Whether it’s 10 Things Not to Ask an Asian , 10 Reasons People Hate Me, Why My Blog is No Different From Yours or Why My Blog IS Different From Yours, it’s easy to see why readers keep coming back for more. As a new blogger, it was all the blogging articles that drew me in– from there I’ve been hooked. It’s fair to say I’ve spent a LOT of time reading articles on HarshReality the past few weeks…I think I’m becoming addicted to unfiltered, unfettered honesty. Welcome to our latest interview in our Interviews series…
Jason Cushman has had quite the journey– literally. From Pusan, South Korea to Jackson, Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee and now residing in Colorado (at least at the moment) with his wife and two young daughters, I was grateful that the blogger many of us know simply as Opinionated Man (“OM”) took the time to participate in this brief interview last week. You have only to subscribe to one of his blogs to quickly realize he probably doesn’t have a ton of spare time on his hands. He’s a very active blogger.
Exhibiting the direct approach he’s become know for in the blogging arena, Jason makes no bones about the fact that he appreciates “conviction and passion” in people and dislikes people who “throw facts around without basis”. I can identify with both of those sentiments. While there is much more I could take the time to share here, the great news is that Jason has already done so. Take a look at the Author Bio page of HarshReality when you get a chance.
His blogging goal was “1 MILLION views and 50,000 followers” and as I’m writing this post, he is just a few days away from making both become a reality. Now…on to a few insights from Opinionated Man.
Why blog–what motivated you to start initially?
I was motivated to start my blog because my mother is a writer and also a blogger. She helps inspired me to make one and to give it a try. I’ve always written in journals so it was a small step to make.
You give a lot of tips on your site about blogging and growing an audience, if you were choose, what one thing do you feel has contributed the most towards growing your base of followers?
Creating a physical persona behind my blog that people interact with and feel is always there. That is hard to create.
You’ve had a lot of blogging success, what characteristics/attributes do you admire in other blogs that you follow?
Well I don’t believe I’ve had a lot of blogging success. Everything I have on my blog I built and I wasn’t given anything like being “Freshly Pressed.” I gain motivation from other bloggers just as they gain it from me.
You’ve been invited to give the keynote speech at a new bloggers convention. What’s the topic of your speech?
Getting over fear and pressing forward. Fear is what keeps many from adding their voice.
Given the nature of Brews & Views, we have to ask this one final question. How do you take your coffee?
One splash of real creamer and three sugars.
On behalf of all new bloggers out there, I’d once again like to thank Jason for taking the time to share with us. From starting in January 2013 to now being at nearly 50,000 followers…wow. That’s all I can say, although once you’ve visited his blog, it’s quite easy to see why.
Now…enough fluff…I gotta’ get back over to HarshReality. I’m starting to have “give-it-to-me-straight-no-beating-around-the-bush” withdrawals…I think I still have a couple hundred articles to get through.
See you next time.