“Papa K… You Made It” – The Blogosphere


Make sure and read to the very end of this post… I’m giving away something PRETTY COOL!!!

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It just occurred to me the other day to look back and check how long I’ve been keeping this blog alive. 

It was October 16th, 2009 when I birthed “Hands To War” into existence with post number one.  In that post I welcomed every transferring themselves from my last blog: “Virtual Hugs“, to my new, more appropriately named blog.  Quickly following that post was about a story I read regarding how Ted Williams’ frozen head had been used for batting practice at the cryogenics lab where it’s kept.

Everything went downhill from there.

I’m kidding.

I can’t begin to explain to you after writing 90 posts on Virtual Hugs and 188 on Hands To War how incredibly awesome I feel.

I never used to write.  I never used to read.  I found them both about as enjoyable as having a doctor shove his finger up my butt (that’s not enjoyable BTW).  Now… I do both (read and write… not get fingers stuck up my butt)!!  I feel as though I happened upon a wealth of previously undiscovered knowledge!

188 posts ago, when I opened the doors to my blog home, I honestly didn’t know to even think about what might become of my career as a blogger.  My blog can’t make homemade ice cream, it hasn’t me famous yet and it doesn’t have boobs as awesome as Bunny’s

Three strikes right?

Wrong.

For everything negative that blogging does (like when it erased THIS very post from its memory banks leaving me with nothing and having to type it all over again)… it has an equally rewarding effect.

It has given me the opportunity to showcase my writing on several different blogs specializing in things from baseball to relationships to parenting techniques.

I have made friends whom I only know through the still photos they post on their own blogs or the comments they’ve made on mine.  Mandal, Shelle, Keith, SeattleDad, MamaMidwife, Andrea and Tony are just a few that come to mind.

I’ve received an email from Kim Kardashian on how much she loves my blog.

I’ve effectively lived through depression, anxiety and OCD by chronicling my struggles with them on this blog and on Virtual Hugs.

I’ve been able to find this outlet to explode my creativity all over the internet… even if a microcosm of the planet ever sees it then I still feel like I’ll be remembered for something.

I’ve written about things that I’ve been told actually help people get through whatever they’re going through.  Whether I said something deeply intriguing, spiritual or just plain stupid it hits someone where it makes sense to them!!

I’ve found it all to be rewarding and I thank you, the reader, for reading.  Keep it up!!  Tell your friends.  Tell your neighbors, your husbands, your wives, your poker buddies, your Chihuahua, your Facebook friends, that dwarf that lives under the foundation of your house or even old Mrs. Cratchett who tries to shoot you with her crossbow every time you walk by her house.

After all of this, you may have noticed a slight change in my blog title.  While “Hands To War” will still remain in the URL, I’ve changed the name of this blog to “Who Is Papa K”.  I ask this question in all seriousness because I don’t even know who I am!  Also, I’m in a different place than where I was when I started Hands To War.  When I started Hands To War as the successor to Virtual Hugs it was to release all the garbage I had dwelling in my soul, mind and body.  Sometimes writing and seeing the words on the screen makes everything more real.  I blogged because I almost had to in order to survive!  I wrote about my depression, about my growing spirituality and about anything that was really affecting me in my life at that time.

It’s not that way anymore.

I don’t struggle with my OCD, depression and anxiety like I used to.  I’m also not naïve enough to think that I won’t ever again… I’m just extremely happy to be at the place I’m at right now.

So, I write about other things.  I not only write about my spiritual walk and my struggles with OCD, depression and anxiety… but I also about baseball or parenting or DLG or Bunny or things that piss me off or tattoos or anything I damn well please really.

Thus the name change.

Hands To War is a spiritual reference and while I fully intend to write about spirituality when I want… I also don’t want to pigeon-hole myself.  Themed blogs are great… but that’s not my gig.

“Who Is Papa K” is exactly what it says: “Who” am I, “what” do I write about, “when” do I post, “where” do I live so you can stalk me like the crazy stalker you are and “why” must I mention Kim Kardashian so many times?

Nobody knows really.  Not even me.  I want to write about whatever I damn well please and have the title of my blog indicate that.

So… Who IS Papa K?

I don’t know.  Keep readin’ and find out!

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In celebration of the new blog name I’m going to give a lucky reader the biggest prize I’ve given away to date.  If it’s something you personally won’t be able to benefit from you could use this as a Christmas (it’s coming before you know it) gift to a younger member of your friends or family.

Several weeks ago, I gave away a Mr. Men book called, “Mr. Bump”.  Upon further inspection at my local bookshop, I located an EIGHT-PACK collection of some classic Mr. Men books.

DLG has this same collection and she LOVES it.

Included in this eight-pack are Mr. Bounce, Mr. Bump, Mr. Chatterbox, Mr. Grumpy, Mr. Happy, Mr. Mischief, Mr. Small and Mr. Strong.

Seriously folks, this is an awesome giveaway.  Just to reiterate: I’m giving you EIGHT books.

Not one.

Eight.

All you have to do is leave me a comment telling me where you live, i.e. Colorado, Wisconsin, Australia, Somalia, Antartica, etc.  DON’T send me your personal address… I’ll ask for that later if you win the books.  I’m really just curious how far reaching this blog goes. I also may do a post about it in the future.

A winner will be drawn at random in a week.

Leave a comment… it’s all you gotta do!

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31 responses to ““Papa K… You Made It” – The Blogosphere

  1. Papa K,

    Loved your writing from the 1st time I stumbled through the net to you as I was doing a paper on Marketing and Red Bull and used your words for my essay which the professor thought were cool as well. Blogs are cool, however, you need to be writing for NY Times, USA Today, etc. I know they are boring white old men papers, however, the masses will read your great stuff. Thanks for all of the laughs and insights. Rangers in 6!

