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Opinionated Man Update


I have been asked to reevaluate how and why I blog. Due to the complaint emails, the official complaints about my site, personal emails, posts written on other platforms that my family reads, and the rants that can be found on Google search about me I have decided to change how I blog. I will begin to filter articles tonight and will cut back on the discourse I offer online that seems to upset people so easily.

I will not write many more blogging tips due to people stealing my articles, posts, and words.

I will not respond to personal attacks by email anymore or blog attacks.

If WordPress decides to censor or limit my account I will not fight it and will either roll with it or move on.

I will not argue with you people anymore. Unfortunately some people don’t know how to just debate and end up getting upset enough to call the police on people. Even when they don’t live in the same state.

I will not be a blogger anymore because blogging is about interaction and community. Instead I will post randomly and hope that people allow me a little peace to myself.

I wish you all the best.

-OM

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HarsH ReaLiTy on Social Media


Please note that my twitter handle is now @smokendust. It is no longer my old username!

The easiest way to reach me is by email at aopinionatedman@gmail.com

I blog at aopinionatedman.com and can be reached here at any time.

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The Daily Opinion – Your Most Offensive Post?


What was your most offensive post that lost you subscribers or elicited some type of angry response back. You can share the link below. Mine actually wasn’t about abortion or feminism like some of you would guess. It was a post on going to the Zoo with my kids and how I must hate animals. I still smile over that post. What was yours?

-OM

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The Daily Opinion – Do You Really Matter Online?


If you stopped blogging or using social media tomorrow would anyone miss you?

-OM

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Blogging – I care about it all


There isn’t one thing that makes a good blogger in my book. There are many different aspects of blogging a person has to conquer to really get a handle on it. Often people will get comfortable with one or two parts of social media and will suddenly feel like an expert. That is when the posts about blogging and “how to blog” normally begin to roll out. I read a ton of blogging “advice” because I find it interesting to see what people think works for them. Most of the blogging articles I see and read aren’t great. They offer no real tips, are simple regurgitation of what other people are saying, and they offer very basic advice on how to network on social media. My conclusion is that these posts read as such because the bloggers generally have no idea what they are talking about.

I could spend an afternoon reading tips under the tags “blogging, seo, and WordPress” and feel fairly confident that I would have enough knowledge to share something new with the world. But what is the point? So often people write tips on blogging and they really have nothing to say… they just think they do. I will read lines like “it is always a good idea to interact and meet other bloggers,” but that will be it. Ok, thanks for the obvious tip, now tell me HOW to do that. Tell me WHERE to do that and tell me HOW OFTEN to do that. Specifics make or break an article and if you aren’t going to get specific for us don’t bother writing that junk.

Bloggers ask me what I focus on daily and I tell them the honest truth. I focus on it all because I care about it all. All the numbers, all the parts of a blog, and all the daily routines I do to make my social media platforms hum are all part of blogging to me. Would I love to be so popular that I could just sit every day and write whimsical bullshit that people gobble up? Never having to visit anyone or share anyone else’s work because it is all about me, me, me! Sure! Who wouldn’t want that kind of popularity? Unfortunately that also isn’t very realistic unless you are super hot and posting selfies everyday OR you are an established author. I am neither of those things so I have to grind it out daily like everyone else. Each view, each comment, each interaction I strive for requires effort. I work hard at getting people out of their shell because only with interaction do I feel like my words are truly being heard.

If you want to write blogging tips then go for it. It is your blog and bloggers blog. Just know that if your article reads like every other post out there on blogging people won’t care to read more of your advice. They will roll their eyes, like I do, and move on to the bunny photos below your post. Because who doesn’t like bunnies?

One small note here. If you “borrow” or take an idea from another blogger credit them in some way in a post. I understand that ideas are meant to be shared and used by others, but there is a difference between piggybacking off people and straight up stealing their ideas and passing them off as your own. If you can’t comprehend the difference you aren’t being truly honest with yourself. Think about it. I have had people using my ideas since I began this blog and I am flattered most of the time. There have been occasions where people have taken things from me, such as my blogging formula, and tried to pass them off as their own. That is never right. I would never do that to another blogger. It is a low way to live.

-Opinionated Man

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The Daily Opinion – Blogging


Would you spend countless hours building a blog only to promote other people with it? Who in their right mind would do that? Would you charge people for those reblogs like some bloggers do?

If someone was stealing your writing would you pack up your shit and walk away? Would you keep posting knowing that someone is probably going to hawk your links?

Just some random things I am pondering and dealing with.

