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Jul. 31 2010 - 12:46 pm | 78 views | 1 recommendation | 2 comments

Adding to goodbye porn: my first ‘list’ post on TrueSlant’s last day

Never think of a list post on the day you are out from the site you were writing. From day one, start mulling all story ideas as lists of three, seven,  ten, twelve,best, worst etc…

Are you an exotic writer? Non-American ‘isms’ that can grab eyeballs from your remote locations include Communism(Marxism), Buddhism, Talibanism etc…

If you are writing from queer corners of the third world pepper your posts with names that resemble The Dalai Lama or of any beard-donning-gun-totting Khan or Mohammed.

Even if you do not have any porn-related subject to write you can co(i)n new third-world themes as poverty porn, ethnic porn, religious porn etc…

Season your writing with outbursts like fuck and asshole: I assure, you won’t have to quit all fucked-up. (btw I am using the words for the first and the last time on T/S. But I have unsuccessfully attempted sex-related posts)

When you start writing for a site, confirm whether you would be paid or not. If you are complacent, you will end up not writing enough like me (and becoming lazy and not focusing on increasing  number of views or comments) or will remain unpaid till you are graciously kicked out.

The 1 H that follows the 5 Ws is hits not how.

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I am a consultant with http://www.businessbhutan.bt/:  the only financial newspaper from Himalayan Bhutan, the world’s youngest democracy.

Very soon I will start writing for http://futurechallenges.org/web/guest/about

Acknowledgments: For all wonderful friends in Bhutan and elsewhere who read my T/S page, for Coates who gave me a space here.


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    You are sadly correct about the word “porn”; I used it once, as a metaphor, and it’s at 5,000+ hits and climbing every single day.

    I still think you win the vote for most exotic/unlikely location.

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    It all started by dropping newspapers at doorsteps on chilly mornings riding a bicycle that broke down often.

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