I’ve been reflective lately.
Yeah, you say, what else is new?
Hear me out.
Ten months ago, I grudgingly returned to social media. I’m not proud. I definitely did it to sell books, but something else happened. I made some new friends. That was pretty cool. And yeah, I did sell some books, which was also pretty cool.
But I still saw a lot of the ugly things that drove me away in the first place. Hypocrisy, petty arguments, dismissive comments, and manufactured outrage.
Then I got tired, frustrated and depressed.
Back in June, I restarted The Mangum Show podcast. Recorded a ton of content. Paid for a logo. The works.
Unfortunately, I ran into some technology roadblocks. Skype recordings are inconsistent in terms of quality. I can’t seem to figure out editing in Audacity. Then my MP3 converter just decided to stop working.
I got tired, frustrated and depressed.
Marketing yourself, man. I’ve done a lot of it this year. Even paid for some ads, which produced mixed results.
Through these last ten months, I’ve learned a lot.
I’ve learned videos get the most attention on this site. As a result, you should expect more videos.
I’ve learned social media is STILL toxic for me. I won’t be deleting my accounts again, but I do plan on cutting back my time on there significantly.
I’m working full-time again, so time is more precious than ever. I want to spend it on things that are worthwhile.
Videos that bring more visitors to this site. Patreon-exclusive content. The Mangum Show will continue, too, albeit in a different format. Plus, writing, writing and more writing.
This is probably not a particularly organized blog entry, so much as it’s me thinking aloud. If you’re still here, thanks for indulging me.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering: this October, I’m reading lots of Richard Laymon and Bryan Smith instead of watching the same movies over and over again.
A Penny For Your Thoughts by Robert Ford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This collaboration between Ford and Hayward is a spooky Twilight Zone worthy tale gleefully infused with a heavy dose of dark humor. I fell in love from the first line and finished the book happy. The authors perfectly captured the nuances of a father-son relationship, laid the atmosphere on thick, and crafted some truly memorable scenes.
I will try to be better about putting my reviews here on my blog from now on. In the meantime you can View all my reviews on Goodreads.