Hi! My name is Errol K. Catanes, and this will be my what, 5th change to this blog? I should have expected a lot of turbulence during my creation of this blog, but it does get annoying when I can’t focus on a topic.
Version 1.0 was just old entries from my previous attempts to turn WordPress into a LiveJournal-esque diary. Version 1.1 was an upgrade with the use of Siteground and the ability to customize this site. Version 1.2 underwent several changes because I could not decide on a WordPress theme. It was also here that I had my 1st draft hot-washed by my ‘rising star’ friends who recommended I focus on a topic, emulate successful blogs, and post regularly. Version 1.3 was inspired by my mind-blowing and soul-cleansing trip to Sedona, AZ, along with the reviews I wrote about them on Yelp, and so, I wanted to make a review type blog (and I pretentiously called myself a “venuehound”). Version 1.4 came out of a very detailed critique from the last but most logical person I thought who echoed the same sentiments my friends said, but added this one sentence,
“It’s hard to sell ‘my thoughts on life’ or to have someone promote you as ‘a cool guy’s take on various things’. It’s far easier to promote ‘an eloquent writer’s creative short stories and essays about post military life’ or even ‘GoT reviews and musings’.” It was the element of post military life that I focused on and beget the previous iteration. So why change it again?
While it’s true that I am a (medically) retired veteran of the United States Air Force, I don’t want to be defined solely as one. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad I did my service and eternally grateful for the benefits, tangible and intangible, it has and will continue to give me. I will always be proud that I enlisted into the United States Air Force. But, I’d like to think I’m much more than that.
- I am also a Brandman University undergraduate who wants to complete his bachelor’s degree in Applied Communications and immediately pursue his master’s in Organizational Leadership.
- I am also a willing and able career changer looking for an internship and/or a student assistance position within the public relations, news research, news production, and/or public broadcast field.
- I am also part of #weightlossjourney
- And finally, I am also an aspiring writer and blogger who is “building media cred, one post at a time,” looking towards being recognized (and paid) for my efforts.
So where do I go from here? Well, I will no longer dedicate this blog solely on the praise and honor of the U.S. Armed Forces. Instead, like my very insightful friend said, I will focus on promoting this “eloquent writer’s creative short stories and essays about post military life.” I will also continue the different day, different topic format (Military Mondays, Think Tank Thursdays, Veteran Fridays, etc.) to keep pumping content and the writing juices flowing. Once my creative short story, post military life essay, or long discussion on a topic of choice is complete, I will post it.
Let’s hope this time it’ll stick eh?
P.S. Because of #weightlossjourney on Instagram, I have been getting support, not only from friends, but complete strangers who encourage me to keep doing what I’m doing. As a result, I will post thoughts on my successes and challenges as a middle-aged dude who agreed to lose weight with another middle-aged dude.
Wish us luck.