The Origin of my Thoughts

The Origin of my Thoughts

20 December 2018

Seeker of meaning,

How do I know which of my thoughts truly originated from me?

How can I know if my thoughts are mine, or if I only think the way I think because others’ thoughts and opinions have unknowingly become part of my own thoughts and opinions?

If thoughts are interpretations of potential or existing thoughts, events, objects, and people, then what percentage of the composition of a specific thought must be completely my own in order for me to call it my thought?

It seems that an answer to this may be that a thought is originally mine if it includes others’ thoughts because I form a uniquely new thought which uses the combined thoughts of others’, similar to how I can use different types of wood to make a table even though I didn’t invent the wood itself.

But even then, how do I know that the process of combining the thoughts is my own process? That it is, how do I know that I am not simply carrying out processes that I was, in a sense, trained to carry out?

And when I feel like a thought is completely mine and has not been influenced by others, how can I be completely sure that this is true?

Or how about if I think and/or do something because it feels expected to think of it or do it? The influence of others’ expectations, not actively forcing me to think in a certain way, an influence that I think I have full power to ignore. But although I do follow my own expectations and not others’, for I think my own expectations matter more, how do I know that my own expectations weren’t derived from others’ expectations?

I try to experience life in my own way, as I think all people should,

But is my desire for the life I want to live truly mine?

-Jesus Capo Jr

Originality and More – ALGoFH Pt. II, Page 49 (258-264)

Originality and More – ALGoFH Pt. II, Page 49 (258-264)

3 November 2018

Seeker of meaning,

This post contains a few excerpts from my typewriting musing project, A Little Game of Flowerton Hobberkle (ALGoFH). It dives into a few of my thoughts. Enjoy.

ALGoFH Pt II, Page 49 (Entries 258-164 (3 November 2018)

258 (Originality): Sometimes I don’t work on a project because I think that is has already been done before, that my idea isn’t all too original.

Then I worry that, perhaps, if my idea has already been done in a same or similar fashion, it will claimed by another, causing me troubles in the process, troubles that will make all the work which I thought to be my own original work to not be worth it. That all the hours and time I spent will be wasted because somebody else put in the time for the same idea before me (Ha! The clicking of the typewriter buttons is causing the papers on my desk to fall!)

But this notion raises a few questions… Namely, it questions what I value when doing a project or something special. Is the value and satisfaction I gain from a project from the credit I gain for completing it or for the project itself? I think that it is a combination of both, but that the actual project itself matters more.

So when thinking about whether or not I should work on a project, perhaps I should still carry it out even if it is possible that it has already been done, a possibility that may never be fully extinguished.

And yes, if I know with absolute certainty that a project I desire to work on has already been done, I wouldn’t plan on doing the same exact project, but, rather, adding my own twist to it, making it something new.

Because I want to create new things. Music, books, stories, products, thoughts, interpretations, movies, thoughts, feelings…

There might already exist ideas which I have already or will think of…

But I will always expand on them. I will always Jesúsify them.

259: Caught up with other things. No time to write down my ideas and thoughts.

260: It would be nice to see better new ideas in the world. To know that great ideas are being newly generated is to show that there can and will be ideas that have not been worked on before. But to see that the same exact ideas are constantly being regenerated is to show that either people aren’t thinking of new ideas, or that there aren’t any potential great ideas left.

And I mean ideas that have practical purpose, not all just idealistic ideas that serve no purpose.

(Add-on post original writing): I think that there will always be new potential ideas. And I will discover them.

262: Stirling engine…

263 (Post-Writing Notes): Oh! I forgot about this one! I may share this one at some other points, but it has to do with a dream I had today which I plan on incorporating in a book.

I hope you enjoyed, Seeker. If you desire more ALGoFH, be sure to tell me.

-Jesus Capo Jr

To Write, or to Live? – ALGoFH Pt. I, 160

To Write, or to Live? – ALGoFH Pt. I, 160

21 September 2018

Seeker of meaning,

This post contains an entry from a project I’ve been working on for quite some time which involves musings I write on my typewriter. Currently, there are hundreds of such musings which were the result of my many different experimental writing and thought methods.

This is an ongoing project, and I will be posting some of the excerpts from time to time on my blog, so it should be rather interesting. (Note that some minor changes will be done to the text for legibility purposes, but the overall meaning will stay the same).

I call the book which contains my musings A Little Game of Flowerton Hobberkle (ALGoFH), which will may more sense in future posts.

So, here’s one of my favorite excerpts:

ALGoFH Pt I, Entry 160 (19 May 2018)

One of my fears is that if I don’t write enough, I will lose all of my thoughts into the limbo void and that I will miss out on an idea that my brain conceived. So many ideas can be created or lost by simply changing when I write them, what happened during that day, the song I listen to as I write, the presence of a timer, who’s around me, what I happen to be thinking about at a given moment, my prior experiences, etc.

