Psychology


4
Apparently, you can use the like button too frequently. Strange. I wasn’t aware there was a cap. I understand that cuts down on spam, but as another blogger said, I go through spurts of both reading and interacting…which I guess some might deem as “spamming.” Anyway, maybe “objectively” I clicked the button too quickly and repeatedly, but I’m still a person. Worthy of respect and having his “like” button back. Admittedly, I might have gotten a little crazy with it, but unless you set a clear limit on something, I’m probably going to exceed it. It’s what it means to […]

All of a sudden, his life changed…


He was a man against time Fiddling with hands that weren’t his Now the clock says “all hands of board” So the ship points to waters twinkling like crystals But the crystals weren’t of the highest quality The ship sails counter-clockwise Then clockwise A historic clock seemed ready to burst To spill its guts Just wait for that last fat gear It’s of excellent craftsmanship Simply beyond reproach  

Donald Trump, A Man Against Time


Does your blog lack focus? Does it matter?¬† I guess it makes sense that a blog should center on one topic or theme. That way, you at least can count on that blog to kick out the kind of content that you’re looking for. Writers find their niche, and those interested in the topic will find their content. This seems fairly simple. But what if you are interested in a variety of topics and wish to write about all of them while garnering a respectable audience? Why just the other day I was talking about being indecisive about writing about […]

Blogs That Focus on a Single Topic



Seems fairly simple. To engage the reader you must be authentic. But the challenge to gain a robust following extends beyond this. You also have to be original. However, my theory is that originality is a positive side-effect of authenticity. How Authenticity Fosters Originality “Sometimes you just gotta be you” Everyone is familiar with the old saying. What actually happens when one strives for authenticity? If you spend a significant amount of time cultivating a public image to the exclusion of personality traits that are unique, then “being you” is that image. So, the quest for authenticity is an organic […]

Engaging the Reader and Authenticity


Another spy fell through a cloud Wondering where her next meal would come from And if the moon and stars would break her fall Apparently not So many murmurs to follow As if they were diseases to be hunted down Their rise to power etched in the foreheads Of the well-off But they wouldn’t admit it Too much at stake An oil baron was chugging coffee at the local cafe He did so with apparent abandon Unaware of the pathogen racing through his veins This was real Something to be remembered She would warn him, then extract payment for a […]

An hour before nightfall


3
No longer a he, it wandered the world Observing the growth of shrubs in precarious sequence So many things narrowly avoided death 3% was a glorious dimension where anything could happen It didn’t want to say anything To alert them to hidden patterns and possibilities Talking was a thing of the past Communication too The sand turned into miniature golden tornadoes But that wasn’t enough Everything persisted and became stale It decided to take matters into its own hands To dive into the sea Rusting like a fucking bucket Schools of fish ignored him Sharks sniffed cautiously before turning skittish […]

Patterns of the Sand and the Sea



Another morning Facing the glitz of a vibrant city So many routes to choose from Involving humans Or their favorite mutated canines She coveted that sweet skyline A futuristic vein running through it That would convey her at a languid pace To a pimple about to burst with academics But it was too soon to talk about them Yeah A little too soon Why not enjoy the timeless balconies And the pink rays of a fledgling sun as they bounced Off reflective surfaces From above The canines seemed like shepherds As it should be via Daily Prompt: Abstract

Abstract



2
Don’t look now It’s that word again “Nuance” Creeping up on rigid pillars Weaving its way through Dark suburban bedrooms And majestic kempt lawns Stealing the thinking man’s hardhat It needs to be expunged Because categories are so delightful Who is nuance, a word among many To challenge that? Complexity is just trying to be sneaky Corrupting the natural order of 100 years ago And buildings were demigods Words from the academy sacrosanct The grey-haired shamans from a simpler time Reveled in anarchy The economy was also good Because it would bend to your mind A seething complex thing that […]

Simple good




He could see them through the door Sitting and laughing Not even anticipating him But he was anticipating them With a nervous light A palpable energy The teacher threw her head back, laughing with the rest of them He tried to conjure images of a more pleasant occasion Kicking a football off a water tower at night Hearing his friends laugh and watching as the bright beams From flashlights bounced around with aplomb Then the nervous energy invaded the sweet night in question A brilliant, nausea inducing sphere radiated blinding white The night was over His friends scattered The football […]

It was settled, then




Majesty was leading the way Ignoring the ever-fracturing green emerald above Capping their ambitions, making them seem small and pointless But Majesty only had one To get to a safe spot To ride out that profusion of color It was becoming more fidgety With each second the storm developed The tail would be birthed A freak that the rest of nature hated Majesty knew that tail would be malicious Its origins were too quick to ponder Quickness and order were strange bedfellows The student tried to keep up with Majesty The canine was loosing all sense of loyalty Only that […]

A Tragic Ball of Fur


They swarm in and out Agents of Empire Brandishing imperial writs Given life under a distracting cloud They do as please Waiting for the next writ The red royal seal making their hearts Go aflutter One day the orders ceased No calming slips of paper To heal fresh cracks So they decided to write their own Until the lights came back on What fun they were having Trying to mimic the language That air of fractured authority Once done they gazed at their handiwork Everything looked great Ts were crossed, Is were dotted They pinned it to the wall Hoping […]

The lights will cease


It’s a common sentiment that journalists are concerned with inadvertently empowering the alt-right through specific types of media coverage. While journalists obviously already embed politics into their reporting, it’s worth considering more of an overt focus on the “political packaging” of articles. This seems like it advocates a deviation from the truth, but journalists might already be perpetuating a type of bias that is already self-harming. For instance, theguardian has noted that liberal groups fear normalizing the views of the White House administration. But a contrary view from the alt-right suggests that painting the administration as being perfectly aligned with […]

Journalists and reforming their “political packaging”




Even off-kilter psychologists have tools of authority at their disposal. Maybe they are slightly mad and revel in their errors, proclaiming them fact. They need only to quote other psychologists, or mimic their philosophies in other ways. Then all of a sudden these uninsightful eccentrics take on a whiff of legitimacy. That legitimacy might be tainted, but its authority isn’t noticeably diminished.

Insights & Perception