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The Beauty of Blogging

Lately I have been thinking about my blog a lot. I have been thinking of tons of things – ways to change it, ways to make it more interesting, ways to attract more readers, etc. Currently, I average anywhere from 30-50 views per day, which is not horrible (especially because I only have been blogging for roughly 3 months). The last few days I have been probing WordPress.com and checking out what other bloggers have been up to – needless to say it was very humbling.

I never thought that so many people were so passionate about their blogs. There are literally blogs for almost anything I can think of. After reading a few different blogs the first thing that popped into my head was “how the hell do these people have the time to write such detailed entries?’ Some bloggers have entries that look like they spent more time writing it than I have ever spent on any project in my 4 years of college. Here is an example of what I am talking about: BirdAbroad. The blogger’s article about knock-off Apple stores that are popping up all around her has received a ton of attention. I respect that, it is a great entry. It is extremely well written and even has a few photographs serving as proof of her writing.  The funny thing is I read that blog last night, and this morning it was all over the internet. When I read it last night I said to myself, “Wow, this person must have spent a good amount of time taking pictures, organizing her thought, and writing this post.” And she probably has. That just goes to show how passionate she is about what she writes in her blog.

In order for me to create the type of blog that I want, I need to make some changes. I guess the first change I should make is become more dedicated to blogging. I’ll be the first to admit it – I get lazy. When I don’t blog it is not because I have nothing to write, it is because I am too lazy to actually type it. I also want to start taking more pictures – a lot more. A photo gallery is a nice addition to any blog, and it is simple to do too.

If there are any suggestions you would like to leave me, feel free to do so.

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Suicidal Thoughts

I have heard about quite a few suicides over my short lifetime and I never really thought that so many people would actually take their own lives. Thankfully, no one I truly care for has chosen to take the “easy way out”, and I am not sure if you can really consider it to be the easy way out to begin with. After all, choosing to take your own life does not seem to be an easy decision by any means. Obviously I feel this way because I am thinking clearly, and most people who choose to commit suicide are not thinking clearly at all. I know that depression and other illnesses can cause people to feel like suicide is the only way to win the war that is raging in their head, but there is no way that it can solve the problems they think it will. If I could ask someone who took their own life one question it would be: was it worth it? I wonder if someone who chose to commit suicide would say that it was the right decision and if they were in the same situation that they would do it again.

Depending on your religious views, you may think that once you die you will be transported to a better place than you are now. In reality suicide goes against what most religions teach, thus it is not rewarded.  If you believe that when you die your life simply ends and there is nothing more – then that really has to suck. Don’t get me wrong, life is tough sometimes, but there is not much logic in bowing out early if you only get one crack at it.

I find it hard to have sympathy for those who chose to commit suicide. I have sympathy for the mental anguish that they must have endured on a daily basis in order for them to get to such a weak point, but I do not have sympathy for the way they handled it. It is no secret that when you die the lives of the people who love you will be changed forever, and that selfishness is part of what makes me resent those who chose to commit suicide.

I know that all of this is easy for me to say because I have never contemplated suicide, and that really puts me in no position to speak negatively about those who have. All I am saying is there is no problem in life who’s only solution is suicide. When I really think about life and the world we live in, I realize that just because you die does not mean the world is over for everyone else – it is only over for you. To me that is a very lonely thought.

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Chess

I’ve been playing a lot of chess lately, mostly because I have nothing to do at work. I also recently watched the HBO documentary on Bobby Fischer. For those of you who do not know who that is – Google him and watch the documentary. He was a great player and he was crazy. If you are interested in playing me my information is listed below.

Yahoo! ID: johnnyrose3

Chess with Friends (iPhone App): johnny rozay

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Future Mrs. Hefner is Current Runaway Bride

Apparently it is “news” that Hugh Hefner’s bride-to-be, Crystal Harris, dumped him days before their wedding ceremony. Honestly, what does Hugh expect? He is 85 years old, surrounds himself with beautiful women who are less than a quarter of his age, and he is filthy rich. How does he expect to find love like that? You cannot possibly tell me that the women he dates actually love him. He is old enough to be their great-grandfather. Obviously, it is great for him to be able to mess around with all those beautiful women but he cannot logically expect for them to love him. If he wasn’t rich and did not have the power to make these girls famous would they still be dating him? Not a chance in hell. Harris dumped him because she felt that she could not handle the lifestyle that Hefner leads, especially with all the other women around. I guess that thought only crossed her mind a few days before the wedding? Whatever. In the end this is just celebrity gossip, all of which I really don’t care for. Hef, you’re still the man. You are an 85-year-old pimp, you’re not cut out to be a husband.

