Today I am proud to feature my very first guest blogger. Put your hands together for Mr. Green Embers. This blogger has been actively making a difference in his own life and encouraging others to make difference in their own. He is also a lot of fun to chat with, may I present the first ever Readful Things guest blog:
Hey faithful readers of Ionia, this isn’t her. Let me see… is there anyone left in the audience… oh just you two there, great! I assume the mass exodus just now was just everyone coincidently needing to use the bathroom. Well, hah, the jokes on them! The lines are going to be ridicules with that many people needing to go.
Ionia asked me to be a guest on her blog, of which I am extremely humbled. This is my first time I have ever guest blogged. I must admit, it feels like regular blogging. Last week she recently featured me in her Blog Spotlight (my words not hers). So, yes, I am that Green Embers. My real name is Bradley, not too many of my readers know this, I plan on telling them soon.
See, aren’t you two there glad you stayed?
Ionia mentioned that she wanted to do this to help show off my amazing personality. I mentioned to her, that is what people say to fat people like myself when they want to be polite. Oh him, he has a great personality! What is really being said is, “too bad he is a fatso!” 😀
I jest, I jest (please no bodily harm Ionia…. What is that you’re holding! 😯 ).
But no, weight is kind of a big issue for me. I would like to say it is not just an image thing but that does play a part. The important bit is that for health reasons I have to lose weight. So I guess the question is when (not if) I lose the weight and am skinnier, do I also lose the amazing personality? 😉
Somewhere in here I am supposed to talk about blogging. I should probably get to that. Hmm, I would have thought that more would have returned from the bathroom by now… I don’t think anyone has come back. Maybe we had better send security to make sure there aren’t any stray bits of a Gravitational Singularity mucking things up out there, those CERN guys always misplacing things.
Right, so, blogging. I have had my blog for quite some time. It wasn’t until February that things really started clicking. I originally started my blog to help me work on learning C# and develop a Windows 8 app. Which I have done, it’s for Dungeon Masters keeping track of monsters in 4th Edition D&D encounters. Yes, I am a geek. After I finished my app, I really didn’t have anything else to work on. I created a new post for New Year’s saying what my goals were for this year. At that point in time, I had exactly, 4 followers. This was after about two years.
In February this all changed. I had an awakening of sorts. I started exploring WordPress more and seeing what was out there. I started liking people’s blogs and was slowly putting myself out there. Then I started making some posts on how amazing I thought people’s blogs were. I put up a simple comic of me that I made in Paint. A 16 year old girl (who writes better than me I might add, just goes to prove that age means nothing) left a comment that she thought it was funny. Well, like all people who leave comments, I checked out her blog. She liked to read and had a small review section. One book was a self-help book called Mindset by Carol Dweck. This book helped me see things in an entirely new perspective.
Many of my readers are already familiar with my struggles. I talk about them constantly. I suffer from depression, not severe depression but enough to have crippled me in making important life decisions. I would run from anything important, I had become a bitter fat man with extremely low self-esteem. I felt pretty worthless for much of my life. The key, though, is that this can change. I didn’t and don’t have to feel that way.
I started making changes.
My blog is now pretty unrecognizable from when I first started. It has almost become a full time job, in and of itself. I now post regular comics (always a crowd favorite). I have my daily Rome Construction posts about my health and fitness and my random musings of the day. I always try to make sure that when I am feeling down or depressed that I acknowledge it and just tell myself to keep working harder. No matter how much I want to quit, I cannot let myself.
During this transformation I have made many friends and have had such wonderful experiences. Ionia has been around since the beginning, really, and has been a great help to me. There are times when she believes in me, even when I don’t, and just having that moral support has been so rewarding. It helps me to continue on. Thank you again, Ionia.
I love blogging. In my life before, I had really done nothing with my free time but watch TV and play video games. Now, I barely have time to do that. I am always thinking about what I can do on my blog, what my next post will be. What things I can do to help me improve my self-esteem. If I don’t feel like doing something, I force myself to work on it and almost always feel better that I have.
Now to show the value of hard work, I now have 147 followers. It has come a long way from when I started.
If you two still here are interested in knowing more about the features of my blog, you can read about it here: http://greenembers.wordpress.com/about-the-green-features/
Now, for my final words. I recently have a new feature on My Rome Construction posts, where I do a motivation voice thing. What say that we get Ionia on for a session? Wouldn’t it be great to hear her voice? Maybe if you ask super nice, readers of her blog, she will do it. 😀
Okay, you two still here, keep it green!
Thank you Green Embers for agreeing to the guest post, you are truly an inspiration!