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I’ve Already Done That

I’ve been doing this blog for three years now and I’m constantly looking out for new things to write about. An idea for a topic will pop into my head, I’ll jot down a note or two to remember it, and I’ll let the idea germinate in the back of my mind until I have time to type it out. But I’m at the point now that I have to search Critically Rated first to see if I’ve already written about something. And a lot of the times I’ll realize that I’ve already done that, then I have to find something new to write about. That’s ok though, it helps keep me motivated to find something else to write about. That’s how this post was created. I wanted to write about battling for the armrest. I had it all figured out. Too bad I already wrote about fighting for the armrest in 2012. I needed a new topic. So I wrote about how I’ve already done that. And now you’ve read it. My work here is done… for now.

Critically Rated at 8/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Three Years

Three years is a long time. That’s most of high school. It’s nothing to scoff at. Today is the three-year anniversary of CriticallyRated.com. I’ve been blogging for three years now. That’s a lot of movies, television shows, books, and random rants to write about and judge. And I’m still going strong. The world gives me a million things to write about everyday. I only write about one or two. There are still billions of more things for me to experience, write about, criticize, and rate. The world is my oyster. This blog is my pearl. It’s where all the things I deal about day to day can be organized, sorted, and categorized. A lot of things in my life have changed over the past three years. I’m glad that CriticallyRated.com is still something that we can all depend on. Thanks for reading, thanks for sharing, and thanks for being so awesome. You’re all beautiful people and I really like your shirt. It matches your eyes.

Critically Rated at 16/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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400 Views

CriticallyRated.com reached a milestone today. We hit 400 daily views for the first time in our 2+ year history. That doesn’t sound too impressive, but you have to consider the fact that we don’t advertise and rely solely on word of mouth to generate traffic. We’ve slowly gathered a cult following thanks to our many readers, especially the ones who take the time to share a link. CriticallyRated.com has been a passion project for me, and it’s become one of the most rewarding things that I’ve done in life. I’ve done things that I never thought I would experience just so that I could Critically Rate it. I never claimed to be an expert on anything, nor do I want to be. I just want to voice my opinion and have other people relate to it. And people have. So I thank you, thank you, and thank you again. I’m easy to please. I’m happy to get a text message from a friend, so I’m beyond honored and shocked when hundreds of people take the time to read some bullshit that I wrote. Thank you for checking it out and thank you for coming back. Even though I run it, it’s our blog.

Critically Rated at 16/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Missing Days

I’ve been slacking. I don’t know if anybody’s been noticing or if they even care, but I’ve been skipping blog posts and missing days. I try to publish two a day, but that stopped when I went up to Alaska and had to work twenty-five hours a day, eight days a weeks. Then I came back home and still haven’t found my groove again. Writing isn’t hard, it’s finding the time to write about things that is hard. There have been quite a few days where I don’t have a minute to myself, much less twenty minutes to blog about something. But for whatever reason, my stats haven’t gone down. My traffic seems to be increasing on the days where I don’t publish anything. They say less is more but nothing at all seems to work the best. Go figure.

Critically Rated at 10/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Blog

Blog is short for web log, and it’s basically an online journal or discussion written by an individual or a group. A blog can be a noun or a verb. This site is a blog. This post is a blog. You’re reading a blog written by a blogger about blogs and blogging right now. I personally don’t like the term. I prefer to think of myself as a writer, not a blogger. I want my posts to be considered articles, not blogs. I feel that blog demeans what I have to say. It cheapens it. It’s less likely to be taken seriously. You can quote articles to win arguments, but you can’t refer to blogs to win a bet. I don’t like the term, but I have to accept it because that’s what I do and that’s what it is. I’ll admit that I’m a blogger because I blog on my blog if you admit that I’m a writer because I have to write the blog that I blog on my blog.

Critically Rated at 14/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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Bloggers Who Don’t Know How to Write

We use words to communicate and that’s a powerful thing. In the old days you would write a letter to a friend, or you might jot things down in a journal. These days everybody just spews out the words in their heads onto the internet. Some people do it on Facebook, some people do it on Twitter, and some people create a blog. There is an ever-increasing number of bloggers who don’t know how to write. If you don’t know the difference between your and you’re, or if you don’t care, then you have no business blogging. A writer has a responsibility to know which words he is using and if they’re the right ones. I’m a blogger myself, and I blog more than most people. I know that that people make mistakes, accidents happen and everyone makes typos. But consistency is key, and if you’re constantly using the wrong words or misusing apostrophes, you need to stop what you’re doing, go back to second grade, find Mrs. Humphries, and ask her where you went wrong in life. How can you justify sharing your thoughts if you can’t even translate them correctly? I know it’s casual, but you still look stupid.

Critically Rated at 5/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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A Thousand Posts

So what does a thousand posts look like? A lot like this. This is my first outing into quadruple digits. I hope it’s as impressive for you as it is for me. I don’t know what a thousand posts means. I know I’m committed, I know that I write a lot, but a thousand posts is a milestone. Consider yourself fortunate to be a part of it. I know I do. I’m not sure what to write about, but I have no problem with patting myself on the back (because nobody else will). I started this site with the simple goal of posting a minimum of two articles a day. I’ve met that quota and then some. I never thought I would reach a thousand posts, and I didn’t even know there were that many things to write about. Working on this site has opened my eyes. Every day provides a new situation, another observation, and another unnecessary product that needs to be rated and judged. Cheers to a thousand posts and cheers to a thousand more. Thanks for visiting CriticallyRated.com.

Critically Rated at 16/17

Written, Rated, and Reviewed by Brendan H. Young

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