As I try to slap this book together, I am finding the most challenging aspect so far is trying to envision some sort of over-arching vision, a way to organize this stuff in a way that doesn’t get tedious for the reader. The blog format I have here works pretty good for what I have been doing the last few years, just telling a short story or posting up some jarring political rant, but a book with random stories just jumbled together seems “clunky” to me… just doesn’t seem to have any “flow”. But I was told by someone whose opinion I respect (but don’t necessarily always agree with) told me that the most important thing is to get it all written down, and worry about organization later. So far, I have been doing just that, and I write something on it every day, even if it just a couple of paragraphs.
It is slow going…in hindsight, I probably should have tried to get halfway finished before I called myself out. I was steering toward an end product that was part memoir, part how-to manual, and sprinkled with political stuff. More than one person has told me I should leave out the political stuff, rather than chance offending the delicate sensibilities of a liberal reader who happens to pick it up, but if you have read my blog, you can probably guess how I feel about that.
My first thought was, “Stop being a pussy. The greatest political experiment in human history is on the verge of collapsing, so you need to start paying attention, you need to think, and you need to grow a pair, if you give the tiniest little fairy fuck about your future and the future of your children. And if you ever use the word “microaggressions” in my presence, I will punch you in the snout. Things are that fucking serious.”
WordPress stats aren’t the best, but between those and my hosting stats, I would estimate The Pig Trap has been read at least 100,000 times here, and pasted in toto on a few other sites, so who knows? Stop Being Black and Let’s Advance The Discussion also have impressive tallies… well, impressive to me, anyway. A Few Thoughts On Current Events was posted six days ago and is getting several thousand reads a day. I’m sure that there are people reading this that also have their own blogs and would panic if their pageviews dropped that low, but I’m still a little amazed that this many people have read the disgusting stories and political ramblings of a cranky taxi driver AT ALL, let alone click the “Like” button or email my link to a friend. My read of my stats is that most people come for the politics, and they stay for the afterparty with the drunks and whores.
And, I kinda think it is part of the brand, at this point. I think my occupation doesn’t validate my worldview, it aggravates it… but it’s just who I am now.
So, let me ask you guys… what do you like about this dirty little alley of the internet? What would you like to see? What are your favorite posts? What would you like to see more of? How can I write the book for YOU?
People in my car sometimes say, “Tell me your best taxi story…” and I can’t. I think that putting political posts aside, my favorite story is one that has very few comments and an unimpressive number of pageviews. It’s You Dairy Queen Muthafuckahs Ain’t Shit, Bitchezzz!. I just can’t seem to tell that story in my car, but I laugh out loud every time I read it back, more than two years later. I drove away from Kyle’s place laughing for ten solid minutes, scribbling notes on a legal pad at stop lights… and I still have occasional nightmares about The Skankopottomus… and I wil never forget Amber or Miss Bolivia.
So click the link to the left for this post or the comments bubble above, and give me your opinions, your guidance, your input, your suggestions, rants and raves, cheers and jeers… any and all input is welcome and will be carefully considered. Even if you find this post long after it was posted, your opinion might be the one that causes a re-write. How do I write this in a way that would make you drop a few bucks for a copy?