Before settling in, a couple of quick thank-yous:
- To Jim, this site's owner, who's been after me to blog about this hobby for quite some time now. Thank you for wanting to read what I have to write, and for providing the proverbial soapbox to do so.
- To Terry, whose diligence in getting the technical side of all this ironed out has finally paid off.
- To the rest of the staff at Yojoe.com, past and present, for all you've done over the years to make this site the place to visit for all things G.I.Joe. As a hobby, G.I.Joe can be exhausting with its detail, and Yojoe.com has long been the guide for many of us in the community to keep everything in order. I'm involved with a lot of great projects in the G.I. Joe community, and Yojoe.com has left its fingerprints on them all, from JoeDeclassified to What's On Joe Mind? to GeneralsJoes.com.
That said, let's get down to business... who am I and what am I doing here?
I'm Mike Irizarry, co-host of What's On Joe Mind?, the G.I. Joe community's largest G.I. Joe podcast. As I stated earlier, I've also been a contributor for a number of other G.I. Joe sites and projects over the years, including the COIL Club and COIL Cons, the Joe Declassified newsletter, podcast and website, GeneralsJoes.com, Joesightings.com, JoeBattleLines.com, and others. I collected G.I. Joe as a kid from 1982 until about 1988, then dove back in in 1996 and have been going ever since. Despite this potential oversaturation, I'll hopefully bring some new ideas and views to the Yojoe blogroll, or at least provide some fun stories from the social side of the hobby.
Joecon is literally only a few days away and as it's in my hometown of Indianapolis, I'll be there. You'll be able to find me in any number of places, from the COIL Club booth to the Declassified booth, recording with the WOJM guys or attending panels. One WOJM listener asked me on Facebook if that left any time for me to actually enjoy the Convention. I replied that if I wasn't keeping that busy, I'd be bored silly. So please come by and say hello, and I'm sure I'll have more to write about once the Convention is under way. I can't wait to get there! Travel safe, and I'll see you in Indy!