Wednesday, June 29, 2011

What's Up, Super Sized

Ok, so it's been a while since I've blogged. Lately I've been thinking a lot about blogging, Facebook, Twitter and all of the other different types of social media and trying to figure out where they all fit in.

The blog started out as a way to update my friends and family and every now and then release a common sense laden rant on the intertubes. However, the truth is now that my Dad and the rest of my immediate family have joined Facebook, they are more updated on my life than I often am.

So that leaves opinionated rants. And we all know I have opinions, deep seeded, dark, brilliant opinions. Twitter has moved into the role of mouthpiece for said rants since it's so convenient and far reaching. The problem is that it restricts my rants to 140 characters. This is good, because you learn to be concise when summing up a global issue, but for someone like me it definitely leaves a lot to be desired.

Which is where blogging comes in. I can post full size rants which will be preserved for all eternity on Google. The problem with a blog is that it's public, and I have to show some restraint in honor of the positions I hold as an employee, soldier and small business owner.

The military is particularly worried about what I write in public, we call it OPSEC (operation security). Updates on my life aren't top secret, but seemingly harmless information can be easily pieced together and used for military purposes. The internet makes the collection of that information way too easy. Paranoid, sure, but why even risk it, considering my life and other's lives are potentially at stake.

So I have been censoring myself, which makes me not want to write. Because I hate censorship and I like to sort of spout off whatever crazy shit I want. I love freedom of speech, this is one of the reasons I joined an organization that fights for it, but doesn't necessarily afford it to its members. You have no idea how many rights I've temporarily sacrificed so I can fight for our rights.

So what do I blog about? I figured I'd save all of the historians some work and start on my memoirs. You're welcome.

The plan is that over the course of the next few months I'm going to talk about the historical me. Please, please don't thank me, it's the least I could do for you, my only reader. Seriously though I am going to write about my life and probably throw in a random rant. Sorry I've been gone for so long.