ToughSledding was born on Sept. 11, 2006 at a patio table on the north shore of Sandy Lake, near Kent, Ohio. My decision to launch on the 5th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy was coincidental, I assure you.
This blog began is a middle-aged professor’s attempt to learn about social media by doing social media. It’s now more of an archive than anything else, as I ran out of energy somewhere nea the end of 2012, and seldom discuss weighty topics anymore.
Nevertheless, I have enjoyed being part of the online discussion about public relations — actually more than I enjoy public relations itself. You see, teaching is my REAL calling. PR just happens to be what I know the most about. If I had it to do over, I’d probably be a high-school history teacher. And if I’d done that I be 10 years retired and touring North America in a truck camper.
I don’t write this blog for any audience in particular. I write it for me. In some ways, the blog is an extension of my teaching. And just like in the classroom, I sometimes get way off topic. I try hard to let my smart-ass nature shine through on this blog, but occasionally my attempts at wit are going to piss you off. Don’t expect me to lose sleep over this. No one forced you to read it.
Comments are welcome. But not many people bother with blog comments these. I can’t remember the last time we has a long thread on this site. But if you do make a comment, be nice. I don’t tolerate people who disrespect others.
About the blog banner. The newest banner captures my best side. My wife took this shot during a channel crossing from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to Grand Island in Lake Superior in 2014.
Bill Sledzik (revised Sept. 16, 2016)