Reblogging Etiquette

Opinionated Man:

What a great breakdown and response. I appreciate the pingback and well said! -OM
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Originally posted on Heart of a Lunatic:

I’ve been reblogged a few times (once or twice by the person that inspired this post), and my decision never do them myself is very much at odds with my opinion on the practice itself. So when I saw Opinionated Man’s Daily Opinion post on the subject I thought I’d answer the questions he posed about it, if only to explore and explain my perspective.

Do you consider being reblogged without being asked first rude?

No, and I think it’s rude to take offense or complain if someone reblogs one of your posts.If you’ve made a blog, written on it, and left it accessible to the public then you’ve got no right to complain about the ripples your words cause in the world of the internet. Negative attention isn’t something to complain about either. If someone was impacted enough by you to share some of your work, it doesn’t matter if…

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The Truth about Halloween is No Trick

Opinionated Man:

I grew up in a highly religious family and Halloween was looked down upon as satanic. I still don’t like Halloween and I wonder if my childhood is the reason. I will admit I was the odd kid that never liked dressing up… so maybe I just have no sense of humor heh. -OM
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Originally posted on Self Reflection:

halloween 1With Halloween being just around the corner it has me thinking about how my beliefs about this holiday began to change as my relationship with God began to change. 

I never knew growing up why kids put on customs, went to haunted houses, or went trick-or-treating in the neighborhood. I just went along with it with pillow case in hand (my trick-or-treat bag) as I followed my older brothers around the hood trying to get as much candy I could carry.

Today many Christians celebrate this holiday going along with the status quo, but is celebrating Halloween a Christian thing to do?  To help answer this let’s look at where Halloween originated and what God says about it.

Festival of the Dead

The Celtic people who were once all over Europe observed an ancient festival called Samhain (the Lord of Death).  halloween 2During this day the Celts believed the dead was able to mingle with the living. They sacrificed animals and food to help the…

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Reverse racism isn’t a thing, y’all

Opinionated Man:

Apparently white people can’t experience racism… ever. Anyone have an opinion on that? -OM
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Originally posted on Julia Nicole Craven:

I find it highly comical when white people believe they can experience racism. Whenever I bring up the ills that affect people of color — and indite white folks as the perpetrators — some white soul comes out of the woodwork proclaiming that his or her race can also fall victim to racism.IMG_2057

It never fails.

I find this to be frustrating and annoying more than anything else. Black people, as well as people of color in general, have already had to create our own spaces where we can discuss OUR lives, OUR culture and share OUR sentiments about OUR oppressors – now that’s in jeopardy.

It appears as though white people want everything. They want the beauty standards, the economic resources, the sociopolitical power and, now, the other side of oppression.

Can we, non-white people, have anything? We can’t have our fashion statements. We can’t have the benefit of…

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One-Liner Wednesday – Swingin’

Opinionated Man:

I am odd apparently because I found that one liner hilarious! Check it out people and take part if you have the time! -OM
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Originally posted on lindaghill:

On the subject of “Things People with Hearing Children Don’t Have to Think About”:

Never talk to a Deaf child when he’s going really high on a swing – he just might answer you… in Sign Language.


Anyone who would like to try it out, feel free to use the “One-Liner Wednesday” title in your post, and if you do, you can ping back here to help your blog get more exposure. As with Stream of Consciousness Saturday, if you see a ping back from someone else in my comment section, click and have a read. It’s bound to be short and sweet.

The rules that I’ve made for myself (but don’t always follow) for “One-Liner Wednesday” are as follows:

1. Make it one sentence.

2. Make it either funny or inspirational.

Have fun!

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BLOGGING 101: Commenting Boldly

Opinionated Man:

I appreciate the pingback and mention! Thanks for taking the time to come give my site a read and for boldly making that comment. I wish you well with your blogging and I think it is awesome you are taking part in blogging 101! -OM
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Originally posted on LESS©NS LEARNED:

I am not politically motivated in any way.  I do love my homeland and often worry about the turn our government is taking, but I generally keep my opinions to myself.  My head is not in the sand. The nearest I have ever come to making a public statement about my political preferences was on MULIEBRAL VIEWPOINT last year and the only two comments under the article were sage.

Opinionated Man had some good advice today about controlling the comments on his blog—Harsh Reality.   These two suggestions, plus the comments that follow show what every new blogger should know. I dared to comment on his previous article about feminists—hoping nobody I actually know reads what I said.

Hoof Beats and Foot Prints had a great article, “Worth the Wait.” about a cat watching the bird feeder. The actual point of the article was that the photographer and the cat were both watching…

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An Open Letter to “Feminist” Taylor Swift

Opinionated Man:

Want to know why people hate feminism? Because of posts like this where you point fingers and try to say “you are doing it wrong” to people that actually SUPPORT your group. This is a great example of why no one has any idea what feminism stands for because feminists can’t even agree. They also willingly attack those trying to help because “they aren’t helping the right people or in the right way.” I love when people try to shame celebrities and tell them what they should do with their hard earned money. This is pathetic in my book, go make your own money and help yourself. -OM
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Originally posted on Elementary Politics:

Taylor, Taylor, Taylor. Look, I like your music. I’m going to continue liking your music for a very long time, I have no doubt. However, you are not impressing me with this new facet of your personality. You know, the one where you have decided to embrace this shallow modern “feminism” that your friends Lena Dunham and Emma Watson have impressed upon you.

You’ve bought their rhetoric, you believe that feminism is about equality. Okay, I can let you have that point. You want to care about equality for women? That’s great.

Only Lena Dunham and Emma Watson, from all the evidence I can see, have a very narrow and shallow view of what the most urgent issues of equality are and where we need to address them.

I think you can do better.

You give a lot of money to charity. Maybe you should start with sending some of that…

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