WOW! I’ve been running my own blog for an entire year! Time has flown by and this experience has really changed my life in the most positive way possible. This blog has given me a way to communicate with like minded people around the world. Originally designed to be a hobby to fill my many hours of free time in Finland, writing has become a passion for me. I won’t make this post too long (I hope), but I would like to tell my you how I got here.
MY INITIAL MOTIVATION
After living in Finland for a few months, it was clear that I needed to find a productive outlet. The six hours of daylight during the winter (definitely felt like 3 hours or less) had taken its toll on me. The newness of Finland had worn off, everyday was just staying inside, eating pulla, and watching television. This might sound like the life dreams are made of, but if you have ever met me you know this situation was a specific type of hell for me. I HAVE to be doing something to be content. I like computers and have a little background in creating websites, so I decided maybe I would start a blog to connect with the world. It was either that or go outside in that Finnish weather and meet people, I think I chose correctly.
I remember my first attempt at a blog. When living in Italy I tried to keep a journal type blog to remember my younger life. That lasted a total of one week before I decided that telling my story to the world wasn’t for me. I think I had 5 posts before I deleted that site as best I could. With that past failure in mind I decided this blog wouldn’t be solely about me. I had lots of topics I wanted to discuss, all relating to American Football and the things I wish someone would write. So I wrote a few articles like: My Football Experience in Europe, Maple League Predictions, A Tragedy in Kuusankoski, and a few that I have since deleted because of the amount of crappiness they involved.
FINDING MY VOICE
I really thought that just writing articles would get my ideas out in the world. I was completely wrong of course, no one was reading what I wanted to discuss at all. Being intrigued by the American Football being played in Finland I decided to write a few articles about the games I saw in my free time. Since I was coaching a lower division team in Finland, I had plenty of time to talk to players for interviews, go to games in different cities, and then write about those games. By the end of the regular season I was covering the most important games in Finland and creating a much larger contact list both locally and internationally. Just in time for the Maple Bowl, I was writing articles for my blog as well as contributing to American Football International as their Finland source. Also, I had developed a great cooperation with FSC Media to be allowed to use the best photos in Finland for my articles.
RAISING MY VOICE
After the Maple Bowl was over, I went on a short hiatus from writing my blog. I spent this time strategically thinking and planning how to increase my new passion. During this two month think tank, I actively pursued other outlets to contribute to my writing. I became a contributing writer for The Inside Zone UK covering NFL games. Later, I was asked to join the The Inside Zone Podcast as a regular host reviewing NFL games weekly. Also, I joined an international podcast called Sports Politicen with some great guys from the states. These projects helped me understand even more what I wanted to do with my personal blog.
A LOW ROAR
December 2016, I relaunched my Blog Perfect Pervis. The second version is now self hosted and has a proper url that can easily be recognized . Timed with the launch of my new business Pervis Football, I hit the ground running with material that had been in my head for months.Still contributing to my other projects, I released one article a week for my blog, so people wouldn’t forget about me. They probably did, but that was ok, because there was more to come.
YELLING LOUD AND PROUD
2017 has been more than I could have ever expected. Perfect Pervis is an online resource for tons of information. You want to learn Football Plays or even When to use them? Sure check out chalkboard articles on my blog. You want read interesting articles about Football around the world, go ahead and click Intl. American Football or check out one of my articles on AFI. Interested in playing American Football overseas, but wonder what its like? I got you covered, browse through a few Interviews and find out firsthand how imports like playing globally. Forget all that, you just read my site to know whats going on in Finland, well keep reading!
I thought this would be my ultimate stop for material on my blog, but I was wrong. As I stated earlier, my contact list has expanded. With great contacts comes great cooperation. You can expect more Guest Author articles from great football minds around the world. Instead of just reading articles you will be able to hear the awesome players and coaches I get great interviews from often. I’ve teamed with fellow Americans in Finland for a weekly podcast that will be distributed internationally so anyone can stay up to date with the game here in Suomi.
THE FUTURE OF PERFECT PERVIS
Perfect Pervis will be joining The Podyum as a contributing writer! The best is yet to come! Stay Tuned.