All of these are constantly changing: they are variable. And so there are so many potential and changing ideas that come and go that I am not able to write about. This is why I don’t like when my typewriter is not being used, because I know that every second away is another second that an idea could have been written down.

But I shouldn’t just spend my entire life on my typewriter since most of my experiences in my life are not at my typewriter. Therefore, I desire to experience life beyond simply documenting my thoughts and/or ideas. I need to experience life in order to produce such ideas…

But there’s just a specific feeling to writing down my ideas. Now, I also know that even if i don’t write down all of my ideas right when I’m conscious of them, they will still potentially be buried in my subconscious mind and, therefore, they may influence other even greater ideas or present themselves again in the future.

So it’s not entirely a bad thing to not write down every single one of my ideas all the time. There will always be more.

There will always be more…

-Jesus Capo Jr

Key Methods to Appeal (Or Not Appeal) to Specific Audiences and Niches

Key Methods to Appeal (Or Not Appeal) to Specific Audiences and Niches

27 December 2017

Seeker of Advice,

When I created this website and began posting blog entries, I didn’t have a specific audience in mind. I desired to appeal to all people alike: women and men, young and old, experienced and inexperienced.

Therefore, there is not one specific audience I have in mind when writing my posts. I choose to share my ideas, advice, and thoughts to the world about every topic on this one website. This allows me to post freely about any topic on my website without restricting myself to just one niche.

So my advice on group structures can apply to those who work alone the same way that my poems on the joys of life can be enjoyed by those who dedicate their lives to work.

This is part (just part) of the reason why I call you, my readers, Seekers. You all are seeking information or ideas, even if you have completely different occupations and interests.

In this post, I will present key methods of appealing (or not appealing) to a specific audience in any work, including blogs, along with some pros and cons.

This post applies to everybody, including:

+Bloggers
+General Writers
+Public Speakers
+YouTubers
+Businesses
+Humans
+Students
+Teachers
+And Many More!

I’m sure this will greatly benefit you in your projects and works, Seeker, no matter what they are.

(Note: I will be using ‘post’ here as the verb for the actions you take in your project. However, these methods apply to any project you are working on. Also note that these methods are very general and focus on what they are rather than how to employ them. I will be a doing an entry on more specific methods of appealing to audiences in another post. To be informed of that post and my other new posts, be sure to join the mailing list here).

 

Method 1: Focusing on a Specific Audience and Niche (Strict Version)

This is the strictest method, where you stick with one niche and one audience.

In short, this method consists of the following:

  1. Choose a specific topic/idea (Such as a website on literary analysis, or even more specifically, literary analysis of a specific author! Like William Shakespeare…).
  2. Pick an audience (Such as students in college. Perhaps studying tips on Shakespearean plays in a bullet-point format which would be simple enough to appeal to those study-before-the-testers).
  3. Stick to it! (Sticking to that topic and format for each and every post you do so that you maintain the same audience).

This method is actually very simple and easy. Once you’ve picked your topic and figured out who your audience is, you stick to it. Without changing. Ever. (I mean, unless, of course, your audience is specifically people who like change and inconsistency).

Pros

+If your audience and niche combination works, you can maintain a stable following. As long as you post frequently and consistently, your audience will follow.

+It can be easier to post without overwhelming yourself since your topic is very specific. This may lead to other issues as explained below, but can be positive, especially at the beginning.

+Experimentation. Because of how specific/strict this method is, it can be applied to other projects. You can see what does and doesn’t work when appealing to your audiences and apply that knowledge in a variety of ways. Conversely, you can also use the knowledge on audiences which has already been collected by others to benefit your own work.

+You may be seen as an expert of your niche/topic.

+If your content is web-based and becomes popular in your specific niche, your SEO (Search Engine Optimization) will greatly benefit if your niche is a popular search. So those college students searching for literary analysis of Shakespearean plays might find you on that coveted front page of DuckDuckGo.

Cons

-You can run out of ideas quickly if your topic is too specific. Ensure that you are able to actually come up with a wealth of content before you dedicate your project to that one niche and audience.

-If your niche is passing, you may have a high following at the beginning, but it may quickly decline as the niche dies out. This can be counteracted by demonstrating to your audience that you have other content which is worth taking a look at. It is much better if you realize this at the beginning. That way you have a plan to use that niche which you know is passing to pick up an audience, then have something else to wow your audience to stay with you.

-If you get bored of it/it doesn’t really work, then it” probably be pretty difficult to suddenly change you branding, audience, and niche. Remember this.

The Takeaway

This method relies heavily on research. This research must occur both before and during the process. If you notice that your audience and/or niche aren’t leading to your desired outcomes, you must act quickly.

