March 3, 2009
I never know how to start these sorts of things. When I wrote my first piece during my stint as a columnist in college, I’m pretty sure it was about my mental processes while deciding what to write about. It’s funny that I’m just now reading Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five, which, in the beginning at least, is all about Vonnegut writing about what he’s going to be writing about.
That’s a long way of saying: Hi, I’m Mike Keliher. The new guy. And I have faith this “writing about how I don’t know what to write about” stunt is like a fine wine — better with age.
Beyond struggling with blank slates, I love (and still play) baseball, enjoy demonstrating my sub-par guitar skills (“demonstrating” as in “playing in my bedroom”), drink coffee as if my sanity depends on it (though tea is gaining ground), and hold Hemingway in the highest regard (I quickly fell in love with Catherine). I’m a voracious reader, and that appetite comes with a nasty compulsion that mandates I read every page of every magazine I touch. As such, my Rolling Stone subscription was axed in an effort to drum up some free time and, to be fair, to avoid further reading about the Jonas Brothers.
I’m lucky enough to be married to a smart, funny, gorgeous woman from a great family, and we’re expecting our first child in August. If I haven’t already told you that I’m an unabashed geek, I should say as much. My unborn child’s presence on Twitter is but one bit of evidence.
Before joining the Fast Horse crew, I worked for nearly five years at a small PR and social media consulting firm in St. Paul. As I student, I worked as a columnist and editor at the school newspaper and served on the national committee of the Public Relations Student Society of America. I also spent a couple of years working in tech support, but I believe calling me to ask why “this damn e-mail won’t … just … send!” is a bit outside of our project’s scope.
I can already tell this is a great group at Fast Horse, and I expect to have a lot of fun while doing my part to make it just a little bit better.