Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter


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She comes into your life and brings nature’s blessing. And with her entrance comes a curse of wanton passion. The grass is still alive as it blazes in the sun. The chorus of our laughter floats gently in the Spring breeze. We are the definition of love and our hands are linked as we dance amongst the growing and the grown alike. We enjoy timeless sunsets on picturesque settings creating canvases waiting to be painted at each moment. We love.

Time works wonders and bonds grow firm. We resolve to walk quietly into the night together. Hands held tightly against the shadows we once faced alone. We pick each other up in the heat of the Summer, against the blazing sun and humanity’s punishment. We turn as one, in unison with one another’s needs. I am your need and you are mine. And like an oak tree we grow together.

The rain has come and we have weathered storms. We still touch… but sometimes our hands Fall like leaves from our tired limbs. The chatter of children running around our base keeps us united, we are still united with finger painted signs and chalk figures. But some nights are cold and the moon shines two shadows upon the ground.

It snows here in Denver. The Winter seems to be most of the year… at least lately. But even with the constant ice, it does melt with the strength of will. A will we share each morning and return to each night. The seasons form a timeless ring that hardens into a golden promise. They touch each time our hands unite with infused emotion. Regardless of what emotion that is the presence of feelings means that we still care.

Jason Cushman

-Opinionated Man

7/11/2014

Blogging – Pushing Posts


I have developed some “tricks” to promoting or pushing my posts so that they get seen by as many people as possible. These are methods I use and I have created my own terminology which is probably inaccurate. I think the words I use are self-explanatory, but if anyone needs clarification feel free to ask.

The rescheduling of posts is a huge tool for bloggers that really want their posts to be seen be the largest audience possible. Some people overdo this method and I actually have really overused it the past few months in an effort to reshare some of my older posts. The great thing about the rescheduling of a post is that it will only show up in a person’s reader and won’t spam them with new emails. It will sometimes, depending on your settings, reshare on your other social media platforms if you have them directly linked so be careful.

I consider the first 4 posts of mine to be my “front page” even though my web URL goes directly to my blog as a whole. That is because human interest is limited and I never expect anyone to read more than the first two posts of mine. Bloggers become so focused on their current post they forget that presentation is everything. I am always moving, writing new posts, rescheduling lately old posts, and moving the ones I like around to directly tie in with the timing of when I go to find new readers. This is where the schedule button really comes in handy for me.

Often we write posts that are in some way connected with a previous post, be it a series or they are on the same topic. I like to reschedule the old post about five minutes before I post my new one. It sometimes clumps my posts together in a reader and although some people may get annoyed it ensures your posts are seen. The relationship between the two posts also helps to promote them to each other. That should be obvious, but I’ll say it anyway. Someone asked me in what order I do the portions of my blogging model. The two parts where I gather my audience and I publish posts is easy to portion out in my daily activity. In a realistic world wouldn’t you place your blog out there first and then find the audience so that they see the posts you want them to see? That is why I publish and then I gather in that order.

Probably a lot of over information there, but just remember that readers are always scrolling down and growing so your posts get buried on both personal readers and the overall WordPress reader. The only thing you are doing by rescheduling is placing your posts on the rail again and letting people see it. The worst that can happen is you overdo it and someone either unsubscribes from you because they don’t know how to “hide your posts,” or they hide your posts which is pretty much the same thing since that is permanent. Either way if you have put in the effort to write something great why rewrite the exact same thing again just to be able to publish it? Simply press the quick link and reschedule it for a future time and date.

One last trick, but first this is assuming you already know that when you reschedule a post it will only break the reblog links from external websites back to you. The links internal (from your blog) out (external website such as by clicking a blogger’s username) will still work. I do not rely on my blog traffic from reblogs so breaking those links is no big deal to me. If you learn how to gather your audience for yourself and stop relying on others it won’t be a big deal to you either. The one thing you may want to keep in mind is that when you move a post the link to the email sent to your email subscribers WILL break. That is important to note because you then don’t want to immediately move a post you just published or your email subscribers will become frustrated from the Error Code they get when no website is found. There is still a trick you can use if you really want to promote a post in the same day that is for some reason to you important. You have all the way till 23:99 of that same day to republish that post. If you were motivated you could use a mixture of the methods above and keep republishing the “newly published post” up until the end of that day to ensure it gets seen and it won’t break any links externally or internally. There really is no limit to that… I’ve known someone to push their post every five minutes for a day. It can help. Just a tip.

-OM

Women are Crazy (The way to lose your female readers)


This is not a relationship blog, but occasionally I will write about and share some revolutionary facts that I discover in my life. Here is one fact that I would love to write about (but not discuss) women are crazy. I would go so far as to say “most” women are crazy and the funny part is they make sense to each other. That really is the kicker, because women can understand the craziness in one another, they then do not consider themselves crazy. Impeccable logic to be sure, it is hard to debate evidence so sound.

Women pick arguments on purpose. The only time men pick arguments on purpose is if we do not like someone, we are drunk, there is a Raider’s fan in the room, or we decide to act macho in front of our woman. Men do not often argue just to argue, do you know why ladies? We are lazy and it is hard to watch Sportscenter AND drink a beer while you argue. Ok, so why is women arguing so crazy? Because of the reason they do it, women argue and pick fights with men “to test their relationship.” That is the whole “if the rubber band breaks” concept that women are working on. They obviously haven’t heard of the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” concept that men love.

Women ask questions that they know the answers to. Guys, they still expect an answer. And God help you if the answer is not politically and socially correct. You may want to bring a cue card with a few facts and pointers to back up your answer, though those facts will help very little if your answer is different from hers. These actions by women can also be tests; you know those random pop quizzes we hated in school, well now we get them in marriage and long term relationships. Your girlfriend or wife has just become the teacher from hell.

Women really don’t care about your opinion most the time. You know “they” say that a good conversation is good dialogue between the two participants. Whoever “they” were, “they” were obviously not talking to a woman. A woman does not want your input on a topic she has already decided upon. You are allowed a couple head nods, a few confirmation noises (to let her know you are still listening), and a really big “you are absolutely right honey” near the end. That is all that is required, or better yet necessary, to successfully navigate through a conversation with a woman. One last thing, if you even dare to talk about a subject she knows nothing about just give up, women quickly grow bored with topics that don’t interest them. Notice the way she “sighs” and glances around the room every five minutes, those are your hints.

Give up trying to keep up with your wife or girlfriend’s social drama, whether at work or with her friends. Never side with Becky, her hated arch-rival, unless Becky is going to let you sleep on her couch. Do not dare and sympathize with Helga, her dictator of a boss, or your soup might taste a bit off tonight. If your wife is on Facebook just be prepared for monthly breakdowns and breakups. I think women came up with the term “BFF” so they could have one more thing to break up with in this world. Women are crazy.

-Opinionated Man

Blogger Review – HarsH ReaLiTy


I have never asked for this before and this might be a huge mistake. I would like for anyone to write a “review” of my blog and perhaps touch on things you might like to see in the future. I won’t promise to follow any “advice” given, but I have a lot of readers here that have watched this blog grow from follower 1 in 2013. I would really like feedback from those that have watched the different directions this blog has taken. It might be helpful to touch on what posts are more enjoyable than others so I can consider that in the future.

Thanks to anyone that takes the time!

Jason

-Opinionated Man