As a result of both starting this blog AND the photo sharing application Instagram, I have really enjoyed taking pictures of my life here in Asia (and around the world) and sharing them the past year and a half. With my new website design, I was trying to figure out a way to integrate both my blog and sharing pics of life.
Here is my attempt!
There is a new app called Pressgram. The developer seems like a really good guy (he’s friends with several of my friends) and I have followed his blog for the past year or so. Pressgram allows you to share pictures in an easy way AND integrate them into your blog in the form of mini-posts.
What does this mean for my blog site?
Well, notice on the sidebar on the right of this blog there is a section titled “Instagram/Pressgram”. These are all pics I am sharing on both Instagram and Pressgram. There will be more pics I share in Instagram than will show up on this blog (so if you like, you can follow me here on Instagram and my Pressgram user id is Gunter). However, I will put selected ones on this site appearing in the side panel of this blog.
Along with the pictures posted on this blog, there will an extended explanation of the pictures which will NOT appear on Instragram. You can get to these “mini-articles” by simply clicking on the individual picture in the “Instagram/Pressgram” box on the right side. So the pictures will be from Instagram/Pressgram, but I will write more information about each one which appears here on this blog.
As you see a new picture appearing in the window, click on it and you can read a small post on the pic.
Here are two of the first four pictures I have shared in this format. Please click on the motorcycle and the one with me holding “Flat Stanley” for the “mini-articles” that accompany these posts. Enjoy. . .
This past Saturday, we were back at it again. This time we did abstain from fire jumping, but we were back looking for new places to bike. We ended up back at our “time trials” track and a huge dirt infill section of the city.
One of the (many) things I like about being a man is our options of facial hair. Now I understand that all facial hair is not created equal. My Mom will tell you that NO facial hair is acceptable. However, this is one small area where we lovingly disagree.
I don’t grow my face out often, but I do so in the winter over here in Asia. Several factors play into this. First, I often don’t have important meetings in which I need to participate during the winter months. Therefore, I don’t care as much what I look like. Second, Asians actually think facial hair looks “cool”. Seriously. Third, the weather is grey and dreary, so it’s nice to have something to change things up a bit.
However, the biggest reason I grow beards in the winter in Asia is that IT IS COLD! Really cold. ”Never get comfortable” – type cold. Throw in the fact that there is no central heating here and we are doing ANYTHING to stay warm here during the winter months.
So, I grow beards until they drive me crazy. The deal is, though, that I will shave them off in stages. This was the first “post-beard” iteration.
Oh yeah, the background is ACTUALLY in my apartment. You rent pre-furnished apartments over here in Asia. My current one is particularly gaudy (but lovable). I thought the cheesy background of my “crystal curtain” was the perfect backdrop for my creeper mustache.
I hope to be able to get back to posting a “normal” article once a week and 1-2 of these Instagram/Pressgram “mini-posts” in the side panel each week. For now, please click on the motorcycle and the one with me in a brown jacket and a cheesy mustache.
Thanks for reading and spending time with me through this blog!