I planned my victory. Write a slightly controversial rant targeting America’s favorite past time, publish it under the guise of an innocently idealistic teenager, and sit back and watch the WordPress editors do their job. It was almost too easy. After two years of toiling away, I have finally won.
I’m kidding (for the most part.) I’m so grateful to WordPress for choosing my post about sports and the American education system to publicize on their front page. I’ll do my best to respond to the comments in a timely manner, but it’ll take at least a few days due to all of the insightful responses people have posted.
How does it feel to be freshly pressed, you inquire? It’s sort of like
being a super awesome famous mega star writer stumbling upon $200 in your back pocket. There’s a rush of views and comments and follows as well as a nice little ego boost, but after it’s over, you go back to your day job and get right back to work. I’ll still focus on appealing to myself and to my regular readers, but we’ll see how many of you new people stick around. Meanwhile, here are three reasons you might not want to follow my blog!
Reason #1: I have no niche.
Really. As a high school senior who’s still growing up and learning about the world around him, I write about everything – the books I read, the music I listen to, personal experiences, and societal issues. I’ve written about why high school relationships fail and how I dealt with my grandparents moving away. Heck, I came out on this blog. Don’t expect posts solely about education or about controversial issues. I try to write about a variety of topics but I always stick to what interests me and what I’m passionate about.
Reason #2: I am consistently inconsistent.
Blog once a day to keep the feeling of failure away, they say. Write a post every Wednesday, they say. Publish only in the mornings and wear socks to solidify the warmth of your writing, they say.
I say, no. While I rarely go more than once a week without publishing a post (not sure if I’ve ever done that, even) I don’t do a book review every Wednesday or a gay pride post every Saturday. I try not to publish more than once a day, but other than that, my timing is spontaneous. I write when I have the urge to – which is often – but not to satisfy any self-imposed deadline.
Reason #3: I’m weird.
Not sure what the reasoning behind this one is because weird people are the best. I guess I’m just saying that you shouldn’t always expect 100% sane things from this blog. I cry over books constantly, I have a strange penchant for self-actualization and intellectually stimulating activities, and I like liking things on Facebook… even when I don’t really like them.
Summary of this post: thanks for being beautiful everyone, don’t expect me to follow you back just because you liked my post or followed me (I actually read/comment on the blogs I follow), and please floss because it’ll let you live longer. Until next time!