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Perseverance, Luck, and Inspiration

This post is in three parts, can you guess what they are called?


I started this blog almost two years ago with this post.  It was pretty amateur I’ll admit (not like it’s any better now), but it was a lot of fun and it felt good to put something out there.  It wouldn’t be long before my blog was discovered by the WordPress admins, and after my third post I was freshly pressed.  I was blown away by the overwhelming positive response I got.  I thought I was set.  I can quit my day job!  Boy was I wrong.

My remaining 17 posts all garnered the same positive comments but none came close to matching the popularity of that initial post, so I lost interest.  I thought, “if no one is reading it, what’s the point?  I have other things to spend my time on, like getting a decent job.”  Six months after my last post I found myself an unemployed “aspiring screenwriter” living in Los Angeles.  Life sucked.  I debated going back to waiting tables again.  I debated selling my body.  I debated asking my parents for money, but not necessarily in that order.

I decided to bite the bullet and start applying for full-time, career-oriented jobs.  I played to my strengths and applied to different writing positions.  Through my research I found that there were quite a few internet marketing firms based in LA, so I applied.  Surprisingly, after only about a week of applying, I heard back from one such company.  They called me in for an interview and in I went.


I arrived a solid ten minutes late to the interview, like any good creative person should, but apparently I was right on time because the person interviewing me was late as well.  After waiting for about five minutes I was ushered into a small office and the interview began.  It will be noted that normally I do quite well in interviews.  I have above average self-confidence and fair generally well under pressure (I’m a good BSer), but today I’ll admit I was quite nervous.

I managed to compose myself, and overall I thought everything was going pretty well.  I was still kind of wondering what got me the interview considering I didn’t really have any paid writing experience, internet or otherwise.  This question was soon answered though when she got to the topic of my blog.  At first I was surprised, but then I was worried because I started to remember all the ridiculous shit I post on this thing, especially this one.  And that would be the exact one she chose to discuss.

Not only did we discuss the blog post I wrote about how working a job sucks compared to being in college, but she actually liked it.  In fact, it was the very reason why I got this interview.  I would go on to get two more interviews because of it, and eventually select one of which I am currently employed.  Ain’t that some shit?


Which takes me to this post.  I have been working for a little over a month now.  My finances are starting to get back on track, and I am generally happy.  While I had originally quit this blog because I was frustrated with the response and didn’t think it was worth my time, it eventually paid off.  I’ve also learned that being creative isn’t about the reward; it’s about expressing yourself.  It’s about being an individual.  If you do that then eventually everything else will just fall into place.

Hence I have returned to blogging.  This time around I’m not hoping for any kind of monetary reward, but just hoping to make a few people laugh, make you think, or just make your day a bit better.  Happy reading!

I have also been inspired by the return of this brave woman.

Oh and yes, this means a new post is actually coming.  This time I promise.  I will have it up by the end of the week.  Here is a snippet:

“Finally, I locate the miracle eye juice.  I stumble to the cash register, fumble around for some money, and hand her some blurry-ass bills I can only hope are the right ones.  She does some cash register things and hands me back more bills, which I also assume to be the right ones.  I take the magic eyeball liquid, walk three steps out of the store, and squeeze that shit in my eye like a fire hose turned on a raging fire.”

eye juice


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New Post Ideas

UPDATE:  Thanks everyone for voting!  I made up my mind and found some motivation to start blogging again, so I will have a post coming out tomorrow.  Happy Holidays!

Okay, according to UPS shipping my graphics tablet is getting here tomorrow.  Yay!  This means I can finally finish my post!  Oh, such magnificent news.  The thing is, during this time I have actually written several posts that I just haven’t added illustrations too.

The Unknowledge Tree has not stopped dishing out knowledge my direction, instead it is I who have neglected to share.  So I will leave it up to you guys to determine which post I finish first.  Isn’t this exciting?  You get to decide your own entertainment!  Welcome to the future, it’s fucking great here.

Here are your choices:

How to Land Your Dream Job – A guide on taking the skills that you have acquired playing video games, reading zounds of pointless asinine shit (present shit excluded) on the internet, and I guess getting an education or something, and applying them to getting a job.

How to Get Into Shape – You are a fat ass, there’s no getting around that (or you), so this guide will help with that, probably, maybe, who knows.

Cats vs. Dogs – The ultimate pet show down.  Who’s cuter?  Whose poop is easier to clean up?  These are questions that have plagued society for longer than anyone would care to admit or care about.  The Unknowledge Tree has the answer.

Periodic Insomnia – Occasionally I have trouble falling asleep, something I like to call “Periodic Insomnia”.  This would be a variation from the norm, and has nothing to do with the U. Tree, but who knows, maybe we change it up, maybe I blog naked, maybe I blog with my eyes closed, or maybe not.

Let me know what you want in the comments!  Preferably sooner rather than later!  And if not enough  people respond I’m going to make a post about cock fighting and it’s going to take me 2343 years.  Nobody wants that.

UPDATE:  If nothing above interests you (scoff), feel free to suggest something else that you would like to know and I will consult the tree.

UPDATE UPDATE: Graphics tablet got delayed until tomorrow.  Right now Dream Job is leading 3-2 over Periodic Insomnia…one more day of voting!


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