Ok that’s odd

Ok this is kind of creepy.

For some reason the guy moved my trash can all the way up to my porch.

Normally one would think “wow! What a nice person!”

I’m a realist. There are no nice people. So I went outside and looked…

What do we notice detectives? No one else had such a kind deed done! My porch happens to be pretty secluded.

Am I being an asshole for assuming someone might of been looking for a free package?

I feel vulnerable.

-Opinionated Man

@smokendust

Just don’t look for it

I learned a hard lesson as a blogger a couple years ago.

Just don’t look for it.

The ‘it’ is of course the criticism and sometimes hate out there about you.

When I was really pushing the traffic towards this blog I used a matrix to search and protect my blog as well. This enabled me to often find when my posts were being stolen. Yes, believe it or not, some poor soul out there thought my mediocre writing was worth lifting simply because I had replugged and respun the shit out of a couple posts as a personal challenge to see how many times I could get them read. One post had close to half a million views and “people” began stealing it to try and get that same traffic. This is actually common in the blogging world.

The other thing I began to find were posts criticizing me and my blog.

At first I was shocked. I mean, I’m a normal guy and an average blogger, so I couldn’t fathom why people would spend the time to post criticism about me.

People will. They don’t care. It’s online. I was immature. I fought back. I got in trouble twice. I learned my lesson. Twice…

If you are a new blogger I would advise you to steel that backbone. For some people criticism is a new thing believe it or not. Walls just kind of fall down in front of them and the wind never pushes them… they push the wind. For the rest of us we deal with it daily because we are probably around people that think we are inadequate. And that’s no different here.

I don’t powerblog anymore so I have no reason to do my searches. Besides, it never changes and I’ve learned now, today, that I don’t deal with criticism that well and I’m working on it. I’m working on that ‘wanting to hug people’ thing too, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Just don’t look for it. Why?

-Opinionated Man

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@smokendust

Blogging 104 – Following bloggers

No.

Not actually “following” their blog.

Literally following the virtual trail they’ve left… then sliding around them as you slip into their domain.

I do it all the time. It’s the easiest way to find new blogs, but it takes a certain type of blogger to make these types of connections.

You see most bloggers examine everything too closely.

“Well why did that person like my post?”

“Well why did they like only one…”

“Is it even a real person?”

“What real person calls themselves Fuckadoodle?”

“Can’t be a real blogger… must be a bot.”

Instead of going to “meet and greet” they are examining why the world turns as the world turns around them.

Me on the other hand, I take connection opportunities for what they are worth. A random blogger drops a like, even just one, and I’m hovering my app… I’ll sneak over. I’ll go through their door since it’s open… they left it open when they visited my website.

And I’ll see that it is indeed a real person, often a new blogger. I’ll normally tap on their shoulder in some way and I’ll say “hey, I saw you pass by and wanted to return the favor.” Another connection is made and that’s how you get to 100,000 subscribers if that’s really your goal. That’s how you build whatever it is you want to build.

It’s that simple and it doesn’t matter the size of your media reach. If you aren’t going to grind it out, you won’t ever sustain growth in this game.

-Opinionated Man

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@smokendust

Ok let me explain

I didn’t break the books intentionally.

And no… I don’t bend the spine to break it in half.

My books are missing covers because I read them thousands of times.

Ok there was the one I dropped in the tub while reading, but that’s rarely happened I swear.

I have a problem with branching out. It isn’t some hidden genius illness either, I just have four authors I love and I have reread their books over and over since I was 13. I have a hard time adding to my list.

So no… I didn’t kill those books.

-OM

@smokendust

Reading You, Writing You

Now that is how you share a blog post! Thanks for including mine in the mix! -OM
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An Upturned Soul

Why do you read? Why do you write? What inspires you to to read? What motivates you to write? Do you lose yourself or find yourself in words?

What are you looking for when you read or write?

Once again I’m going to share some posts which sparked a glow within when I read them this week, and the thoughts they inspired in me.

First up is:

Cage Dunn: And What Then?

I don’t know whether this has to do with my having dyslexia, or whether it has to do with how I learned to read, or something else, but my mind likes to play with words, including names.

When I see the name “Cage Dunn”, I see “Caged One” instead. And while reading his post wherein he answers questions from a friend about why he writes, the thought which sprung to mind was – he writes to release his…

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Stars

There’s something in the stars.

And it’s written from afar.

Another knowing heart.

That’s beaten with yours from the start.

I can see it in the stars.

A whispered shout in the night.

It makes me feel like a Star.

Like someone’s wishing on me tonight.

-OM

@smokendust

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