“Why I am unfollowing you OM”


I get a ton of amusement out of the emails I receive from people letting me know that I have offended them and that they are now going to promptly unfollow me. I am still amazed at the time and energy some people put into these emails, almost on par with quitting a job. I thought it might be fun to share some of the more popular reasons I have received.

“You need to stop writing on women’s issues. You don’t have a vagina and until you do you will never have a way of understanding the opposite sex.” How about you keep the vagina, I keep writing my opinions, and you choose to go read other blogs? I suggest Freshly Pressed.

“You post far too much. Quality over quantity buddy!” While it hurts that you basically just told me my articles suck… I will suck it up. It will be hard. I think I’ll just keep doing what I am doing and you can click the unfollow button.

“You never say more than a few words in response to my comments, but I see you respond in length to other bloggers.” Maybe those other bloggers are saying more interesting things than you…. Especially if the only thing that draws you out is to complain that “I am not fair.” Boohoo…

“You have turned into a marketing blogger. I signed up to read a writer.” Ouch… I guess selling two eBooks for a short period, posting about marketing, and helping entrepreneurs out constitutes as being a “marketing blogger.” I will now add this to my LinkedIn skills!

“Your views on abortion are insulting and an infringement against my freedom.” Wait, did someone actually make me President?!? I have been waiting for so long!!! Move over Obama.

“You don’t respect women.” You’re right; I don’t respect a general term. I also don’t respect Asians, blacks, whites, men, or stop lights unless I feel like it. I RESPECT PEOPLE WITH NAMES, not out of obligation. Try it.

“You keep spreading this lie that anyone can reach your popularity. You also keep sharing powerblogging secrets.” I didn’t realize there was a “powerblogger club” I was supposed to join. Did my invite get lost in the mail? You want me to sit in the back??? Yes, I do tell people that they can gain whatever audience they desire. This is not some bullshit attempt at motivational speaking, it is the simple truth. Maybe it is not true for people that have no ambition, motivation, or faith though.

“You say things best left unsaid.” No I say things that should be said. People that think this are normally REALLY pissed off by the fact that people are actually reading my words.

To those bloggers I have offended enough to either want to write or have written one of these emails to me I wish you the best. Don’t send me these dumbass emails though. I really could care less why you decide to unfollow me and the sun will still rise tomorrow.

-Opinionated Man

I am Now Pro-Choice!


I have decided to convert and become Pro-Choice. I think we should even extend the age. I have come up with some new methods to determine whether or not a baby “should be chosen.”

I think each city should invest in a giant baby scale and place it in their town hall. Babies should be weighed against the weight of a baby whale, since evidently animals are far more important than a fetus. If the baby fails to outweigh the whale, God has chosen.

I read a recent blog post in which a baby was placed on a train track at two weeks old. This is actually a great idea because we can then determine if Trains are pro-choice. Choo Choo!

I vote we invest in a hill that pregnant women roll down when they wish to abort their child. Apparently Harvard scientists have determined a fetus does not feel pain before a certain week. So this should be painless right?

I vote we shut down the orphanages. They are worthless and honestly, aren’t they really just putting a guilt trip on us? Far too many children in the world anyways right?

Being Pro-Choice has made me against guns and war. I know a total turnabout! I have decided that with no war, there will be more people, and thus less children is a GOOD thing! There just isn’t any room for those diaper wearers!

Magic 8 ball might be helpful and I know I have joked about using one before. This time I am serious. Let’s make one that decides if children should live! Who is with me Pro-Choice?

 

I am going to stop now because I am honestly feeling a little sick to my stomach. If you are curious, most of these options are directly influenced by Pro-Choice posts! Imagine that…

-OM

What did that fetus do to you?

Stop adding me to your stupid newsletters


Unless someone asks to be added to a newsletter or email chain don’t add people just because you have our emails off our blogs. That isn’t a good kind of self promotion, it is annoying as shit. Don’t be that person. I block those people for being idiots.

