I have found my calling

Why Crazy People Make Better Bloggers

“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently …”
— Steve Jobs

Crazy people make better bloggers.

Heather Armstrong parlayed postpartum depression and a stint in a mental institution into a cash cow blog.

Penelope Trunk grew her blog to over 750,000 page views last month as someone willing to write about stabbing herself in the head, smashing herself in the head with a lamp, and having a miscarriage during a board meeting while dispensing career advice.

James Altucher shares with his blog readers a history of suicidal ideation, depression, and going broke with a manic frenzy that inspires others to buy his books.

In the Forever Recession, we are all entrepreneurs, and everybody knows the best entrepreneurs are crazy.

1. We’ll say what you won’t.

I started blogging in 2002. Over the years, as a blogger and journalist, I’ve written about developing PTSD, the time I wanted to kill myself, and why I loved writing about the adult movie industry. After I got downsized, anyone who Googled me about a job I had applied for could find these stories online. This probably didn’t help my chances of getting a job. It’s probably part of what led me to conclude I’m unemployable.

But that I had been working and living outside of the box for so long — bending the rules or refusing to admit they existed — is what helped me go from unemployed to self-employed in a matter of months.

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2. We speak the truth.

Crazy people are constantly in conflict: with themselves, with the world, with the voices in their heads. Want to know why no one reads your blog? You’re boring. You’re not in conflict, or you have no ability to articulate your conflict, or, more likely, you’re unwilling to share your conflict. That makes you boring and cowardly. A blog isn’t something you write when you feel like it. It’s the digital representation of who you really are. No one wants to read a blog by a boring coward. Because no one wants to be a boring coward.

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3. We’re more entertaining.

Armstrong danced on her roof for free shingles. Trunk wrote about what it’s like to have sex with someone who has Asperger’s. Altucher threatened to drive a rental car off a cliff.

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People like to say the internet makes us stupider. It doesn’t. It makes us all writers. What people chronically fail to understand is that writing is entertainment. We are 21st century entertainers, endlessly tap dancing for an audience we can neither see nor touch, all in hopes of getting something that used to sound like applause.

Only crazy people are willing to play this game, to keep dancing, praying for a fleeting moment they will be seen as they truly are, warped minds and all.


I’m not really insane. That’s just a dirty rumor started by my court-appointed psychiatrist.


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24 Responses to I have found my calling

  1. WMCB says:

    You are crazy, sweetheart, but you are not insane. These fuckers are insane – from a commenter on Legal Insurrection:

    IT started in Toledo today, nurtured by two professors from BGSU who have strong ties to Obama. Personally I think all these people are going to be hurting themselves with all the stories of public pooping and sex, drug use, etc. Discover the Networks has extensive research on the origins of this mess under OWS. I had done some research on AdBusters too.

    From the OccupyToledo website:

    Q: I hear that Adbusters organized Occupy Wall Street? Or Anonymous? Or US Day of Rage? Just who put this together anyway? A: All of the above, and more. Adbusters made the initial call in mid-July, and also produced a very sexy poster with a ballerina posed atop the Charging Bull statue and riot police in the background. US Day of Rage, the mainly internet-based creation of IT strategist Alexa O’Brien, got involved too and did a lot of the early legwork and tweeting. Anonymous—in its various and multiform visages—joined in late August. On the ground in New York, though, most of the planning was done by people involved in the NYC General Assembly, a collection of activists, artists and students first convened by folks who had been involved in New Yorkers Against Budget Cuts. That coalition of students and union workers had just finished a three-week occupation near City Hall called Bloombergville protesting the mayor’s plans for budget cuts and layoffs. They had learned from the experience and were itching to do it again, this time with the hope of having a bigger impact. But no one person or group is running the Wall Street occupation entirely. ”

    So who are adbusters and what are their goals? They simply want to wreck the economy and this country. I got this from activistcash.com

    “We will wreck this world,” Kalle Lasn declares in his book Culture Jam: How to Reverse America’s Suicidal Consumer Binge — and Why We Must. That, quite simply, is the goal of the Vancouver-based organization he founded and runs. A self-described group of “anarchists” and “neo-Luddites,” Adbusters are not merely environmentalists, animal-rights activists, anti-technology activists, or neo-Prohibitionists. They are all these things and more.
    They are “united in hate. “

    • yttik says:

      You want to see me go insane, it’s when well off people who don’t depend on capitalism for their survival, start trying to destroy the whole damned system that the rest of us depend on. Ben and Jerry’s for instance, gee, now that you’ve got a few hundred million dollars from selling your business to a corporation, you’d like to jump in and support the anti-capitalism, anti-corporation Occupy movement? Well isn’t that sweet. Assholes! It must be nice to be so comfortable that you have no vested interest in capitalism at all and are free to spend all your time trying to dismantle a system that the rest of us are forced to depend on.

      • Karma says:

        And those types only want to dismantle it enough in order to install themselves. It’s raging at the system because the money train isn’t stopping on their front door.

        • WMCB says:

          Like I always say, the children always imagine themselves as the ones who’ll be sitting on the Politburo, making a better world…..

          No, you naive child, you won’t. It’s always the Ayers and Soroses of the world who end up there – the ones with rich daddies and connections. Mr. Sincere march-to-tear-down-capitalism will go dig potatoes after being thanked for his contribution the great cause. Served his purpose.

          Morons.

        • Karma says:

          Oops…wrong place….should be under WMCB.

