So, as some of you may know, the great blogger Opinionated Man (OM for short) has decided to end his blog HarsH ReaLiTy. The decision to stop posting came a few weeks ago, but I suppose I was holding on to the hope that he would change his mind and come back. Sadly, four days ago he confirmed on his site that he was moving on. Luckily for all of us, the site can now be viewed publicly (it was set to private for a little bit after the announcement). For anyone who isn’t familiar with his site, I encourage you to spend a few minutes reading one of his posts. Before you do, make sure that you don’t have anywhere to go soon, because they are addictive.
There have been a lot of excellent blog posts written about OM and the impact that he’s had on the blogging community. One of the most repeated things that’s been mentioned is that, in addition to being an excellent writer, he was also extremely supportive to fellow WordPress bloggers. There were countless times when he would dedicate an entire post to letting other writers share their most recent work or a post that they were proud of. (Keep in mind he had over 50,000 subscribers, so the opportunity to share something to that big of an audience was pretty phenomenal.) He’d also scroll through various sites and reblog articles he found interesting. If you left a comment on one of his posts, you’d most likely get a reply from him, even if the post generated over 100 comments.
I’m not going to try to put into words what his blog or his support meant, because I’m just not sure I can. I will, however, do what he did so many times and let this post be a free promotion blog. For all writers/painters/dancers/singers/small business owners, I’m sure you know how challenging it can be to get your voice heard online when there are so many others trying for the same thing. And then, when you do get that chance to talk about yourself and/or your product, there’s always the slight feeling that you’re coming across as spam and shouldn’t market yourself at all (or maybe I’m just projecting all my insecurities). But for the purposes of this post, don’t worry about that. Leave a comment down below and tell me what you’re working on. Or what you just completed. Or what you want to start working on in the near future. Be sure to leave a link so that others can check you out. (Just please don’t actually be spam, because real spam is smelly and computer spam is just no fun.)