Before, During, and Laughter

Hello out there, we’re on the air, it’s blogging night, tonight.

Only a few of you will understand that reference.

Anyway, this isn’t going to be a long post. I hope. This is just a completely pretentious and self-serving update about my blog.

Every so often I change certain aesthetic components of my blog if I feel it’s getting a bit stale, or if I just getting tired of looking at the same thing.

On Sunday, I decided to make a few minor changes that some of you have probably noticed. And if you haven’t, that’s not okay.

First off, I changed my profile picture for the first time since 2013. I figured it was time.

A few months ago I received a comment from someone who asked me why I was wearing a suit in my picture. They followed that up with, “Is that who you are as a person?”

That comment made me laugh, but it also made me realize that, “No, that’s not really who I am as a person”. It’s just a picture that was taken before I went to a wedding. Not my wedding (hold for laughter & other inaudible noises), just a wedding.

So the thought of changing my picture has been festering for a few months but I didn’t really have anything worth changing it to. Until now. Maybe.

There. That is the entire photo if you zoom out of my face. That is me as a person.

An overgrown child who sits down to put his winter boots on in the middle of April, while wearing a Mighty Ducks hat, and looking at a camera as if I’m a character in the opening credits of a wholesome family sitcom from the 90s.

It doesn’t get any more real than that.

That being said, I’m a bit self conscious about the sudden change, so if you like it, let me know. If you don’t like it, pretend that you do and hope I don’t notice you’re lying just to boost my ego.

Hey, I told you at the start that this was going to be a pretentious and self-serving post. Don’t act surprised now.

I’m still getting used to the new picture, so if you notice I go back to my old one, you’ll know that I gave in to a moment of weakness and crumbled like the Raptors at the end of Game 1 against the Cavaliers.

Sorry, fresh wound. It helps if I sob talk about it.

Another change I made on my blog was the short bio that appears at the end of my posts (when viewed online).

Now, it simply reads: “I don’t know what my blog is about.”

That’s the truth.

Another thing I changed was the tagline of my blog. The previous tagline was, “Something to discuss at the dinner table.”

Just because that tagline is gone doesn’t mean you can’t still talk about my blog over dinner. I know at least one blogger does. Shoutout to Squid and her family in Florida!

My new tagline is simple: Before, During, and Laughter


Well, I seem to write about the past a lot. I don’t mean to. There’s just a lot of blog-worthy content that I couldn’t share at the time those events took place because this blog didn’t exist. So now I’m catching up and that’s what “Before” represents.

“During” obviously represents the present.

“Laughter” is self-explanatory.

It has a good ring to it, doesn’t it?

Finally, I updated my About page. This is an incredible feat because I’ve hated that page since Day 1. This is the most comprehensive version of my About page and dare I say, I’m finally happy with it?

You should really go read it. Here is another link.

I thought about changing the header image, but I’m too attached to the current one/can’t find a new one.

The black side panels aren’t going anywhere either. This blog was created in the middle of the night and a brighter looking blog was too hard on the eyes for the time of day, so I’m staying true to my blog’s roots and keep the black sides.

That’s it, really.

A new picture, a new bio, a new tagline, and a new About page. Small updates that help make this blog a little bit more real.

Everything else stays the same. This post was completely pointless, just so you know.

Oh, I’m going to get back into writing some fictional posts soon, so you can pretend to look forward to those.

Au revoir.

About Paul

I think of my blog as an all-you-can-read buffet. There's something for everyone and complimentary mints at the door as you leave.
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51 Responses to Before, During, and Laughter

  1. Leslie Dulfo says:

    Followed your blog. Seems you have a lot of wit and humor tucked in your blog! Happy blogging.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Fun post, I like your writing style 🙂

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  3. rebbit7 says:

    Like the change! I haven’t updated my “About” page since I started this blog, let alone changed the theme in three or four years. But changes can be refreshing, and I think yours reflects better on your personality! Looking sharp in your winter wear…like a true Canadian!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Paul says:

      Thank you! I’m not sure how the picture will come across during the summer months, but it could work. Writing that “About” page is always so difficult. Everyone else makes it look so easy.

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  4. 🎶Ooooo the good ol’ blogging game! Is the best game you can name🎶 hehe I’m going to be hearing that song about 50 times a day all summer long apparently.

    I noticed the profile pic change but didn’t know it hadn’t been changed in so long! Its good 👍 I sometimes think about changing mine but its more like my brand now and I can’t. I considered using my hippo tattoo but I like the smug look of the current hippo lol I can get a little bit “I’m totally awesome” at times so it fits.

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    • Paul says:

      I knew you’d get the reference! Your picture is great! While everyone else uses a picture of themselves, you throw a hippo in the mix to switch things up and it’s perfect! If you ever think about changing it I’ll start a #SaveTheHippos hashtag haha

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  5. Squid says:

    That is the greatest tagline ever. In 4 years, I’ve changed mine around 4 or 5 times, so I *should* know.
    Also, your About page is so perfect. You should be proud. Like, seriously. I’ve known mine needed updating for a long time now, but now it feels super urgent because yours is so cool so the standard is so high now! Hahaha it’s something I’ll probably never get around to, though. If I do, credit goes to you! 😄

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    • Paul says:

      Haha I only felt the need to update my About page because I would read others that were so much better and told myself that mine didn’t match up. Peer pressure is a terrible thing lol. Glad you like the tagline!

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  6. Becky Turner says:

    I noticed the picture change a few days ago and had to do a double take. But change is good. I definitely need to re-write my About page. Nothing about me has really changed, but I think I could spice it up a bit. It’s okay if your blog doesn’t have a theme. Mine doesn’t. I yell about sports but then post rambling of my anxiety. All that matters is that you have good content, and your posts always make me laugh.

