Blogs Past

Look upon my words, ye mighty, and despair

The Other Side of Awesome: TOSA was my last major blog, as I was tiring of the format and only maintained it for a year (2007-2008). I posted as myself and the content usually involved observations about whatever caught my attention.

Danger West: A collaborative blog that I wrote with Thomas Leek from 2004-2007. It was my second blog, after Sgt. Stryker’s Daily Briefing. Unlike SSDB, I posted to Danger West as more or less myself (though still using a pseudonym). Thomas continued the blog by himself until 2009.

Out of the Basement: I wrote a few articles on Faster than the World (a group blog) in 2006-2007, but I couldn’t keep it going due to lack of time caused by work and a heavy course load, as well as posting to Danger West.

Sgt. Stryker’s Daily Briefing: I started my first blog in November 2001 on Blogspot and titled it “Chap Stick and Cigarettes.” It took me a little while to figure out what I wanted to do with the blog. At the time, most blogs were tech-oriented and there weren’t very many of them. I enjoyed the punk aesthetic the new format offered, and briefly considered using it for stream-of-consciousness screeds against The Man.

However, I noticed a fast-growing set of blogs focused on the after-affects of the September 11th attacks. I didn’t see any authored by someone actually in the military, so I quickly re-branded the blog and adopted the persona of a jingoistic, gung-ho type that I regularly mocked. I changed my name to “John Stryker” (from Sands of Iwo Jima, for added effect) and the rest is history. It was actually quite popular for about five minutes and featured on CNN, The Washington Post, Fox News, among others.

I let the sgtstryker domain name run out in 2007, so there’s no link to the original site (anything you see there now is unrelated to me), but the old blogspot site is still active. Beware, the writing is atrocious. It’s very embarrassing for me, and I can’t stand to read most of it. It’s just too mediocre. You could call it the “Star Wars Holiday Special” of my blogging history.