And remember that once you’ve established yourself in one niche, it may be difficult to suddenly change the main focus of your project. Research is always key to prevent any issues down the road.

 

Method 2: The Not-So-Strict Version of Method 1

This method is basically method 1 except either a specific audience or specific niche are switched out.

Examples of Method 2 are:

  1. Focusing on Shakespearean literature but for a variety of audiences.
  2. Writing for college students but not on a specific topic (it doesn’t just have to be about college life!).

Pros

+The same as Method 1 minus the ones that apply to the characteristic you’ve taken out.

+More flexibility. You are less confined which may increase creativity, amount, consistency, and quality of posts.

Cons

-The same as Method 1 minus the ones that apply to the characteristic you’ve taken out, albeit less concerning.

-If you need a very strict structure, even this may be too loose. This method may lead to some confusion since you must focus loosely on one aspect and strictly on another, rather than loosely or strictly on both. However, if this can be managed, it can potentially be better than Method 1.

The Takeaway

Although Methods 1 and 2 are fairly similar, Method 2 can lead to more freedom and quality of your posts, but it can be more difficult to manage. But if you can manage it, which I’m sure you can, Seeker, your website which presents Shakespearean literature to all beings from ages 0 to 245 years of age will prosper.

 

Method 3: The Freedom Method!

This is the one detailed at the beginning of this entry and employed on my website. In this method, the only restrictions are your creativity.

All that needs to be done in this method is looking into your mind and finding an idea which you think is worth your time to write about or research on.

There is no specific audience or niche generally (for specific items/posts there might be, but is can generally apply to everybody and everything).

To put it bluntly, instead of you going to the audience, the audience comes to you.

Pros

+You will always have ideas and topics to write about since you won’t be restricted to one topic/niche/audience/format.

+You may seen as someone who is very knowledgeable in a wide variety of subjects.

+If something doesn’t work, you can easily fix it since you won’t be bound to it.

+Since your content will appeal to a wide variety of people, your potential audience is endless.

+If web-based, this might help your SEO if your posts are of high quality. This may be better than focusing on a small niche which only applies to a small audience. However, this can also be seen as a Con for Method 3 since the SEO will be based more on each individual post rather than the website as a whole.

Cons

-It might be more difficult if you have a hard time picking from ‘everything’ to write about/do. A solution to this is devising a categorical system with established subtopics and even posting on a schedule based on these topics. However, you won’t generally be confined to these subtopics.

-It may be more difficult to gain a dedicated following.

The Takeaway

If you desire the freedom to post anything and everything in all types and structures, then this is definitely the way to do it. Just keep in mind that you may not have as a dedicated following. Any dedicated audiences would be loyal because of you, the way you give ideas, and the uniqueness of your content. You would be what attracts your audience, not your audience’s inherent interest in a specific topic.

 

The Final Statements

Overall, choose the method which will allow you to reach your goal in the best way and conduct research beforehand. No one method is better than the others; they are all subjective and contextual, although they can be backed up by research.

Also note that these methods are very general, and there is much more information and sub-methods derived from these methods which must also be taken into account.

But remember that if you just want to share your ideas or poems with the world without any restrictions, use Method 3. This may not lead to an immediate following, but it can in the long run as long as your content is of high caliber.

And always keep your ultimate goal in mind. You can decide which method works best for you based on if you desire a dedicated audience, wealth, relaxation, or anything else.

But hey, if you’re enjoying what you do and do it to your high standards, then just keep doing it. The results will come soon, Seeker…

-Jesus Capo Jr

 

 

Be Introduced to Group Influence (w/ Slides Presentation)

Be Introduced to Group Influence (w/ Slides Presentation)

5 December 2017

Seeker of Knowledge,

I have recently been conducting research on a group’s influence on its individuals. I believe it is quite interesting, so I have created an introductory slide deck which you may view to gain some basic knowledge on group influence.

The information is fairly general, so no prior knowledge is required. I will be creating slide decks in the future to cover specific topics and variables discussed in the introductory slide deck.

If you would like to be notified every time a new slide deck is posted, consider joining the mailing list here.

To Download the Group Influence Introduction Slide Deck Click the Link Below:

Group Influence Introduction Revision 1 Jesus Capo Jr

To Visit the Group Psychology Main Page Click the Link Below:

Group Influence Resources

Have fun with your newly acquired knowledge!

-Jesus Capo Jr

 

 

That Song in Your Mind

That Song in Your Mind

26 November 2017

Seeker,

Sometimes when I write, there’s a specific song I’m thinking of that’s playing in my mind which evokes the feelings of what is I’m writing about.

It would be nice to have those songs instantly play in your mind when you read my posts.

Because although my writing may allow you to feel what I felt when writing a piece,

there’s just something about music…

-Jesus Capo Jr