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What Should I Do With the Blog?

So I’ve got a problem.  I used to spend a lot of time on the blog and recently, because all of my free time has gone to YouTube, I’ve dropped off to a couple of posts per week and mostly, I fight to find things to say here outside of Horror Show Sunday because, as I said, all of my energy has been going to YouTube.  But that’s not how I intended it, in fact, my original intention was to have  the blog be my primary source of communication and everything else was supposed to send people here.

Yeah, that’s not how it worked out unfortunately.

But I’ve been feeling like the blog has been left behind and that’s not what I want either.  It really feels like it’s going nowhere and even though it gets some traffic, which I can’t imagine why because I never advertise it, everything here is outdated and I don’t like the look so my question for you, the reader, is what do you want to see here?

I’d really like to tie it in with YouTube more, I had the idea of, maybe once or twice a week depending on the content, of giving expanded looks at some of the videos I do there.  A lot of the time, I don’t want to bore the viewers so I give shorter answers than I might otherwise give and maybe, if people are interested, I might want to expand on things here.  So let me know if that’s something you’re interested in seeing.

Some things here are going away.  I lost track of the Bitchspot on YouTube page forever ago and that’s just going to get deleted.  There’s no way I could keep up on it.  I feel the same way about Religious Horror Show, but I really wanted there to be a place where people could go to see all of that but as you can see, I’m way out of date on it and I don’t feel like I’ll ever get it caught up, so I’d like suggestions of what I should do to showcase all of the horrors of religion.

Then there are the visuals, which right now suck.  I’ve been out of the WordPress game for so long now that I don’t even know what I can do, much less what I should do.  Because I no longer use Facebook or Twitter, and I really want to completely delete those accounts, that will be the end of what little advertising I do around here.  I really would love to find a plug-in that lets me auto-post to Gab or Minds, or Patreon or MakerSupport for that matter, but I haven’t found anything that will work.  I did get a plug-in that will let individuals post their comments to a lot of those social media sites that I will implement, but I really need an automated solution for promotion here.  I just don’t have the time to manually repost all of my articles to Minds and Gab and Patreon and MakerSupport.  I wind up doing it in massive batches a couple of times a month and that’s just not what I want.  Any suggestions?

And the theme I’ve got right now is crap, I’m sorry to say.  I haven’t had a chance to go looking for something new yet, maybe this weekend, but it feels totally outdated and dull.  Ideas for that are also welcomed.

Really, I want to make all of my online activism, if it can be called that, cohesive.  Maybe I can get YouTube videos to automatically post here?  I’ll have to look into it.  This used to be my one-stop shop for everything I did online, now it feels like it’s gotten lost in the weeds and I hate that.  So again, let me know what you’d like to see, you come here after all, you have to have some suggestions.

Thanks for your time and help.

Slowing Down… Maybe

Not too long ago, Jack, over on Atheist Revolution, wrote a post about slowing down his blog output.  He’s running out of steam and frankly, so am I.  I’ve been doing this blog for more than 10 years and during that time, I have posted, between here and my other blog, every single day during the week.

Frankly, I don’t know that I want to do that anymore.

It isn’t that I don’t want to, I enjoy writing, but I’ll be really honest, I’ve run out of things to write about.  What was once simple to do, writing dozens and dozens of posts, being months ahead of schedule, today is nothing but a struggle.  I fight to find things to say and I keep feeling like I’ve said it all and am just repeating myself.  Therefore, I feel I have to make a change.

That doesn’t mean the blog is going away.  I am still going to write, it just might not be as often.  I am going to write what I want to write, not just because I feel I have to fill a schedule.  That means I might write 4x a week, I might write once, or anything in between.  As I find something that I want to say, I’ll say it, but I won’t say something because that’s the schedule I’ve set for myself.

If there’s anything that you want my take on, by all means let me know.  Half the time, I have no clue what to say.  Help me out here.  Ask me questions.  Give me suggestions.  Provide some inspiration. I have no problems pounding on the keyboard if I feel that it’s worthwhile.  I just don’t know what my readers find worthwhile anymore and since most people don’t tell me, it’s been a struggle.  Struggling isn’t a lot of fun.

The Craziness of the Calendar

 

Calendar

I’ve said before that I write prolifically and that my blogs, both of them, are scheduled out to an absurd degree.  In fact, I often don’t even remember writing many of the posts that come up during the week, I have to go back and re-read them because it’s been literally months since I last thought about it.

 

Therefore, I thought I’d post a picture of my calendar.  I had to get a 3-month calendar just so I can keep track of how much gets written and when I have to schedule my next post.  I know it’s not the clearest picture, but if you strain, you can see that there are two marks, a pink one and a blue one.  Pink marks indicate a post scheduled here.  Blue marks indicate a post scheduled over on my Cephus’ Corner Blog.  Keep in mind, these are only posts that are actually completely written and scheduled, not just planned..

