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 near the end of 2012. I seldom discuss weighty topics anymore. Maybe that’ll change now that I’m retired.
Nevertheless, I have enjoyed being part of the online discussion about public relations — actually more than I ever enjoyed 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 12 years retired and touring North America in a truck camper. Fucking hindsight, eh?
I don’t write this blog for any audience in particular. I write 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 here, 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, did they?
Comments are welcome. But not many people bother with blog comments these days. Twitter pretty much killed meaningful online conversations. And Facebook. Geezuz, what a wasteland! I can’t remember the last time we had a long thread on this site. But the comment box is there if you want to use it.
About the blog banner. I plan to change it frequently. The current photo is one I shot while skiing in -10° temperatures near Grand Marais, Minnesota, a few years back, I love snow, mostly because I know you don’t. Gives me the woods to myself. I should probably mention I’ve gotten far less sociable in my old age.
Bill Sledzik (revised January 16, 2019)