I resisted the term blogger for years. I was a writer. I was a journalist. I was not, however, a blogger.
But I've grown to appreciate the role of bloggers, and I tell people I blog for a living. I am a proud Alabama blogger.
I write all the time. Sometimes, it escapes onto my blogs, but often it ends up on Facebook or Twitter. I plan to marshal these paragraphs into a longer format this year, but only when I can get away from blogging and microblogging and other stray writing.
As an Alabama native, I have found storytelling to be a part of me. It's why I write. It's why I worked in journalism for decades. I'm proud of my hometown of Birmingham and want to tell the world at large what's happening here. That means accomplishments as well as setbacks.
And I hold myself to these same standards. Sometimes, I succeed. Sometimes, I fail, badly. Mostly, I like to share funny tidbits, wry observations and thoughts on a state behind the times.
On rare occasions, I am better in person. The introverted writer steps out of the shadows to meet fellow residents. I'm grateful to Alabama Bloggers for providing such a community to share, to ask and to laugh.
It's a community I hope to mimic on my own blogs with each passing day.
If you'd like to be featured during April Introductions, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.