          Didn’t think Ben and Jerry were trying to install themselves in the govt funding structure….lol

      • Dario says:

        ytik, I’d like you to consider that the biggest anti-capitalists are the big corporations. To function properly, capitalism must have a well informed consumer, competition, and even playing field of regulations and taxation. None of those exists right now because corporations have made sure that through their purchase of the politicians, competition is stifled, the consumer is left in the dark about what goes into the products and how safe they are, and finally certain companies are given subsidies, while taxation has different rates.

        The current capitalists are not for capitalism.

  2. imustprotest says:

  3. HELENK says:

    you may be crazy but you do inform and information is a wonderful thing, pass it on

  4. DeniseVB says:

    Here’s to you Mr. Crazypants 😀

  5. WMCB says:

    This is the third video I’ve seen of an OWS protestor ranting about the Joooooooooooos.

    • angienc says:

      And he’s calling Wall Street the Nazis? Dude, look in the mirror, that little rant could have come right out of Mein Kampf for fuck’s sake.

      Oh, and also go to a dentist before you start trying to tell other people what to do.

  6. WMCB says:

    Hmmmm…..

    A reporter on FOX is saying that among the “additional subpoenas” that Issa said are going out this week are ones asking for records of all correspondence between DOJ and the Whitehouse.

  7. WMCB says:

    Oh, and myiq, you are a bad bad man. I stayed up til 3 am last night watching the first two episodes of Breaking Bad on my computer.

    I’m about to watch Episode three. Your fault.

  8. Three Wickets says:

    ‘Millionaire’ home visits add to Wall Street protests

    The coalition of labor, community and advocacy groups that organized last week’s 15,000-person march to support the protest in lower Manhattan is planning a “Millionaires March” for Tuesday afternoon that will visit homes of some of the city’s wealthiest residents. JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, billionaire businessman David Koch, financier Howard Milstein, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch and hedge fund maven John Paulson are all expected to receive visits at their homes.

    The march, put together by the Working Families Party, New York Communities for Change, Strong Economy for All and United NY, will call for an extension of the state millionaire’s tax, which is set to expire at the end of the year. The march kicks off from 59th Street and Fifth Avenue and is expected to draw protesters from the three-and-a-half week old Wall Street protest out of their encampment in lower Manhattan to the tony Upper East Side.

    Cameras will definitely be rolling for this.

    • WMCB says:

      LMAO! Hooooo boy, if this doesn’t make the case that this is all about ginning up some outrageous outrage simply to help Obama, nothing does.

      Let’s see, we got:

      1) The evil ZOMG KOCH bros (who had jack-all to do with the crash or the housing shenanigans)
      2) Howard Milstein – fairly low profile republican
      3) Rupert Murdoch who owns eviiiiil FOX! (who also has jack-all to do with the 2008 crash or the WS bailouts)
      4) John Paulson, R-donating hedge fund manager. Probably as dirty as any, but not a major factor in all this.
      3) Jamie Dimon of JP Morgan – that one is legit.

      So we have us some evil evil rich Republicans, and one banker weenie boy. Ya know who is not on their list of rich guys to go harass?

      1) Where the fuck is LLoyd Blankfein on this list? He lives right there on Park avenue, all handy-like. You know, CEO of Goldmann Sachs, up to their eyeballs in every dirty deed that has gone down on Wall Street? The Kings of Mortgage backed securities, and high-frequency trading market manipulators extraordinaire? The ones whom Obama’s administration is just filthy with?

      Nah, they ain’t touching Goldman with a ten foot pole, are they?

      2) Vikram Pandit – CEO of Citigroup. Got LOADS of taxpayer money. He lives right there in Noo Yawk city as well. Hugely involved in the mortgage shenanigans and bailouts. Are the very sincere and concerned protestors going to his house? Nope. He’s a frind of Obama, you see.

      3) John Stumpf – CEO of Wells Fargo, also knee deep in the mortgage crisis, big bailout and bonus recipient. Not going to his house, are they? Nah – he’s also tight with Obama.

      I could go on. And on. This is the biggest fucking Kabuki I’ve ever seen. Good luck to those stupid enough to be falling for it.

      • Three Wickets says:

        Yup, looks like they are cherry picking the Repubs. Not sure Jamie Dimon is a Republican, think he swings both ways. He has been making the biggest noise about Dodd-Frank lately. This hit list could have been made up by the White House, or OFA or DNC. Also not on list Richard Parsons, Chair at Citi and former Chair at Time Warner when CNN was cheerleading for Obama in 08.

        • WMCB says:

          I brought it upstairs to the new thread. Who they are targeting and who they are carefully NOT targeting tells me a lot.

        • angienc says:

          Well duh, Parsons, Pandit & Stumpf aren’t on the list — they ain’t JOOOOOOS.

          Blankfein gets a pass, obviously, only because he’s with Goldman Sachs.

  9. Three Wickets says:

  10. Three Wickets says:

    This is developing. PROPOSED LIST OF DEMANDS

    We should make the demands below very publicly at a press conference a few days after arriving in DC. When doing so, we should give a clear deadline of 3 days for a firm written commitment with signatures from at least 60% of members of House and 60% of the members of the Senate to pass these bills by the end of the year. If this commitment on the full slate of demands is not met by midnight on the 3rd day (which it won’t be) we should be prepared to non-violently block access to all or part of the Capitol complex the next morning by traditional proven non-violent tactics. The purpose is to bring the leaders of the House and Senate to the negotiating table.

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