Happy Saturday, everyone. I've got a million important yet totally boring things I have to do today, so I'm going to skip writing a long article. However, I have a few that I've been working on for next week that should be pretty good.
Right now I kinda write the blog on blind faith. I don't really know exactly what people expect from the site - I just try to balance between useful advice, funny stories, and a bit of what's going on in my life at the moment. My goal is for this to be the site you check every day, having no idea what you might be reading about next, but knowing that it will be interesting. But I'm curious - is there anything you'd like to see different around here? Is there a topic you wish I'd write about? Do you want more of any one type of post? Less? Is there anything about the site that's really annoying (yeah, yeah... I put at Home button at the top)? If you have any suggestions, I'd really love to hear them either in the comments here or by e-mail.
The blog is becoming more and more successful in terms of traffic. I average about 3000 visitors per day if you include the huge spikes from the more popular stories. It seems like we have a good portion of the people who comment on the blog, which is what I personally think makes it really interesting. I'm really grateful for every person who reads and/or replies in the comments here. I read every comment, and I'm flattered that people take the time to post them.
I have a lot of really cool plans for this site to make it more unique and to get readers more involved, but I'm waiting to hit a certain level of traffic before implementing them. Thanks again for reading, and stay tuned for some cool articles this week...
How do you afford to just do awesome stuff all day (or most of the day)? I guess this is a "how do you make money?" question, but I'm sure the complete answer would include more than just your financial situation...I've been reading your site faithfully for over a year, and I've been wondering that the whole time.
Why don't you set up an online application form for girls to go on a date with you like Tucker Max has.
Hey guys, thanks a ton for the feedback - it's really helpful to me.
The most interesting thing to learn is that the articles that got me the most publicity aren't the most enjoyed.
Also, it makes me glad to hear that people want to hear about my everyday life. I was making an effort to keep that out of the blog because so many blogs are about people's everyday lives, and there are very few of those that I enjoy,
The Reel Deal - I'll get into that as I go. I have some really exciting things coming up, but a lot of it has to be kept under wraps. Suffice to say that it should be MUCH bigger than gambling, and probably a lot more interesting too. Also, I will be selling the e-mail addresses of everyone who posts comments. :P
I'm interested in hearing about your business plans and initial strategy for subsisting in your post-gambling era.
Its very interesting hearing your take on the venetian arts and how to improve your life in general.
Its interesting to see someone who is self-aware and in tune.
I think you are ahead of your time.
I just got back from a Dallas Lair meeting where we had Captain Jack, Gabriel (from Austin Society) and Linda Burt (trainer with Tad James). Really great stuff.
Someone mentioned that I should get on here and look for one of your friends who has some cool stuff to say. And so I am here.
Your site is called "Better Than your Boyfriend". Which implies that you're more of a man than "her boyfriend".
You told me once that you were given permission to teach a certain method and that the person in question was cool about that.
Well dude, with this much support, get off your ass and do it.
There's gonna be a movie coming out and you might even be interviewed and played by some famous actor who is much taller and less smooth than the real guy.
Now is the time.
I just found this today and I agree with the previous comments about the content. Motivation for life style change is what interests me most but everything I have read so far has been interesting. Please don't sell my e-mail address.
A while back someone asked me what sites I like to visit. I forgot to answer, so I'll write a post about it.
Bobby Burgess' Journal
This guy was ahead of his time. Back in 2000 he had a blog, and a killer one. In fact, he's probably one of the reasons I write a blog. When you go to his site, hit archive, and start from the beginning. It starts off slow, but you will be unable to stop reading pretty soon. I've read every entry on the whole site. Later he turns into a druggie and his stories become much less frequent and less interesting, but even that transformation is worth reading.
Paul Clow's Sole Goal and PhiMix
These two sites are lumped together because they're similar. They're both sites written by polynappers who also write about other interesting things. I wouldn't have found out about either of these sites if they hadn't written comments on my posts in the past. I check both of these every day.
This site is created by a Japanese flash programmer. The real gems are the Grow games. DO NOT CHEAT AND LOOK UP THE ANSWERS. Once you finish you will be wishing there were more grows to play. The order you play them in doesn't really matter. I think the Cube one is the best. Some of the other games are fun too, like Tontie (Jonah and I used to be obsessed with this one).
Two days ago I wrote the Genius and Tragedy post. It was extremely controversial - very popular on one hand, but got some very strong visceral negative reactions. I'd like to share with you what I've learned about writing, so I can step my game up and improve. Also, I got some downright hateful comments made about me, some really bad and terrible stuff. If this has never happened to you, maybe you don't know what it feels like, and I've got some advice on how to deal with it. I also did some detailed reading and analysis of the kinds of comments I got, and there was some fascinating results that I'll share.
So, first and foremost, I made a mistake - If you're writing to help someone, it can be pretty presumptuous to do it without touching base and clearing it with them first. I made that error for a few reasons - first, two of my best posts have come from the same format, and both achieved their desired objective. ("How do I write so much, you ask?" and "I think greatness is something you do, not something you are" both publicly called people I like out - and both times it worked) - so that's the first thing, I'd had a good track record with this, however those were people I'd been touching base with already.
Second, as a general principal I believe in working really quickly. I analogize it to "fighting out of formation" - quick, lightly edited writing is always worse than well-edited best practices. But, the more you do of it, the better you get at it. And by producing anything really quickly, you get better faster. If someone produces 10 times as much content, how long until their lightly edited work is superior to the other person's highly polished work? This isn't a rhetorical question - check out "Quantity Always Trumps Quality" on codinghorror.com sometime. If you produce quickly and of lower quality at first, you can iterate and improve, and eventually your quick production work is better than the obsessively refined person's work who isn't getting as much done (and thus not learning the lessons). Pablo Picasso talked about this quite a bit, if you're particularly interested on the topic.
The downside, of course, is that you make mistakes. And I did - I should've touched base before writing that post, or had it vetted, or at least, spent more time editing it to be clear, concise, and unambiguous, and even more polite. Mea culpa - my mistake! It's okay for me to work quickly and bring errors upon myself because of it, but I need to be more careful when involving others.
Then, why is that post still up? This is what I wrote as the episode was winding down, it was well-received by the community -