“To shoot an arrow, you gotta pull it backwards.”

Welcome to The Captain’s Speech! My name is Paul. I’ll be the voice inside your head as you read the words I write! Let’s be friends.

This blog was born on June 23, 2013 as a sports blog and then transitioned into an “anything that comes to mind” blog.

I was the Captain of my intramural team in University and gave pre-game speeches before our games. They rarely worked, but were fun to do. Hence the title of this blog.

My goal is to make every post better than the last one. Failing that, hopefully no one notices and doesn’t call me out on it!

This blog is about me as much as it is about you, so my other goal is to make you laugh, think, cry, feel, or crave pizza. If I can do any one of those, then this will have been worth it.

There is no theme or schedule. I write about what’s on my mind, whenever I feel the need to let it out.

Life, Humour, Fiction, Poetry, Food, Music, TV, and Sports are some of the things I write about.

All (most) of my posts are written in the middle of the night.

I am Canadian, so if you find an extra “u” in some of my words, or references to syrup, igloos, moose, beavers, or “eh”, that’s why.

I start sentences with “and” a lot.

And I try to make every post sound as if I’m talking, rather than you are reading. If that makes sense.

Every word I write tells you a little bit more about me each time.

I enjoy making people laugh.

I love pizza. Ask my readers.

My blog has been featured three times on Freshly Pressed:

September 6, 2013: I Miss School, Already

March 28, 2014: Watching The Leafs Isn’t Fun Anymore

May 18, 2015: Growing Up Millennial

…and three times on Discover:

January 16, 2017: Digital Diet

July 17, 2017: Reflecting on Four Years of Blogging

November 8, 2017: Roy Halladay

On December 19, 2017, Discover did a Top 10 list of the most popular features of the year.  My post “Reflecting on Four Years of Blogging” came in at #4.


Thank you for getting through this awful About page, which I’ve edited about 78 times. I appreciate it!

Please feel free to leave a comment below – whether to say hi, tell me you love pizza as much as I do, or anything in between.

Your Captain,
Paul #91

Twitter: @CappyTalks

This is me, staring at a flower.


166 Responses to About

  1. idontknowcookbook says:

    I like pizza too. 😉 That’s what I made for dinner.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Wife Life In The Mother Hood says:

    Just read Digital Diet and loved your differences between Word Press and Facebook. I have found the same with Instagram and rarely go on Facebook anymore. Having just started my blog I have high hopes for Word Press stealing my evenings just like Instagram!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. James says:

    Hey Paul, I’m so glad I stumbled upon your blog. I love reading when people write exactly how they would talk, it draws you in so much more. I’m looking forward to keeping up with what you’re up to

    Liked by 3 people

  4. James says:

    I’m also eating pizza right now, so, you know, perfect timing.

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Barb told me I was grounded if I didn’t;t pop over here to say hi. Glad I did. Poetry, pizza, AND sport stuff. This is crazy one stop shopping!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Barb Knowles says:

    Paul, I haven’t read your About page since you added the Digital Diet. I laughed reading you had edited it like 78 times. You’re channeling me with the editing, it seems. I love the page, btw.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Dutch Lion says:

    I like your style Paul. I’m glad I found your blog. I too started a sports blog one year ago and am currently transitioning my website. Check it out if you like sports at dutchlionsports.com. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Paul says:

      Thank you! I will. I followed you on Twitter too.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Dutch Lion says:

        Aye aye Captain. (Is that how you spell “I, I”?). Anyway, I think you tried to follow the wrong site. Follow “dutchlionsports” rather than “wiersema1”. I need to fix some things. 😉

        Liked by 1 person

      • Paul says:

        I see. “wiersema1.wordpress.com” is what appears under your name when you comment on blogs. If you want to change that, go to your Reader and click on your profile picture in the top right corner. From there, click on Account Settings on the left. And then type in web address under Web Address. That should make it easier for people to click to your blog!

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      • Dutch Lion says:

        Hey Paul, thank you for the hints. It totally helped! I fixed it. Thanks man. I’m currently working on redesigning my site with a new theme. I’m having a hard time with the menus but I think I finally figured it out. Thanks so much for your help.

        Liked by 1 person

      • Paul says:

        You’re welcome! Glad it worked. Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

        Liked by 1 person

  8. Titan Panda says:

    Since you no longer have facebook, I wanted to share one of the best goal calls i’ve heard in a while. Won’t top our all time favourite but this ones definitely in the top 5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u38anDC5v2I&feature=share

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    • Paul says:

      What a pleasant surprise this is!
      Hahaha what a great goal call, I’m kinda sad I’m not able to use it real life. It would’ve come in handy during those mini stick games!
      As for Facebook, I just needed a break/was tired of logging in and reading about stuff from people I hadn’t talked to in years. I’ll be back someday maybe.


  9. Anonymous says:

    I just yelled “YES! ME TOO!” In my head. And gave myself a little headache. Haha. I am notorious for starting sentences with “And”. And I question myself about that decision every single time, but have come to accept that I am who I am and I can’t fight that. Also- I love how you “write like you speak” because that is what makes my writing what it is- literally it’s like you’re sitting there having a latte (or black label) with me and I’m YAPPIN away in all random directions. HA! With the exception of my potty-mouth (working on that) (no I’m not..) and the fact that I can’t differentiate basketball from
    soccer- Its safe to say we have a lot in common! So glad I bumped into this blog!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Paul says:

      Haha there is nothing wrong with starting sentences with “And”. And I’m also starting to start sentences with “Because” just because teachers never let me. Is now a good time to mention that I don’t drink lattes or coffee or tea or hot drinks of any kind? Or should I wait a while longer before dropping that bombshell?


  10. ToluC says:

    I don’t even know how i got here, but i don’t want to leave. I only eat pizza when i’m not feeling my best, which is just plain sad.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. dixieburns says:

    I’m a beginner-blogger. I like this – it’s helpful. Thanks.

    Liked by 2 people

  12. CareSA says:

    One day I want to be a real writer. But for now all I really do is write from the heart. So its refreshing to know that in Blogging World that’s ok ! Someone said : “good writers borrow, great writers steal” I have a pink polka dot notebook in which I collect little catch phrases. I love little word phrases. These are the ones I’ve “stolen” from some of your blog posts (hope you won’t mind ?)
    – I’ll be the voice in your head as you read these words I write.
    – Every word I write tells you a little bit more about me each time
    – You have to be your own outreach programme (loved this!)
    – I speak how I write. The voice in my head is the voice on the screen.
    Thanks for a very informative and insightful blog. Happy blogging !

    Liked by 1 person

  13. Rea says:

    just ate pizza for lunch. it was delicious.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. The look of absolute joy as you gazed lovingly at that poor flower is breathtaking haha I am gonna enjoy this blog. Thanks for being funny

    Liked by 1 person

  15. Hi Blend!
    Got yourself a cheeky nomination cos I love your blog oh-so much!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. This has to be the most interesting About I’ve read on WordPress 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

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