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

Blogging – Pushing Posts


I have developed some “tricks” to promoting or pushing my posts so that they get seen by as many people as possible. These are methods I use and I have created my own terminology which is probably inaccurate. I think the words I use are self-explanatory, but if anyone needs clarification feel free to ask.

The rescheduling of posts is a huge tool for bloggers that really want their posts to be seen be the largest audience possible. Some people overdo this method and I actually have really overused it the past few months in an effort to reshare some of my older posts. The great thing about the rescheduling of a post is that it will only show up in a person’s reader and won’t spam them with new emails. It will sometimes, depending on your settings, reshare on your other social media platforms if you have them directly linked so be careful.

I consider the first 4 posts of mine to be my “front page” even though my web URL goes directly to my blog as a whole. That is because human interest is limited and I never expect anyone to read more than the first two posts of mine. Bloggers become so focused on their current post they forget that presentation is everything. I am always moving, writing new posts, rescheduling lately old posts, and moving the ones I like around to directly tie in with the timing of when I go to find new readers. This is where the schedule button really comes in handy for me.

Often we write posts that are in some way connected with a previous post, be it a series or they are on the same topic. I like to reschedule the old post about five minutes before I post my new one. It sometimes clumps my posts together in a reader and although some people may get annoyed it ensures your posts are seen. The relationship between the two posts also helps to promote them to each other. That should be obvious, but I’ll say it anyway. Someone asked me in what order I do the portions of my blogging model. The two parts where I gather my audience and I publish posts is easy to portion out in my daily activity. In a realistic world wouldn’t you place your blog out there first and then find the audience so that they see the posts you want them to see? That is why I publish and then I gather in that order.

Probably a lot of over information there, but just remember that readers are always scrolling down and growing so your posts get buried on both personal readers and the overall WordPress reader. The only thing you are doing by rescheduling is placing your posts on the rail again and letting people see it. The worst that can happen is you overdo it and someone either unsubscribes from you because they don’t know how to “hide your posts,” or they hide your posts which is pretty much the same thing since that is permanent. Either way if you have put in the effort to write something great why rewrite the exact same thing again just to be able to publish it? Simply press the quick link and reschedule it for a future time and date.

One last trick, but first this is assuming you already know that when you reschedule a post it will only break the reblog links from external websites back to you. The links internal (from your blog) out (external website such as by clicking a blogger’s username) will still work. I do not rely on my blog traffic from reblogs so breaking those links is no big deal to me. If you learn how to gather your audience for yourself and stop relying on others it won’t be a big deal to you either. The one thing you may want to keep in mind is that when you move a post the link to the email sent to your email subscribers WILL break. That is important to note because you then don’t want to immediately move a post you just published or your email subscribers will become frustrated from the Error Code they get when no website is found. There is still a trick you can use if you really want to promote a post in the same day that is for some reason to you important. You have all the way till 23:99 of that same day to republish that post. If you were motivated you could use a mixture of the methods above and keep republishing the “newly published post” up until the end of that day to ensure it gets seen and it won’t break any links externally or internally. There really is no limit to that… I’ve known someone to push their post every five minutes for a day. It can help. Just a tip.

-OM

Some Personal Retorts – By: OM


“You eat meat? You murder animals.” …I hate baby elephants…

“Do you know how many calories are in that?” The same amount as there was when I ate it yesterday?

“Are you throwing that away? There are starving people around the world!” Did you want me to Fedex my leftovers or something?

“Hate is such a strong word. You shouldn’t say you hate people.” I hate you.

“All you do is write your opinion. You don’t ever debate or allow others to share theirs.” Ok, are you finished yet?

“You are going to hell.” Been there. They kicked me out…

“Koreans are horrible drivers.” Good, I will have an excuse when I run your ass over.

“All Asians are good at math.” That is because we are all smart enough to buy calculators… stupid.

“Chopsticks are so hard to eat with! I barely even get a bite!” Why do you think Asians are generally so skinny? Even we hate eating a whole meal with chopsticks. Where the hell is my spoon?

“Are you worried about when the time comes for your daughters to date?” I am only worried about having the energy to dig that many graves…

“You are such a misogynist asshole.” Pure butter baby.

-OM

10 Ways to Make Your Day Awesome!


1. Play “Eye of the Tiger” while you shower. That is a magical experience. Seriously try it.

2. Convince the spouse to have sex in the morning. Everyone has sex at night… boring! Morning sex really is awesome. Awesome.

3. Tell the woman at Starbucks that your name is Superman/Superwoman. Hearing your name or seeing it written will make you feel crazy good. Crazy good!

4. Eat a burger at Outback Steakhouse in America. If you are from a foreign country… well it must suck not to be American. I got lucky and was drafted from Korea.

5. Drink a morning beer. I don’t know what it is with connecting the image of an alcoholic to morning beverage consumption. On average a fridge presents very few options mostly consisting of either orange or apple juice, milk, and a various selection of beers. It is therefore a rational human response to grab a can of bud lite. Everyone knows it is just like water… plus a few nutritious ingredients. What the hell is the problem here?

6. Buy a number one from McDonalds and don’t you dare use location as an excuse. Everyone knows there is a freaking McDonalds in every country except North Korea.

7. Hear the words “I love you” from anyone, even if you have to give $10 to the crackhead on the corner. An “I love you” is all about feelings.

8. Tell someone at work you are dying. It is amazing how nice people are to you, honestly amazing…

9. Say “OM” in the morning. You might even make a wish and if it comes true I take full credit.

10. Call in sick to work. Honestly is there any better feeling than calling in sick to work?

-OM

A Letter To My Son’s Therapist: Sorry, Not Sorry


Opinionated Man:

That was a raw post and although I can’t relate in regards to your child I did see some therapists once in my life and remembered how I wanted to be treated. Thanks for sending me the post and letting me share it. -OM
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To My Son’s Therapist,

I do not pay you to placate my son. I do not pay you to be his best friend. I don’t pay you to “be on anyone’s side,” not mine or his. I send him to you because he needs to talk, or I need help with something.

Autism, ADHD, Aspergers, blah, blah, blah, they are all a real bitch. And, frankly, we need some help. Hell, it’s 2014, who doesn’t?

I found a way in my budget and schedule to bring my kid to you over the past 3 years, because I thought you might be of the right frame of mind to be reasonable with someone who is otherwise quite UNreasonable about 90% of the day, not just from ASD/ADHD, but because he’s a raging, pre-pubescent, hormonal mess half the time, too.

I sat there today and listened to my kid say some pretty…

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5 Things You Should Never Say to an Indie Author


Opinionated Man:

These are good points to know about Indie Authors! Thanks for sending me the link! -OM
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The next installment of the Indie Author Life series:

This post can apply to a variety of people, not just authors. Some of it also applies to traditionally-published authors. Bottom line: ignorance of the publishing industry is a daily reality that drives us crazy at best, and makes us wonder why we bother writing at worst.

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