Because I can't stop writing.
Because I was desperate to write about something I cared about that didn't have to be approved by a corporate legal department first.
Because I love reading other people's blogs, and I wanted to jump into the fray.
Because I wanted to impress my first blog crush with my effortless charm and convince him to move to Chicago and be Best Friends Forever. (He's since fallen off the face of the earth. Or turned straight. I seem to have that effect on men.)
Because interesting things always seem to happen to me. And if they don't, I make them happen to me. My life is Blogburger Helper.
Because I thought it would be fun to write snarky, cryptic posts about the porn-quality sexual adventures I may or may not be having to titillate people into visiting again and again and again. And maybe to give the impression that I am a total studbucket with perfect hair. But I stopped doing all that the day my family found out about my blog.
Because I wanted a place to vent about horrible dates, rude bus riders and bad customer service providers. And to make fun of Rush Limbaugh. Because he's a total poopy-head.
Because I could recycle my blog posts as field-tested paragraphs in my epic Christmas letter.
Because there was a possibility I could build a following that could maybe support me in the event I actually wrote a book. Kinda like David Sedaris and NPR.
I never set out to write a gay blog—I just wanted to write a Jake blog that let me shake loose odds and ends out of my head and practice writing outside the world of advertising. And it's been as fun as I'd hoped—it's helped me strike up some nice friendships, meet some cool people, exchange steamy emails with hot bloggers ... and it's definitely made me a better writer. When you realize you have people reading your stuff mere seconds after you post it, you develop a
So imagine my surprise when all this self-indulgent blogging got me nominated for a gay BOB Award. Given all the fabulous, addictive, way-more-engaging-than-mine blogs out there, I am truly humbled to be singled out.
I'd never heard of this award, but
And thanks for reading. And liking. I'm truly touched.