The Starter Log - Fuel for the mind

The Starter Log was founded in 2015 by Charley Vail, Kevin Koch, Kyle Murray. Our mission is to provide fuel for the mind and help individuals become intentional about their personal development. 

The Starter Log specializes in, but is not limited to articles and podcasts about leadership, discipline, small businesses, social media & technology, inspiration, self-awareness, and motivation.

We believe that some of the most valuable conversations happen around around a bonfire, whether those conversations occur among friends, or complete strangers. We strive to bring those conversations to the web, so they can be shared. The Starter Log provides the content that stimulates conversation, thus keeping the fire going. 

Meet the Authors

Charley Vail

Hello & Welcome,

My name is Charley, 1/3 of TSL (The Starter Log). My interests include creating content, marketing, advertising, football, wrestling, video games and anything involving killing zombies with friends. I love writing for The Starter Log because it allows me to create content and tell unique and individualistic stories to visitors like you. The most fulfilling thing about The Starter Log is hearing feedback from our fans, good or bad, please don't hesitate to comment on our articles/podcasts and connect with us on social media.

Favorite Food - Tortas, Tacos, Burgers, Grilled Cheese

Favorite Sports Team - Bears, Blackhawks, Cubs, and Bulls
Favorite Businesses - Cassie Cares Pet Sitting, Dollar Shave ClubContently.comWWE/NXT.

Favorite Social Space - Twitter @Charley_VailMKT

Favorite Books - To Kill a Mockingbird, Start With Why, Burn Your Goals, Mindset, YES! (Daniel Bryan's road to WM).

Favorite Video Games - Halo 1,2,3 , Resident Evil 2, Dead Island, ES: Skyrim, WWF No Mercy, Mario Kart (N64)

Favorite TV Shows - The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, An Idiot Abroad, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire

Favorite Movies - Dumb & Dumber, Coming to America, Pirates of the Caribbean series

Charles Vail author of The Starter Log

Kyle Murray

This is the part where I sum up who I am in less than a full page: I try to get 1% better everyday. If I don't get better, I only missed out on 1%. I recommend that people adopt this philosophy. I don't know what I want in life. A part of me wants to conform. The other part of me wants to walk away and leave it all behind. I know the difference between right and wrong and sometimes I struggle with always choosing what is right. I prefer quality over quantity. I know that I enjoy making people happy. I want to create things for people. At this point in my life, I only have the ability to create words for people to hear or read. For this reason, I am thankful to be a contributor to The Starter Log. 


Son, Brother, Generous Lover, abundant food eater, infrequent reader, semi-athletic, often eclectic, Record collector, good-time director, morale erector, late night glutton, pusher of buttons, music buff, up to snuff, sans fluff... thats enough.

Kevin Koch

My name is Kevin Koch and you'll see my articles mostly in the Fuel  Section of this Blog. I am fortunate enough to do what I love - coach and mentor young college athletes. I grew up just west of Chicago and get a chance to come home for a good amount of the year. I'm interested in Chicago sports, movies, books, learning new things, and working out. The Starter Log gives me the opportunity to write/talk/blog about things that I've learned that hopefully can have an impact on your life in someway.

Favorite Food - Wings/Steak/Ribs and Chipotle. 
Favorite Sports Team - All Chicago Teams. Bears #1
Favorite Businesses - Southwest Airlines, Amazon, Under Armour
Favorite Books - Start With Why by Simon Sinek. Mindset by Carol Dweck. Burn Your Goals by Joshua Medcalf.

Please reach out if you are a small business owner, motivational speaker, sports coach or writer that would like to be featured on our blog!