In honor of my being around here for over a year I'm posting the first thing I ever wrote on Vox!
Here we go. After 3 long days of consideration I've gone ahead and done this. Started the blog. Let's all raise our glasses to a long and prosperous blogging career!
Heard about this website off of G4's Call For Help. Liked what I saw, and checked it out for real. Now who says TV rots your brain?
Now Tony keep to the plan… start with the basics.
It took me probably an hour and a half of active deliberation to settle on the name schoonerhelm for this blog. Why schoonerhelm? I'll tell you; A schooner is a type of ship, derived from a word that I'm told has Scottish roots… "to Schoon". The long winded definition of schooning is where a boat is exceeding it's hull speed and is hydroplaneing. Basically skipping along the water like a skipping stone. I've never been in a schooning ship but it sounds like such a rush.
The Helm aspect is something I've always been fascinated with. Piloting a ship… any ship, Doesn't matter if that ship runs by wind, coal, diesel, nuclear reactor or antimatter. I don't care. It's being in control of the instrument of your freedom. Jack Sparrow said it best. "That's what a ship is. Freedom." A romantic concept to be sure.
So that's the origins of my title. Someone poetic that isn't me might say something like: "He chose the name as a symbolic way of taking control of a new path to freedom through blogging." But a person who would say that probably belongs on one of those emo blogs that I would never be able to compete with so good riddance to him.