On the Subject of Choosing to Read

In today’s fast-paced world (because apparently that’s a phrase that can still be used despite being what I assume to be decades old), it is difficult to hold someone’s attention for more than a matter of seconds. I wasn’t even sure there was an audience for my writing on here because I tend to stay away from short content; thankfully, I was wrong.

If I am going to write something and put time in revising and editing, I want there to be something substantial to show for it. However, there are countless blogs and websites that have more followers and clicks because they stick with short posts that fit into people’s limited attention spans. If reading long articles online barely keeps someone preoccupied, how can reading books for fun even compete in this age of micro-attention?

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I think this is supposed to be profound or something. I dunno.

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On the Subject of Freedom of Speech

Freedom of speech has long been a contentious issue throughout the history of not just the United States, but the world. How do we express ourselves without upsetting others? How do we go about hearing hurtful words directed at us and deal with them as responsible adults? What is okay to say, what isn’t, and who decides? The issue of freedom of speech has never fallen out of prominence in society, but it is especially prevalent today when people are afraid to speak their opinions. Continue reading “On the Subject of Freedom of Speech”

An Impromptu Blog: Over 100 followers on WordPress.com!

Well, here we are again celebrating growth on the blog. I will keep this rather short since the book I am currently reading is taking up a lot of my time and attention, but thank you all for coming to my little corner of the internet.

I appreciate that you take the time to read my work on here since it is all done in my free time and knowing that there are those who enjoy what I love to do makes my heart happy.

As a reward for your continued loyalty, here is a picture of my skinny cat. Her name is Nina, she is 12 years old, and she thinks she is queen of the castle. She was totally okay with me taking this picture of her despite the apprehension and annoyance apparent in her face. She also rubs her face on electrical outlets when the mood strikes her.

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Thank you again to my 101 followers on WordPress.com, the 48 on my blog’s Facebook page, and the 30 on my Twitter. Here’s to the next 100!

Also, I don’t only wear white t-shirts. I realize that most of the update photos feature me in a white tee and that is pure coincidence. If you didn’t notice, then no worries!

Previously: An Impromptu Blog: Over 50 followers on WordPress.com!

An Impromptu Blog: Over 50 followers on WordPress.com!

I want to say thank you so much to those of you on here who read my blog. I wasn’t sure how successful it would be due to my lengthy posts, but seeing you all reading my work really warms my heart, along with other clichés I can’t think of right now.

This was a milestone I wasn’t sure I would reach this year since starting my blog back in May. I realize that there are thousands, if not millions, of other book review blogs and the fact that even one person enjoys my writing, let alone fifty people, really lifts my spirits.

I don’t write listicles or post content from other sources as the main topic of my blog and I realize that this significantly narrows my readership, but I truly appreciate you taking the time to read my words.

As a reward for your loyalty, here is a picture of my fat cat. His name is Hunter, he is 14 years old and weighs 16 lbs. He might even live to 15 if he would STOP RUBBING HIS FACE AGAINST ELECTRICAL OUTLETS

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Thank you again to my 51 followers on WordPress.com and the 39 on my blog’s Facebook page. Here’s to the next 50!

On the Subject of Trigger Warnings

A trigger warning is a disclaimer that something unsettling, disturbing, or that has the possibility of upsetting the reader will be found within a piece of writing. I will not post trigger warnings because life doesn’t come with them and I don’t believe in babying my readers just to make them feel happy or safe. Growing up means facing upsetting things and learning not only how to deal with them but how to accept the terrible in the world and either do something about it or move on. (Here comes my unpopular opinion) Continue reading “On the Subject of Trigger Warnings”