Day 11: Be A Good Neighbor – Leave Comments On Three New Blogs

Since I’ve started my blog, I’ve been relatively quiet on the commenting front. So far I’ve only independently posted and responded to other comments on my page. Today marks my branching out. I commented on three blogs today:

1. It’s All Dead – I follow and dig this online music magazine because they tend to post about bands/artists within a vein I’m familiar with. They recently posted the newest Against Me! music video for their single “Black Me Out” off Transgender Dysphoria Blues. The album’s pretty solid. I haven’t listened to it in awhile, but may revisit it soon after watching the video.

The first (and only) time I saw Against Me! live was September 2005 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford when they opened for Green Day on their American Idiot tour. I saw Jimmy Eat World that night too. Laura Jane Grace was still Tom Gabel at that point but regardless, as a bright-eyed 14-year-old I just remember being swept by the music. That was my first legit concert too. I was in the pit…It was one of the best nights of my life.

2. All Things Science – Sapeck Agrawal wrote a nice writeup on the new Cosmos series with Neil deGrasse Tyson (It’s on again tonight at 9, by the way!) and I just had to comment on it. I’m just so stoked science is making its way back to the mainstream again. It’s been awhile since it’s been in the spotlight. Positive pop culture like this tends to inspire and encourage young minds with their future pursuits – and how awesome is that?

3. Creative Database – This blog found and posted a HILARIOUS video of puppets describing Joseph Campbell’s monomyth. I LOL’d so hard! It’s absolutely genius. In fact, I’m going to leave it here for you all to watch. It is informative, yet absolutely priceless. Get into Joseph Campbell, my friends! You will not regret it 🙂

A Regrettable Vent: Typical Diary of an American 21st Century 20-something

I’m spiraling to nowhere.

Everything I get involved in seems like a half-assed attempt at trying to achieve something that never really goes anywhere.

My horoscope has been cryptic as fuck or just super vague, and I’m starting to realize maybe I’ve grown too dependent on it. I’ve grown too dependent on a lot of things.

I feel like everywhere I turn vines jump out and tie me down. Some of them come out of myself, others come from the outside.

I don’t know what I’m interested anymore. Don’t know what I want, what’s best. No one fucking understands what’s happening to me, what I’m going through. I’ve heard the same shit over and over. But it’s different from what you went through. Drowning you out and I don’t care anymore. Watching your hand gestures from my peripheral and I could care less. I feel like I need to move away and I don’t care how I get there. The world’s a different place now. And if you’re not Business, you’re not wanted. You’re voided out. To be trapped within your own mind is one of the worst things. It doesn’t physically hurt but just feels so damn suffocating and paralyzing. How can I possibly move?

Was I trying to take some easy way out? Is that why I’m in such a tortuous state? And I just too scared or something? Make a move! But where?

I’ve used all my lifelines, I’ve tried to be positive, but there are just some nights you want to cry yourself to sleep and realize you can’t because you’re too damn angry at everything and anxious about the future and that keeps you awake for hours.

Drinking gives a false, elevated sense of self and is never worth the repercussions. I feel like I can’t breathe. I feel awkward and unwanted and lost.

I have nothing to talk about anymore and it’s fucking killing me. I can write all I want and it gets me nowhere. I don’t fit the format, don’t fit the clothes, the schematic. I’m something other than what the blueprint suggested. There are changing landscapes now. I don’t know what to do with myself anymore.

I am 23 years old, full of energetic promise and potential. Where did I go wrong? I feel tapped out, gipped out of something I thought I earned. No one takes chances anymore and I guess that means me too. What am I doing here? Does this end, because it feels like forever.

The things I thought to be honest and true are all flaking paint, including myself.

Our world naturally and idealistically is slowly morphing into wasteland and hell and my emotions are going along with it.

Everything revolves around money I don’t have, don’t want, yet weakly need. It seems so wrong. Everything seems so wrong. Everything seems to be so desperately wrong.

Cue Sound The Alarm. It’s really the only record I can listen to when I get like this anyway. That and Between The Concrete & Clouds seems to be really hitting the spot right now.

Day 10: Dress Up Your Blog With Widgets

“Today’s assignment: add and customize two widgets.”

Today I added the Twitter timeline widget and took away the Facebook widget. I’m more active on Twitter anyway, though if you want to take a look at my music Facebook page you can do so here.

I also added the Follow Blog widget so followers/readers can sign up for email notifications every time I pubish a new post. Then I rearranged all my other widgets so the ones on the right didn’t extend down my page too long placing the Search, RSS Links, and Archives widgets on the bottom the page.

Just some minor adding and reorganization. Not much to report other than that, so that’s all for today, folks. More soon – 3o Day Challenge and otherwise! 🙂

Day 8: Make Your “About” Page Irresistible

Today’s assignment: Create an About page, or revisit and improve the one you have”

My old/first RKB (Roe Knows Best) “About” page:

 “June 2013

My name is Rosanna O’Brien.  I am a Ramapo College alumnus – Class of 2013.  I have a B.A. in Music with dual concentrations in Music Industry and Music Production, a minor in Information Systems, and a certificate in Business Essentials.  I’m a music/culture geek, Star Trek nerd, and accomplished singer-songwriter (see my current Song Shop project).  I’ve recently gotten back into the swing of reading and am on a huge Oasis kick.

I started this blog much to the encouragement of my dad. We were driving one day and talking about a dream I had. He said, “Why don’t you write it down? Why don’t you blog about it?” to which I replied, “Well, I’ve thought about it. But no one would ever read it, so why bother?” He exclaimed, “Well what if the grass felt the same way every time someone cut it down?!” which led us to discuss that great Joseph Campbell parable.  I realized I shouldn’t be pessimistic and act so defeated when I haven’t even tried yet, ya know?  Like the grass, the nature of every human being is to keep striving and growing until we no longer can.  I have always believed in the importance of writing things down – What’s going on, how I feel about it, etc. Sometimes it comes down to mustering up enough courage and self-discipline to push through; That’s the hardest thing of all.  Once anyone gets over that, they’re golden.

So here I am.  I have something to say. Let’s talk about somethinganything, everything.

See my new “About” page here.

Day 7: Do Some More Personalizing

Today’s Assignment

Yes, I know – My blog looks a little less awesome now that I changed around the chic Matala theme. Well it’s still the same theme, it just doesn’t have the cool visual header and title bar.

Just think of it as an rough draft/attempt to personalize my blog a little bit more; Some days aren’t gonna be pretty.

Today is one of those days.

I do like how I incorporated my signature on to the header though. Maybe in the future if I can make it a little bit smaller it would really do the trick. That is my real signature, by the way. I worked that -ish out when I was in middle school, so I’m very proud of it and consider it to be very endearing.

After much trial and error testing out other images and solid colors, I decided on lined notebook paper as my background. Main reason being I feel like my life is an open book right now; The pages are empty and fresh, just waiting to be written on. Roe may know best, but she is still surfing that tidal wave – still figuring out the ever-changing contours. She is focused on bettering herself so she may know “better”.

And that’s all for today. I probably should keep working on my upcoming 24/7 track for the remainder of the night. Listen to the ones I’ve done so far if you have a moment!

https://soundcloud.com/roemusics/sets/24-7