Gless.net

Josh Glessner

Serial Obsessive

Just in case my 2016 post didn't serve as enough of an introduction: Hi. I'm Josh. The technical details: I'm 32 years old, married, and we have a son. I am product design engineer in the plastics industry. I went back to school a few years ago to get my MBA, and am currently on the tail end of a 2 year expat assignment in Germany with my family.

I am obsessive. I actually rewrote that 3-word sentence 3 times. I obsess over just about everything. Ask me a nuanced question about any of my interests and prepare yourself for a detailed analytical breakdown and probably an opinion or 5. This is, first and foremost, because I like to learn. When something piques my interest I become ravenous, scouring the internet for little-known details, cross-referencing opinions of experts against one another, and balancing the facts at hand with my own experiences. If something is worth doing, it's worth doing right. Right?

I am also flighty. It is not uncommon for me to dive headfirst into a new hobby (read: money pit) and for my interest to wane after an embarrassingly short time. Our garage and closets are shrines to forgotten hobbies. Like-New sports equipment and discarded electronics await the next purge, looming as a physical embodiment of the “Told you so” that my wife is usually kind enough to leave unsaid.

This combination is a major source of stress. When making a decision, in addition to considering every relevant factor and then overanalyzing my logical and emotional responses, I have to question whether I will follow through. Will my interests change with the Next New Thing? Is my boredom or desire just a temporary hole that will soon be back-filled with everything else going on in my life? Being self-aware sucks.

That brings us to this site. This is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I have obsessed, considered, reconsidered, toiled, started, abandoned it, and started again. But work, school, and a few major life changes have filled the hole, and then some. As fickle as I am, though, if an idea sticks around for this long, I feel obliged to make time for it and try to see it through. 

I want a place to write more than 140 characters at a time, and I wanted to own it. I used Tumblr for a while, but as the platform changed, I found less and less to like about it. I looked at Medium, but it's the same story on an even more compressed timeline. Other than that, my plans for this space are a bit open-ended, so expect to see my random musings about hobbies, business, travel, and life as I see it. 

Thanks for visiting!