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

Oh, hi! Didn’t see you there. Not because of my nearsightedness, but because this is the internet and I, literally, could not see you. This page is off to a roaring start, isn’t it?

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

I’m (somehow) 26-years-old, but have the mind of an old man and a little boy. That’s what my mother says, at least. I tend to agree with her.

This blog was born on June 23, 2013 as a sports blog, but that got boring after two months when I realized I had more I wanted to say, so now I write about anything and everything.

The title of my blog comes from my university days when I was the Captain of my intramural team. I’d give pre-game speeches that didn’t always lead to a win, but always generated a chuckle.

Here are some rapid fire facts about me:

  • I love sports.
  • Pizza is my favourite food.
  • Dogs don’t like me.
  • I say “serviette” instead of napkin.
  • I’m an introvert who doesn’t enjoy small talk as much as I enjoy conversations about random things.
  • I watch wrestling but…
  • I also watch The Bachelor/Bachelorette and do play-by-play posts of each episode.
  • Some of my favourite songs are: Where The Streets Have No Name by U2; Sleeping Sickness by City & Colour; and Closer To The Edge by 30 Seconds To Mars.
  • My favourite colour is blue, I think.
  • I’m not sure if I have a favourite/lucky number, though I seem to favour 2, 19, 22, and 91. Writing that out made me realize I only care about numbers 1, 2, and 9. Ok.
  • All of my puns are intended.
  • I have a dry sense of humour, so I walk around and spray people with water whenever I make a joke.
  • I’ve never seen Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, or any of the superhero movies.
  • I prefer non-fiction books.
  • I’ve never had tacos, sushi, or Nutella.
  • My baseball glove is about 30 years old. I couldn’t imagine wearing a different one.
  • At least 10 people have told me I look like Sidney Crosby.
  • My sister says I look like Yogi Bear.
  • I enjoy long road trips, but don’t like 2-hour drives.
  • Within the last five years I’ve watched: The OC, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill, Veronica Mars, and Pretty Little Liars. My sister takes the blame for this.
  • Did I mention I watch wrestling?

My interests are all over the place, which means this blog is too. If you were to ask me what my blog is about, I wouldn’t know how to answer you. My blog is about me, but you don’t know me, so reading it is the only way to find out.

All (most) of my posts are written in the middle of the night. I try to make every post sound as if I’m talking, rather than you are reading.

A lot of my posts have jokes in them, so if you don’t like to laugh…uhh I don’t even know how to finish this sentence.

I write poetry. I write fiction. I write about life. I write about the past. I write about sports. I write about me. I write about writing. I write about scenarios in life that no one talks about enough.

Essentially, if a thought pops in my heads, I’ll turn it into a blog post.

I have a few blogging series: 50 Thoughts, Paulo’s Kitchen w/Chef Paulo, and Viewing Notes, to name a few.

My goal is to make you laugh, think, or cry. Failing that, hopefully you click away from my blog feeling a little bit better than before you read it.

Now then…because I have nowhere else to put it, and because I want to remember the specific dates, here is a list of my blogging accolades which I was somehow deemed worthy of.

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 About page, which I’ve edited about 79 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.

You can follow me on Twitter: @CappyTalks

Lastly, I like to think that every blog post I write reveals a piece of my heart and if you were to put each one together, you’d know exactly who I am. So if this page left some questions unanswered, that was intentional.

Your Captain,

Paul (#91)

This is me, staring at a flower.


184 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!

        Liked by 2 people

      • 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

    Liked by 1 person

    • 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

  17. hemetshe says:

    Bravo on your accolades! I can tell this was a good ‘follow’. You make me want to write that blogger on Pinterest downing this not-so-little blogging nook. Well done, looking forward to more of your posts. I wonder how many people actually write their original posts a. During daylight hours, b. Outside of the bathroom. One can only wonder..Haha.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Paul says:

      Hi! Thank you! I read a couple of your posts and thought, “I like how this person writes and what they have to say, I’m going to follow them.” I hope we can both live up to these expectations lol


  18. Dutch Lion says:

    Hey Paul,

    I don’t know if you saw this but I tagged you on a “Great Quotes” post. You don’t have to do it if you don’t want but who knows, maybe! Thanks! Reid


    Liked by 1 person

  19. micqu says:

    I live pizza and started making it from scratch recently. I haven’t seen any of the movies you mentioned and I read mostly non-fiction.

    I like the thought that I am seeing a piece of you in everything you wrote. It should be that way. And it is palpable in every post. Thank you for being such a wonderful host. xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • Paul says:

      Thank you for being such a wonderful reader and friend! Now then, about that pizza. What toppings do you normally put on it?


      • micqu says:

        I am rather traditional. Ham and cheese maybe an egg, that’s what I like. And I like it spicy. My son likes pineapple on his. Sometimes I wonder if he is really my child. Pineapple on pizza. It’s vile.
        And you? Preferred toppings?

        Liked by 1 person

      • Paul says:

        An egg? That’s surely not traditional here lol. Pineapple is vile, I agree.
        I like pepperoni and green olives and sausage! Though I also like mushrooms and green peppers. It depends on the day.


      • micqu says:

        It’s like a fried egg on the pizza. I actually love it. I like olives too, but I prefer the black ones.

        Liked by 1 person

  20. Ely says:

    Nice!!! Nice to meet you Paul! YOU HAVE NEVER HAD TACOS??! WHATTT! Forget it. I’m out. I’m done here. I CAN’T. Goodbye.
    Who are YOU!
    LOL! You’re the coolest person I know.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Dutch Lion says:

    Hey Paul, I nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award. Have fun and let me know if you end up writing your own post. Check it out here: https://dutchlionsports.com/2018/05/15/mystery-blogger-award/

    You are probably tired of these but I really want to see your answers to my questions, so too bad. You have to do it. Haha LOL!


    Liked by 1 person

  22. Dammit Paul, if this isn’t my favorite blog I’ve stumbled upon in all my time on this website (6 months). But seriously, if you don’t mind my language, your blog is a fucking delight to read.

    Liked by 1 person

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