Blogging the Gauntlet

I’m kinda new to this whole blogging thing. When I was a teenager, I started to keep a diary until my mother found and read it and realized I was gay. That pretty much ended my enthusiasm for writing about my life on a daily basis. In retrospect, I wish I’d at least picked up the habit after I started Gauntlet. It would be interesting to relive those years of my life, and I wouldn’t have had to rely so heavily on memory in order to write my book.


So why start now? Running the Gauntlet was always intended to be both a memoir and a history of the modern body piercing movement with a primary focus on the latter. Consequently, when I was doing the final edit of the book, I felt it advantageous to tighten up the story by eliminating some of the more personal details.


This blog requires no such constraints. With it, I can now share some of the deleted portions of the book as well as add memories that didn’t occur to me as I was writing it. And I feel less constrained to always keep the focus strictly on body piercing. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it anyway.


Welcome to my blog!


3 thoughts on “Blogging the Gauntlet

  1. Thank you for deciding to share both your book and your blog. As an apprentice just starting out in the industry, I find the history and all the innovations and personal stories amazing.

  2. Even though I’ve known you for a long, long time, Jim, I’m amazed at how much I learned from your book. It was fascinating and I am excited to see what else I can learn from you. Looking forward to reading whatever you care to share.
    With love and respect,

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