    I feel like you could write a life advice book about just life in general but with your spin on it. Or what it’s like to be a Canadian, because I don’t know what that’s like. If you need a copy editor and/or publicist, let me know. I know someone. (Me. It’s me.)


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    • Paul says:

      You’re hired! Hahah a life advice book, though. I know how to give it, but how to apply it for myself? Ha! I’ll be hiding under the covers for that.

      No joke, when I was trying to find a new photo for myself I thought, “I need something like Becky’s photo. Something with a bright colour that stands out in notifications.” Clearly I failed on that, you’ve set the bar too high.

      I just enjoy people’s reactions too much when I tell them I haven’t had a taco! Also, I maybe might’ve had one on a Grade 7 overnight field trip but I don’t know if it was a wrap or a taco. Regardless, one kid hogged all the ingredients and I barely had anything left for my measly little wrap, and I’m still bitter about it haha

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      • Becky Turner says:

        Hahah my picture is my headshot for my work’s website. I own a lot of long sleeve striped shirts and striped shirts look bad on camera so I wore my bright yellow/green top and stood in front of a chalkboard wall. So that’s the story behind my picture haha. I was also tasked with writing all of our bios.

        There’s a difference between a burrito—soft wrap—and taco, but a taco can be soft shelled or hard shelled. And then there are enchalidas that are like burritos but are served in a pan with sauce/salsa over them. Regardless, they’re all good. You should have a taco soon. Does Canada have Moe’s or Chipolte?

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      • Paul says:

        Haha good call. Writing bios for other people sounds fun!

        Oh yeah, we have a Chipotle. My sister has been trying to get me to have anything from there for years. She has a list on her phone of things I’ve said I’ll never do/eat. It normally takes a few years for me to come around on things just because it’s too much fun holding out. But honestly, tacos, burritos, and things with salsa don’t appeal to me. They don’t look like things I want to eat. I’m very weird.

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      • Becky Turner says:

        You’re seriously missing out on tacos and burritos! I don’t like Chipotle, I like Moe’s a lot better. But both roughly have the same items. Just start out with the basics and go from there.

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    • Paul says:

      I forgot to comment on your “What it’s like to be a Canadian” line. We’re just regular people. Hahah maybe I should do a post about it.

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  7. Kara's Kloud says:

    I love the changes Paul!! I always have a hard time deciding on a picture to use for myself too because I want to actually look like me, a young college kid, and not a 12-year-old tiny child hahaha. Also, your “About” page is straight up fire. It makes a great first impression for people who’ve never seen your blog before 🙂

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    • Kara's Kloud says:

      UPDATE: You inspired me to change my profile picture on my “About” page hahahaha. I’ll probably change it 50 more times before going back to the original, but oh well!

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      • Paul says:

        Awesome! I’m jealous of the people who can set their About page once and get it perfect on the first try. Normally I set mine and run away from it knowing it’s awful lol

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    • Paul says:

      Haha thank you! Don’t worry, you don’t look like a 12 year old! Somehow I came across a 12 years old blog on here once and they looked like they were 7 and I exited their blog so fast it was scary. So ya, you’re good!

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  8. micqu says:


    That picture is great. I like it a lot. And I like the subtle -not so subtle changes. Going to read your About page now!
    Have a good one.

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  9. I assume you resist to change the profile picture before this is because you want to stop aging. lol anyway, happy writing!


  10. Wendy Weir says:

    Love the tagline–love it, like the new look of things, and I am certain that I and your other thousands of followers will continue to look forward to reading your terrific prose with your keepin’ it real attitude and blog style.

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  11. Ariel Lynn says:

    I love the new “About Me” page & I think you look very handsome in your new user picture. 🙂

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  12. Ashley says:

    Aw…I think you’re cute. ^_^

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Jad says:

    I love the new picture!!

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  14. Ely says:

    LOVE EVERYTHING about the changes! For the first time in ever, I’m at an actual computer, so I can really appreciate the actual aesthetics of blogs so much more than I can on a phone screen! I think the new pic is PERFECT and I love the tag line- how did you get so clever eh!? And WOW you tackled your about me page- you are so so brave! I’m on my way there like now!

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  15. Rea says:

    I literally was about to comment on your profile pic yesterday, but decided it may be weird. Now since you’ve asked for it, I WILL. Your profile pic is awesome! Brings out the Canadian in you.

    I also talk about your posts at the dinner table AND at school (beat that Squidney!). My friends are so used to me quoting you that I don’t always have to explain that the Paul I’m talking about isn’t the Paul from the Bible. My favorite quote by you is “Nap now. Procrastinate later.” Literally, it’s on my favorite quotes page on my blog 😂

    I also got a few of my friends to read your posts now. You can thank me in pizza form

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    • Paul says:

      Haha wow I’m like a local celebrity, this is new. “Nap now, procrastinate later” is one of the top 5 things I’ve ever written on this blog lol I’m glad you remember it. And thanks for sharing my blog with your friends!

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  16. Myka says:

    I loved this “self serving” post. Or, wait – yes, that is what you said. (I had to double check). I’m not really sure why someone would ask you if that is who you are as a person – I think you’re allowed to be whoever you choose to be in any given moment of time – but that’s just me. Wait, that makes me sound like I don’t think people are genuine. Anyway, a suit shouldn’t make or break your being. But I do appreciate the more “Paul” photo now. Ugh, whatever. I’m rambling.
    “you’ll know that I gave in to a moment of weakness and crumbled like the Raptors at the end of Game 1 against the Cavaliers.”
    THIS was hilarious. baha. Way to bring laughter to your own sadness, luaP.
    As always, your words cheer me up. Can’t wait to find some more of your words.
    OH & read your About page.

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