Get over it


I get so amused when I read debates or social media “arguments” in which a person demands another person “post a public apology.” That shit tickles me to death. I have had three people try to demand I post a public apology on this blog since I created it last year. All three people got a large “fuck you and fuck off.”

Humans are so sensitive these days and they get butt hurt over the smallest things. Before you “demand” someone remove something from their blog ask yourself this one question. What right do you have to make such a demand? Is the post about you directly? Why does it bother you so much?

I get why people engage with trolls. I have and do, but I also get something from it. I get amusement and my readers get entertainment because nothing is ever missed on this website. I will never demand someone write an apology to me on their blog because that is just weak. A demanded apology? Really? When I was a child my mother would demand I apologize to my sister or brother. Guess how much I meant them? So why would I ever want to accept a halfhearted, half assed attempt at mollifying my feelings?

If you write it own it. Even if the world comes crashing down upon you, own your views and don’t allow others to intimidate you into changing your opinions. They will try, they have tried on me and they will try on others, but always remember that the person that demands that others share similar opinion to themselves is not looking for “friends.” They are looking for a congregation to preach too and we aren’t sheep are we?

One last thing. I feel the need to say that I don’t care how many “followers” you have on your social media platforms. I don’t care if you have 200,000 twitter followers or even 1 million blog subscribers. That isn’t going to make me bend over and kiss your ass. If anything attempting to intimidate me will only gain you my attention. You really don’t want my attention in a negative way.

-OM

The “Follow” Debate


I get a lot of amusement browsing blogs and seeing what everyone finds so important. Every day there is something new that bloggers are ranting about in their separate corners of WordPress. One of the main debates that always draws attention are conversations on the “follow button” and how it should be used. We all have different ethics on what exactly it means to “follow” another blogger or to become a subscriber. What kind of dedication that entails is dependent on the individual blogger and how they view blogging. To me the “follow button” merely means I saw something interesting on your site, post, or blog and you have made it to my reader. From there it is like any magazine or newspaper, you are tasked with having to catch my attention each time you want me to read your writing or posts.

I have read that some bloggers view the follow button as a strong commitment. They see it as a promise that you not only find that person’s site interesting, but that you will continue to be a reader of that blog regardless what that blogger publishes. That is not the case at all, but people love to romanticize relationships and ferment bonds because humans like to create commitments according to their own personal standards. Bloggers that view the subscribe button in that way generally aren’t considering how the “follower” views things, they are only portraying how much value they place in that form of connection. If only authors could do that as well right? “You bought one of my books! You are now a fan for life and there is no turning back! Thank you for your lifelong support!” It would be nice if that were how publishing worked as well.

Just blog people and worry about the portion you control when it comes to social media and interaction. You can control how far you extend your hand and how hard you try to grow your network. A person cannot ever control how much another person meets them back, that is simply not a rational way of viewing blogging or life in general. That is why I find it is not only pointless to have these long debates on what exactly the follow button means, but it is also wasted energy that could be better used at pushing your own blog. The sad part is most of these arguments I have come across are between bloggers that claim they “have no interest in followers or numbers.” Then what are you so upset about? Are you truly that mad that some “random people” followed you and don’t comment, or are you instead angry at yourself that you can’t crack the code on how to get those people to leave a comment?

I understand the frustration because we all want dialogue. We want feedback and reviews on our work, that is why we put so much time into our posts. I do “get” why people grow frustrated and angry at what they perceive as “fake follows,” but that anger is misplaced because it is counterproductive. These feelings also create misconceptions on what other bloggers are doing. I have read the comments and accusations that anyone with over 1,000 “followers” is not a real blogger and instead is a marketer. While many bloggers do push products and are here to market, I would caution people to really look at what a blogger is “doing” before mislabeling them. Often people jump to conclusions about what I myself am doing on HarsH ReaLiTy either from ignorance or jealousy. That comes with the territory and I accept that, but again I encourage bloggers to put their energy to better use. Just blog people.

-OM