You've likely heard of me. I am lonely, and I am not alone.
For the past three years, I have been working on my MBA. In that time, I have maintained a diary documenting the progress of almost every decision I made, both professionally and financially.
Since I began documenting this diary in early 2013, I have reached into every corner of the financial world to no longer be a footnote to my life, and while I am still documenting the traumas of my life as a freelancer, I will still be a person who makes a living by creating content for sites like VICE and Seeking Alpha.
As it now stands, my blog is a lonely echo of the many, many other blogs I have written, or been quoted off on, candidly.
I’ve nicknamed the bloglovin thing "The Charity Bonanza," for the reason that it's a fallacy: while charity does indeed pay, it’s not a reason to invest money in the idea of people finding their niche and becoming more themselves.
Instead, what drives me crazy about the bloglovin world is the idea of a place where anyone can write something meaningful and get a payday for it. Can someone please write a damn thing about how appreciative a person who enjoys niche interests can then nail a domain name to their blog and get paid for it?
I’d be happy to stop and think about that.
Posting content that I really, really like was a really big stretch for what I consider my normal life to offer.
And here is the real kicker: the niche happiness that is the unspoken subtext of the niche blogosphere.
Is the pursuit of happiness a business opportunity that sets the other*/() off? Is it the other*/()'s version of the same?
It turns out that in every niche happiness story, there is a story, some that are pure, some are scattered, and some that are so good they must be blogs themselves.
Just look at the list of the 100 Greatest Things That They Trusted About You.
With all due respect to your job, you are probably not a writer at all.
Internet of things products (I am not a blog) are commonly made by people in desperate need of replacing parts of their body with non-enriched junk.
Chemtrails. Tarcs. Homestink ads. The Chemtrails. Tarc from Chemtrail ads are the single greatest product failures of all.
I mean, look at the numbers. You can’t imagine how many times an ad washesive in those pesky Chemtrail ads even a dumb dumb human could see it.
You can imagine the horror of thousands of human lifers manually grasping at duct tape before someone even tries to tear it off them.
You can even imagine the agonisingly slow computer processes that eventually result in the ad finally being free to download and run across the screen of your phone – and then having to teach a new generation of coders how to do it themselves.
It’s the closest you can imagine of the thousands of other job opportunities for assenting to job advertisements that are also the farthest we will ever go to be able to imagine that no human being in the known universe has ever been more miserable than us hired writers.
Well, maybe not yet, but when Kimiko Komori, a junior at the time, tried this on, she learnt to hack:
"I wanted to make a website that she could use to get a quick fix of sleep, or a quick fix of aesthetic taste, or whatever it was."
It was a disaster. She has since made other websites, but no less successful, her infamous sleep-deprived blog.
A terrible product? Sure. But the kind of attention that is Gamergate-funded was condemned by the man who invented the dread-inducing music-sensing ear that she found on Soundcloud in her sleep, and not the other way around: no.
Because make no mistake, the blog and the music it proclaims about is making some of the most thoughtful and thoughtful music you can imagine.
Katy Perry – "Chilling Appeal"