Blog Swapping

Welcome to Blog Swap #9 coordinated by 20 Something Bloggers.

Today Dan will be guest posting, and I will be over at his blog Sliding Down, introducing a whole new audience to Albuquerque.

 Dan is a musician and a mathematician (and long-time blogger) based near Chicago, IL. 



Hello! My name is Dan and I’m writing this guest post for Amy, who has been kind enough to let me write to her readership for the 20SB’s Blog Swap #9. This is the first Blog Swap I have ever participated in, so I hope it goes well! If it doesn’t, then I apologize! I tend to write my posts in the spur of the moment, so I won’t know if I’m in the “write” mood at the time. (I’m also full of puns, but that never varies with time :P)

If you’re part of the 20SB community, you’re probably aware that this weekend they will be hosting the first 20SB Summit in Chicago! It’s going to be a smorgasbord of blogs and blogging and other blog-related things! (Haha, I’m sure you guys could have figured that out by yourselves!) I haven’t had too much time to look at the schedule yet, but I’m looking forward to learning how to improve my blog!

As a blogger of six or so years, I’ve tried on my fair share of writing hats. When I first started out I was in high school and subject to the same emotional traumatization that continues to unfairly plague teenagers to this day. We used to vent our frustration at the world on platforms like Xanga and LiveJournal and our readership was the small circle of friends we kept. Eventually everyone moved off to college and our online social activity began to splinter. Blogging topics included more mature topics like the latest cat video on YouTube. My readers became any and all interested parties I ran into at the dorms who wanted to get to know me a bit better. And so I wrote! College was a time to write about ideas and people and adventures. For the most part I just stuck to that plan and it worked out alright.

Now that I’ve entered “the real world” and landed myself a job, I’m on the lookout for a new, perhaps bigger, audience. Part of that effort is participating in different communities, including this Blog Swap. I’m happy to write for other audiences for a change! I want to take this experience and learn from it, expand upon it, grow from it. I love writing. I love the different ways it acts as a narrative. I love how it can reach lots of different people in totally divergent ways and yet still communicate something worthwhile. And mostly, I love that it is a great medium of expression for so many people. I think that about does it for my guest post today.

If you like what you’ve read, come join me over at my blog for more! It’s not nearly as good as Amy’s — for instance, I need to post many more pictures! — but it’s building up steam. (Hopefully!) And if you’re going to the 20SB Summit this weekend, tweet me at @HeyMrBass or just drop a line on my blog!

Thanks again to Amy for letting me write! ~Dan

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