Back to one

It will just be me for awhile. I won’t have guest bloggers or promote authors this year. I also won’t schedule any posts or respin old ones, so this website may get a bit boring. I also won’t reblog as much this year due to time.

I’m back to realtime blogging, back to the way this blog began. Just with more breaks because I’m old and tired. And grumpy.

Jason

-Opinionated Man

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A Blogging Conversation

“Hey OM, how are you? I’m a huge fan of your blog and the hard work you put into it. Your numbers are amazing and I love the way you interact with people. I was wondering how I can also monetize my website? What are the tricks and tips you use?”

I get this question a ton. A ton.

The amusing thing about the example I just used is that the person named off everything I do to grow my blog. Oh sure, there are some blogging tricks you pick up along the way, but the majority of blogging on WordPress is utilizing the tools we all have. That’s kind of what makes it interesting to me. Do I think some websites are afforded special privileges that allow their post greater reach? Absolutely, but you’d have to ask one of the cool kids how to get that black card. I’m just a regular blogger.

I think people believe I’m being trendy when I say “the grind” when it comes to the work a blog takes. And that’s just the blog. I’ve stopped most of my side projects like writing on a book and I only have time for posting and interaction for now. But that all changes daily and you have to adapt with your website if your website is your sole focus. Mine is. I love https://aopinionatedman.com/ and I’ve spent countless hours here. Countless hours.

You see this is more than just a website I come to and change designs on. It is more than just a blog where I log my life through micro posts and random iPhone shots. It is more than what any of you think it is because you can never know what this site means to me.

I’ve spent almost five years now on this playground and it has been long enough to become my amusement park. It is the escape my brain needs from things that obligate it, to the fantastic. Everything is fantastic here isn’t it?

You can do anything with a website, make money, sell ponies, or share your dreams. How much work are you willing to put into it? Start there.

-OM

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Meet and Greet

I welcome anyone to visit the Meet and Greet HERE or the link below. It is a great catalog of various bloggers that can be found on WordPress and makes it easy to find new connections. Share your link, visit some links, and grow your network. Remember that to get interaction you have to give it.

-OM

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Note: Comments disabled here. Visit the Meet and Greet through the links or find it at the top of my website.

https://aopinionatedman.com/2016/09/27/wordpress-meet-and-greet-3-all-bloggers-welcome/

Just Write

I am often asked how I come up with my posts. At first I took my prompts from fortune cookies, but those got old after awhile. Truthfully I simply write when I feel like writing and I feel like writing all the time. When I look back over my posts I consider most “sloppy” and very few do I consider “good,” but I do appreciate that other people enjoy them. I believe there are some people that always love there work, some that never like their work, and many like me that rarely like their own writing. I once said that I came onto WordPress to improve my skills, but that is a lie. I come on WordPress to write my current thoughts because texting is so tedious and where better than here to rant at the world?

Just write. Don’t think so hard about it is what I tell people if they ask. If it is interesting to you that is the first step. I have never understood why anyone would write on topics or spill out long articles on subjects they don’t have any concern over. Why write about it? If you see a post on this website it is because I thought about it, I cared about it, and hell… I decided to write about it. I think fear stops many people from voicing their opinions on the world and that is tragic to me. The day we give up our voices and the right to our own opinion is the day we might as well place the chain around our necks and stop caring. Because you are then truly a slave to the world at that point.

My parents brought me up to take ownership of my own views and not only that, but to stand behind my convictions. We are given so few things on this earth, but the one thing no one can take from you is your internal opinion. Now whether or not you can actually voice those words is a different story, but that should never stop someone from formulating their own outlooks on what is going on in their lives and in this world. Break your bubble people and more importantly share your thoughts. You never know how many people might relate or find courage from your actions.

I wish I could write more and had the time to write more in depth on this blog. I micro blog because writing is only a portion of what I do on WordPress, as I said in my blogging model I only spend 33.3% of my time on WP writing posts. I do sometimes wonder at and envy those “celebrities” that can just write and have people read all the time. They have no obligation to interact back and their fame brings them view after view. I will never be famous in this life and because of that I have to work for my views. Each and every one. It is called “the grind” people and we do what we must for things we care about. I care about writing because I love it.

-Opinionated Man

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