Alright, confession time. As if you didn’t know this already, I’m here to tell you again — I know it will be no surprise but — Sweet Mother is a bit of a cheerleader. Yes, yes. It’s a fact I don’t always admit, but I do have this side of myself where if I like you, I want to see you succeed. Now, of course, there’s the converse where if I don’t like you, I try to imagine different ways you could “accidentally” walk your face into a cheese grater, but I suppose those dueling realities make up the reasons why I chose comedy as a career.
Now, let’s get back to the cheerleader part. We all need a little support. Period. No one is immune from such a need. And I’m not introducing this new Reggie with any kind of a “just help the guy out…” kind of speech. He doesn’t need it. He’s a smart guy. He could walk away from blogging tomorrow and I’m not sure it would effect his life much. But, I will say this: Very rarely do I read a blog and wish there were more of it. Very rarely do I read good writing and go, “Man, this guy needs to produce more. Because what he has produced is good. Imagine if he really committed to the feckin‘ thing.”
Well, that’s how I feel about today’s Reggie, Sean Murphy. He is the creator of the fantastic, start-of-a-blog called:
THE NAPKIN COLLECTION
Now, Sean is a human that I know in the flesh, not just in cyberworld. In fact, a few odd years ago we lived around the corner from one another in the historic Lower East Side of Manhattan. Sean may or may not know this – but, he’s a cool dude. He’s a smart dude. For one, he taught LSAT classes without ever being a lawyer, which is sort of like teaching brain surgery without every having a go at a brain. Yet, he succeeded. I would often see Sean either around the corner at the deli or at the local park. I remember two such bump-intos with Sean. During one at the park, Sean was gearing up for a run or a workout just as I was. However, Sean was managing to pull off a 1970’s look that could’ve given Bjorn Borg a run for his money, complete with headband and all. He looked cool. It made me smile. The second time, I saw Sean in the corner deli. He was wearing an Obama pin. This was really early on, before even Hilary was out of the race. Sean asked me who I was going to vote for and at the time, I said, “Hilary.” Sean squinted his eyes and gave me a look that said, “You’re voting with your vag.” He was right. He went on to say, “This guy is it. He’s going to be the pres. I’m telling you.” He was right again. So, Sean is definitely a smart guy. He’s also a funny comic. What I didn’t know…was that he can also write.
Sean has one of the best “about” pages I’ve seen as of late. His “about” page sets up what he’d like to do on his blog, perfectly AND he’s funny about it. Sean talks about how he’s always been “a collector of ideas.” (Something I can REALLY relate to.) He’s always written them down on napkins and shoved them somewhere, deep into a drawer without doing anything about them. What Sean hopes to do with his blog is this, in his words:
“I’m looking to make my writing a bit more Octomom-esque. Make something, love it for a short time, and then get busy making the next batch of things to love briefly.”
Hilarious. And at the same time, good writing advice for us all. Don’t get so attached. Just create and then set it free by hitting, “publish.”
I loved Sean’s piece on “Prop 8 Club” where he fleshes out the idea that maybe straight celebrities are using gay marriage as a smokescreen to NOT get married at all. I also loved Sean’s thought process around whether or not his daughter will become a “Yankee Fan.”
It’s good stuff. It’s well written. It’s funny and insightful. The only thing I wish and I truly wish for this — is that Sean would write more of it. I think that’s the problem with blogging, I think a lot of truly gifted people give up on it before it really ever gets a chance to get going.
So, let’s save a Blogger today. We all know how good and inspiring it feels to get comments, gain followers, and pick up views. It makes you write again. So, follow Sean by CLICKING THIS LINK HERE. Let him know I sent you and maybe, just maybe, he’ll write some more for us.
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