I Reblog for my Readers


To answer the question, I reblog to give back to my readers. I appreciate that they take the time to come to my website, sometimes daily, and give my writing a read. That is why I do random challenges or similar offers. I actually annoy the hell out of my followers and even have some unsubscribe when I do reblog “overly,” but that is OK to me. I also lose view count, but I think it is worth it and for a purpose.

Again, to my new followers PLEASE disable the email setting for my blog. You don’t want all this junk mail.

Last post today have a safe Thursday WP.

Note: I’ll reblog the new pingbacks to the Challenge tomorrow!

-Opinionated Man

Blurbs of an unfiltered reality


Opinionated Man:

I like it and the flow. Thanks for sharing how you connected music with writing! I appreciate you taking the time to take part in the challenge. -OM
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Remember me

Sweet green, the scent of money trees

When you think about it, think about me

Medusa smokescreened behind a sea of green

 

Girls are candycane cotton candy kisses.. bubbles blowin in like fishes

Extraordinary riches, 

I kept your name in my sweaters’ stitches, 

Is that a boo boo, baby, let me check lipschitz

 

I wanna dance for you, take a chance with you, 

Devil’s prancin’ you

See

My stance is mad for you

 

….

Practicing being an alcoholic,  you’re good at that

Another gold star Timmy, pat on the back

Another diffused track, any chance of a plan of attack, fades to black

Ashes to ashes, stack to stack

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I write because a kind old professor showed me how


Opinionated Man:

I think that you handled being approached in that manner great. Many people would not have been able to swallow their pride I fear. Thanks for sharing and taking part in the challenge! -OM
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Love is shown more in deeds than in words. ~ Ignatius of Loyola #quote

Love is shown more in deeds than in words. ~ Ignatius of Loyola #quote

The nagging sense of being an academic fraud was a part of my soul since childhood. In the small, poor schools I attended, I reasoned that is was easy to be labeled smart.  As the first person in my family to attend college, even though I did well I lacked confidence because I knew I was missing something.  It wasn’t until I was in my Master of Public Administration program that an old professor pulled me aside and said, “You haven’t been taught how to write, have you?”  My face flashed red and fighting back tears I simply replied, “No.”  He asked if I would like to learn how to write an essay and that it would take an hour.  An hour!  I jumped at the opportunity.

Quickly, writing became a task to master, a confidence…

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Challenge – Most Influential “Writing Moment” or “Moments”???


Opinionated Man:

Let’s do it this way instead that way people can give this a read as well. Thanks for taking part in the challenge! -OM
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Originally posted on Free by Forty:

From Opinionated Man: http://aopinionatedman.com/2014/04/17/challenge-most-influential-writing-moment/

Yes! Three things.
1) In my junior year of high school, I wrote an essay on why boys should be allowed to wear baseball caps indoors (not sure if it’s the same but back then this was strictly forbidden!). I submitted it to my English teacher who was the harshest judge of writing. To my surprise, she loved it and told me I have a knack for the written word. Again, did I say to my surprise????

I didn’t do much writing after that, but …

2) As a non traditional college student in my mid-twenties, I took an American Lit course. We read For Whom the Bell Tolls. I fell in love with Pa Pa Hemingway and reignited my passion for writing. Up to that point, I had thought very little about what that English teacher told me, but as I turned the pages of…

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Challenge – Most Influential “Writing Moment”


Opinionated Man:

Thanks for taking part in the challenge. The funny thing for me is that essay writing only became easy later in life. For two reasons. Confidence and the invention of the home computer. Typing is definitely in my bag. ;)
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Challenge – Most Influential “Writing Moment”

— April 17, 2014 by Opinionated Man

Do you have a moment that you consider the most influential on your writing? If so care to share? If you write a post and send me the link I will reblog.

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photo taken off the pier in the neighborhood

MOST INFLUENTIAL WRITING MOMENT

I don’t particularly remember a moment of influence like a teacher saying ‘great job you could be a writer’ or anything like that.   All I remember was that for me, writing didn’t come with furrowed brows and beads of sweat like it did for my counterparts.

In school, essay questions were my forte. Where others panicked on the lack of multiple choice questions, I saw it as an opportunity to hover, circle and land in the spot I needed to be to answer the question. I was biding time till the light-bulb flicked…

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Challenge – Most Influential “Writing Moment”


Do you have a moment that you consider the most influential on your writing? If so care to share? If you write a post and send me the link I will reblog. I’ll leave this as a sticky for the weekend.