 

As of this writing on March 15, 2014, I have scheduled regular posts out to May 9 here on the Bitchspot Blog. That’s a minimum of 4 posts per week, most weeks have more and as time goes on, I will fill in a lot of those “empty” days.  The Religious Horror Show posts are another matter entirely.  I decided, as I said on the Bitchspot Report Podcast, to do a “Religious Horror Show Week” in June and the number of stories that are actually written at the moment goes up into mid-September.  The number of stories just waiting to be written goes out into late January.  There are far too many religious horrors to be believed.

 

Yeah, it’s insane.

Poor Abused Ex-Cardinal Mahony

Roger_MahonyIsn’t it horrible that people are picking on former Los Angeles Archdiocese Cardinal Roger Mahony?  I mean, why should anyone ever criticize him, just because we now have proof that he was personally responsible for moving around pedophile priests and protecting molesters over innocent children?  That shouldn’t make anyone upset with him, should it?

Well, Mahony doesn’t think so!  In fact, he has a blog where he talks about how hard it is to be him constantly.  And those innocent kids whose lives he made much, much more difficult?  Yeah, he doesn’t talk about them so much.

Pal, you ought to be damn happy that nobody has lynched your pedophile-protecting ass yet or had the father of some abused child put a bullet in the back of your skull.  Normally I don’t advocate violence and seriously, I’m not doing it in this case even though he deserves it, I just don’t want the clueless Catholics holding him up a some kind of martyr to the cause.  Let’s be honest, if someone did take Mahony out, or any of the many, many priests he’s purposely and knowingly hidden, there would be outrage, but it wouldn’t be from the side that is happy these child-molesting parasites are gone, it would be from the Catholic faithful who suddenly have an example of the hate people have toward Catholicism so they can all whine “poor us!”  The Jews have been doing it for decades, does anyone doubt that the Catholics wouldn’t do the same thing given half a chance?

And before anyone starts thinking that Mahony is just another whiny has-been, his involvement with Catholic sex abuse is hardly over.  In fact, just this last week he was called in a deposition on the Father Nicholas Aguilar Rivera case.  Rivera was being investigated on sexual abuse charges when he fled the country and is now believed hiding in Mexico.  Mahony had to answer questions regarding his handling of the matter internally and whether or not he had any responsibility for informing Rivera that the cops were coming for him..  While no one has been able to reach him regarding that deposition, he did write on his blog that he has been dealing with “this terrible sinfulness which has overwhelmed all of us in the Church.”  All of “us”?  How many of “us” were personally responsible for shuffling around child molesters knowingly?  He goes on to say that he’s “being scapegoated”.  Like hell he is, we have the proof that he’s guilty as sin and did it all with full knowledge that his actions would put demonstrated pedophiles in contact with innocent children.

Being scapegoated my ass, you sick old fuck.  I only wish there was a hell that you could rot in for eternity.

 

 

I Could Use Some Input

johnny5-need-inputAs anyone who reads the blog regularly knows, I write about a wide variety of subject matter here, from atheism and religion to movie and TV reviews and I think that a lot of the non-atheism-related posts go largely unappreciated.  You know me, I don’t really care about readership, but as I was talking to someone on Twitter earlier, my TV Thursday posts, for example, hardly get any hits, they virtually never get any comments, and while I like doing them and want to continue, it’s become pretty clear that Bitchspot may not be the venue for them.

So I’ve been kicking around the idea of spinning off a new blog that only focuses on the more geeky subject matter so that this blog can just be about atheism and religion and closely related subjects.  It’s not like I don’t have a ton of posts available to fill in the gaps here.  I have no idea if anyone else does this, but I am scheduled out an absurd distance at all times.  As I write this, I already have posts scheduled 5 days in advance and it could be more except some things, like TV Thursday, require writing almost up to the deadline.  I also have other complete or near-complete drafts that I could schedule, currently I have 35 drafts in my queue, over and above what’s already scheduled, and I tend to add 3-4 new post ideas every day.  I’m not going to be hurting for posts, I tend to write so damn fast that it honestly bugs me to have so many things sitting in the queue for so long.

Now we come to my questions.  Does anyone actually read or care about the non-atheism material?  I know there’s an audience out there, probably even a bigger audience than for my atheism material, for TV and movie reviews, books, comics, collecting, games and the like, I just feel like I’m boring people with it where it is and probably driving away any legitimate audience with all the anti-religious stuff.  It’s two separate interests that really don’t go that well together.

I’ve been trying to expand my reach a little, people are aware that I rejoined Twitter a while back and have now added a Tumblr account, both of these really function in a lot of ways as a means to keep the blog interesting, Twitter lets me post short comments, etc. that really don’t qualify for full blog posts and Tumblr is a means to post pictures and videos that, again, aren’t interesting enough to make into a real post.

Therefore, I beg of people, please give me some input, tell me what you think I ought to do.  Keep it here or move it elsewhere?  My inquiring mind desperately wants to know.