Writing

They said to write inspiration.

So I wrote until writing hurt. I wrote my story and my soul until there was only skin left to give.

So I gave it.

I wrote until my bones held my pencil and the only thing keeping me going was the next thought that needed to be written.

So I gritted my teeth and kept writing.

I kept writing while they chatted, while they talked, while they whispered. I wrote through the pain and the tears surrounding me, around me, needing me. I wrote while the world cried and the innocent died. I wrote while the world disappeared before my eyes…

Because writing is the only thing I know how to do and at least I can do that.

So I do that.

-Opinionated Man

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Subscriber Numbers

Subscriber numbers meaning nothing. Look at the comments and the interaction. That’s how you see the true pulse of a blog.

I’m mostly talking to myself. Hi self. ✋️

-OM

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Blogging Me01

I think that you have to decide what you are doing when it comes to blogging. Like anything in life you can’t always focus on two activities at once. You have the act of producing posts and you have the networking aspect of blogging that requires you to find ways to get people to care you exist. You mold your blogging methods according to the platforms you are on and the rules they decide to employ at any given time. At some point you decide you want to “monetize” because everyone uses that word. If I had placed the word Monetize in my title I would have gotten 5,000 views from people looking for the next big secret… maybe I should go edit it.

I don’t use secrets or tricks when growing my blog. I simply network. I tried a few other platforms for boosting my numbers and the work never paid off. It was too much effort for what I could do easily here by just doing what I do. As a blogger I envision cutting out a corner of our shared virtual reality for myself. A little plot of nothing I can call home, I can call blog. I share my time between creating the content I desire, that I care about, and then getting people around me to care as well. This might require me to “care” about them first and in the beginning I did care. I cared the shit out of Gary’s broken toe nail and his stupid cat. I cared about his pink car getting wrecked and how no one liked his shoes at work the other day. One day I got tired of caring so much and found out you don’t have to care about it all… Gary isn’t even your wife! You can just care a little each day and in turn care more about your own stuff, focus on your own blog, and you’ll see more production.

What can I offer that no one else is offer? It is a monster question because it is THE question right? How are blogs different and how can I make mine stand out. I get the frustration and at the same time I roll my eyes at it. As old as blogging is people come up with new things every day. They start trends, they get people to care about blogging again, they find ways to form a community around an idea. No one has to be dying, no one necessarily needs a new kidney to get people to care… you have to care first and that is the step people miss.

How do you care? Uh, if you have to ask that it tells me you aren’t really in it for the work. You are in it for the prize. Everyone wants a platform where they can type out bullshit each day and people gobble it up with a spoon. But the problem is… that isn’t what a blog really is. Not unless you are famous and unless I am wanted for crimes in several countries I don’t know about, I am not famous at all. I’m not even average, I am just a guy that blogs. But I cared to get my stuff out there and I spent countless hours, hours I could have been sitting watching netflixs or sucking down peanutbutter ice cream.

I mean… I like ice cream.

Instead I was using my tablet, because I found that a mini tablet with the WordPress reader installed was so much faster to scroll through, using it to network every single day for three years. I was writing posts, current thoughts and thoughts I haven’t even thought about for years… spilling it out there to produce the content that made my blog personal.

You see your life is as unique as a blog needs to be. No one is living your day, thinking your thoughts, doing the same shit you do each week. No one is seeing exactly from your point of view and could possibly take that IPhone shot from where you stood because you stood there. You marked that spot and made that moment bloggable, worthy to be shared. That is the unique freedom that personal bloggers have that they often miss or overlook. I have been many types of bloggers to many people, but one thing I have always shared is my personal life. There is a Korean living in Colorado that blogs on WordPress, has a wife and two kids, 3 guinea pigs, and hates the fuck out of snow. You know this because he is a blogger and he decided to blog. He decided to share that information and he made people care to know it.

That is the power of blog to me and the only lesson you need before starting the steps to grow your blog. Those steps are never the same for any blogger, but the attitude and mindset, I think, for those of us that choose to really push our blogs… that mindset is one and the same. I’ve seen it in so many great bloggers I know on this platform. Annoyingly efficient networkers, tireless media pushers that never seem to sleep. They are the people I really talk to because they understand what we are doing here, how we are really blogging.

We are all here for our own reasons and goals, and yet isn’t it ironic that many bloggers still have the same complaints…

-Opinionated Man

Jason C. Cushman

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Rising Thought

Rising thought. Why do you rise?

Coming up as a new thought in disguise.

A long lost name remembered.

From that day in December.

When you let both my hands fall.

And life became so dismal.

I rose once before.

But your rising thought I cannot ignore…

J.C.C.

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A Friend In Trouble

She was always positive and personable. I hope we hear good news soon! -OM
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Petals Unfolding

I was just notified this morning that a good friend of mine, Irene (IreneDesign2011), is very ill in a hospital in her city.  Her daughter, Claire, requested help from me to get the word out that her Mother needs prayer, Light and Energy, good thoughts, sent now.  If any of you know Irene will you please reblog this post and assist me to get to as many of Irene’s friends as possible so they know about this situation?

The following is the exact message Claire, Irene’s daughter requested I write in this post:

“I am not sure who is reading this but I hope it is read by Irene’s friends and followers.  I am her daughter, my name is Claire, and would like to give you an update on this story.  As I cannot guess her password to the computer, I cannot write a separate post for you to receive…

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Things I Don’t Get

1 – Why do people have to make a big deal about everything? So your kid somehow swallowed a Star Wars Lightsaber and now you think Star Wars is evil and should apologize to the world? That actually leads me into number two…

2 – Why is everyone apologizing for stuff all the time? I hope I never become famous or wealthy where people might sue me for random reasons. I’d be apologizing through my publicist everyday.

3 – Why do people write posts on Facebook that call out half their friend list? “To my Liberal Friends _____” You might as well unfriend those people, get it over with, and then you can change your post to “Those pieces of shit liberal fuckers think _____.”

4 – I blame Rambo, Rocky, Karate Kid, Aliens, and Back to the Future for the fact that Hollywood refuses to make anything new anymore. Instead they make remakes, additions, prequels, and prequels to the additions of the remakes…

5 – Stop making singing shows so personal. I get it, the audience loves to be drawn in. It is so annoying though and everyone has a sob story. “My brother… he used to eat my cupcakes as a kid and I never got any. I just want to win this competition so I can eat cupcakes.”

6 – Why is the McRib sandwich not offered all the time? And what happened to supersizing my fries?

7 – I think it should be illegal for commercials to show food that isn’t exactly like the food I’ll get when I get there. Because I’m coming and it better be amazing.

8 – People that have parties on a Saturday and don’t provide alcohol are unkind people. That just sucks.

9 – People that write lists are incredibly bored people.

10 – I hate when people act uppity just because they work at a store. I mean… you work there… that isn’t your fucking name on the building! Come the fuck back down to earth!

11 – I hate when people say “we,” but they really mean you. I know you are talking about me Gary.

12 – I don’t know why people expect me to kill spiders. And snakes? You better call someone for snakes… I don’t do encounters with venomous, angry creatures. That is why I don’t camp.

13 – Why am I working on a Sunday… I’m so bored!!! …

-OM

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