HarsH ReaLiTy – One Year Anniversary

Technically the one year anniversary for HarsH ReaLiTy is not for another day and a half, however, WordPress prompted me to go ahead and renew early when I changed my credit card. I went ahead and did that just now so I will go ahead and celebrate the anniversary today.

This is more than just a celebration of my website being up and running for a year. It is actually a reflection upon my first year of blogging in general. Regardless of the rumors or what you may have heard this is my first attempt at blogging for an audience and I have had a fun ride of it so far. When I purchased my premium package last January I will admit I did it because I was afraid someone would steal my account. I was very worried that I would lose the 300 subscribers I had worked so hard for. Looking back I laugh a little bit at how little I knew about WordPress and blogging as a whole. We all have to start somewhere right?

This experience has become so much more than the initial plan of finding a place to write. The relationships and feedback I have received through this website have surpassed even the initial idea of “constructive criticism” I sought when I entered this community. There have been good and bad experiences and definitely many opportunities in which I have learned my own boundaries and limitations. I think blogging can provide a way for people like me to expand their minds and views without having to leave the comfort of their own home. Sometimes the very act of wading through humanity is daunting enough to stifle any thoughts of venturing forth from the safety of our caves.

I feel like my writing has grown over the past year. Since I have removed my previous year’s work, it may be hard for newcomers to determine this, but the beauty is that there are readers on this website that watched me start from day one. Those people I can only hope have appreciated the evolution that is this website and the ever evolving style of my own writing. I love to push my limits and to try new things, it would be a boring “hobby” if I only stuck with writing things I knew I did well.

I must admit I have really enjoyed having two blogs so far. I feel like I don’t really have two websites, just one large one. I hope it isn’t too annoying having to jump across from one website to another, but my plan is for “A Good Blog is Hard to Find” to be an equal to HarsH ReaLiTy in the near future. I appreciate the support and the encouragement with my new site from all of those that have read it.

Here’s to another year of writing. There is nothing else I would rather be doing.

-Opinionated Man

Closing 2013 – A HarsH ReaLiTy – A Look Back – Forward

If my posts have seemed a bit reflective that is because I have been stuck in that state this week. There is a reason. My first renewal payment for this domain is coming up and some might call me crazy, but I actually have juggled with the idea of not renewing it. I am going to write out the reasons why in this post, they aren’t complaints, they are simple realities.

I never knew what I was making here. I just did it. I have created something special through gathering a group of people that love to converse and share their thoughts on writing and the world. I believe, just from my numbers that I am forced to see from the dashboard, that there are about twenty times as many reading on a weekly basis that don’t comment and that is ok. The numbers still shock me sometimes. The popularity of this website is truly remarkable and it could never be what it is without the readers.

Many would consider this the end game and would probably sit back and run this site till they grew bored with it and moved on to a new blog in the future. Some might sell the domain if they were inclined, I actually thought about it at one point. It would have been a decision I would have regretted later. I know the reasons why it would have been a stupid idea, but at the same time I will admit the idea of it brought a temporary sense of relief. This website is a job to be honestly and I still have a real job I work at for 40 hours a week. I then also have two children and a wife with needs, not to mention a home that is secretly battling me and my pocketbook. You add in a couple hundred comments a day that need responding to, ten or so emails from wordpress followers as well, and then personal emails on top… and you have one busy ass schedule.

It has been an awesome year. I have enjoyed growing with this blog and having a place to quickly release my fears, passions, beliefs, and random rants when I want. The bloggers I have met, the challenges I have faced, the two eBooks I wrote, Project O, and the many guest bloggers I have encountered have all been a great experience. This website is now a fresh start though, excluding me sharing my past poetry. I will move on from here with new materiel only and I may even decide if a real novel is worth tackling. Who knows but 2014?

I will renew this website on January 3, 2014. One more year of HarsH ReaLiTy. I have adopted a new habit as well, one you all might be proud of. Any negative comments will be ignored and I have blocked bloggers I know do not like my work, what I am doing on WordPress, or really just me. That is cool there is plenty of room here for us all. Stay over there.

HarsH ReaLiTy will continue to be a place for my thoughts, dreams, and sometimes releases of anger. I hope you will continue to enjoy reading my chaos.

I want to say one final time before this post gets really out of hand and cheesy a heartfelt Thank You! Without you all that come here and read, I would never have written a lot of the things I got to write this year. So thank you.

Jason