Do you know how to really reblog?


While I appreciate everyone that reblogs, I wonder if everyone really knows how to do it effectively. Do you? If you press the “reblog” or “share this post” button on WordPress and simply publish it, even with a deliciously nice message attached, it will only go to “your subscribers.” However if you “really” want to help the blog author out what you really want to do is “share the post” as mentioned above, but then rush over and alter the post settings by adding tags. If you do this the reblog is then shared to the general public (WordPress Feed) and not just your subscriber list. It also helps “publicize” the post you are sharing more. Just a tip. Again, I appreciate all honest sharing of my work in any form and on any platform.

Note: I do not run my blog on Bloglovin and have tried to close that site down. I give up.

Remember your tag rules!

http://aopinionatedman.com/2014/10/28/wordpress-tags/

http://aopinionatedman.com/2014/09/27/tagging-spreading-the-love/

-Opinionated Man

WordPress Meet and Greet – All Bloggers Welcome


Well this is the third post I have done like this so far and I have seen some great connections. I’ll keep doing these off and on and I think they provide a great way for “active bloggers” to network. This post now has over 1,000 active bloggers waiting to connect in it. I encourage anyone looking for new blogs to view or people to converse with to browse through the comment section and network.

All bloggers are welcome to use this post as a “Self-Promotion” thread for their blog, projects, causes, writing, books, eBooks, food, fashion, or whatever you are into. You may post links, book covers, or whatever you like and feel free to revisit and leave a new comment as this thread will quickly fill up.

Hopefully some authors, photographers, painters, writers, and bloggers will take the opportunity to push their work. Please keep promotional comments on the posts dedicated for that purpose.

Feel free and re-blog or share this post. Thanks!

-OM

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

These People Should NOT Read My Blog


I created a list of people that shouldn’t follow my blog. This was prompted by a comment by one of you. I will number these to make it easier to digest.

  1. I don’t think depressive people should follow my blog. I have struggled with depression myself throughout my life and you know what happens when two depressives get together right? Ice cream, Sex in the City reruns, and boxes of tissue right?
  2. People that are easily offended shouldn’t follow my blog. I have said this repeatedly and even have a nice tagline as a warning…. And still people think I am joking. It amazes me!
  3. North Koreans and possibly the Chinese. I know I make a lot of jokes at the expense of other Asians. I would apologize… but that would just be a lie.
  4. Dennis Rodman – Dennis if you are reading my blog get the hell out of here asshole and go back to North Korea!
  5. People that have had an abortion probably will hate my blog. I get that and I wish you the best. I won’t change my words or views simply because there are “nice people” out there that have made mistakes. I have done bad things as well and I expect judgment for them.
  6. Trolls or groupies – I am not wealthy. I am married. I have a wife and two kids. There will never be an “I love you” in a message from me. Some of the emails I have received lately strongly suggest that some people have not read my bio. Read my bio. 2014 is the year of the anti-troll system. It is working so far.
  7. Clown lovers – I really hate clowns. I really do.
  8. Ultra-Religious Types – I am going to guess that my blog and views on religion won’t fly with most people.  I am ok with that… are you?
  9. If you hate generalizations – you will hate this blog.
  10. Feminist – Now I personally don’t think I have done anything to offend the feminist in the world of WordPress. Unfortunately the memo has been sent out that OM is a misogynist bastard. At least they got the bastard part right. To the feminist I have offended so far I have two words. Opinionated Man.
  11. Patriots Fans – If you love the Patriots and Tom Brady you probably will hate my blog. If you don’t… I will try harder.
  12. Real Writers and Authors – I know my punctuation and grammar suck. You probably want to save yourself the torture and just read a Tom Clancy novel or something… I get a mental image of “real authors” reading my blog and *snorting* saying “why the hell does this guy have so many followers?” Ouch…
  13. Poets – My poetry isn’t really poetry. It is more like random lines made to rhyme. I am certain this annoys real poets; you may want to just skip my blog.
  14. Serious Sussies (This is not referring to a real person) – Super serious people might want to read CNN instead. My blog is awash with lame, humorous jokes that most people don’t find funny other than me. It is like a comedic hell in here!
  15. Freshly Pressed Staff – I make fun of your choices a lot. You probably don’t want to hear me bash your hard work, but sometimes I can’t help it. Margaret Cho is the most “progressive” Korean-American??? REALLY??? UGH…

At least it has been said so if you do choose to stick around… well you have been warned.

-OM

Don’t Blog Like Me


Many people ask me questions about blogging and I freely share advice on it. One thing I often leave out though is the fact that none of you should blog like me. In fact if you want to be successful at blogging don’t blog like me at all.

“They” say that you shouldn’t blog with emotion. Well I only blog with emotion because I blog about what I care about. “They” say as an audience writer you should be impartial. That you should treat all visitors, readers, and commenters the same. Well I don’t treat everyone the same because not everyone is the same. Some people are brighter, some are more stupid, some people are needy, some people are creepy, and some people are just really fucking annoying. I take all that into account before I respond or interact with anyone. If I act annoyed with a reader it is probably due to the fact that I find their very existence annoying as shit.

I often have comments left that point out the obvious “sarcasm” and sometimes “ranty nature” of my blog. Apparently humans find it amusing to point out obvious things such as “hey… will you look at that. The fucking sky is still up there.” Personally I have better things to do with my vocal cords than to state the obvious all day, but I suppose we all have to be good at something. You just keep pointing at things and moving those big dumb lips pumpkin. You are a real star.

My blog will never be noticed or picked up by a large company. Much of that has to do with my blogging methods, my attitude, and the fact that most people find me unappealing and generally an asshole. I don’t stick to a schedule, niche, or posting template and because of that I will never be considered a professional. Many of you hope to blog for a living in the future and I wish you well with that goal. Just don’t ask me for advice ok? The only suggestion I can give to bloggers new or old is simple… don’t blog like me.

-OM

Unreadable


It has been a long time since I have seen the sun so bright. I hardly recognize the shadow on the ground. It follows me still though so it must be me. A lot of little bottles make a big bottle right? That is what the crow told me last night as he picked at my bones and woke me from my sleep. No more than two hours he whispered, more than that it begins to feel like pleasure. It is a shaky hand that pulls the chain hanging from the moon. It illuminates the night and turns the stars invisible. The sky should never be without the twinkling of chased dreams and yet my sky does not blink. Instead it stares down upon me, adding weight upon my sleeping conscience. I battle and rage within myself. 6 steps now and days are attached to each progression. It does little to comfort. Not yet. Not for me.

-OM