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I'm one of those single-digits approval rating people. Posting for me is like flying a kite: I let them sail and sometimes they immediately crash, some fly up so high the string breaks and they just drift away. Some are like a beacon around which people rally.

Sometimes I'm serious, sometimes I'm joking, I have about 5 styles to pick from and I never even know which one is gonna assert. Literary multiple personality disorder? But this and a couple other sites have taught me how to actually write to persuade, write to lampoon, write to be understood. Because I do in fact look upon these boards as somewhat of a playground, a perfect place to be experimental. And as a writer I spent much of my early life just trying to get friends and relatives to just READ WHAT I WRITE AND TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT IT. Around here we get about 200 critics at any given moment. Think about it. There ain't a college or a writing instructor in this world that can give you that.

Plus if you have a wry sense of humour, getting shredded around here can be as entertaining an experience as I ever had. I'd compare it to getting an Emmy or something but not only has that never happened to me, it never will. The response to my Alex Jones post was so far beyond recognition, forget about it, that was MIND CONTROL IN ACTION. Sorry guys but I gotta take a bow on that one. Totally experimental. I actually start out telling you I'm going to manipulate you, then I blatantly manipulate you, then I tell you I just did and basically allow you to laugh or suck bitter pickled eggs. Your choice. Served up hot or cold every day.

Check the rank and the comments. And it's accompanying factoid: at least for present I'M FREE TO POST STUFF LIKE THAT. I'm even free to publish what I think of as "proto posts" where I don't really have my thoughts in order, I throw words against this wall like a plate of spaghetti noodles and just see what sticks. Often community input (read scorn and derision) allows me to repurpose the same post for for later. Where I learned perhaps the single greatest lesson as a writer in this movement. I don't mind sharing it back, you people taught me this:

IN THIS MOVEMENT, TIMING IS EVERYTHING. What is a lauded post or great idea today can come and go totally un-noticed the next day.

Where else in the world do you get to make mistakes like this? This isn't a consequence free environment so much as a supportive one. Around here, persistence can pay. If at first you don't succeed, jump up on that horse that threw you, beat it dead and then see of you can lead it to water and make it drink (see that? experimental mixed-metaphor).

SMUDGE POT REGRETS HE HAS BUT ONE REPUTATION TO GIVE IN SERVICE OF HIS NATION. Losing it here has such a low cost and such high potential rewards.

There is nothing strange about having a bar of soap in your right pocket, it's just what's happening.