After accumulating five years of material all over various blogs and websites I've decided to consolidate it on a proper website of my own, though it is little more than a Wordpress blog. Either way, as of today I will be updating my website www.spewingwithBond18.com on a daily basis. The reason why I didn't go for a more simple title, like say, www.Bond18.com would be because some time ago Full Tilt poker apparently purchased all of those. I believe it was during my time of employment with them.
The website seemed like a logical next step since my "poker blog" has now veered off in so many different directions and was becoming increasingly inappropriate for the strictly poker venues it was held at. The poker and general blog content will be still be hosted on those websites the same as always, but the website will allow me to get more depth on topics. The site still needs quite a bit of work in terms of going over old entries and editing them, since they were often written for 2+2 or something else very informal. I likely won't bother for old trip reports since I prefer them in their original version, but for things like informative articles it seems necessary that they read and flow well.
Contained there is every piece of the "Things it took me a while to learn" series, every trip report I've ever written, every informative article on any subject I've written, all previous blog posts, random stories from my travels, and things like detective TJ Cookier comic which remains unfinished.
The main elements of my writing going forward will deal with poker, dating, and fitness. I'll mix in trip reports and informative type things, mostly related to those topics, or anything else that strikes my interest such as fashion or travel. My plan had originally been to start updating on a daily basis for a fitness and poker log starting immediately after the Aussie Millions, but I wound up taking a trip to Sydney and Adelaide with Sirwatts (aka Mad Dog), Luckychewy, and KingDan. I may write some trip reports for that period when I find the time, though that depends on how much time I have available to me. I decided that the first Monday after coming back (today) I would get down to business and begin my serious grinding, working out, and dieting but instead I've caught what I believe to be strep throat and my throat is so fucked that I can't even casually swallow without pain and speak without discomfort, so instead I'll be going to a medical center and hopefully be receiving penicillin (assuming I've properly diagnosed myself, which doesn't seem so hard since I had it 10 months ago and the symptoms I'm experiencing are identical.)
The goals for the poker log portion of the website are to play six days a week, track results, post interesting hands and the feedback I get on them from other intelligent players, and generally give me an area to stay motivated and post quality material. I've got a friendly dinner bet with Ben Delaney about reaching number one in Australia (I'd say he's a big favorite given that he's playing great high volume poker and a couple thousand points ahead of me) and while I have pretty lofty and likely unobtainable goals hopefully they provide the necessary motivation to stay hard on the grind for the next three and a half months. I've also begun accumulating hand histories from other very good players and doing reviews of them for the purposes of my own education, and if it's okay with those players I'll post their HH's and the comments I made on specific hands.
The goals for the fitness log portion of the website are to reach 8% body fat by the time the WSOP rolls around. I'll actually be shooting for 6%, but I'll be a happy man if I can make it down to eight. I'd guess my current level is roughly 15% and based on my research and speaking with my personal trainer, given the exercise and diet routine I'll be enduring 14 weeks should be enough time to reach my goals. I'll be going back on the same diet as before which is almost entirely meat and vegetable based, with only a few unprocessed carbs and no liquids outside of water, black coffee, and protein shakes that have been mixed with water. I'll get into more detail in the fitness section of the website.
Anyway, I'll get into more detail in the future, but for now I'm going to get some rest and try to make it to the doctor.