We all have reasons we blog. Most people don’t care about your reasons unless they see other people care. That is the connection many people miss I think. There are websites out there writing far more boldly than I, but because no one is chirping their approval no one cares. The moment people see comments supporting a post they hate it makes them want to crusade immediately. It makes them care and that is the funny part about social media.
When do you lose control of your blog? Is there a point when the views, the visits, and the comments matter more than what you are writing? Many people will automatically say “no, it doesn’t,” but how much of that is truth? How many people can honestly say that regardless of the number of people reading their words they still will write freely and honestly? I don’t believe many people can.
At some point between when I created this blog in 2013 and now, I should have adapted how I blog to retain the small readership I have gained. That is what an educated person would do and the result would be a vanilla blog full of love, hope, and all that is good. Sounds fucking boring to me and I’ll never blog in that manner. I pride myself in still writing what comes to mind and this mind loves to write opinion. That is what HarsH ReaLiTy is, Opinionated Man’s views. I still chuckle when I read the name “Opinionated Man” because it is such an obvious move. We are all opinionated; we simply don’t all share our opinions.
Writing humor is hard because not everyone will get your humor. People from differing countries and backgrounds will miss your sarcasm and will take your facetious manner at face value. You then can spend your next days writing disclaimers and explanations, or you can accept that some people will never get your humor and that’s ok. That’s what I do. If I spent my time worrying about who I offended I’d have a million readers by now, but those readers wouldn’t be reading me. I wouldn’t be blogging me. They’d be reading whitewashed bullshit that anyone can find on yahoo, huffington post, or CNN and that ain’t blogging to me. That won’t ever be me.
Jason C. Cushman