PTSD Essay #1, Andrews Air Show, and Search!

At the beginning of the year I made a vow that I would finally get some serious writing out about PTSD after cancer, and am very proud to have finally delivered on that promise. It took a lot to be able to write about something so painful, but this was the heavy one. Parts II and III are coming soon, and will be far more up-lifting. Check it out on the blog

For your viewing pleasure, I posted a blog and gallery about the Andrews Air Show, one of the many highlights of our summer, which can be seen here.

And really getting fancy now, I figured out how to get a Search feature working! So if there's a particular topic of interest, mouse over to the About section, and at the bottom of the drop-down menu you'll now see a search page. Give a try. 

Photography Section now Live and Misc Updates

If you mouse over the Blogs section, you'll now see the Photography section. Check it out!

There's blogs and galleries about hiking Old Rag Mountain, and an engagement style shoot that I did for my friends Pete & Marnie. I'm not going to put all of my photography on here, just the big stuff that would be appropriate to share. For more daily life type photography, the best place for that is my Instagram. Feel free to connect and say hey!

Also, the Cancer Blog section has now been backfilled with all of my blogs from 2015, with just a few left to backfill from 2014. 

Have also updated the Essays section with links on each essay to the corresponding blog posts, so that you can more easily comment or share on social media.

The Archives section is actually going to be split out into a few different static pages, as I have too much content in too many different places now. Not a bad problem to have. :)

Hurrah! Happy 38th birthday to me, and Welcome to StevePake.com v1.0 :-)

What's new? Well, this entire website is what's new! I'd been toying with the idea of setting up my own website and blog for quite a number of years, and the timing finally felt right to do so. The primary purpose of this website is to serve as the central hub for my cancer writing. I've been the sole blogger at the Testicular Cancer Awareness Foundation for over a year now, but am starting to branch out with monthly blogs for the I Had Cancer organization, where I'm able to reach far more people and age groups. I've also been interviewed by and featured in national news media stories about my cancer journey, and it just seemed like the right thing to do to create a space for myself on the web that would be a one stop shop for anyone interested in my writing.

I've also noticed that social media has become much more fragmented as of late. Facebook used to have critical mass, and probably still does, but I know more than a few people that have left the platform due to one issue or annoyance or another, other platforms have evolved and become more appealing, and plenty of people aren't on social media at all. And as a writer and content creator that puts his heart and soul into what he does, it's been very irksome for me to see some of my posts get washed away in things like Facebook's screwy News Feed display algorithm, prioritizing junk posts from buzzfeed type websites. It's sad to see a place like Facebook devolving a bit into a medium to share all of the junk/chain emails that people used to send around. I know my writing is better than that, and deserves its own place where it can be more easily found.

So much work yet to be done, but good to go on launch day! I've only ported over a small portion of my blogs from TCAF to date, and most links on the archive page point externally. As time allows, I'll get those blogs transferred to here with both internal and external links. Coming soon, within the next week or two, there will be clickable "LIFE" and "PHOTOGRAPHY" blogs available from the Blog link in the title bar at the top of the page. Launch posts for these aren't quite ready yet, so didn't want to have those items displayed with nothing in them yet. I've also created a new StevePake.com Facebook page, as the social media front end of this website. Be sure to Like the page!

Check back here for the latest.

Steve