The Kindness of Strangers

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Hi Redditors. I’m coming to visit you soon. Thank you for reading the posts.

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(OkCupid original post date: 5/29/12)

You know what I love about this world? The people in it. Yes. It’s time to stop reading this now if you’re a misanthrope. In the last 24 hours, I’ve been trying to make a website. Not a WordPress blog, an actual purchased domain thing. I’ve been getting quite a bit of traffic on my blog [almost 13,000 hits], and I have a few more months before grad school starts, so I figured it wouldn’t hurt to try and turn this into a kind of part-time job. I had no idea where to start. I googled a few things, bought a month of hosting time, then I was stuck. I used the ‘live chat’ function on the hosting website, then started chatting with “Noel D”. My style of chatting could be construed as “annoying” where I think of something then hit send. If you’ve read any of my writing, it’s very similar. Stream of consciousness type thing, like so:

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So anyway, Noel helps me for almost 2 fucking hours trying to set up the site and exporting stuff from my WordPress to the new site [which is still in the works]. If he’s irritated, he doesn’t let on. He makes sure I have no more questions before we end the chat. I had a lot of questions, but he was very professional and helpful. Thank you, Noel D.

Then today, I was dicking around more with this blog thing, trying to set it up. It was hard. I was getting frustrated. I posted here to see if anyone could help. OkCupider Etr tried, but I ultimately had the most success with TonsOfMoxie, who gave up a lot of his time to explain things to me, first through comments then on chat. Thank you, TonsOfMoxie.

Finally, there are the people who give me feedback on my writing, like BlayzinGloryredbanana, and others who have messaged me or commented in the journals. You know who you are. I’ve never considered myself a writer, so feedback is important to me. I appreciate all the comments, even the ones that are negative/stupid because it gives me a greater perspective of the different types of people there are out there in the world. Some think like me, some don’t. It’s mind-opening.

So that’s it. Virtual hugs to all.

Next step with the blog: figure out how to do the ads thing without putting too many of them up in an annoying way. I don’t ever click on ads, so I have no idea if it’ll even work. But again, no harm in trying. [If anyone has suggestions, I’d be happy to hear them.]





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