Why a Single View Matters

I value it all. I value views, interaction, engagement, likes, and shares on any platform. I work hard at my blog daily. Far harder than most bloggers do and I take it seriously because of that. I understand some bloggers are here for the “fun” of it. Fun left my blog a long time ago. What replaced “fun” was hard work, perseverance, theory, and future goals. I understand that we all have different ways of blogging… but it still amuses me that with all the differences people proclaim to have about their views on blogging we still share many similar goals and wants. The way we reach those goals is uniquely connected to our personal drive.

It is OK to value the single view. It is OK to value ALL the views actually. There are some bloggers that will claim this “takes away from the purity of blogging.” Those people make an unfair statement because their goals for blogging aren’t the goals shared by everyone. Their view of blogging in general doesn’t match mine either. The first thing people need to realize on social media is that even though we may all claim the same hobby that doesn’t mean we are all doing the exact same thing. We aren’t.

I find it amusing when people comment and say how much they want interaction on their blog, but they also admit they don’t engage other bloggers much. I’ve always wanted to be a professional fly fisher. Unfortunately I’ve never fly fished before… so that makes it kind of hard. If you want interaction you must give it or be prepared to share stuff most people wouldn’t want to just to go viral. I have yet to find a way to gain engagement from an audience without also giving it back. When you figure out that trick let me know people.

Yes, we ALL want comments and dialogue on our blog. What we all aren’t prepared to do is to work for that goal though. Bloggers still sit back and wait/hope to go viral. I am not sure if this attitude is due to laziness or a false hope that people actually care that much about your daily life. They don’t. They only care when they feel a relationship and they won’t feel that relationship while you stay inside your bubble. You have to make them care. You can be the best undiscovered writer in the world and no one will ever know it if you never share that fact with other people. Not unless you happen to get Freshly Pressed that is.

The single view matters to me because you never know who that view will come from. It could be your next big fan, a book agent, a publicist, or someone that will impact you much further than that single view. I work hard for each view, comment, and like on my blog because I don’t receive the handouts that many bloggers get. I’m not that lucky. I share and thank others for sharing my stuff constantly and I never take it for granted. The exact same way I never take the single view for granted either and I will always value them. Those views are how a platform are started and created. What do you think I am doing online each day?

-Opinionated Man

Jason C. Cushman

Visit my homepage at www.aopinionatedman.com

@smokendust

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My Spiritual Journey

First off that is a great title. It would be unfair to call it “click bait,” it is simply catchy. I also really enjoyed that first sentence “My spiritual journey is a process of living in each moment, of being all that I AM.” I can’t count how many times I’ve written about appreciating each moment on my blog lately. Love it. Great write! -OM
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spiritual journey

My spiritual journey is a process of living in each moment, of being all that I AM.

It does not seek a goal or reward at the end, nor does it chase the dream, but simply accepts what it is at this time.

A divine path or map is available for each of us, yet, there are many paths to our final destination. If we take the time to sit, look within, open our hearts to receive this information, we begin to follow the path our soul wishes us to walk.

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Her

She says she wants fireworks. So I shoot up the sun.

She claps and says we need music. So I make the words dance for her.

She smiles and says that she needs love. So I love her like I love her.

She cries and whispers past my ear. I tremble at what is to come I fear.

She lies and closes gentle doors. I give my love and live a life of ignore.

She parts and with her parts my heart. I feel it. I feel it depart.

She becomes a her story to be told. A portion of my heart stolen, not sold.

-OM

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Adding HarsH ReaLiTy To Your Reader!

Danny from http://www.dreambigdreamoften.co/ shared a helpful tip for adding my new self-hosted blog to your reader. He suggested the below steps!

“If you copy Jason’s URL you can create a List in Reader and add his url to that list.  I do so for Self-Hosted bloggers and am able to keep up with their posts easier because I can read and comment straight from my Reader.  And this applies to nonWP blogs as well.
Danny”

Thanks Danny for sharing some clear steps for people that want to follow my new blog from their WordPress accounts!

-Opinionated Man

Jason C. Cushman

Visit my homepage at www.aopinionatedman.com

@smokendust

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Post I Like: Sing For Me & Falling Rain

Thank you for the kind mention and sharing of the two poems! I appreciate you doing that! -OM
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I did thought for a moment about titling this post as Singin’ In The Rain but that didn’t seemed right to me. After all, Gene Kelly is far more suited to sing in the rain than me, a guy with a runny nose today.

The famous song (one of my favorite, too), flashed in my mind when I read these 2 writings of Jason C. Cushman today.

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