My Ten Year Learning Curve

I started writing my blog back in 2010 just after I had purchased my new desk-top computer. I wanted to talk to the world. I often thought of myself as “The Shock Jock” of the American Left Wing (Politics) and, at the time, one of my right-wing idols was Rush Limbaugh. I had a burning desire to become the Rush Limbaugh of the Left. Of course, it never worked out that way.

I did manage to put up a really virulent, often toxic, often profanity-laden political blog which I named, “American Liberal Times.” I was really proud of that blog. It was on the blogging platform, “Blogger” which later became “Blogspot.” American Liberal Times grew to a point where I had a minimum of 400 regular readers … or maybe they were not readers at all — maybe they were what is called in the blogging game, “Bots.” Bots are electronic impulses that can trigger statistics measuring devices to record themselves as “Readers.” So in all reality, Bots are not readers at all but are pesky pains in the ass put on the internet to screw with the minds of people like you and me.

My left wing blog did afford me some good times however.

In no time, I accumulated an attentive and active audience of Internet Trolls who rejoiced in calling me nasty names and saying the most unflattering things about me that one can imagine. I came to appreciate the trolls though because any audience is better than no audience at all and I even got to the point where it didn’t bother me in the least to be told to go “F” myself several times every time I posted something on the blog.

In the intervening years, I have learned a lot of valuable lessons about blogging but some of the most important lessons I have learned are summed up very nicely in a blog post on the issue created by another blogger named “Christian Mihai” and here is what he said in his blog that sums up the lessons I have learned by blogging:

I never bothered with any rules.

I don’t know if it’s good advice or not. I just don’t give a damn if anyone likes my posts or not. I write what I want, when I want, as often as I want. This is my blog. My space. My blank page. And I can create anything I like and do anything I please. That is, after all, one of the reasons I became a writer in the first place. No boundaries other than the ones I choose to create.” (UNQUOTE)

What Christian Mihai has written above sums up my attitudes about blogging one hundred percent and I have never suffered any negative experiences by sticking to these attitudes.

I have never made millions of dollars from blogging but then again, I have no need for millions of dollars because I already have everything that I will ever want or need. But I have had a lot of fun and blogging is very calming and stress-relieving … so it is therapy for me … plus I get to meet some wonderful Internet friends from time to time and I value them very highly.

Blogging Can Become A Demanding Grind
Writing a blog is not all honey and roses. There comes a day when you get writer’s block and as hard as you might try, you can’t get enthused about anything at all. That pause in your blogging might run for days, for weeks and sometimes for months even. It can be disheartening and discouraging because it causes some people to feel disconnected.

The secret that I have found that works for writer block is to just sit down at the keyboard and start writing. Write about anything at all. Look at a picture of some kind and start writing about it … what you see in it … what it means to you. Just go ahead and start writing ridiculous sentences … nonsense sentences … words … paragraphs … anything at all. Sooner or later something will click and drive your motivation and you will once again be off on an interesting verbal journey. Patience is required. It doesn’t do anybody any good at all to trash the computer because of writer block because sooner or later it comes to everybody.

I know that everybody must have heard the old saying by now, “If you build it, they will come.” I have always believed (And rightly so) that “If you write it, somebody will sooner or later find it and read it.”

Keep on trucking!

You will get there!

Author: John American Citizen Opinion Blogger -- Inspired and Educated, smart but not all that gorgeous.

3 thoughts on “My Ten Year Learning Curve”

  1. Christian has been around for a long time. When I started out, he was one of the first bloggers to ‘Like’ one of my posts. He knows what he’s talking about, no doubt.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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