What's different about your site from others? I have no stat/analytic trackers on it any more, so you are not being tracked. No cookies, no advertising, nothing. Static, simple, basic.
Why did you make your site look kinda ugly? Because I wanted to have fun with the internet again, and got tired of using other people's locked-in templates and following all the "rules for success" because I both realized I didn't care about that version of success and that I prefer knowing how to fix the guts of my site rather than rely on a third party system, plugins, and so on. I started with a basic Bootstrap CSS template, and then hacked it apart and made it mine.
Plus, I miss the days when you could get lost on a website finding links tucked all over the place, where page led on to page. Standard and tidy menu and nav bars which let you quickly find everything makes sense, but is boring. I like having an FAQ page, for example, that you probably won't find unless you went to the about page. That's fun. So I tried to find a middle ground between a site that was usable and one that was adventurous.
Do you hate the internet or something? No, but I've grown dissatisfied with how it evolved from the earlier days when I first got started on it. I don't like how people behave (see: Flame Warriors), that it is so overloaded and dependent upon advertising, and that too many users expect everything for free, for starters.
Can't I get electronic/free access to your magazine and main content? No. It is good to pay for the work of others so that they can continue doing work, and so that you relearn how things get value (i.e. scarcity). Please read the manifesto. Open source has its place (e.g. this site uses Bootstrap) but it has too often been used as an excuse to make it impossible for musicians, writers, and artists to make a living now.
Why can't I leave comments anywhere on this site? When Twitter first came out, it was fun and exciting and people were so delighted to be real with other people that they acted like people. Now they act like single-celled organisms, and it is a cesspool of F-bombs, hatred, polarization, bigotry, prejudice, slander, insults, ignorance, whiny safe spaces and trigger warnings, accusations of appropriation, and hideous Christian discernment ministries by folks who are going to be pretty surprised at who's in heaven -- much of this by young progressives or supposed followers of Christ, mind you. So I turned off comments on this site, because blog comments rather follow suit and I neither want nor need that kind of feedback. If you have something to say, write a letter.
Do you still have that email I sent you? I have every email sent to me, as well as every letter sent in the mail. If you decide to email me a horrible rant, you are giving me permission to keep, refer to, and quote that email however I see fit. Good email behavior, folks; it matters.
Why won't you follow/friend me on social media? Why did you block me on social media? I sort of despise social media, despite having a fairly large amount of presence there. Part of that is because I had/have a job writing in the "content marketing" industry and that's part of the requirement. Someday, when that isn't the case, that won't be the case.
Until then, I only friend people I actually know, in real life, on Facebook, and of those friends, I only actually follow a tiny handful of people I care to hear from. These are people like family and my closest friends. This is not because I don't like you or like people (though I am extremely introverted, so maybe a bit on the latter), but because social media allows for too much asinine anonymous behavior as well as truncated context. If you must communicate or connect with me, by all means, do so. Send me a letter.
My theory on social media is this: it's a tool, and if it makes my life more difficult, I get rid of or reduce those things which do that. Not following, blocking, unfollowing, unfriending, and in general maintaining control over what comes in is simply in line with "garbage in, garbage out" and I don't have a problem with that at all. If you don't like it, and try to tell me so on Twitter or Facebook in a disgusting way, I'll block you.
Please read more in my Social Media Manifesto.
Why did you put "content marketing" into quotes in the previous question? Because I'm not a content marketer. I'm a writer. I'm an artist. I'm a person making stuff. And I don't create content. I create art, stories, essays, and great tragic works that should never see the light of day. Or blog posts. Somewhere, maybe around 2012, it became content. That could be marketed. And it makes me kind of want to cry. Suffice it to say, I am not content with the word content.
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