I’ve been fully submerged in the poker world for over a decade… I remember a long time ago some old school poker pro/hustler said in an interview on TV that he didn’t even know who the last 3 Presidents were- it’s like that. I know who the Presidents have been, but no fucking idea who the Vice Presidents have been lol. And I swear to God I thought people were joking when they said Trump was running/they were gonna vote for him. I stand corrected…
I was at The Bellagio when the Presidential Election results became official. Everyone was just kind of staring at all the TV’s hanging in the poker room. Most were stunned, some were shaking their heads, and some- like Vlad, an old school Russian grinder that I’ve always got along with, were drinking and celebrating… I didn’t vote, and I am far from educated enough on any/all of the issues to have any real political views- but I was sad (Vlad’s excitement aside). I lost a lot of money betting on Hillary- as a HUGE favorite, only because I was told it was “sharp” lol. Fml…
Note: I’m one of the worst sports bettors (Presidential betting is done on sports sites so I’m lumping it in there) in history. Seriously, I can make any lock a loser- all I have to do is bet on it. You’re welcome, Republicans. My bad, Democrats…
Anyways, the point I intended to make, before I started spewing aimlessly (as I do on occasion- sorry), is that I’m basically like Tom Hanks at the end of Castaway (assuming he struggled to re-adjust to society once he and Wilson were rescued- I don’t think I made it that far in the movie tbh). I need help with some really basic stuff (to you guys- not me) as I try to find my way back into the real world.
The only way I make it back into to the real world (which I desperately want to) I think, is if I start making some money from this blog (dgafblog.com) and/or the company I founded–> Poker Rags™ (pokerrags.US). I’m not asking for much, just basic feedback that any idiot should know (but I don’t)…
Otherwise I’ll undoubtedly be back at the poker tables (on borrowed money- because I don’t have any/my friends are foolish enough to still believe in probability/expectation > curses/bad luck), quietly losing my mind over the same fake conversations I’ve heard a billion times, the same self-absorbed behavior that has plagued poker ever since the economic collapse of ’07, the same insane entitlement from those who once ran great but now do the opposite (I fit in this category, but I fucking bite my tongue if/when any complaints start to come up my throat), the same incredibly slow pace, and the NEW (the old ones are long gone obv) players who have been running miles above expectation for months venting to me about others who have been running miles above expectation (for the past week or whatever).
——————-> I need to GTFO (and stay TFO) of poker!
So… is this blog host site I’m on (WordPress I believe, I can’t see the name right now while I’m composing this) chill? Should I be somewhere else? Is the font I’ve selected awful (I like the default font that shows up when I compose, but I have no idea what it is- and it’s different once I hit “Publish”)? Can Teddy “Ice Man” Monroe sue me for using his beautiful mug as my logo?
Just kidding- Teddy wouldn’t do that. He loves me…
How do I get advertising for my blog (assuming it starts to get decent traffic like my 2k thread on twoplustwo did- over 500k views and counting, in the middle of an absolutely desolate sub-forum that no one would ever stumble upon unless given specific instructions)? Should I pay for a marketing company- someone to make this blog pop up first when people search “DGAF poker” or whatever? Is twoplustwo likely going to close my thread on there now for some reason? Etc.
WRT pokerrags.US, is it a confusing website? Do you like any of the shirts so far? Is there actual value to you in me providing recs for music, cooking, exercise, things to do/places to go in Vegas, etc? Am I correct in thinking Yelp only takes people so far because everyone has different tastes and values- there needs to be different Yelps (theoretically) for different communities?
Am I correct in thinking, “Fuck Facebook”?
Am I crazy to think that NOT using all the standard bait and switch/trick and then gouge your customer tactics might = slow growth, but eventually super loyal customers (as long as product/design/value/service constantly improves)?
Is there not a huge void in the world in that people who want to live communally have no real place to go- and trust? Like wouldn’t it be amazing if your local gang or government or huge corporation actually looked out for you and reciprocated everything you gave them? Would Scientology not be the sickest thing ever if it was basically the opposite of Scientology- but still provided a place to belong and something to believe in?
Is all this making you sick and you can’t believe I’m asking for stuff from you- the reader, instead of just spewing my cautionary tale that is perhaps a little guilty pleasure you get entertainment from or whatever? (that’s fair, btw)
Me too actually. My bad. I’m glad I asked the questions because I do need the answers. But I much prefer writing stuff that drips with blood, sweat and tears (sometimes sad ones, sometimes happy ones). Next post will be legit (or I won’t post it).
Thanks in advance-
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