What’s up everybody, my name is Michael but you can call me MJ.

Thank you for visiting my site today. I’ll spare you all the details and specifics, but in a nutshell, here’s a little bit about myself. I grew up in a very small town in Northern New Jersey. I graduated high school and through my participation in sports I received an athletic scholarship to attend the University at Albany in Upstate New York. A transfer mid-sophomore year led me back to NJ where I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications from William Paterson University. A few years after graduating my adult life would begin to take shape, and after a couple life-changing events, in 2009 I decided to move to California.

“I grew up just minutes away from the Hudson River and couldn’t help but to be inspired by the fast pace and bright lights of New York City.”

Southern California offers a slow and fast pace, but also has everything in between. In my opinion, New York and Los Angeles are both one and the same, so no complaints there. The only major difference is the weather. Every time the sun shines on a hot day in the middle of December, I remind myself that I’d much rather enjoy fun in the sun than deal with winter storms and shoveling snow.

“My blog started out as a space for me to just write, decompress, and express what was on my mind.”

I’ve always had a creative mind, but I would often forget cool ideas and random thoughts. I usually keep multiple notebooks around because finding the right place to share my ideas sometimes can be challenging. I enjoy creative writing, and as I got older, I started to realize that writing brought me peace. I started blogging years ago, but it was one of those things that never really stuck until now. I started blogging again because I was in need of a blank space to vent. But I was looking for a safe place to share my thoughts and opinions. So like most creatives I got into web design and created a new home for my blog.

In today’s world where sharing and connecting is a part of everyday life, I was also looking for social media outlets where I could feel confident posting what I want when I want. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m addicted to Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook like the rest of the world, but those popular platforms can become overstimulating at times. And since society has an attention span of about 8 seconds, I decided to refocus my energy on making content that allowed me to showcase my creativity, while also motivating and inspiring others to follow their dreams. My blog started out as a space for me to write, decompress, and express what was on my mind. It was for my personal use only. Since then, it has evolved into so much more and The Social Introvert was born.

At the end of the day I know some will see the value in my content, and then there’s those that won’t. But that’s the beauty of it all. You never know if you’ll have a positive impact on another person’s life, but that reason alone is more than enough to keep me wanting to share my creativity with the world.