So, I've been doing this blog consistently every week now for about.... (I was gonna make something up, but let me go actually look) WHOA, 41 weeks! That's 41 Motivational Monday blogs! Does anyone remember in school, in English class when we had to write essays? Essays were a huge thing, and usually took quite a bit of time to write. Also, you had to stay on topic, keep the structure, and be grammatically correct. I hated it! But now, check me out, I'm doing it every single week on my own free will! My how the tables have turned. I only have 11 more weeks until it's been an entire year. I've got to think of something special to do. Anywho, the point is, how the heck do I decide what to write each and every week?? Well let me tell you people, sometimes it does not come easy. Sometimes during the week, something blog worthy will happen to me, other times, something in current events will compel me to give my 2 cents. Other times, I just wake up on Monday and surf the internet for a while for some inspiration. I don't really receive TOO many suggestions, so yes they are all from my random brain most of the time. Today, there are quite a few things on my mind, but I suppose I should narrow it down?
One thing that does seem to separate this blog from seemingly popular ones, is my lack of advertisement. Now don't get me wrong, I tried the whole advertisement thing back in my youtube prime. I did make a few hundred dollars from doing that actually. It was pretty darn sweet gettin checks from Google! The thing was, they were very strict about the content of my videos. I do not like being limited! So that's when I stopped advertising, and started being poor again. When I really stop and think about it, there are advertisements literally every freakin' where I look! From the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep, someone is trying to sell me something!
I have talked about this before, I'm certain, but I can't help but reminisce to the good ole' days of Facebook. The days with only one simple profile picture, only college students, but most importantly, no ads! It was completely ad free! It was simply there for everyone to enjoy. Not some secret underlying, subliminal marketing ploy to get us to spend our hard earned, post tax income on something we probably don't even need. Terrible! Even the unsuspecting Instagram (and my new favorite Snapchat) have recently joined the ranks in promoting ads! Almost every website I go to, be it corporate or personal, there are ads. Every time I go outside, subway ads, billboards, and posters are plastered all over town. I was even at the beach the other day...a secluded freakin' beach with a nude old man walking to and fro, getting his fishing on... and there was a small plane flying by with a banner "Save money with Geico" -___-
Generally speaking, people tend to not even like commercials on television. It's always annoying when they come on, right? They have always been annoying. It's usually the time where we all take our bathroom breaks and go refill our snacks. But in this tech infested age, there is simply no escaping. I'm not even sure exactly how they do this, but ads have also gotten more personal and targeted based on internet searches I'm assuming? Nowadays, if I were to open just any old random website, an add would pop up for let's say, nail polish...yall don't know me! Yes I want that beautiful matte red color, but get out of my face, my income is below the poverty line!
Today, our minds are subconsciously being molded into desiring certain things the upper level management of society seems appropriate for us to desire. Our "wants" and "needs" are bing sold to the highest bidder. All of the distractions of this world are very hard to break away from when they are everywhere. Especially if we think the distractions are a necessary part of life. Iphones man! Everybody seems to have one. Why do you think that is? That advertising is everywhere! It was embedded into our brains, and now they are everywhere, and we have been conditioned to think that we actually NEED them. I remember when I didn't even want one when they first came out. I actually thought they were kinda stupid. I also didn't wanna be a clone. But what do you think I'm using for all of my cellular needs these days? You got it dude.
Sometimes I just need to take a step back from everything to figure out what it really is that I truly want and need without rich corporate conglomerate influences. That is why no matter how much I know I could get from advertising on my site or videos, I just don't want to do that to people in such a blatant unsolicited manner. If I actually DO experience something that I believe needs to be shared, I will do so in an extensive and hopefully articulate way through my writing. Which you can read or not read at your own free will (because hey, nobody is paying me insane amounts of money to fabricate anything). It is very hard to protect something that you may not even know needs protection, but our subconscious mind is very vulnerable! It's also hard to ignore things that are always right in your face, but I find taking breaks from internet, tv, and cell phones DO have major advantages to overall sanity. Every once in a while, ya know?
p.s. There is an awesome movie called "Idiocracy" which depicts a terribly idiotic future American society FULL of advertisements. They even have a Carls Jr. logo on the American flag! That movie really makes you think about how advertisements affect us.
p.p.s. Maybe that's why modeling was never really for me. I didn't quite feel right about being a human billboard for clothing companies (where the real money is). I was always into the more creative shoots (where the non money is).
p.p.p.s. I do sadly admit that it would in fact be pretty cool to get super instagram famous, and then all the nail polish companies would send me free nail polish to advertise their colors for them....I love nail polish!