Someone sent me a message through this blog last week to give me his perspective on this blog. Apparently he has been reading my blog for years, but only now took some time to write to me. He said:
I guess you can call me one of your loyal blog readers. This is the first time I have written to you. Most of the time, I find your blog refreshing and different. It is not the ordinary gay guy’s blog.
I found your blog while looking for information about a pair of cowboy boots to wear when I ride my motorcycle. I live in Texas and always wear boots, but wanted a pair of good-looking cowboy boots that also had some tread on the soles. Your blog and its boot reviews answered a lot of my questions. I got a pair of Chippewa boots that you recommended and like them.
I also saw some other blogs and reviews written by gay guys. Most of those websites were silly and not helpful. I thought gay guys didn’t wear boots, or if they did, they wore them as a costume. Who am I to know? I don’t hang out with gay guys, being straight and married with 2 kids.
Anyway, I just wanted you to know that your blog sure is different. I return to read it often. Thanks.
Yeah, my blog is different. Regular readers follow my adventures in life, read my concerns about how my marriage is being understood and recognized, know that I remain deeply in love with my one-and-only-man, that I know a thing or two about boots and write about them (to complement my website), have a passion for wearing leather in public — not only to wear when I ride my Harley. I am active in my community, care for a legion of senior pals, do some construction and home renovations, and other stuff. I’m just an ordinary guy with various interests and disinterests who writes a blog. What you see is what you get.
I think what makes my blog different from other “gay blogs” is that I generally don’t make the gay thing a big deal. I do not write about politics (much), or show photos of hot men and comment about them, or describe clothing styles (other than men need to get over self-imposed fear about wearing boots with dress clothes in an office). There are hundreds of blogs that do those things. This blog really is not a “gay blog” but rather a “guy with different interests blog written by a guy who happens to be gay.”
I choose to describe my every-day life and interests, joy of motorcycling with safe riders, disdain for dressing up and dancing, and my preferences for a comfortable and warm home life over going out to dinner and entertainment. I also rant on occasion about how some people live beyond their means while my spouse and I actively practice financial responsibility — we don’t spend what we don’t have. I also sometimes rant about smartphones, and my passion for remaining in the unthethered world as long as I can. I don’t need one of those expensive-to-maintain gadgets.
Anyway, I’m glad someone took the time to write to me with his opinion and reviews. I welcome feedback and content suggestions. After blogging now for well over five years and 1,830 posts, I find it harder to come up with new content, so suggestions are welcome.
This blog will pretty much remain in the same theme. Why? Well… it’s really because I have promised myself that I will keep the blog going and that takes a LOT of work! To do that, I choose to write about whatever is on my mind when I have some time to write. That’s why the blog covers so many topics. I would run out of content if I tried to confine it to one topic.
Life is short: thanks for visiting this blog, where life remains variable but fairly consistently happy 🙂