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September 26, 2011 / mike54martin

Who Am I and How Did I end up on this Blog?

Today I am a freelance writer, workplace wellness consultant, facilitator, mediator, investigator and author of Change the Things You Can (Dealing with Difficult People).

I am also a father to a brainy son doing his PhD in some form of math and physics of which I have very little comprehension, and a daughter whose main goal in life is to survive university so that she can resume her lifelong ambition of travelling the globe. Neither of them lives with me but we stay in touch and Dad can always be counted on in a jam.

I have a wonderful life partner who has put with so much of me that I will never repay her kindness, but I am committed to do so. She nurtured me thru my early writing days which were brutal, and my early small business days which were worse. She has held my pain for me until I was ready and able to hold it myself.

I have worked in many jobs and overcome several addictions to be where I am today. My careers have included government administrator, trade union activist, leader and senior staff advisor, warehouse worker and senior manager, speechwriter and packer in a supermarket. I have been an Executive Director in a number of not for profit organizations and a postal worker. I like working for myself best because I have trouble getting along with the boss and I love almost everything about it, except for the fact that I don’t get paid holidays. That sucks!!

I started out trying to have a blog that was also a website. Thought I could do it on the cheap in a two for one deal. The main reason for the blog was to offer my views to the world on social and political issues. Then I started added content like some of the articles I had written and then tried using my new blog to advertise my services, which if you check include just about everything except babysitting. I figure I’ve done my share of that. And the pay’s not great.

Then lo and behold I started to get comments and so I wrote even more. Kind of addictive, aren’t they, those little comments and site visit stats. Maybe I was really starting to be somebody in this great big blogosphere.  So I finished up my book which was sitting in my pile for the last 5 years and thought I should share this too. But of course now I need a whole new blog, and content, just to promote my book.

If somehow you have managed to find me here, could you please tell me the way out? I’ve been in here (inside my own puffed-up head) forever. If you give me the password, I won’t tell anybody else. Promise.

Oh Yeah, who are you and how did you get here?

www.mike54martin.com

www.changethethingsyoucan.wordpress.com

 

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  1. Emily Stoik / Sep 26 2011 7:57 pm

    Fun post, Mike! So great to meet you! My husband and I teach online marketing as corporate trainers with the Internet Marketing Mentoring and Coaching centre. We live up in Canada and have 3 fun little kids! Looking forward to reading more of your posts! 🙂

  2. Jennifer Woodard (@wordzopolis) / Sep 26 2011 10:06 pm

    Mike,

    I really enjoyed your post, it made me chuckle. I can’t help you for the way out, I am looking myself. It you get the password, will you please pass it along.

    Happy blogging,
    Jenn

  3. RAAckerman@Cerebrations.biz / Sep 26 2011 10:45 pm

    So, you want US to provide the candle to lead you out?
    Be prepared for some pretty wild tours, then!

  4. Larry Lewis / Sep 27 2011 3:41 pm

    You know you don’t want to get out. Blogging is great. Every success we have as bloggers brings us more passion for carrying on. Did I hear you hint at your addictive personality, so i’m sure blogging hasn’t also become an obsession. I remember the day i had 1 blog, now it’s 5, oh my god, give me the key, i’m going to lock the doors and hide. I’d come running back the next day. My life now as a full time blogger is awesome, it takes lot of beating

    • mike54martin / Sep 27 2011 7:25 pm

      Hey Larry. Thanks for the post. You know it’s not the writing that gets me it’s the blogging. But you know what it’s all good.
      Mike

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