive to eat a staggering amount of meat and eggs is a major bonus.

As most people who know me personally would agree, I’ve pretty much maxed out the amount of time I can spend at the gym.  That leaves thinking about the time I spend at the gym, something I already do a significant amount of.  Most of the aforementioned thinking just dissipates into the ether, occasionally manifesting itself into an acronym heavy gDoc laying out some rough programming, or an IM conversation with one of my equally fitness obsessed friends.  In the past I’ve found that forcing myself to write about a topic helps me to identify logical inconsistencies and solidify a path to implement my theories.  So ideally writing about lifting a few times a week will give me some insight into what I’m doing wrong, and maybe even what I’m doing correctly.

Once I’d decided that writing about lifting was going to be the most productive and beneficial use of my time, blogging seemed like the natural medium to do so.  One of my friends has been blogging about her experiences with distance running(, go check it out, she’s much better at this than I am), and she seems to find it helpful, so I’m hoping I do as well.  Also, I figure there is at least one person, MAYBE even 2 or 3, in my social circle who has an interest in lifting and is curious about what I do in the gym and why I do it.

That’s not to say that the sole topic of this blog will be fitness related.  It’s highly likely there will be the occasional post on beer, politics, or some really nerdy shit that I’ve been into lately.  Since I expect the daily readership of this blog to be essentially indistinguishable from the number of people that hit the link on Facebook/Twitter accidentally I’m going to use that as an excuse to write about whatever the hell I want to.

tl dr; Work boring, like lifting, writing about lifting helps lifting, why not blog?