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“What’s the difference between a blog and a regular old column?” my wife, Julee, asked somewhat skeptically the other day when I told her I would be blogging for our website. I was tempted to joke that blogs don’t require good spelling or grammar but I didn’t want her to get the wrong idea.
“Blog is short for web log and it has a more spontaneous feel to it, a kind of raw compositional quality,” I explained.
Really? I asked myself. That explanation sounded pretty lame even to me.
“Oh, you mean like improv,” Julee said.
Now that’s something my wife understands. Julee is a singer and musician who’s worked occasionally in improvisational jazz, most notably with Bobby McFerrin. She was right. Blogs should be a little like improvisational music, composed as they go and loosely thematic. For example, right now I am thinking about Julee’s voice, how, when I first heard it, I couldn’t imagine something that pure and beautiful ever coming out of me. I wanted to get closer to someone who had something wonderful that I could only dream of.
Sometimes you read a story for the same reason: to get close to something beautiful, where a dream becomes a truth, even a spiritual truth. GUIDEPOSTS has always been about people and their stories. In fact, we were doing user-generated content 60 years ago, decades before the Internet was even a glint in Al Gore’s eye.
Stories are everywhere. Every day of every person’s life on this planet is a story. It is a profoundly human thing, our spiritual DNA.
So, welcome to my blog and, if you are a first time visitor to the site, welcome to GUIDEPOSTS, where your stories rule.
Edward Grinnan is Editor-in-Chief and Vice President of GUIDEPOSTS Publications.
Edward Grinnan is Editor-in-Chief and Vice President of Guideposts Publications. Edward lives in New York City with two blondes—his wife, Julee, and Golden Retriever, Millie, who has been featured in his blog and popular videos. Edward loves cycling, hiking with Millie at his house in the Berkshire Hills and Wolverines that hail from Michigan.
If you need a little boost of inspiration, pick up a copy of Edward's book The Promise of Hope: How True Stories of Hope and Inspiration Saved My Life and How They Can Transform Yours.