The Jarbochov Stratagem

My blog has been under the moniker of the for almost ten years now[1]. The name has early 2000s written all over it.

For those not in the know my nickname has evolved over the years. In high school it was Jarbo[2], which I then reconfigured into Wyoming Jarbo as an homage to Indiana Jones except with the completely rectangular and least populated state. I thought it was funny.

Later after answering many questions about the “Wyoming” part[3] of the name I adopted Jarbochov[4]. After the great Twitter username change of 2011[5] it has been my handle ever since. It’s unique and it was born out of serendipity rather than manufactured or forced.

Over the last year I’ve reflected on how much I miss creating things. I like writing but I also put so much thought into it without much action. The most common advice I see for people who want to write is to just write and not worry about the audience or the content. So that’s my new goal, or stratagem to approach myself and the world.

A stratagem is a plan to outwit an opponent or to achieve an end. My opponent is myself and the world. My goal is to write more, to show the awesome of the world, of technology, of video games, of life. My aim is to muddle up the system add some shades of gray[6] to everyone that reads this. The world is simple where we think it is complex, and it is complex where we think it is simple.

I hope you stay along and encourage me throughout this corporate rebranding of the online space of Jared Cherup, and I hope to contribute in a more regular fashion.

  1. has actually been around since 1999.  ↩
  2. “Jarbo” was a product of several misspelled checks I received from The Columbus Dispatch while I was a paperboy. I still cashed them.  ↩
  3. No I’ve never visited Wyoming, but I want to.  ↩
  4. Jarbochov was formally adopted during a game of 1000 blank white cards. It’s an reconstructing of “Mikhail Gorbachev” and “Jarbo”. Also some walls were involved.  ↩
  5. I joined Twitter in 2006, and for years my username was “jcherup” which found completely uninspired.  ↩
  6. No, not those ones.  ↩

Blog-A-Day™ Status Report – January 22

This blog-a-day initiative has fallen apart recently. I think I’m an entire week behind. It’s hard to write everyday. Today in particular. I can’t think of anything of any substance that I want to talk about. I think it may be contributed to the fact I only had 3.5 hours of sleep last night.

If you don’t already, follow me on Twitter, and check out my link blog to the right. The links I share are often what I’m reading or interested in at the moment. The links are aggregated from my Google Reader shared items, my delicious, and my Vimeo likes.

I have received a few punishment suggestions for not updating. The top two, and only two are as follows:


Or to watch Britney: For The Record until I’m caught up.

So, if you have a better suggestion let me know.

This counts as a blog post.

2009. I Refuse To Say Resolution. Crap.

2009 is here to stay. Other than the Zunepocalypse, we are off to a great start. I have a few GOALS to attempt this year. Here they are in order of smallest to largest.

  1. Start Exercising – I need to, just do more activities. Playing video games just isn’t helping my gut these days.
  2. Get Obscure Ohio Up and Going – This will be hard to do. I will have to devote time to creating my first “professional” website. I will also have to devote time to contribute content to it, and help recruit people to help with that. Erica is going to be the director I think, I’ll be a co-founder, so I have less responsibility.
  3. This is the most important, but something I have wanted to do for a long time. BLOG A DAY™. One blog post each day. Rules are as follows:
  • Twitter doesn’t count.
  • Flickr doesn’t count.
  • One sentence or two does not cut it.
  • Using WordPress’ scheduled posting is allowed – Seriously, if I want to sit and write 10 posts one evening ahead of time, it will count.
  • Posts can be about any thing, but must be about something – I will seriously try not to phone it in.
  • Input and commenting will be motivational! Please comment.
  • Last, this post counts.

I think I can, I think I can, I know I can.

Being optimistic will be the underlying secret goal that no one will no about.

Good luck with your GOALS, and remember, the littlest progress can make all the difference is a better you.