    Respectfully yours,

    Roger J. Hourihan, ATA, ATP
    Location-Wherever I want to be and whenever

  2. Thanks for the mention 🙂 Honestly, I don’t remember how I found your blog, but I’m glad I did. I feel like I’ve watched it grow from the little blog to the world wide phenomenon that it is now. Keep up the good work man – love your blog like a vegetarian loves tofu.

    Tony
    Las Vegas, Nevada

  3. I tried collecting them all when I was a kid and I just couldn’t do it. Could never find Mr. Happy.

    You write well and you make me chuckle when I’m stressed. You also allow me to live thru you in the playoffs – go RANGERS!!!

    M@
    Central New Jersey

  4. I found your blog through your sister Jenni’s blog a while back, right after you began I believe. Anyhow, I have been reading and sharing it with friend ever since.

    Daniele in Illinois.

  5. Hmm. You know where I live. 🙂

    I got the package on Saturday (or maybe it was Friday??). I bout peed my pants when I saw the Luke Perry heart with love arrow on it. Hahahahaha!! My kids were equally thrilled with the Twilight Freak Sweethearts candy and the “TwilightFreak+MamaMidwife=Lov4eva”. Thanks for the laugh – and the Chuck Norris Magnet. That is totally going on the fridge.

    (I am not anti-picture on the internet….just have a slow connection which makes it a PITA to send pics.)

  6. Kansas City, MO

  7. Texas Ranger Land, TX

  8. Ever since I’ve found your blog, I’ve gotten great enjoyment from reading it. You have a unique ability to take a seemingly serious subject and write about it in a way that’s not only comprehensible, but also humorous. That’s a rare quality in bloggers. I don’t have it — wish I did, but I don’t.

    Oh, I’ll keep telling the Chihuahuas and cranky cat ladies! BTW, thanks for the mention!

    Oh, and I think you know I’m from Boulder CO. 🙂

  9. I used to struggle with my CDO. It’s same as OCD, but in alphabetical order. 😉 Until I met a blogger who had the same touch of CDO, I couldn’t figure out why certain things wouldn’t bother me at all day in day out and yet make me SNAP on another day.

    I resisted my friends’ urgings to blog for a while until I decided to give it a try on MySpace. I blogged every week for 2 years straight. Developed a base of readers. Felt restricted due to “openness” of MySpace. A friend turned me onto Blogger with promises of complete anonymity and how to protect that.

    Started one blog in mid ’08. One of the bloggers came across me and encouraged me to start another one and I did with DCHY this year.

    Strangely enough, maintaining two blogs did not restrict me at all. In fact, it freed me in ways I could not imagine. So, I totally understand your need to change things up.

    I feel you, my fellow CDO brother. 😉

  10. I have been trying to figure out who I am too, so I completely get this.
    I am catching on that you may live in Colorado???
    I am in Denver.

  11. I’ve also struggled with a lot of the same issues that you’ve mentioned and I also thought that blogging would be a great way to help with my thoughts. I’ve enjoyed reading your stuff and look forward to reading more as you watch your Rangers in the World Series. Congrats on that!
    I live in Jackson,Michigan.

  12. I came across your blog while looking for male written blogs. Though I love the women ones too, I relate to men best. While I have not read every single post(yet), the ones I have are really cool. First post I read was the piercing and tatooing one. You reach me all the way in Florida. Happy Halloween Papa K.

  13. I do believe that as time goes by peoples writing style changes.
    Love to read what you have to say. : )

  14. San Antonio… Texas..

    Just wish I could view the page during working hours…

  15. Maybe you should set up google analytics (if you haven’t already) for this blog. Then you can go into the visitors “map overlay” and see exactly how many visits you get from each city, state, country. It’s pretty cool to see where your readers are from, and you don’t have to rely on people to reveal themselves in your comments.

    Although, this is a fun way to do a giveaway! =)

    (I live in Oregon.)

    • Thanks for the tip Amy. Geez… i’m way behind on the whole “knowing what’s out there” to help me get a better handle on how big and/or how much my blog actually sux. Anywayz….

      Thanks for the comment!!

  16. Lawrenceville, GA, USA.

    Found you via Hot Dads.

    Gave you some cred and a link the other day in my Kronos post, and really enjoy your blog posts.

    You’re a good dude.

    And a good read.

    UP

    • Man thanks dude!! WordPress sucks sometimes as it’s supposed to tell me when someone links to me! Sorry man… thanks so much!

  17. Papa K dude ur blog has def spoken to me and ur thoughts and advice of what u did. i agree one thing u do in life is grow and mature so should ur blog and sometimes the things u write about. keep on man, ur amazing. cheers!
    ps thanks for the mention.

  18. Baltimore!

    (And I want to take this opportunity to apologize to you and to your wife for clicking on the “boobs as awesome as Bunny’s” link. At first, I thought, “Maybe, in case he checks his stats or whatevers, I should click on all other links on the post so I won’t look like a perv,” but it’s getting late, and who am I kiddin’, really.)

  19. Found you through Jenni!

    I’m a Canadian Girl – Toronto

  20. Your advertisement on FB prompted me to leave a comment. Which I suppose means people you know can enter this little contest. So here I am leaving my name and where I’m from…Edmond, OK. Not very far, I know.

  21. Like the new name Papa K! Sorry I am a bit late getting here. Thanks for the kind words. Glad to have gotten to know you (to the extent that anyone really knows who you are, right?).

    Anyway, I live in Seattle and since we have crappy baseball to watch, I could use some books to read to my kid.

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