Author Bio

I have this “About Me” page HERE that I wrote when I first started this blog. I am positive most people don’t read that page since a lot of people have said some pretty humorous things from seeing my photos or when I share a personal fact. I don’t feel a need to spill about myself in a profile when I write myself daily here (I am not important)… but I can see the need to clarify sometimes to ensure people understand the person behind the words. It isn’t a need for accolades or fame, but rather for clarity as to why you think or say a certain thing.

My name is Jason Chandler Cushman and I live close to Denver, Colorado. That means I am American, obviously. I was born Ahn Soo Jin from Pusan South Korea, at least that is what the paper says. The photo too, but photos and papers lie don’t they? As far as I know that is my name, but I have come to learn that Soo Jin is a woman’s name so either there was a mistake (because there is no mistake bodily… trust me…) or it may be an old form of the name in Chinese. The Korean woman who told me that last part said it almost sympathetically and with little optimism.

By day I work IT and by night I write. I am a father and have two kids with my wife that keep us busy… we love it! Life is pretty routine for me and my main mental escape is through my fingers and from my words. I am a real time blogger that is lazy with the edits, quick with the publish button, and a pretty horrible photographer. Pictures are a must though so I set my featured photos from my cell phone and move on.

I began blogging in 2013 because I was beginning a nightshift and needed something to occupy my time. I didn’t know what I was doing having only owned a blog on Blogger once. My mother and 3 bots were my only followers. My mom is a writer, you can find her blog HERE, and she is also an author.

I write under the pen name Opinionated Man and kept my real name off the books for around a year. One day I said… well I didn’t say anything, I just started giving my name. I even added a photo at some point so people could see I was indeed Asian. There was some speculation I wasn’t apparently. I go by Opinionated Man because it amuses me and because it is true. People call me OM for short and it makes me smile that some bloggers now refer to me as Jason. My friends in real life rarely called me that. I use the logo

which I made all fancy like in Microsoft paint. I like it… but my wife thinks I should change it. I tried to explain to her that this is MY logo at this point. I might even put it on a shirt one day.

They say “you need a platform” before you write a book. But what if you have never written a book and you build that platform first. What if you do all that work and the book sucks? Would that make all the doing worth it? The funny part is had there been WordPress ads in 2013 or had I owned a self hosted site at the time… I could have made thousands off the views I gained from my main site and never needed to write a book. It was a lot of networking and I thought it was a pretty sure thing… unfortunately not all things work out. You move on, you rework, or you give up. I’ve given up on tons of things in my life. I didn’t feel like giving up on this blog.

This website was never meant to be anything more than a sounding board for my thoughts. A place where I could scream. People have judged it and what I do. What I say and what my opinions are. I am sure if I could read over a layout of their morals, ethics, and opinions I’d find a few I hated as well and that is life. That is the beauty of humanity really… we are all different. Blogging is a place where we get to show how different we are in whatever form we want to. Some share photography, amazing photos of places I will never visit. Others are baking up treats and making food I want to bite off the screen. It is WordPress and it is blogging. It is why I have a site and why I share the sites of others.

I am 36 years old and I feel I have seen a lot. I know everyone says that and I know that many have a right to say it. I work a daily job, but I love to write. I don’t care what I am writing and my goal is normally to make people smile. I am human and this hasn’t always been the case. Like my growth in blogging, I’ve grown as a person over the past four years. When I started on this platform I saw lots of posts and lots of separate groups, no community, and everyone wanted to be this “Freshly Pressed” thing. Now when I look out across the world of WordPress I see a lot more connection. I see friends of friends of friends sharing their work and it makes me smile. I don’t claim any hand in those connections being made, but I can’t help but appreciate the shared value in what I have always worked to create. It will be something I miss if I ever move on to another hobby.

Jason Chandler Cushman

-Opinionated Man

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@smokendust

36 thoughts on “Author Bio

  1. Thanks for sharing about yourself again, Jason. I’m sure I have read your bio once or twice before but the name “Opinionated Man” has stuck so it’s nice to be reminded of your real name. I would love to see your logo on a tshirt or sweater or mug or something 😀

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  2. I’ve been reading you off and on since I started blogging in ’14. You were one of the first odd dozen blogs I read. I’m glad you’re still here, and I actually did learn a few new things this time around with your bio. Glad you promoted your mum! Very cool.
    –Rose

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  3. Wow your mum has been blogging for AGES! I wish so much I had started my blog earlier. By the way, I think you put way more effort into your logo than me. I simply found a cat and a crown, combined them, and voila! Oh and I just saw that you’re a middle child too! Yay to that.

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  4. Hello Jason! I have just commented on your other “About” page entitled “Harsh Reality” at 3:57 PM October 15, 2017, and now another one called “Author Bio” has been created here and also enjoyable to read through. They seem to complement each other quite satisfactorily. Well done!

    Now that I have visited and savoured the introductions to, or expositions of, your blog in both post and page formats, I would be both curious and grateful to learn what you think or make of my “About” page at https://soundeagle.wordpress.com/about/

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  5. You buy my T-shirt I’ll buy yours! We can get some Colorado/Indiana cross-promoting going on. You live in a city of millions I live in a city with about 12,000 so you are obviously coming out smelling like a rose on this!

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  6. Well Jason, I am a writer, an author of several books. I never had any internet/web presence when I published my first… It was that book which made me get a blog and facebook and google and all that sh**sh. I now have a small, but well formed social ring and a number of (net) friends and associates. I am still looking for more, simply because, like you I want people to read my books, because they contain the words I have written to share.
    Carry on, you are appreciated most of the time, well sometimes… occasionally… now and then – ish.
    If you ever write that book and need any help……

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  7. Well written and thanks for being here in the blog corner of our world. You have set the standard for many bloggers by helping them and through your way of blogging show how nice interacting with other bloggers can be. And I bet Danny came up with sharing is caring by learning from your blog. But I could be wrong. The only downside with reading your blog is if one follow your blog tips. Then the time goes to manage a growing blog and I got less time over for reading your blog!

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