-OM

Weekend Reader | “Writing” – All Bloggers Welcome


I may create a thread like this over the weekends from now on which will be theme based. This post will be dedicated to writers, bloggers, and authors that appreciate the written word. Do you have an article or post on writing that you want to share? Please feel free to leave the link here and maybe a brief description for my readers.

Thanks for taking the time to share and have a safe weekend WP!

-OM

You are a Poor Writer


I was told in the 11th grade by a teacher that I was a “poor writer and I should consider finding something else to be good at.” It angered me because this termagant had no clue of my love for reading and the written word. Just because I didn’t see her “images” of Thoreau suddenly I was inferior? I did what I do anytime I am in that situation. I set out to prove that bitch wrong.

I have a huge amount of appreciation for good teachers. Teachers that build relationships with their students and don’t see them as simply “this year” are becoming a rarity though. Now there are lines not to be crossed and social boundaries preventing students from really bonding with some of the most important people in their lives. This is truly tragic for what better examples are there for students to be around?

In the 12th grade I surprised everyone by making it into AP English. I had the most amazing teacher ever, Mrs. Campbell. I remember her kindness to this day and that really says something considering how much has happened in my life since that year. The confidence that awesome woman gave me is evident today. I would probably not be writing this post, this blog, or any blog if it had not been for her. She pretty much redeemed me from the pitiful state the previous teacher had left me in. Confidence is such a precious thing that is often taken for granted. It is a trait that is built slowly and lost rapidly.

I passed the AP exam and got my college credits (I wasn’t surprised, I actually slept for thirty minutes because I was done before everyone else). I beat the scores of most of the straight A students, I was definitely not one of those people. I proved something and the important part is not what I proved. It was who I proved it to. I showed myself that year that the opinion of others doesn’t mean shit in the long run. All that matters is what you are willing to do in the moment. Do you allow someone else to create your moments or do you say “fuck you this is my life.” Give me my moment back.

-OM

Writer Jealousy


Do you ever experience writer jealousy? Ever read something and instead of appreciating it you thought “man I could have written that!” What are you more envious of a person that writes in your same genre better than you or someone that is able to create something you cannot?

I have a mixture of feelings when I read literature of any type. With poetry I am pretty snobbish. Even though I don’t write great poetry myself or even what I consider “poems” I still think highly of my ability to pen my mind poetically. Sounds a bit ignorant I am sure, but what person has not claimed they could scale a mountain having never climbed a foot?

I believe I grade myself fairly. On a scale of academics my writing is a solid 6 out of 10. That might be a little generous, but I am not taking into account my horrible grammar and punctuation. My poetry is a different score and the reason I give myself multiple progression levels is because I love to push myself. I strive to write what I can’t and I disdain things already written. I can’t stand to read about the same topic by multiple bloggers and it still all sounds regurgitated.

For me it is about pride. Taking pride in trying to accomplish something someone else hasn’t. Everything about my blog and how I blog is geared towards that goal. If you read a post here that sounds like anything else… I have failed. It might seem like I treat my blog with very little care sometimes, I can see why people might think that. The topics I choose, my level of interaction or lack thereof, and the often blunt nature in which I generalize throws people off. It makes people uncomfortable in this world made up of “politically correct responses” to hear someone say absolutes without fear. Does it really matter if I truly believe it or not? No… sadly not really.

So why do I blog the way I do? I can’t honestly think my “personal blog” is that unique can I? Actually I do. I feel this blog is very unique and that is why I rarely get “writer jealousy.” I have simply not run into many people that write with my same style. Do you feel the same way about your own writing?

-OM

 

STOP PORN ON WORDPRESS – REBLOG!


How many reblogs can we get on this? Is anyone else fed up with the porn that is starting to really infest the WordPress feeds and readers? If you want to view porn go to a porn site!

  • Reblog this if you are also annoyed by the random porn.
  • Report websites posting pornographic images.
  • There is a huge difference between art and porn.
  • If you need to post nudity for views… you suck at blogging.

(I like porn just not on WordPress.)

Jason Cushman

-Opinionated Man

You can show a horse water…


I started writing a post on views and audience and just deleted it. It feels a little pointless sometimes when you know that most people just don’t “get it.” Maybe my methods aren’t pure or the best, but they accomplish what I wish them to. Isn’t that the point of blogging? To get what we want out of it? My goal has always been views, followers, feedback, and growth. That is what we powerbloggers do. People can complain and say all day “I don’t care about views,” but when your next sentence is a complaint about not getting comments then you are missing the point. Entirely.

