By Way of Introduction

I've always been told it's polite to introduce yourself when meeting for the first time, so a hearty welcome to anyone stopping by GEEK MONKEY for the first time.  My name is Chris, and for over three years I ran a blog called Whiskey for the Monkey.  It was a little nest tucked away in some far corner on the Web where I could write about whatever struck my fancy.  Great times were had, but my restless heart did wander, and a change of scene was in order.  So here I am.

But why?  A few months ago the always excellent House Next Door posted a link that led to this article, in which Girish Shambu ruminates over the events and reasons that led to his entry into the blogosphere. Reading it served as a reminder for me to take a step back and look at why I do this.

When I first started Whiskey for the Monkey I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it. My exact words, from June 2005:
"Haven't come up with a purpose for this thing at all. It just seems like lately there's so much turbulence (eventually I'll get away from all these hokey literary devices) in my life I feel like there's no time for anything. Even when I take the time to do something to get my mind off of everything - read a book, watch a movie, engage in, well, activities with the missus - there's always something I feel I'm ignoring, something begging for release. So I figure I can use one of these things to blow off some steam, maybe find out what things I need to change to make life a little nicer."
So why do I blog? I suppose for two reasons that work together as polar opposites: to get closer to some things, and to distance myself from others. Blogging has allowed me to examine and solidify thoughts, beliefs, and issues that have nagged me to the point of frustration. It's allowed me to track some of the most difficult and rewarding moments in my life, and at the same time give me some distance from those things that were in danger of becoming too overwhelming. It's introduced me to a host of incredible writers who in many instances turned out to be incredible people and who, although I may never meet or even really know, affected me for the better and continue to inspire me to chase, rope, and wrangle the things I'm interested in writing about.

I think every once in a while we need to answer the question of why we do this: for me there's a definite danger of running on autopilot, and simply writing to put something down was never my goal in keeping a blog.

So there you go.  Once again welcome to GEEK MONKEY.  I hope you come back often, comment on the things that interest you, and don't take too much heed of the thousands of the different directions I'm liable to travel.  It'll be a fun time.