Blog Oklahoma Podcast 001: Reboot!

Have you ever thought about just starting over. It could be a project you’ve been working on. It could be a relationship. It could be a way of thinking. It could be anything that you've come to the realization, it's just better to stop what you are doing and set it aside and just start all over. That’s a reboot.

For those of you unfamiliar with the term “reboot”. It’s a technical reference that means to restart your computer, to boot it up again, or reboot. The term has been expanded beyond its technical roots to describe starting something over, to refresh or try again.

As an example, the latest Star Trek or Mission Impossible movies are a reboot from the original TV series. Movies, TV shows, comic books, you’ll find many works have been rebooted. Sony pictures is about to do a third version of the Spiderman franchise. Rebooting, to the chagrin of some, happens quite a bit in the entertainment industry.

There are many times when I’ve been working on a coding project, and I went in a completely wrong direction or the client changed the scope of the project. I had to scrap what I did and just start over. I know many artists and writers who have had the same thing happen to them, whatever they were working on didn't work, so they just started over.

Relationships can also be rebooted. A rekindled friendship, a business deal, or even exiting a relationship to begin another with someone else.

Life is full of reboots.

That brings us to something else. Did you just happen to notice the episode number on this podcast before you played it? I’ve done something. I’ve rebooted the Blog Oklahoma Podcast.

When I started the Blog Oklahoma Podcast back in 2008, it was a way to keep everyone up to date with the happenings of the Blog Oklahoma community. I’d share some fun podsafe music, list a few blog posts from around Oklahoma, and highlight an interesting app or two. For a while there it was enjoyable to do and made a great hobby.

Unfortunately something wasn’t happening, community engagement. I only occasionally got any comments or feedback, there wasn’t much interaction at all on social media, and the one thing that I really wanted to happen with the podcast, didn’t, a conversation.

So it’s time to try something different. I’m scrapping the old format and starting over. From now on this podcast will be more essay, less power point, and hopefully more conversational.

A secondary goal of this reboot is to try to inspire you, to encourage you, to convince you, to cajole you to write something. In this age of social media, many of us Oklahoma bloggers have let our blogs slide. We’re posting tiny bits of information here and there and not really writing anymore. With the exception of some of you out there, when was the last time you’ve written more than a paragraph? I know I’ve been guilty of it, and I’m endeavoring to do better Thus the change in format here.

So from now on each episode will present a topic that I hope will spur some discussion and inspire you to write something on your own blog.

So this episode’s writing topic suggestion is: Write about the last time you had to reboot something.

A few more topics that might interest you to write about this month, June 2015.

June 21st is Father’s Day. So why not write a series of posts about your father, spin some dad tales from your childhood, or even share what it’s like being a father.

June 14th is Flag Day. How about trying your hand at some poetry? It’s a grand old flag after all.

And the Women’s World Cup is this month. Show some support for Team USA, their first match in Group D will be on June 8th. How about writing a review of the game?

If you’d like some more writing topic ideas, head over to and try our new topic idea generator, and while you’re there check out the blog month challenge. It’s a great way to challenge yourself into writing more.


Links from this episode

Topic Idea Generator

#blogmonth challenge

FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015
* USA v AUS - 08 Jun 2015 - 18:30 CDT @ Winnipeg (FOX Sports 1)
* USA v SWD - 12 Jun 2015 - 19:00 CDT @ Winnipeg (FOX)
* NGA v USA - 16 Jun 2015 - 19:00 CDT @ Vancouver (FOX)

This episode's bonus interesting article

An Illustrated Introduction to Eurovision (for Americans)

This episode’s bonus musical selection

The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest: Grand Final (Full Show) #pop

I Won't Let You Down by OK Go

Storm The Sorrow by EPICA
#metal #epic

This episode’s bonus Audible book recommendation

Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles by Larry Correia

This episode’s bonus binge watch on Netflix

Marvel’s Daredevil

This episode’s bonus iOS app recommendation

Weather Underground for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch

This episode’s bonus thing you should already own

Midland WR120EZ NOAA Weather Alert All Hazard Public Alert Certified Radio

PS: I can't believe I forgot the YAY! in the outro. O_o. I moved to another room to record the podcast. See my instagram for new setup.