Addiction – I was never on Breaking Bad

https://aopinionatedman.com/addiction-i-was-never-on-breaking-bad/

-Opinionated Man

Jason C. Cushman

Visit my homepage at www.aopinionatedman.com

@smokendust

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I Don’t Need Your Corporate Label

I believe people should get paid for their work and contribution towards a larger website. Corporate owned websites, such as WordPress and Huffington Post, rely on bloggers as much as readers to generate their daily traffic. Every time you login to your WordPress account you make someone money and it is often not yourself. I think that is a shame considering the fabric these websites are often made of is literally our own words.

I get the draw towards writing for Huff Post and was approached by them myself. Many might read this post and instantly write it off because I have an audience and obviously don’t understand “the hardships of the smalltime blogger.” That is untrue actually. As large as my subscriber number becomes, I will always be a smalltime blogger as long as the only backing I have is my own hard work. I am no different than any of you that login daily to blog your thoughts. I am a blogger first and will probably never be sponsored by a larger website. I am OK with that and I have accepted that.

I don’t need your corporate label on my ass to gain an audience or appreciation for myself. I don’t need to write for free to get people to notice me. How many of the Huffington Post bloggers got “thank you” cards from Arianna Huffington when she got that large check for The Blog on Huffington Post? I am sure your cards are on the way…

It is a little sad actually. I’ve read the posts and articles from people that were so sure they’d get permanent spots at HuffPo when that deal was inked. From their words… it was almost like they were promised. I am sure that isn’t what happened… … … because no one in this world would use someone for their own gain.

People sometimes ask why I spend portions of my time promoting other bloggers, helping people to network, and freely giving advice. It is simple really. It has always been my goal to show bloggers what they can do for themselves. FOR THEMSELVES. The first step is getting people to understand their own value. That value doesn’t necessarily increase when your name is splattered across the title page of a corporate website. Oddly though the value of THOSE websites generally go up the more of you that offer your writing for free. Funny how that works.

Remember that regardless how many “likes” or “views” your words and posts get they are still valuable. Don’t sell yourself short just for a pair of corporate pants and a logo on your T-shirt. Seriously people. Think about it. If you find an avenue to make money for yourself go for it! No one is saying don’t make money. Just don’t sell yourself cheaply or for nothing. Make sure you get something out of it for yourself because I guarantee you the first person on the mind of the corporation is not you.

-Opinionated Man

Jason C. Cushman

@smokendust

Visit my homepage at www.aopinionatedman.com

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Where are you from?

A lot of new people around and it is fun to find out where everyone is from. Share what you feel comfortable with. Planet works too!

I was born in Busan, South Korea. Received my Jedi training on the fifth star and now live and work in Denver. I hate snow.

Jason C. Cushman

-Opinionated Man

@smokendust

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Journal One

We got out of the car and started grabbing our basketball shoes. It was around 11 pm on Easter eve and we wanted to play basketball. Teenage “kids” don’t think  about circumstance much and a bunch of boys certainly don’t on a weekend. We were bored and wanted to ball and the closest place to play was a church that someone sort of went to at one time or something…

When we got to the church we found that God had locked the door. My friends tried a few times and then went around the corner to look for a second door. I decided to stick around having noticed how loose the door jam was. I used my key to shimmy the lock and got in. I had broken into the house of the lord.

As you may recall if you have read my bio, I am the son of a Priest and understand the definition of damnation. I sometimes wonder if that night sealed my fate. We played basketball for about 3 minutes before the cops showed up. Apparently the Korean priest had been inside prepping for Easter. My Korean friends luckily did in fact know the priest and apparently, my Korean is almost nonexistent, their parents would be getting phone calls. We were then sent on our way with stern looks and promises of retribution in our afterlife.

Jason C. Cushman

-Opinionated Man

Visit my homepage at www.aopinionatedman.com

@smokendust

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The Daily Opinion – Cultural Appropriation

https://www.yahoo.com/news/san-francisco-state-investigates-confrontation-over-white-student-s-dreadlocks-170228204.html

Seriously people? Is this what it has come to? You can claim a hairstyle, grab AND assault someone on video, and all anyone does is “talk about it” because it is a minority? Where is the justice and equality here. Let’s change the roles in this video shall we? Who would go to jail then? This is so wrong on so many levels…