Who I am, and what I can offer you. (A. J. Reid)

Before you begin reading, thank you. Thank you for stopping by to read this. You’re amazing.

When I sat down to write this first-ever blog post today, it was a victory against myself.  I’ve been struggling to create a “perfect” mental concept of my starting point for this website. If I kept going like that, this post never would’ve been written. WordPress greeted me with the following in the template:

“You’re going to publish a post today. Don’t worry about how your blog looks. Don’t worry if you haven’t given it a name yet, or you’re feeling overwhelmed. Just click the “New Post” button, and tell us why you’re here.”

So that’s exactly what I am going to do; I’m going to tell you why I’m here and what I can offer you as a reader. I’m going to give you reasons to want the special monthly issue of The Minutia Chronicle in your inbox. Better yet, I’m going to share with you everything you have to look forward to by following Minutia. 

Here is a photo of me when I had just barely begun taking my first steps towards this path that I now walk:

Yup, that’s me on the right. A brand new investigative journalist coming to terms with the reality of having to grow up and pay taxes.

Before we examine the future, I must provide you, my dearest readers, with context on the past, my origin story, if you will. Since the earliest age I can still vaguely recall, I was always making stuff. It was always a neverending stream of brilliantly chaotic flow-of-consciousness state. I’ve made little paper board games with their own rules and subsets. I’ve made little mini novels and comic strips, and hundreds of random origami inventions. At one point, I even designed an architectural and socioeconomic outline for a fictional “utopian” city.

I’m sure you get the idea by now. I’m guessing a lot of us who weren’t fortunate enough to have easy access to the internet or videogames or other sources of entertainment growing up spent countless hours making our own fun in whatever ways we could think up. This is all going somewhere. Many years went by as my small human brain formulated and grew. Around age nine, I had an epiphany one summer afternoon. It was sudden, unprovoked, and relentless “I should make a Newspaper,” and so I did.

I created “The Little Silver Times” a full-fledged physical paper news issue. My discontinued family heritage hails from Scotland, and Little Silver is a piece of land in Somerset. Typically the land like Little Silver was governed by its Baron or Lord. It was established back in 1303, with the last confirmed date sometime in 1472. Little Silver is located on the Northern coast of Somerset between Dunkery & Horner Wood National Nature Reserve and Quantock Hills. The fact that my original family heritage might have held a barony over such an isolated little piece of land fascinated me. So I took the name as inspiration for my paper.

Over the next three summers, I wrote countless editions, special issues, and revisions of The Little Silver Times. I interviewed probably close to a hundred people throughout its life. As I grew, so did technology. Eventually, my interests shifted away towards video games and the dawn of the golden age of the internet. Before I knew it, my creative spark had been laid aside. Nothing more than a forgotten decorative piece on a dusty old shelf in the attic of my mind. 

So here I am to change that. It’s time to rekindle that spark. I will create something digital that will outlive me. It can serve as a permanent register of all the beautiful parts of being alive.

Here is what you can expect to find as a reader in the months and years to come:

  • Detailed, honest, uncensored, and unsponsored reviews of movies, games, books, anime, music, and other wonderful creations where I share my thoughts and award each a precisely weighted measure of its worth and impact on my life through a review score.
  • Interviews with people from all walks of life. From independent multi-genre creators like myself to talented musicians, traditional artists, paranormal investigators, world-travelers, and even the odd, ordinary fellow with a story to share with the world. 
  • Eventually, a podcast, most likely one that examines the world through the lens of uncovering old mysteries, unsolved cases, and alleged paranormal activity. When I do begin this, I want it to be a significant professional production with a dedicated editor, sound architect, soundtrack composer, and multiple voice actors to bring each story or case to life. 
  • Tips, tricks, guides, and detailed information on all sorts of random subjects in my best attempt at sharing my mastery over a few subjects with the world and adding my two cents to the collective knowledge of the internet. 
  • Investigative journalism. I plan on doing a deep dive investigation into many different topics, from old unsolved cold cases to active mysterious ARGs, to people who have submitted concerning subjects that require my investigative efforts via our press email. This won’t just be media coverage; this will be genuine, unfiltered, unsponsored, real investigative journalism with no bureaucratic red tape holding me back from sharing the truth with all of you beautiful people. 
  • Short stories, scary stories, fictional stories, no… scratch all of that and just label it: stories. I’m going to share stories from all over the world, told by the people I meet in my travels, told by myself from the root of my most imaginative concepts, told by strangers who submit them to minutiapress@gmail.com our tips/story submission email, just stories… so many stories. 
  • And last but definitely not least, I will be sharing with you little glimpses into my life via travel blogs and maybe, eventually, travel vlogs. I will document my travels and share my photography on here; I’ll share products that I genuinely believe are noteworthy purchases via small unsponsored reviews, I’ll share good food when I have the privilege of enjoying that (whether it be restaurants or family recipes) and I’ll keep you posted on all the small little things that happen throughout my life. 

After reading that last bullet point, you might have a question. “Why share all of that here publicly as opposed to keeping a personal journal?” Well, I do. I do keep a personal journal, in fact, I keep five. Two physical and three digital through a wonderful app service titled “DayOne,” it’s available on all mobile platforms. I’d highly recommend that to anyone as an all-in-one digital journaling solution.

My reason for sharing it all here is that journals will only be enjoyed by the few people in my life who are allowed to read them and the few people after my life who are curious enough to dredge them up. By sharing my life and my stories through journalism and blogging and a monthly catch-up digital newspaper, “The Minutia Chronicle,” I am doing everything in my power to share something of value in this life with as many people as possible. I may only ever reach a small audience, but that’s completely fine with me. I just want to help make a positive impact on the lives of as many people as I can, and I want to share with the world all of the little things that make life worth living in my eyes.

I’ve lost far too many incredible souls in such a short span of my life to the crushing weights of this world that modern society inflicts upon them. If anything I share can inspire others to resist the call of the abyss or aid in reigniting the spark of passion for just simply living, then I will do this for the rest of my life to accomplish that goal. 

Yours Truly,

Atticus J. Reid

P.S. To learn a little bit more about me and my background, you can click here to visit the About me page.

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