Why Am I Here?

I started my website to promote a book that I wrote after getting a lot of rejection letters from publishers and then reading that I needed a platform to promote my book.  Eventually I gave up on the book, but I decided to stay here in WordPress.  I had no idea what I was going to write about in the beginning, but I knew that I was a writer and as of yesterday I have written 3,259 about all different topics.  Now I understand why people blog anonymously and if I ever close this blog down and try again, that is what I will do.  I am not a very popular blogger and I think that is because I am different from many others.  I like to challenge myself to write about topics that I don’t know anything about and this helps me to learn.

I worked as a technical writer where I had to write about many things that were not very interesting to me, but when you have a job, you do what you are being paid for.  I write on many different topics and the thing that I am least concerned with is how many Followers I have.  I am not here for them, but I have made many good virtual friends here who I enjoy interacting with.  I like to write serious informative posts and I did that last week in a post titled Finding Comfortable Bras, which I enjoyed writing and learning about.  I look things up all the time, so I can learn and I know that there is no need to cite a source if it is common knowledge, or generally accepted facts, or if it falls into what is accepted to be Fair Use, which amounts to copying material for a limited and “transformative” purpose.  Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances.

I use the practice of never copying more than 10% from any work during my research, since there is no specific number of words, lines, pages, copies that may be used without permission, so I have established my own guideline, which I am comfortable with.  There are no hard-and-fast rules, only general guidelines and varied court decisions when it comes to determining what constitutes Fair Use, which makes it kind of like Free Speech and it is open to interpretation.  The less you use from another article, the more likely that any copying that you did will be excused as a fair use.  The work that I do copy, I rearrange the words, because it makes me feel better to say things using my own words.  A transformative purpose would be something that you write that includes new information which replaces content from the original article that you may have used some information from.

Getting to the point now, I have had some flak from Republicans because of the many anti-Trump posts that I have written and I can understand that as they see him as their god.  The other day my post on bras received a lot of criticism from a reader who got very rude with me and I have since deleted all of her comments and blocked her from making any more comments on my site.  There was no reason for her to get nasty with me, but she went at me tooth and nail and I think it is because she knows that I am a much better writer than she will ever be.  After she accused me of plagiarizing other sites, she said that a man is not capable of writing about bras.  I realize that the first modern bra was invented by a woman, but the proto-bra existed before that and it was invented by a man.  She seemed to be mad that my informative post did not contain any humor and she felt that it should have been written about how to open a bra with one hand.  Maybe she is good at that and all of her girlfriends appreciate her dexterous skills.  I know that was an awful thing to say about her, but she actually accused me of being a closet crossdresser, so what goes around comes around.

This lady had the nerve to write a post about me today and that was after I told her that if she didn’t have anything nice to say that she should refrain from making comments.  When did it become perfectly acceptable to criticize someone just because you didn’t like something that was in a post that they wrote?  The whole world is going to hell, while I am trying to make it a better place to live in.  I am not going to change the topics that I write about and if anyone does not enjoy my writing, then please find another blog to read.  I am not trying to offend anyone, but I have feelings also and a person can only take so much, and I have reached my limit.  I was going to save this for Paula’s Monday Peeve which is a good place to let off some steam, but instead I am going with the Sunday Writing Prompt of Not my Circus, Not my Monkeys, because this saying relates to being involved in an argument that you should NOT be in.

Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Sunday Writing Prompt of Not my Circus, Not my Monkeys which is hosted by Sara from relaxitsallwrite.

39 thoughts on “Why Am I Here?

  1. Wow, I hear you, Jim. Blogging should be about making yourself happy with your writing, not worrying about what pleases some random reader. I’ve unfollowed a few blogs that I did not enjoy reading, mostly because they were pro-Trump, but I didn’t argue with the blog writer first. They have every right to talk about what they want… and I have every right not to read it. I’m thinking of unfollowing someone else right now, but we’ll see. I don’t always read your posts all the way through (such as the bra one), but I enjoy how you tackle diverse topics AND find a song 🎶 to tie in. I also block the haters from commenting. Life’s too short!

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  2. I really enjoyed this. I am so pleased you felt this as a safe place to vent. The writing community can be brutal at times…don’t let it snuff your beautiful flame 🙂 I actually began my blog because I have a novel I would like to promote at some point, but for now, these writing challenges have kept my fire burning. You are a great writer, and I enjoy your pieces very much!! Don’t allow negative naysayers to be a part of your community.

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  3. You are free to write whatever you want on your blog. If someone doesn’t like it, they can just not read. I read that post and other informative posts that you write. A lot of research goes into them. And I like how they inform me of things I didn’t know. Keep up the good work Jim.

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  4. Personally I enjoyed your bra post. It opened my eyes to the challenges that women must face having to deal with finding proper fitting bras. I’m sorry that some woman took offense with your post, but I don’t believe anyone forced her to read it. Hey, if you don’t like the show you’re watching on TV, all you have to do is change the goddam channel.

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  5. The blogger in question (the troll as she might be called) did the same to me a long time ago. She was banned and I hadn’t seen her posting anything for a couple of years now I think. I’m not sure why she came back and spewed her bile all over your post, but I also think it was inevitable. She (apparently) doesn’t get along with many people. Don’t take it to heart, please. Your blog is great, so don’t stop giving us factual information about any subject you are motivated to write about. The trolls are out there and while one may wish they’d stay under their bridges and molder, I guess even trolls like some sunshine now and then. Now if we could only get them to keep their mouths shut, hmm? Take care, Jim. I hope you have a stock of soft foods in because your mouth is going to be sore for a while. Cranberry juice is great for UTIs too.

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    1. Thanks Melanie, I appreciate all of your concern. You were right as my jaw still hurts and I just bought some diet cranberry, but I still have to go out to get the antibiotic that my doctor said that she was going to prescribe.

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  6. I found your bra post interesting, even though I don’t wear one anymore! Silly woman. Don’t change Jim. If people don’t like to read your stuff, they can always bypass it. No-one needs to be nasty about anything to anyone.

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  7. I think the main reason we’re all here Jim is for our own enjoyment, and the great thing about WordPress is that it is, for the most part, civilised and non judgemental. I thought your bra post was a strange topic but, as with all your posts, you put in a tremendous amount of research and effort and juggled the subject well (or is that too flippant?)

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  8. I am sorry that it happened to you Jim. I am way to scared to mention US political lines in my posts. I’d rather just talk about these things with people I actually know rather than putting my views on a platform and inviting strangers to give an opinion. There is just too much division and it seems which ever side do the talking, they want to find more creative ways to form insults than anything.

    I hope you can continue to enjoy blogging. I know you put a lot of effort into your posts.

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  9. Oh Jim, I’m so sorry. You are very special to so many of us. You are funny and quirky with your posts and you cover so many subjects, in such detail. Not to mention being a fabulous host of Song Lyric Sunday and sharing your wealth of knowledge on music, particularly The Grateful Dead. Don’t let some woman piss you off because you probably know how to open a bra with one hand better than she ever could (😳) You are bloggerlicious my friend ☺️💕

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  10. You will never please everyone Jim. Enjoy what you do.
    I give politics a wide berth – I just find it exhausting. Whereas food, music, travel, books, nature and so many other subjects I see on WordPress – they are all so enjoyable.

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  11. Jim, you know what? Fuck her! She obviously wanted to pick an argument, that is awful. This is your blog, you write what you want, I for one will keep reading, as I find your work entertaining, and enjoyable!

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