Starting today I’m going to be giving a weekly shout out to other websites, ones that I enjoy and read on a fairly regular basis. I was tempted to do more than one this week since it’s the first time I’m doing this, but one at a time seems like the best route to go. After all, I don’t want to just list a bunch of sites. To me that kind of defeats the purpose.
The site I want to mention this week is just kind of all around awesome.
If you like poetry, he’s got some of that, and if you’re looking for insight into blogging (or “power-blogging”) there’s lots of that, and there’s also a bunch of other dimensions to it. The overall attitude of it is kind of like mine in a sense, but on a bigger scale; he writes way more and has a lot bigger following. All of it well deserved too, otherwise I don’t think I’d be writing this. It’s called…
The subtitle reads, “My goal with this blog is to offend everyone in the world at least once with my words… so no one has a reason to have a heightened sense of themselves. We are all ignorant, we are all found wanting, we are all bad people sometimes.”
It’s really not as bad as it sounds in my opinion, but then… I’m not exactly all that easy to offend and I don’t mind coming across opinions I disagree with as I’m reading through his posts. His views on abortion for example; he’s against abortion and I’m not, but that doesn’t really bother me.
If that sort of thing bothers you then you might want to take OM’s advice: don’t follow Harsh Reality. But if you’re not a complete douche… that shouldn’t be a problem. I may not agree with everything he says over on Harsh Reality, but I’m not about to stop reading his blog because of it.
A Few Posts I’d Recommend…
Opinionated Me (World Opinions)
The Daily Opinion – Abortion (The Daily Opinion)
Audience Writing (Blogging/Powerblogger Articles)
The Killing Field (Poetry)
So You Wrote a Book… (Blogging/Powerblogger Articles)
The Sociopath (Creative Writing)
Those are just a few posts I shared on twitter; I included the category of each post on the right, along with short excerpts you can see if you hover over each link. I look at this in pretty much the same way as the blogger awards (which I still have a bunch I need to catch up on): I’m not really looking for or expecting reciprocation. In fact, if anything I owe one (or two or three) to this guy for linking to my posts a few times, but really… it’s just as self-centric as posting quotes.
They may be other people’s words, but in a way I’m hijacking them to represent and express a part of myself, showing what I like, what I value. It’s kind of the same thing with giving someone a shout out; it’s showing who you are by showing who (and what) you like. It’s more round-about (and arguably lazier) than just saying something outright on my own, but sometimes that’s not what I feel like doing. Besides, I never claimed I wasn’t lazy. Slothfulness is one of my favorite sins.
Anyways, I think one of the biggest reasons I like his blog is because I like OM as an individual.
Who he is shines through in his writing – in his own words from one of the posts I linked to, “…I just write and post. An unfiltered mind, an unfiltered mouth, and an even freer hand with a keyboard all culminate into the display of opinion you see here.” That’s not always the case with the blogs (or books) I like, and it’s not always exactly what draws me in, but with Harsh Reality I think that has a lot to do with what makes it worth reading.
If it sounds interesting to you, go check it out.