An Introductory Post

As a first foray into blogging, I feel it appropriate to establish intention, background, and motive in order to explain what it is I am doing here and who it is I am blogging to.

Initially, I had the intention of solely expressing myself through written word.  After relatively little thought, it occurred to me that something worth reading does not include just my opinions or inexperienced writing.  Thusly, my intention is the following: to provide adequate journal of my quest for improvement in the fields of programming and written language.  Hopefully, it will provide relatable expressive hopes, victories, and struggles, and will inspire some to express their own journeys.

A little about myself: I am a Computer Science student at the University of Missouri.  I grew up on a farm in a small, rural Missouri town, where I was not blessed to have much access to internet during my 18-year residence.  Following a little self-intervention and a bit of light programming in college (after finally having a consistent internet connection), I was able to come to terms with what I was passionate about.  Thusly, I ended up on the long, arduous road of programming.  I’m hoping to make it into the (currently not very) lucrative area of game design– I’ve made a couple Asteroids remakes in C++ so far.  On the other side of creative expression, I’ve been writing (bad) poetry for about 8 years now, and I love to jot down the occasional short story or write the occasional political essay.  Behind all of this, I’m a pretty normal guy – I swim, play a bit of tennis, dominate some Smash (melee, of course), and drink a little too much beer on the weekends.  In any good work, I feel it is important to know who is writing.  Therefore, here is a little piece of this new blogger.

Many would argue that the hardest part of creation is motivation.  What is going to make this thing worthwhile?  Who will even pay attention to what I have made / am making / will make?  Why am I doing this (or worse, what am I going to even make)?  For this page, motivation was easy.  Starting from a need for a little resume boost, creating a blog eventually evolved into a place where I could publish my thoughts clearly, record my progress over the course of my education, and possibly relate to others who are ‘finding themselves’ in their own studies.  The eventual hope is evolving this blog into a webpage that is relatable and interesting, studious and vermilion.

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