A view can be anything and that is the simple truth. Who is it that is viewing your site? While some bloggers sit around complaining about trolls and assuming (you really shouldn’t assume things you don’t know for sure) that each view is a spammer… they don’t realize they are ruining their own experience. It isn’t the “random liker” or the “random reader that doesn’t comment” that is making your blog suck. It is you and your attitude.

If you don’t want to care about blog growth, views, or followers then don’t care. But don’t make post after post complaining no one comments or your own followers don’t give you feedback. YOU JUST SAID YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT NUMBERS! COMMENTS ARE ANOTHER STAT, ANOTHER NUMBER DUH!

As I said… you can show a horse water, but you can’t make the bastard drink. Do what you want bloggers, just know that people are also reading your complaints and rants. Often times… we are laughing.

I guess this was me NOT writing about audience, growth, and numbers…

-OM

Stuck at 35,000…


I am tired of being stuck at 35,000. After I complete a couple current contracts I’ll take a break and pump HR to 40,000. That will make me feel better. Please be patient if you are commenting on old articles, my responses are slower because my new phone doesn’t show me who any of you are actually talking to… so I have to go to the actual post. Doesn’t seem like a very useful WP App to me or maybe I am missing something. Wouldn’t surprise me, light I am tired…

-OM

My Stats Suck


We all know I care so please no dumbass comments on how you don’t watch your stats. I watch mine and boy are they horrible since my business started. I suppose a balance will be found.

Side note: If someone were to accidentally spill chardonnay in the bathtub while bathing… would that be considered soaking in alcohol?

-OM

A Contracted “Goodbye”


As I take on more clients and fulfill more contracts I expect to see less of people. In fact I feel like I am accepting a contract to say “Goodbye.” I feel this way because I know what is to come, I have been there.

I help people create connections they otherwise would not have. Opening doors to online communities, other likeminded people, and in essence broadening the viewable span of WordPress in the matter of days. I take pride in this ability because as easy as it is for me I realize it is not so easy for most. That is why people are willing to pay me a small amount of money to help them out of their bubble.

The thrill of knowing you are being read and more importantly that people are actually communicating directly with you. That is what I have witnessed time and time again, regardless of the blog’s content that I am working on. I watch these bloggers get excited and part of me is excited for them. Another part is more reserved and perhaps even harbors some misgivings over the fact that I feel like I am starting small websites every day now. They just aren’t for me this time, they are for you and you and you. One contracted goodbye at a time.

http://aopinionatedman.com/2014/03/28/contact-me-for-audience-growth/

http://aopinionatedman.com/business-contact/

-Opinionated Man

 

The Doc said drink liquids… so I have a beer


After a title like that there really isn’t much left to say is there? Well shit…

So I have finally fought off the squirrel flu that infected me for several days. It was touch and go there for a bit, but I pulled through. I am very thankful for all the prayers worldwide and will of course be sending thank you cards to each of the major religious establishments on every continent. All except Scientology… because you didn’t invite me to the Christmas party.

Now that I am feeling better hopefully I can again entertain the world with my wit that I know the internet loves. It is ok world… we all need heroes.

I am happy to step in.

-Opinionated Man

One Last Time…


I feel like I repeat myself a lot lately in real life and on this blog. I want to reiterate one more time that I am NOT a publisher, web designer, or author. I do NOT do editing either… I can barely edit my own shit to be truthful.

If a blogger asks me to read a single post I will normally say yes and will go read it. If a writer or aspiring author sends me a manuscript, multiple attachments, or a “rough draft” I will appear confused. Why do you people keep sending me this stuff? There is nothing on this website that says “Cushman Editing Service” or “Established Author.” I have nothing for you but what I am offering ok? I can’t get you a book deal or “connect you with my people” because… I DON’T HAVE ANY PEOPLE!!!

How hard is that to understand?

-OM

A Whole Heap of Gratitude for You Dude


Opinionated Man:

Thank you for the great referral post! I really appreciate you taking the time! -OM
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Originally posted on 20/20 Hines Sight:

This is also part of the of the Blogging A to Z Challenge  and yepper today’s Letter is ‘G’. This post is about Gratitudeand I have a bunch of it to give.