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People Are So Stupid

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/08/woman-gets-tattooed-with-152-facebook-friends-faces/?hpt=hp_bn1

If you have read my “rant” on why I feel Facebook has taken a turn for the worse, then you obviously know how I feel about most of it’s users. The link above is to an article on CNN.com about a woman who got a tattoo of her closest 152 Facebook friends. Honestly, that is probably one of the dumbest things I have read about in a while – exponentially dumber than “Weinergate”. I am not saying that the tattoo looks bad, but the idea behind it is stupid. Personally, I would not get anyone’s face tattooed on me if they would not get mine tattooed on them. And 152 people? I barely have 10 friends, never mind 152. Actually, I wouldn’t even want 152 friends in real life. This goes to show that some people take social networking sites too far. The line between reality and these websites is becoming seriously blurred. The article goes on to talk about other things people have done to pay tribute to their favorite social networking site. There is the Egyptian man who names his child “Facebook”, and then there is the Israeli parents who named their child “Like”. I feel sorry for every person who struggles to live a life outside of their make-believe one on Facebook.

 

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Bad Music

This song was playing at my gym last Saturday afternoon. I do not know who in the world actually listens to this song, nor do I know how this even became popular enough to be played on the radio. The only thing I do know is that this song is horrible and it just further supports my post from a few days ago as to why Facebook sucks.

Speaking of horrible songs on the radio, Rihanna’s “Man Down” is amongst the worst. I swear every time I am in the car it is on at least two stations. The video for the song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEhy-RXkNo0) has been criticized as being unfit for children due to violent scenes. I disagree with that, the video is unfit for children because the song is terrible and no one wants to hear their kid singing “rum pa pa pum pa” all day. Rihanna responded to critics by saying, “I’m a 23-year-old rock star with NO KIDS! What’s up with everybody wantin me to be a parent?” I’ll let you guys decided how you feel about that comment, because I am not sure “rock star” is the first word that comes to mind when you think about Rihanna.

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Adios Facebook, Stay Away Twitter.

Ah Facebook, you’ve changed so much over the past four years. So much so that I was forced to delete you last week. Before I explain what pushed me over the edge, here are some interesting statistics that are posted on Facebook.com:

  • More than 500 million active users
  • 50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day
  • Average user has 130 friends
  • People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook
Those are some pretty staggering numbers. Facebook was originally intended to be used by college students only. That is what made it special, you had to wait to get accepted by an institution before you were able to create a profile. Now, you do not have to be a college student to have a Facebook profile. Facebook is the new MySpace – available to people both young and old – and that is why it sucks. Younger kids have pretty creative ways of passing the time with their boring lives. They sit home from 8:00pm til about 1:00am and post things that they find funny or things that occupy them. A great example of this is the ever so popular status “like for a like”, meaning if you click the like button that person will then write something they like about you on your wall. Obviously this is extremely elementary and childish. The sad thing is that this is not done solely by high school kids, but college kids as well. I do not need to have my news feed littered with garbage about how you “like” the fact that someone is cool to talk to. If they were that cool they would be one of your close friends and you would talk to them daily, therefore they would not have to like your status in a desperate attempt to get you to say something positive about them and make them feel important.
That is just the tip of the iceberg. Facebook also apparently turned into a place for people to live a fake life. You have people posting a status claiming to be doing things that you know are simply false. Seriously, if we are “friends” on Facebook, chances are I know something about you so who the hell are you fooling? Being that I work out often, my favorite status has to be the ones about the gym. I love reading how some 130lb twig was repping out 140lb dumbbells on flat bench. I have a basic rule about lifting: if you have to talk about it and feel the need to tell people that you work out and what weights you use, then you probably are not big enough for them to notice to begin with so you should probably just shut up and keep working out with your imaginary 140lb dumbbells and your x-small Hollister shirt. It is just as stupid as when people ask “how much do you bench?”  WHO CARES? Are you asking because I am bigger than you and you are using me a measuring stick for your progress? Should I be flattered? Are you asking me so that when I answer you can tell me that you use a weight slightly heavier than me and then you will feel better about yourself? That just makes you a clown.  This is just one common facade that people put up on Facebook, I am sure you have some examples of your own.
Despite all of this, I will admit Facebook is addicting. It is a great way to procrastinate, communicate, and see what people are doing (at least what they claim to be doing). Since deleting mine last week, I have found myself rather bored with the internet. I open my laptop, check 3 or 4 sites, and then close it within 10 minutes. Most of my friends who have deleted their Facebook accounts have moved on to Twitter. From what I see, Twitter is not all that bad. It is clean and concise, two things that I like. My main issue with Twitter is the fact that it is essentially an ongoing away message. That is not horrible, but to me it is self-centered (now would be the time to point out that I never posted a status when I used Facebook). It is self-centered because do you honestly think that what you are doing at the current moment is that important to people? Should I really care what it is that you are drinking, eating, or watching on television? Maybe my life is just not that interesting. 80% of my Tweets would be either work or gym. As with Facebook, Twitter also leads to people complaining. The “OMG, at work til 6 – FML”  Tweet/status will forever puzzle me. It is common knowledge that the majority of us do not like sitting at work, but we suck it up and deal with it. Is it really necessary to go fishing for sympathy by complaining? Afterall, that is what you are looking for when you complain isn’t it?  I am not going to continue on because I feel that I have made my point. I will be staying away from both social networking sites – for now. If I do cave in to Twitter, I will be sure to let you know what I think about it.

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