To be honest, I don’t really understand blogs. (Yes, I understand the irony). There are too many things about them that don’t make sense. I have so many questions. Who am I writing to? Why shouldn’t I just keep a journal? Are my stories or thoughts even worth sharing?
Most of these questions I cannot answer right now, but I will try my best in a bit. What I can tell you is I will be honest with everything that I write. That does not mean I will share myself completely. I consider myself a private man. Sure, I post on Twitter and Instagram, but if you follow me, you will notice that I rarely post about what I am currently doing or stories that I experience on a day to day basis. Most of my posts are simply a random thought, something inspirational, a Bible verse, or a funny picture (possibly selfies with animals). I do this purposefully. Those social media outlets are quick and fun, and in my opinion, you should not judge one’s character on 140 characters or a picture with a caption. Relationships must be built and grown in order to get to truly know someone. And only then will you be able to determine the kind of man or woman they are: whom/what they live for and what their purpose in life is. I am someone who loves relationships, but I do not seek relationships with everyone. Casting a wide net would simply make me have shallow relationships with many people. I’d rather dig deep. This blog is letting you dig a little deeper.
Who am I writing to?
Honestly, I don’t care who reads this or who doesn’t read this. If just one person can learn from my experiences, both mistakes and successes, to live with more wisdom and do the right thing in a culture that is confused about what is right and wrong, then I know that this will have been worth it.
I assume most of my readers are baseball fans. If that is you, I would like to welcome you to this blog. Many of the stories I share will be from my baseball experiences. I think you will enjoy most of them, and I hope you do.
Some of you may not know anything about baseball. I also welcome you to the blog and I apologize for baseball stories. There will be many of them, I am sure. But there will also be stories from every facet of my life. I think we will have some fun with it.
Why shouldn’t I just keep a journal?
I do. Some of the things I share here will be from my journal. Most of what is in my journal will not be shared. Like I said, I like my privacy.
Are my stories and thoughts even worth sharing?
Only time will tell. I believe that we can learn from each other and that sharing thoughts and experiences can benefit others. With that being said, all my thoughts are shared through my worldview and perspective. Nothing I say will be purposefully offensive, but I am sure I will say things that you will disagree with or find difficult to accept.
As far as the content of some of my stories, I think many of you (especially the baseball fans) will enjoy the little tidbits of insight into the life of a professional baseball player.
Other orders of business:
1. Many of you will have questions about things I write. Leave a comment. I will answer a few of the good ones the best I can.
2. Check in often. I will announce all new posts on Twitter, so if you’d like, you can follow me @MAppel26.
3. Share with others. Remember, sometimes the best way to learn is to share experiences, even if they are not your own. Again, if even one life is improved because of my thoughts, this will have been worth it.
These are the reflections of a first rounder.