Kate at SDA
Roosh at RooshV.com
Aurini at Staresattheworld.com
There are certainly more, but let's just take a look at these immediate handful.
The first thing you're going to notice about all of them is that they are eccentric and eclectic. Not one of them are "normal" or could be considered to be normal.
- Kate is a motorcycle mechanic, champion dog breeder, and runs (from what I can tell) the 3rd largest Canadian blog..
- Aurini is ex-military and an author.
- Matt Forney is the only crazy SOB I know to decide to hitch hike across America as winter approaches.
- Roosh is the only guy I know who can write off his traveling expenses and hotels as he travels the world and writes pick up guides for every country on the planet.
- Not to throw me in there, but I don't know any other fossil hunting, motorcycle riding, salsa dancing, tornado chasing economists.
- And heck, most of us are authors too.
Sometimes this was done on purpose, sometimes this was done by accident, but for whatever reason our real names and faces are out there.
There are pro's and con's to being known. For example it forces you to do your own thing, rely upon yourself and commits you to a level of self-reliance most people never have to face. It also allows you perfect freedom. You don't have to care what anybody else thinks, and thusly you are truly able to speak and think clearly (which results in a much more intellectual and thought-pioneering life). It also grants you a microscopic bit of celebrityship. But there are drawbacks as well. People libeling you, people making youtube videos of you and other things that are par for the course in very-low-level celebrityhood. But if there is on major drawback, especially given most of us are on the younger side of 40, it's that we are completely, hopelessly, and thoroughly 100% unemployable.
Of course, for most of us it didn't require we have an edgy blog or a politically incorrect internet presence. Our personalities are pretty much mutually exclusive to any kind of corporate career or employment, but again, for anybody on the younger side of 40, not to have SOME measure of employment, at least in the beginning, is difficult and often impairing.
Are there instances where we find a gig or a contract here or there? Sure.
Are there instances where the HR lady doesn't google us or the hiring manager just plain doesn't care? Of course.
But the idea of a 9-5 job, with reliable income, job security, progressive responsibilities, 401k's/RRSP's, a pension, and some kind of "promising career" is laughable, and any kind of "normal family life" is a pipedream. We just do not have the personalities and the politically approved political positions on our blogs and sites to get hired.
Making matters worse is that since we do cause waves, we are the target of malicious and just plain evil leftists who resort to frivolous law suits to inhibit our freedom of speech. This is more of an issue in Canada than in the US but SDA, Kathy Shaidle, Blazing Cat Fur, myself, Ezra Levant, and a score of bloggers dealing with Brett Kimberline, all have had to deal with leftist nutjobs abusing the legal system.
So the question is, why do it? Why put yourself through all this pain and no reward?
I can't speak precisely for everybody else, but I surmise we'd all agree it's for several reasons.
One, we just can't help ourselves. Usually a blogger takes to the internet to fight off a threat or an injustice that traditional forms of media just refuse to identify, point out, warn people about, or worse (and as is usually the case) join forces with those threats and injustices. This could be anything from the slow eroding by the left against Western culture and capitalism (SDA, Blazing Cat Fur, etc.) or the feminist onslaught against men (Roosh, Aurini, Forney, etc.). Not only do we see the threat and the damage it can/has already caused, we want to have a future not just for ourselves (besides, evil just really puts burs in our saddles).
Two, our brains cannot handle corporate employment. Sure, maybe in the 1940's and 1950's when corporate employment resembled some level of a meritocracy, providing not just income, but opportunity to realize our full potential, sure, we may have become "corporate men." But the people that form corporations are from the exact same decaying stock of people the government pulls their employees from. They are leaderless, timid, fearful, compliant and dare not be brash, audacious or aim for excellence. Ass kissing has replaced ass-kicking, and that is no environment for any real man or real woman to waste 1/3 of their waking lives in (besides, given how reliable corporate gigs are, our self-employment may actually prove to be more reliable and certainly more rewarding anyway).
Third, we're good at it. It takes a while for people to find their calling or what they're good at AND what they might even get paid for. Nobody grows up thinking they're going to become bloggers or media personalities, you just fall into it. YOu wake up one day and you got 5,000 followers all because you had the cajones to speak your mind when everybody else was afraid to. You realize you have more pull and legitimacy than idiotic "journalism majors," because where journalism majors fail, you succeed in pointing out the truth, taking on corrupt interests and can legitimately claim to be the defacto 4th branch of government.
Fourth, sanity. I don't care how much I suffer from worries about money, unemployment, or my freedoms being infringed. That pain is nothing compared with the alternative. I don't know how you people do it. Having to purposely dispose of your mind 10 hours a day at a dead end job? Suffering the inane political correctnesses you have to OBEY otherwise your HR rep might get pissed? Making sure you're flawless in every way possible, walking on eggshells your entire life, constantly trying to make sure you don't goof up even in the slightest in fear it would ruin your miserable career. Or worse, how your mind can exist in such a system without speaking out or full out revolting. You need diversity training, sensitivity training, sexual harassment training, better watch what you say, don't be active politically, the social, career, and financial consequences are too great. Guard your thoughts, regulate your thinking, limit your brain and dare not opine. You got that mortgage, the car payment, and the students loans. Obey little boy, obey.
Fuck that. I'll gladly collect a welfare check before I ever sell my mind and intellect.
So that's why we're here. And that's why we're staying. In part because we can't go anywhere else, in part because no one would have us anyway, and in part because we'd rather be nowhere else. The battle for genuine freedom is here and while most people have better reputations than us and can't afford to loud mouth like we do, we can do it for you.
There is just one simple thing we ask, though.
If you look at "The League of Unemployable Bloggers" you'll note we don't just sit there with our hands out. Sure everybody has the obligatory "donate sign" (though mine is much sexier), but we derive the majority of our revenues from producing things of value. A lot of us write books and they're damn good books. A lot of us offer services (accounting, consulting, art, etc.). Many of us do the "Amazon Affiliate Thing" (where all you have to do is click on the link, do your shopping FOR STUFF YOU HAVE TO BUY ANYWAY, and we get a commish), and finally as we grow in size we offer a medium by which you can advertise. It is not a charity, we do not expect donations, we produce things of value, all we ask is you consider purchasing our wares, advertising with us, buying through us, or (most importantly) forwarding our links. If there is something you can do for freedom and liberty that does not require you forfeit a significant percentage of your time, those aforementioned things are it.
Below is the official directory of The League of Unemployable Bloggers (in no particular order). We appreciate your business. If you know anybody not on this list AND uses their real name/face, let me know and I'll put them on.
Small Dead Animals
Stares at the World
Blazing Cat Fur
And his Wife Dr. Helen
Gucci Little Piggy
The Private Man
The Thinking Housewife
Frank J at IMAO
Leslie Baby at Temple of Mut
Gene Expression Razib Khan
Chris Gale at Dark Brightness
Anthony Johnson of the Dream Lounge
Bastion of Liberty
Hunting for Archetypes
Paul E Zimmerman
Woman and Dragon