If you want someone who says something like, “I’m just a bloggin’ guy with a Pittsburgh problem!” then I’m probably not the blogger for you. If you want someone that simultaneously promotes the merits and virtues of Pittsburgh while shamelessly mocking his lackluster love exploits then maybe you’d like to stick around for a little while. YinZSTER is a lifestyle blog that is inspired by the rapidly changing social and cultural landscape in The City of Pittsburgh. It’s written by a dude who lives in The Strip, writes under a moniker that references his old go-to AIM screen name, and has a doctored-up version of his favorite kid pic as his avatar. My aim is ultimately to provide my readers with useful information about this city alongside engaging or funny stories about my increasingly questionable social life. Above all, please know that I love it here. Pittsburgh is my home and I’m truly blessed to be living in this city with great friends at a time that is about as good as we’ve ever seen here. I’d love for you to follow the blog and my social media handles (Insta: yinzster pgh, Twitter: yinzster) to get fun takes on things like where to go and what to see or do. Be proud of where you’re from! Get out there with us and explore the new way to live in Pittsburgh.
The most regular type of post on this site, because it can happen whenever I damn well please, is what I have creatively named YinZSTER Diaries cuz I’m really thoughtful like that. This is a miscellaneous grab bag of stories and anecdotes about things that happen in my life in Pittsburgh. It’s meant to be funny and interesting but to continue to provide references and information covering the general goings-on in Pittsburgh today. I go to as many events, concerts and new places as I can. I creepily stalk furries, get text messages from the parents of ex-girlfriends while getting stood up by new love interests and drink beer that has good mouthfeel. I like to reference the restaurants or events I go to when I do these things to give an indication of what I think are some of the most fun places to hang out in the city these days. Oftentimes I just stay in and play around with Google Effects gleefully, but I rarely-if-ever post any articles about that. RTJR.
Indecent exposure is something that, in the grand scheme of things, might be kind of fun to get arrested for. Indiecent Exposure, however is an epic pun (get used to those). I go to a lot of concerts at places like Mr. Smalls, Stage AE, Thunderbird Cafe, etc. and in doing so often find myself around lots of people who are much more avid fans of that night’s particular band than I am. I don’t enjoy feeling like a poser at a show, and neither do you, so with Indiecent Exposure I do a little research and post a lesser-known fact about an artist that you can have at your disposal for the show on the morning of their Pittsburgh performance. For instance, did you know that Toro y Moi graduated from the University of South Carolina or that the guitarist for fun. is dating Lena Dunham? No? Then maybe you should follow this blog. The last thing you need is some PBR-holding, mustache-having hipster outing you amongst friends when all you’re trying to do is have a good time especially if you’re a PBR/mustache variety hipster. Maybe you could use the information to strike up a conversation with that special wallflower you see swaying side-to-side? Yeah? Well, it’s never worked for me but I bet you could do better…
By now we all know that The Pittsburgh Pirates are the greatest thing to ever happen to anything ever, regardless of the discussion topic. There are lots and lots of media outlets you can use to follow their game logs, trade rumors, injuries, prospect reports or just about anything you can think of. While I am 100% fluent in baseball, I’m not going to cover those things because I have furries and nights at KTV’s to write about so go to rumbunter for anything you want to know about Jose Tabata’s OPS or WAR. I’ll be interested more in the social aspect of the Pirates, like a review of the Twitter accounts and Instagrams for incoming visiting opponents so that you can hate on guys like Tat Latos of the Cinci Reds just a little bit more. I’ve also been known to compare the Bucs to my lovers in a creepy way that can only be reserved for someone who enjoys Google Effects as much as I do. The “Etc.” portion will be similar but much more sparse for the Pens and Lers because after all neither of them are the Bucs. I may write about experiences I have with The Hounds or The Power too as I determine what those franchises are all about.