Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Time to Reload

I’ve been blogging since 2009 I guess. On and off a few topics here and there about life, life values, running, video games, suffering through college, the whole nine yards. No series of writing as consistent as what I’ve been doing lately.

May 2016 to April 2017.  What does that mean? It’s an 11 month journey of different bits of writing. 55 bits to be precise. This would be 56, if I decided to count it.

It was a test of consistency and to see what kind of audience would be interested in the types of writings I produced. Definitely a good experiment with so many lessons learned from it. My brain is one of the most fascinating things to me and by writing 55 posts over the course 11 months just to see what it could come up with was exhilarating, to say the least.

They stemmed mostly from life experiences because who doesn’t want to read about what someone thinks of their own life? It’s way better than reading someone’s opinion on politics or the state of the U.S. economy, but that’s my opinion. It is just statistically, topics that could draw from my life experience or thoughts drew in the most readers. Anything else drew less, or none.

What types of life experiences are we talking about? Well, if you’ve frequently kept up with my blog, you’d know they were more negative than positive or neutral life topics. More dry humor to go along with that negativity. Not that they were cries for attention because this is the internet, they’ll know when you’re desperate. I write mainly to get the thoughts in my brain out and when I share it, the people who read them are the ones who want to read them.

I’ve written about so many things that I’ve learned what I like to write about and what I don’t. I think it can be easily seen what pieces of writing was forced, basically making my brain think of things that it really didn’t care about and as a result, a very short, disorganized piece. I know what you’re thinking, it could so easy to just scrap something like that from existence. Why share it? Well you never know if a piece of shit writing could still draw an audience. It’s about trial and error. Just like life.

So what’s next for little ol’ me? Well, a break is definitely needed for my brain to recharge. Think of more interesting topics to write about. While it’s great not having a hard deadline to post stuff (because let’s be real, my audience isn’t that big), consistency is the key to, well, consistent writing. I think it’s important to have a backlog of topics so that you can write them all out in multiple sessions, then tweak them when it’s almost time to shove them out the door. That way it’s more or less scheduled until your next break. I don’t have to think about scheduling for a while. Until I feel comfortable I have a good amount of topics.

So if you’ve read stuff over the course of 11 months, thanks for stopping by. I hope you come back when I start up again. Feel free to reread some things or read something you haven’t. If you haven’t read anything, well, you’re probably not even reading this right now so I’m basically talking to a wall. Go read something. Reading is good. Knowledge is power.

Also, LinkedIn is basically the worst place to post your own blog. Literally no one will click your link. I’ve seen the metrics. I’ve had like, 2 clicks being sourced from LinkedIn. People on LinkedIn only care about writings that are directly posted on LinkedIn. You’re shit. People are trying to expand their internet presence on multiple platforms and no one wants to click the link. Maybe that’s not a LinkedIn problem, but more a people problem. I guess people on LinkedIn suck, myself included.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What Could I Live Without?

Without having to cut my nails every couple of weeks.

No seriously, I want to live without having to cut my nails every couple of weeks. When will we as humans evolve to a point where this isn’t necessary? Same thing with hair. Why can’t we just tell our body that we want things a certain length and it stays that way. Let’s be on the same wavelength here.

As for anything else that is truly relevant, this might be a little difficult to think about. I’m sure there are plenty of things I am living without right now that I’m perfectly fine with, but I can’t think of them. Food and water are essential, so I definitely can’t cross those off. I can live without a bike. I mean, I mostly have been for years. I can’t remember the last time I actually rode one.

I can probably live without cable television. I mean, so much stuff is online anyway, so what’s the point of paying for it? I probably don’t even need a TV either. I can watch most stuff from a computer monitor with no issues. Quality of the video isn’t even an issue either. As long as I can watch it with relative clarity, I have no complaints.

I’m not sure of anything else though. My brain has run out of thoughts.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Deep Talks

This is one of my favorite activities in the world. I’ve been told I’m a really good listener and I tend to agree with the people who tell me that. To have someone you can just spill beans to whenever and know it won’t leave the room (whatever room it might be, physical, digital, etc.) is something special.

I am able to select 2 or 3 people I can spill my beans to. I’m appreciative of that. If you’re a frequent reader of this blog, you know my brain has some issues to iron out. It’s always good to bounce my frustrations out with someone and they can either relate to it or find some way to get me out of my current funk. As serious as they get, it has funny moments as well. It’s mainly because I get the opportunity to use my memory and talk about some great moments of the past. Even the specific details no one would remember.

As much as I pride myself in being a good listener, sometimes I wish people would abuse that quality of mine more. I know talking to someone about the things that trouble you require a great deal of trust between you and the person you’re talking to. It’s hard to come forward to someone you vaguely know. So to those who know me, let me listen! If all you want me to do is absorb your words, I’ll do it. I don’t have to say anything. Giving advice is not required in this type of talk, but I will say, deep talks are great when they go two ways.

Let’s figure out our problems together. We’re all friends here.