9.10.2008

Hello World! I've Got Something to Say!

I just started trying to use Word Press. Don't ask me why, and it's not because I don't like Blogger. I really like it a lot. It's just that I keep hearing how I can do more, and do it better or whatever. So I was playing around with it and I got tired. See, I had a tooth pulled yesterday, and it hurt so bad I am all wimpy... you know how men are. I am embarrassed to tell you that this is a copy and paste job. I humbly beg your forgiveness :-)

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My name is Jeff Baker, and I am what I refer to as a philosopher-pontificate(r)-thinker-type person. I know that may sound sort of strange, but you’ll soon see that it makes sense : )

I am here to blog about life and the experiences (most being my own) that can contribute to the better life. I am hopeful that I will soon learn the intricacies of Word Press as I am sticking with Blogger for now. I felt the easiest way to get my first post published was to try a simpler program and apparently Blogger is a lot simpler, but at the expense of some cool things. I like the stuff I see, but I haven’t figured out how to do any of it for myself yet, and even though I want to make the change, I am having a bit of a slow start. I guess I am indeed a writer and would rather do what I am passionate about, and leave the “figuring out how to do everything” to someone better suited for it like my very talented wife/editor/bestest friend in the whole-wide-worldestest, Cornelia. At the same time, this has turned out to be more fun than I ever dreamed, and I will indeed tame the monster that is Word Press… eventually. If I ever get back to it. Right now my tooth hurts :/

Until then, please check to see how I am doing. I am quite the newbie as a writer, but I’ve been told I have real potential to get discovered. I’d like to think so, and I would appreciate your honest feedback and suggestions. I have to be prepared for the critics one day, right? So it makes sense that I would want to experience all that now, and try to make them (you) fall in love with me and my writing before I am famous. Really, please be open to say whatever you like or don’t like about my stuff. I really appreciate it.

You’ll find that I write mostly about the act of exclusion, thus the reference to “them.” We all are connected to the process in some way. I don’t know about you yet, but I know I’ve been picked last, omitted from the e-mail list, ignored by friends, and even shunned by the church. It hurts. But it doesn’t have to keep hurting. We choose, and everything we experience has been given our personal seal of approval to be experienced. Think about it for a moment.

Think. About. It.

I ramble some. You’ve been warned. I cover the gamut, from connecting peace to something like a hurricane, to exclusion being a teacher, along with rock songs, forgiveness, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Experience is our greatest teacher, of course, and sharing our experiences with one another in the form of stories brings us closer together. I love to tell stories, and I love to hear great stories too. I have a passion for being around when someone says, “I get it now!” Oh, before I proceed I want to qualify the term “it.”

It is when you meet yourself again for the first time :O

More on that later, so stick around. I really hope to create dialogue and get us thinking about what we can do about the state of our world. I think we all have differing opinions about what it might look like, but in the end I believe that we will see world peace, because I am equally certain that I have to make peace before I am able to contribute to the cause of peace. Forgive. Allow. Accept. Love. Think. All I am really trying to do is get us to think. The rest will come if we want it. I would be honored if you would join me.


Peace is the way, love is here to stay, and our thoughts allow it to happen today. -– jb

4 comments:

  1. Hi Jeff - I think self-hosted Wordpress is better in the long term, but you need some expertise with websites or someone to do it for you.

    Blogger is best for people starting out - it's what I used at first, anyway.

    Keep writing - Cheers!

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  2. Wendi Kelly-Life's Little InspirationsSeptember 11, 2008 at 7:27 AM

    Hi Jeff!, I know I have come to visit you before when I was at my old free-wordpress site and I have just moved over to self hosted. I think that Blogger makes it too hard for people to leave comments, you have to fill out too much stuff and it's a pain.I think you would find you would get more od a community if you switched. One thing though, I wouldn't switch to free because if you are in it for the long hall, you will want to switch to self-hosted before very long. I was in free for 3 months before I realized that all the things I saw the *cool kids* do on their sites didn't work on the free sites, only on the self hosted.

    And...so...when you switch again...half the people that found you on your free site lose you and you have to build up again! GRRRR!

    Might as well save yourself one whole learning curve and build up of subscribers!

    I used Men with Pens to design my site but there are lots of choices and you don't really even need a designer, there are a lot of designs you can just download and a lot of people out there who will teach you how to do it. And if you have a family member good at this, you are WAY farther off then I am!

    I'm looking forward to seeing more of your writing, your topics, as you know, are dear to my heart.

    Do you know Christine Kane? (ChristineKane.com) She writes a lot on the same topics and sings songs about this stuff. She sings a song about being picked on in school that is heartwrenching. I think you would like her a lot.

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  3. Hi Jeff,

    Good luck with your ventures on WordPress! Indeed, I think in the long run it's better to be self-hosted on WordPress. Blogger is for those who want to try blogging. Once you're finished trying, then it's time to move up to the next level.

    You are a smart guy, it may test your patience a bit but you'll figure it out. Let me know if you have any questions.

    Look into AcornHost.com if you're ready to get your own hosting account. It's a business I'm happy to endorse (100% powered by renewable energy!).

    ari

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  4. Ha wishing you the best Jeff. I have had my little old blog for 4 years. Guess I am not a CHANGE kind of girl much ha.

    *CHEERS*

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Have any thoughts on this post? I'd really love to hear from you. Be Peace, Make Peace -- jb