“Welcome” or “Joel: What the heck is a blog?”

So now that I’m officially “launching” this site, I guess I’ll type a greeting entry.

Welcome to my blog.

I don’t know what your expectations are. There are surely plenty of different ones out there given the diverse mix of people I’ve invited to check it out: family, friends old and new, co-workers, church acquaintances… Each of you know me a little differently; maybe checking in on my life from time to time through this blog will help flesh out your understanding of who I am.

This blog will contain a variety of stuff, the core of which will be commentary on everyday life–odds and ends that happen, sometimes in detail, sometimes intentionally vague. Some entries will be submitted at 2:13 a.m., others at more reasonable hours. Pretty much whenever something pops up that I feel like sharing with the world–and when an Internet connection is handy (which is quite often given the wireless networks I have at work and home).

But as you’ll see as you wade through the content that is already here, my blogs tend to get quite reflective. While some people keep theirs light and happy, I’ve found myself delving into life purpose and calling–the stuff my inner mind is continually processing and reprocessing. Feel free to post comments if my blog is becoming one big yawner to you. I’ll heed your input, but probably keep writing them anyway because it’s therapeutic to a certain degree. I just may end up annihilating my entire audience sans my mother.

So, that kind of stuff will fall into the “Weblogs” category.

Other commentaries I plan to post are sermon reflections and old writings I’ve done over the years, such as papers assigned at Spring Arbor University and Focus on the Family Institute. I’ll try my best to filter them and post only the stuff I think you might find interesting. Check the “Spiritual reflections” category for that kind of stuff.

I’ll probably tweak the categories over time, so if you become a regular visitor you might see things change. Hopefully it will always be an improvement.

The last direction I see this going, for now, is with photos. I’ve posted two galleries for launch: “Vanity” or “Boredom Solution”–which simply is four self portraits–and “Twig of Life” or “Senior Art Show”–which is self explanatory. More information is available within the respective galleries.

I plan to upload my travel photographs and other stuff I take. If you see something you like, feel free to get in touch. All will be available as prints.

So, I’ve typed long enough. Feel free to click around.

By Joel Maust

Joel Maust is a marketer, blogger and photographer living in the beautiful Flathead Valley of northwest Montana.

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