The {Guest} Post By Joseph Kinnaird: Writing With Passion

This week's guest blogger is someone I know in real life - Joseph Kinnaird. I was in his wedding. I am fairy godmother to his rugrats. I am also his political and organizational arch nemesis. His faults, which are many, can all be forgiven after one taste of his superior grill skills. 

Do not be afraid to confront him in the comments. I will.
To Thine Own Self Be True.
Don't Be Kenny Chesney.

If you are reading this little blog then you may be a blogger yourself. Some of you blog for fun. Some of you blog for money. Some of you want to blog for money but haven’t yet figured out how. If you are looking for tips on how to write a good blog that is going to make you a lot of money because you have a jillion followers then you are in the wrong place.

I could, however, write a very successful money-making blog about how not to write a blog. I freaking love irony!!

This post started with a question I asked myself one day.

Why do I hate Kenny Chesney?

I’m pretty sure Kenny Chesney, the person, is perfectly delightful. But Kenny Chesney, the country music recording superstar, annoys me to no end. If I had to choose between a colonoscopy or going to a Kenny Chesney concert I would chose the colonoscopy 9 out of 10 times.

Could it be his voice that annoys me? Maybe. I do hate the way he holds out his “sss” at the end of phrases. But Willie Nelson has a much worse voice and I like Willie Nelson. Kenny is also kind of funky looking. Again I go back to Willie Nelson.

Then it came to me like a ray of light piercing the darkness.

He’s a panderer. He is one who panders.

I was curious if I used this word correctly to describe Kenny Chesney, the artist. This definition is from the 1st Google definition I clicked. I research because I care.

“To cater to the lower tastes and desires of others or exploit their weaknesses.”

I can imagine Kenny going to a meeting with the higher ups and the Satan (because the only way I can figure he procured a lucrative recording contract is through a deal with old Big Red) and he says he has a song about genocide in Uganda. I can imagine them laughing about such a crazy idea and asking him if the song made any mention of sand, high school glory, beer, sand, or days gone by. The song about Uganda probably only mentions sand but it is only desert sand not the kind at the beach. Then they tell him they have the perfect song written for him. The working title right now is “I’m On the Beach Drinking Away the Girl I Lost at a High School Football Game to Terrorists God Bless the U S of A.”

“Isn’t this a little too subtle for my fan base?” asks Kenny.

“We’re working on that right now. You go on and listen to the radio and see who else you can rip off and make a hit” says Satan.

What does any of this have to do with writing a blog? I don’t know what it has to do with writing your blog, but I know what it has to do with writing mine. I wrote a post several months back with the intent of upping the views to my page. I deliberately put pictures from “The Notebook” in hopes the pictures would lead people to my blog. I pandered to the lower tastes and desires of humanity by trying to draw people who Google search images for The Notebook.

Simply put, I “Chesneyed.” 

Instead of being true to myself, I wrote something I didn’t really believe in to get people to take an interest in my blog so I could feed my World of Warcraft habit. And it was awful.

My best posts have been about what was on my mind at the moment.
My early posts are honestly whatever came into my brain at the time. I was not really aiming at getting an audience. I was just writing.

There are three things I would like to see come out of this guest post at Jamie's Rabbits.

1. You should get to know Jamie better. E-mail me and I will give you her digits and address.

2. I really want 100 Twitter followers who aren’t trying to tempt me to sin or sell me something. Follow me (@JWKinnaird) and I’ll follow you.

3. To thine own self be true. Write about what you are passionate about because you are passionate about it. If it’s cupcakes, then write about cupcakes. If it’s kittens, then write about kittens. If it’s global warming, then stop. 

We really don’t have all that much time left. 

Jamie's 1st Disclaimer: The views here do not necessarily represent the views of this blog. ILOVEYOUFOREVERRYANGOSLING. 

Jamie's 2nd Disclaimer: You really should follow Joseph on Twitter. He tweets crazy like this: "People plotted to give Hitler estrogen to make him less aggressive. A lot of people blame estrogen for their insanity. #seemedlikeagoodidea"

{images: alacoolc; New Line Cinema} 

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