Very rarely do I have an opportunity and/or a need to express my gratitude toward someone, especially a stranger. But not really a stranger. A fellow blogger Opinionate Man (OM) over at HarsH ReaLiTy is offering to help fellow bloggers build their blogging audience. I didn’t jump on the offer. However when I did seek his help, I was pleasantly surprised.

OM took great care in finding bloggers, I would follow myself. I was excited to start reading posts from my new followers and literally spent the weekend reading their blogs (not doing homework) and the more I read the more excited I got because it was as though he was in my head. I have a wide range of interests and he honed right in…

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My Blogging Articles


I am of course willing to take money from people… I am no fool. But if you are simply looking for blogging help or suggestions please read my articles provided at this LINK! I spent a lot of time writing these and many others to help new bloggers understand “some methods” of gaining attention to their blogs. If you are seeking a consultant to do the grunt work for you then I am your guy. Information is free though here on my website and always has been.

http://aopinionatedman.com/category/bloggingpowerblogger-articles/

-OM

I see your eyes still


I see your eyes still, even though parted we have been. They look back at me while bouncing against ice cubes, caught in the turbulence of the alcohol of my choice. Choices, they line before me like pawns. Only these pawns do not look so small while standing on the chessboard of life. Who the hell upgraded them to badass knights? Is that the Queen standing yonder? What symbol adorns that banner there, I know it not. But her eyes I do know. They are the eyes of my mother.

Jason

BIG thanks to OM


Opinionated Man:

Thank you for the nice write! I am glad you are happy with the service and thank you for taking the time to write a referral post! -OM
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Originally posted on god[isms]:

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BIG thanks to Jason Cushman aka OM from http://www.aopinionatedman.com.

OM has been working with me for the past 72 hours to teach me some of the ropes as well as some useful tips regarding WordPress formatting and how to make the most of my site.
His services have increased my blog readers/followers tremendously!

If you’re new to blogging and WordPress, or just need some help building your site, OM is the expert to contact for help with growing your blogging audience. Any doubts? Check out his followers…I think his numbers speak to his knowledge of blogging and reaching target audiences.

If your curious and want to chat with him, follow this link to his post on Harsh Reality or contact him by email: aopinionatedman@gmail.com. Ask him to come and have a look at your site and see what he suggests. If you have faith in your own talents and belief in your blog, Jason can help…

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Prompts: Why I Write


Because every time I draw something people say “Your four year old is really talented!”

Because the last time I went downtown and started to mime people called the men in the white jackets…

Because the last time I tried to juggle fire we actually got to witness how long it took the fire department to arrive. That was almost as depressing as the burning home.

Because I found out I actually can’t dodge bullets.

Because talking requires more muscles.

Because people say I sound like a funeral home director when I speak.

Because everything I cook tastes the same. Everything…

Because I can’t claim cleaning is a talent.

Because the last time I grabbed a fake microphone and stepped in front of a live reporter the police came and no one understood I was just following a dream.

Because I finally found out you have to actually be born in America to be President…

-Opinionated Man

Are you looking for me?


If you are currently google searching for a Jason Cushman that is a Bronxville eagle scout… that would definitely not be me. Camping to me is a Holiday Inn. I don’t even really like to get that “dangerous” so you definitely won’t find me out in the woods with all those creatures. Last time I went in the woods some bears tried to hump me…

-OM

Drunken Blogging Lesson: 101


I am going to try because I can’t believe this isn’t known. People keep writing these articles to “use unique tags.” Do you know what that really does? Let me explain…

Of course if you use a “unique” tag your post will be technically visible longer. That is because no one else is going to use that same tag and flood you out. The only problem is… a blogger actually has to “think” of that tag to find your article. Duh! And there is the problem with unique tagging. I keep seeing people using these ridiculously long tags. Stop doing that… your article will not be seen.

Free tip. Tags are like categories, exactly like that actually and so the most obvious ones are the subjects most frequently written about or posted on. For example “WordPress, blog, writing, life, art, and Opinionated Man” those subjects used frequently. You get my point.

Here is the part about unique tags I wish to speak on. So you are an artists and all you do is follow the “art” tag right? Wrong! Look for other tags that are associated and most importantly don’t overlook the basics. Don’t artists have a life, love, and might they not also eat food? As I have said, just because someone posts under a certain subjects doesn’t confine their interests only to that topic. By allowing others to see your materiel you may discover a similar mind very easily.

-OM