My life as a blogger has been somewhat of a roller coaster, much of which was by my own design.
I entered the world of blogging much like other bloggers, full of opinion and eager to share it. I had no bar, I had no goal at first. I just wanted to share the thoughts in my head that never go to bed.
Fast forward to 2019. After three years of sharing my every thought I learned a few things. Here’s what I learned.
1 – No one gives a shit. Unless somehow it relates to them.
2 – People are assholes.
3 – Jealousy turns people into assholes.
4 – You can show a horse water, but you can’t make that bastard drink.
When you set out to powerblog, which I started out as here, you have to remember that people don’t always give a shit. We get so excited, be it a writer, photographer, or whatever type of blogger you are, in this idea that everyone is gonna care about what you care about. We think of amazing posts, viral posts, that everyone can relate to. Everyone needs this advice we think!
But then no one likes it, or it reaches your threshold for minimal views, and you realize after rereading it a fifth time that it wasn’t that funny. It really doesn’t make sense at all. I should probably delete this shit, I can’t believe I posted it. Holy shit, did my subscriber count just change! No!!!!!!!
Maybe it isn’t that dramatic, but you get the idea.
Six years ago my kids were still very young, barely talking. In 2019 I can’t escape opinions. I get them at home, I get them at work. Then Trump gets elected. I get a promotion at my job. And inevitably I’m pretty fucking tired of opinions and people in general.
Time. Time is one of those factors you really can’t substitute. If you don’t have the time to invest to really push your blog, it isn’t going anywhere. People try to substitute time with things like great photos, awesome artwork, or even humorous posts. If you aren’t blogging to push those posts, however, it doesn’t matter how hilarious you are or how great that art is. No one is going to see it because you failed to invest time to make them seen. Like I said, there’s no substitute for time and I’m out of that every week nowadays.
I once said I valued opinions and the sharing of opinion. I once had a blog where people could do that and thousands did each day. That’s how I got to this mark.
Today, in 2019, a different day has emerged. I know we all have a difference of opinions. Lately I just don’t give a fuck about everyone’s thoughts and my fingers move on their own in this blogosphere, on my website.
I blog now because I just must.
But now I blog for myself.
Jason Chandler Cushman