I am a Reader


I frequently see authors and writers complaining about blogging and the “lack of readers” on every platform they can name. Well if you are looking for a “reader” then look no further. I am a reader. That doesn’t mean I will read what you write however.

I am a reader. A single reader with two eyes and just as limited time as anyone else. I view WordPress as a giant newspaper with a live feed being added to it. Just because I subscribe to that “paper” doesn’t mean I am making a promise to read every article on it. That is up to the writer, to all of you. Bloggers are part of the same fabric of social media as everyone else and have an equal opportunity to be recognized because of that fact. For every person that says “I write for myself and don’t care if anyone reads my work” there are literally ten bloggers that DO CARE and DO HOPE to be read. This post is for them and the rest of you can go back to writing your thousands of words a day for no one. Enjoy that experience…

We are all responsible for creating our own popularity online. At least those of us that write, share, post, and blog without a corporate label on our ass. That would obviously include me, remember I am a simple blogger just like everyone else. We hack it out, we grind each day to stay in the game and keep motivated, and we learn as we go along. Adaption and learning are key to anything you wish to be good at and there is no professional sport you can point to that people aren’t always trying to improve. Even professional athletes are always striving to get better. There is no crying in baseball people.

As a reader I expect writers to cater to me. To attract me and gain my interest. That is an expectation ALL READERS have and the bloggers that are not getting read are either not blogging properly or are publishing poor materiel. Only you can fix that and it only comes from actively striving to improve. How many bloggers feel they know it all? That they know everything about social media, publishing, marketing, writing, and have all the pieces they need to create their own dream? Not many people feel that way which is why many bloggers follow my website. They hope to gain knowledge just as I myself seek innovative information every day. What are you doing to improve yourself?

By picturing WordPress as a giant newspaper and not as “a close community where everyone cares about you” people can begin to see the harsh reality. We are all in a rat race if we truly wish to be read and recognized. It may not be a competition, but it should always be viewed as a journey of self-improvement. Drop the expectations bloggers and instead work on actively finding ways of engaging readers. The readers did not all disappear and in many cases those “readers” now wish to be writers themselves. Their time is even more valuable than it was and it is then up to you as the writer to step up your game to gain their attention. How will you do that?

-OM

Being Moody


Opinionated Man:

I am sure MANY OF US can share your thoughts on this post. I am sorry to hear you can never “shine” in front of those that obviously mattered to you. At some point though you will have to accept your own successes and accomplishments as “good enough” for you. Nice post and hopefully you don’t mind me rebooting it. -OM
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Originally posted on Insomnia, Nightmares and General Madness:

Being ill and possessed of a somewhat foul temper today, I’m being reflective and somewhat bitter. Being grumpy about family issues, primarily. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been writing for almost thirty years now, beginning with bad Mario Bros. fanfic at the age of 6 on a purloined typewriter from my dad’s closet and progressing to D&D knockoff fiction before finding something resembling my own style, voice and subject matter. That’s fairly common knowledge. Also fairly common knowledge is that I’m a trifle manic depressive, suffer extensively from “I’m never good enough” logic and a lack of self-esteem.

One of the roots of those, at least as it pertains to my writing, is my parents. I know, everyone’s got an axe to grind in that department, and I typically have little to no sympathy for those who blame all their life’s troubles on “Mommy didn’t love me enough, waaaaaaaah.” But…

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Stop Treating Other Writers as Your Competition


Opinionated Man:

Well written! We are all here to pursue our dreams, but that does not mean we are all in competition with one another. Nicely said and I hope you don’t mind the reblog. -OM
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Originally posted on Courtney Herz:

There’s a trend that I’ve noticed, and I feel it needs attention. In cyberspace as in social space, it seems that writers like to consider other writers their competition. While this might initially make some amount of sense on the surface when it comes to writers within one’s own genre, it makes little to no sense when looking at writers in other genres. However, I’m here to tell you that no matter what genre the fellow writer across from you or next to you or on the next Amazon listing as you writes in, they are not your competition.

Ready for me to prove my point by asking one simple question?

Good.

Name one person you know who exclusively reads books from one author.

I’ll wait.

No, seriously, take your time.

Nobody? No takers? Nobody you know ONLY reads books from ONE single author?

Wow. Shocker.

Now, tell me how…

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Get a Real Job!


https://www.yahoo.com/parenting/single-mom-takes-on-mcdonalds-in-wage-fight-shes-105469044402.html

I made less than she is making when I got out of the military and I couldn’t find work. I had college education and time in service and still had to work at Wendy’s for a few weeks while I ACTIVELY LOOKED for better jobs. Working at McDonald’s is not a career. Working at McDonald’s is not going to support a family. Trying to turn a “part-time job” or a place of employment that is really meant for young kids in high school and college into a “career” is the wrong way of attacking the issue. The right way is to go back to school or better yet DON’T DROP OUT OF SCHOOL to begin with. I guarantee you these are the same people that are protesting standardized tests and claiming “they are better than a test score.” This is where you end up working with that type of idiotic view.

15 dollars an hour to flip burgers and make fries is ridiculous. This nation is ridiculous and the entitlement found here makes me sick. I bet this woman owns a cell phone and has cable as well. It is all about choices people. And shame on you yahoo for encouraging this garbage movement.

-OM

 

How many languages do you speak?


How many languages do you speak? Do you dabble or are you fluent? I speak a lot of English, barely any Korean, and more German than my native tongue. I am pretty good at Latin as well… though I am still waiting for those years of education in Latin to pay off.

-OM

I don’t care


I honestly don’t care if you are a man, woman, or a typing panda. If you attack my blog I hold the right to return fire. I don’t care who you are, if you are 80 years old, if you have cancer and are about to die. We all create ourselves online and if you decide you want to be an asshole well I have a degree in assholery. Bring it.

Don’t write checks you can’t cash.

-OM