-OM

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Broken


I could watch you break apart piece by piece till all the pieces that made you were at my feet. I would enjoy the sound of your soul hitting the ground. It would sound like hail as it pelts the ground with a willingness to die. A need for finality as shattered self meets shattered moment. Would I glue you back together and lie to your face about retained worth? Or instead admit that something is now gone. Dead and buried. Never to be had again.

-OM

  

Blogging – Creating a Presence


Every blog is different, but to me there are two categories of “blogs” on any website. There are the walls where people paste their words and there are the “corners” where bloggers live. It isn’t always about frequency of posts either. A lot of creating a blogging presence is driven by how you spend your time blogging and what “impact” you have in that amount of time. Do you respond to comments? How quickly? Do you respond to them all or just to a few? When people visit your blog do they see sentences laid to rest or active conversation before their eyes? It makes a difference and determines what your presence feels like.

As I have said I am a realtime blogger. I publish through the day and I hold no requirement over myself for what constitutes a “post.” I push out “twitter like posts” and thought farts through the night. It is what I love to do. I also enjoy having my “corner” of cyberspace that people can find me if they wish to. And many do. I think at this point I have built that type of reputation. A 24/7 blogger that is open like 7-Eleven. I wouldn’t have it any other way! What do people see when they visit your blog? Is your website a wall of published words or do people witness active engagement and ACTIVE blogging? The presence you give off makes a difference bloggers.

-OM

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WordPress – You don’t decide who is Popular


How does a person create a popular blog? The normal response one will receive is that you “don’t create a popular blog,” instead popularity finds you through blogging habits, techniques, writing ability, and content. But what if you could directly control how many people view your website daily through hard work? What if you could build your own popularity and viral nature by mass networking and pushing your name to the ever growing public?

WordPress has been a great platform because it has offered every blogger an equal opportunity to be noticed. By offering the same methods of interaction for everyone, WordPress created a fair playing ground for bloggers to grow, network, and promote themselves at their own speed. Unfortunately that culture is changing.

When I began blogging two years ago I found, read, and met some great bloggers. These people had tens of thousands of followers, massive subscription lists, and many of them worked with teams so as to keep their content fresh and continuously populating. WordPress built this platform for the “users,” they created the game and rules, but they do not get to pick who is popular. We as bloggers and readers get to choose that. That is what is so great about blogging, the unpredictable nature of who will be popular and what will garner the most attention.

What happens when the platform begins to pick favorites? Suddenly the rules change, punishment and “moderation” are handed out unfairly, and bloggers who are only copying the early practices of many popular blogs on WordPress are suddenly hit with limitations on the very features that make WP what it is. How is that fair? How is it ever fair when a website, service provider, or host suddenly changes the rules midgame? It is the very example of favoritism.

HarsH ReaLiTy is what it is because I became addicted to blogging. I loved being able to physically pump my blog’s numbers and popularity through increased effort. Unfortunately WordPress is now limiting the number of blogs people can follow daily by limiting the actual account. While I understand the frustration people feel over “fake likes” and “fake follows,” people need to realize there is nothing spammy about pressing a single button. I personally never press the “like” button unless I have read and enjoyed the post. I will, however, press the follow button many times a day. It is one of the many examples that WordPress’s Blogging University offers as an important way to not only network, but also to publicize your blog. Again, by limiting my ability to do so you have sold me a product I never agreed to buy WordPress.

I have spent a lot of time trying to promote other blogs and help people to network. This was when I actually thought WordPress cared about these things… since those methods are what make this platform buzz. Without the bloggers, readers, writers… us, there is no WordPress. As I said WP, you can build the platform, but you don’t get to decide who is popular.

Due to these recent changes I am strongly considering moving off platform. I enjoy the pool of readers and bloggers here, but if I cannot access that “pool” there is no reason to be near it. I also don’t see a need to run Meet and Greet threads when the very community I am promoting doesn’t seem to care about us anymore. Instead WP would love for all bloggers to sit around and pray to be Freshly Pressed as the only way to EVER get noticed. As I have always said a successful blogger doesn’t sit back and wait to be noticed. They go and find their audience. As long as this ability is impaired on my blog, I will not blog publicly on WordPress. As long as this platform plays favorites it will never be as great a platform as it once was. And that is a fucking shame.

-Opinionated Man

Justin Bieber – That Should Be Me ft. Rascal Flatts


You know you like it…

I love Justin Bieber!

Twitter is lame


Apparently you can only follow 2,000 people on twitter and if your numbers of follow to follower ratio are to far off you get blocked from following anyone else. If you newly followed my twitter I’ll follow you back when I can. There must be some premium package… there is always a premium package deal.

My twitter is @smokendust
-OM

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