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Happy Birthday Expert in the Rough – Congrats on the Big 624 in Blog Years

Can you believe my blog is turning 624 in “Blog Years?” That’s 4 in human years.

Every year in late May I get a little teary eyed thinking about how innocently my blog started back in 2008.  A life long study of the “Gurus,”  Expert in the Rough was born as a vehicle to share my ideas about living an outstanding life (instead of regurgitating the gurus).  It’s a funny thing when you start sharing your ideas with the world you either have to put up or shut up.  I can proudly say I have never put up but have been humbled a number of times.

Expert in the Rough has changed me in ways I will never ever be able to explain through mere words but I will keep trying.  The cool thing about writing a blog over a period of time is the benefit of perspective.  My perspective has changed immensely during the last 4 years mostly due to the birth of my daughter in late 2008.

I had zilch of an idea how parenthood would change my life.  You could say I “Brian Monahan” am a mere 3.5 year old to life with my new perspective.  I am glad Expert in the Rough has been a place for me to document that perspective shift.

So, what’s different for Brian and Expert in the Rough in 2012.

  • I find myself wishing I had kids earlier in life, I had no idea I was so self centered, for so long.
  • I am a rock solid dreamer who will have no regrets on his deathbed.  It’s a rough journey but I guess you could call that being on “Brand Message”
  • I have learned that moving towards the pain is where the real work in life begins.
  • My best message is always just sharing my truth.
  • I get knocked down and I get up again…although a little slower than at 25.
  • No matter how much I try to prove myself to the world…I can’t outrun the voice in my head…its time to stop and listen.
  • Blogging is not “Blog it and they will come” and comment, life the movie Field of Dreams,  in fact,  it’s kind of a lonely exercise which lends well to the item above.  No matter how much I kid myself that this message (blog) is for you, it’s instead clearly what I need to hear for myself.

So, that’s the short list.  On a more practical level Expert in the Rough has been great writing practice and has helped me with writing speeches.  I have shared in the past it wasn’t until I learned how to write that I learned how to speak.

So, 624 in Blog years, I say.  I like toying with numbers so I dug up some data and found out a very generous life expectancy for a blog would be 6 months and the average human has a life expectancy of 78 years.  I applied some formulas via some algebraic fractions (can verify the validity of my computations) and came up with an age for Expert in the Rough at 624 years old.

I am not sure if that makes me eligible for AARP but should at least qualify me for the Buckeye Card in OH.

If you are new around here, you can catch up by starting back at the beginning.

EITR’s First Blog Post May 26th, 2008.

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