Sharing is Caring

I like to share posts from random bloggers. Yes I promote some authors on the side, but I also take the time to browse and find new interests. It is possibly the thing about blogging I enjoy the most.

I don’t always “Like” posts I read. I do often share those posts through a reblog. I see it as a small gesture of kindness that shows the writer I read their work and I appreciated it. At least that is how I view it.

I close all comments on reblogs and I probably annoy my readers when I over share. Tough. Anyone that is upset over the amount of email from my WordPress site at this point really needs to buy a vowel and gain a clue. I post a ton and I won’t change or stop. It is how I blog.

Sharing is caring and people love to be shared. In a world of easily clicked buttons via Facebook and other platforms, the “reblog” has lost much of its glamour. It has lost a ton of value which I think is a sad thing because a “reblog” is very valuable. Any extra push of your post down the stream of posts that is WordPress IS an act of kindness. Just ask the bloggers that grind it out each day with no comments and zero interaction. And yet they still return to share their hearts.

Letting people know that you saw their words is a great thing. It is a powerful thing. We all get busy and we often don’t have time to comment. Just know that if you do take that time it is never wasted. Your ability to alter someone’s current state is no trivial thing. It is the power of social media.

It is the power to care.

Jason Chandler Cushman

-Opinionated Man

@smokendust

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The Daily Opinion – Racism

Do you believe all races can be racist or can only certain people experience true racism?

From google the meaning of racism is:

rac·ism
noun
  1. the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
    • prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
      “a program to combat racism”
      synonyms:

      racial discrimination, racialism, racial prejudice, xenophobia, chauvinism, bigotry,casteism

      “Aborigines are the main victims of racism in Australia”

 

Why?

The thing people soon learn when they are young, and I am assuming the setting for this is “youth” from the #teen tag, is that everything we thought was a huge deal really isn’t. We learn the world is so much larger than our current bubbles that we are forced to live in. Be strong and time moves on. The real world is around the corner. I’ve been there. -OM
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Why do people bully?

I had never thought that I would be asking this question again to myself at this point of life. After those school and college days, when the answer to this question had alluded me and kept me awake, I had finally made peace with myself that this question will never haunt me. But had I only known, how wrong could I be.
These people never change as normally it is shown in movies , that with age understanding comes. These predators are always in the hunt for their new victims. In every walk of life be it your home, school, college or workplace, they just suck out all the oxygen in the room. Making you die a little bit everyday, a never-ending slow and painful torture.

But now I have to find an answer. It is now eating me day in and day out, to understand…

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Blogging Tips

I haven’t written many blogging tips lately. Most of what I know has been written and recorded in my archives HERE. I think the number one question bloggers need to ask themselves is “why are you here?” When people ask me for advice on social media I immediately ask that question followed by “what is your goal?” The reason is obvious. We aren’t all here to do the same thing.

I love blogs because of the diversity found here. People sharing, caring, not caring, and sometimes caring too much. It is raw and it is real, or at least it is supposed to be. It is a world within and at the same time outside of our waking world. That is why so many of us love it. That is why so many of us return.

Many bloggers have written to me lately asking about owning a personal domain and moving off WordPress. I encourage them to reflect on their goals and why they want to do this. The connections to other bloggers are easily found on established platforms. It is only once you have established a network that you can then try to transplant that network somewhere else. It is a continuous battle, an endless war, and it takes a ton of work. The hardest thing to get anyone to do online is to click a link. A reblog link, a shared link or even YOUR NEW LINK. No one wants to do it because no one wants to be sold on the idea that they give into suggestive reasoning. That is all links are really, a suggested read.

As I promote my new website at https://aopinionatedman.com/ it is amusing because it isn’t a new website at all. I’ve owned this domain for three years, grew and nurtured it on WordPress for most of that time. It was only when I got tired of the restrictions and the red tape that I moved. I now stand firmly with one foot on my side and the other still in WordPress because I enjoy the connections here. You also have to remind people you still live.

“Are you looking to promote, sell, or brand yourself in the future?” That is my staple response to the question “should I own my domain?” It was never my dream to always write for free. I am reminded of this each time I go to my day job. It might be my dream to write a book someday. For now I am content to simply brand myself as a potential writer. To let people see my random thoughts, my musings, my dabbles at writing and poetry. As long as my fingers are moving I am still breathing. I am still writing.

Blogging is whatever you make of it. Create your goals or don’t create goals and roam freely. Meet people or hide online, those are the choices we all share and have to make. Why are you here? There are no answers without your answers first.

-Opinionated Man

@smokendust

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