Who Inspires The Influencers?

A funny detail that some forget is that whenever you see a public person there are usually other people who are part of the package as well.

A professional artist or musician doesn’t just materialise out of thin air without inspiration or guidance.

Likewise an online influencer who is pushing some sort of product is probably doing so due to brand deals, endorsement deals or could be creating positive, un-paid for propaganda content in the hopes of landing a sponsorship deal.

There is always more than what meets the eye.

My reason for writing this tonight is that I’m currently compiling a couple of new blog books. The entries have been published on the internet anyway so I see no wrong in transforming them into books and putting them up for sale. In fact that will probably look way more orderly, especially with explanatory introductions, etc;

I have already one blog book under my belt with entries written in 2015 & 2016, and there is way more to come.

By simply looking at my fist year of keeping a blog there are four categories that present themselves:

  1. Super fun entries about what I do professionally together with my mom/manager covering: award shows, travelling, lesson learnt as a musician and career highlights.
  2. The everyday toil of being a creative, independent musician with all its ups and downs
  3. Well written (or ok written) opinion pieces, thought experiments and book reviews. Inspired by current events, history, life, and topics discussed within the home.
  4. Filler content or what would become outtakes when compiling a book.

It is a good idea to get some sort of an overview as a blogger. In total I’ve written over 624 WordPress entries, a great deal of them with a 10k + word count, some have been deleted since I thought of them as silly or pointless. In addition to that I write by hand all of the time + that I’m a songwriter and constantly find myself in a creative process.

I’m currently playing with the idea of shutting down my blog next year or at least radically change it, since I have other things that I would like to prioritize time wise. This has been my hobby ever since 2015 and I’m not quite sure which label would be the most accurate one: habit or “online addiction.”

My first brush with opinion pieces was back when I was 17 years old and had to have a guitar break. My most productive blog year was 2017 when I was ill and down for the count. So I always turn to writing if I’m not doing well health wise + that it is a very accessible medium since no recording studio or art supplies are needed.

I’ve run a bit out of steam this year when it comes to “The Daily Walk” which I also did at the age of 18 when I was co-running a political zine. At a certain point I just flagged out and didn’t follow the news for 7-8 years.

Being a creative artist is a bit more fulfilling and interesting to me than commenting on destructive people starting wars and ruining the planet.

I will organise everything that I’ve written here on WordPress so far and then I’ll see where I’ll go from there. Whenever I start a chapter I also enjoy concluding it.

I’m a bit more excited by the idea of making more picture books for children & a new illustrated lyric book for my latest album! That will mean more art & less words!

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Trump can’t fire anyone and neither could Tsar Nicholas II

I highly recommend reading this article!

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The late reign of the Russian Tsars was marked by their near total inability to exert their will over anything.

At Tsar Nicholas II’s coronation festival:

Before the food and drink was handed out, rumours spread that there would not be enough for everyone. As a result, the crowd rushed to get their share and individuals were tripped and trampled upon, suffocating in the dirt of the field.[39] Of the approximate 100,000 in attendance, it is estimated that 1,389 individuals died[37] and roughly 1,300 were injured.[38] The Khodynka Tragedy was seen as an ill omen and Nicholas found gaining popular trust difficult from the beginning of his reign. The French ambassador’s gala was planned for that night. The Tsar wanted to stay in his chambers and pray for the lives lost, but his uncles believed that his absence at the ball would strain relations with France,

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Christians in Pop-Music, Homelessness in Finland & Fake News.

After I had written a blog post about Homelessness in England I received a very interesting article in the mail about how they have tackled homelessness in Finland. Some of these methods are now being tried out over here which is a good thing! I hope that it will work!

Here is an article that I came across about the increase in Christians in pop-music! Considering how Christianity is consistently ridiculed it is quite staggering to see how many major pop and rock artists considers themselves to be of the faith! I found this to be a very uplifting read indeed! Christianity in show-biz.

I’ve taken a break from reading the news but decided to feature these two articles since they have a positive vibe to them.

The issue at the heart of the negative news-cycle is money I’m sure. I saw a TED talk with Monica Lewinsky a while back where she said that she was one of the very first internet shaming victims. She claimed that everyone threw her under the bus in the name of “click-bait-articles” without any concern for her wellbeing or her future. It was a very interesting speech that I would highly recommend. Her parents were apparently on “suicide watch” since they were so worried about how she would handle all of the negative attention. She couldn’t get hired anywhere either.

You need stories that can sell regardless of whether or not this increases tension and even create conflict. Bad news & scandals sell, and if something sells then people who are “clever” tend to promote this for all that it is worth regardless of what the cultural impact might be or how many lives that are utterly destroyed.

I’m sure that this is one of the reasons as to why there is such an abundance of “fake news.”

An Open Letter to Liberals and Centrists — evolutionistx

I highly recommend reading this very interesting article about voting patterns and demographics! It is not too long and it is well-written. Check it out!

Welcome. Come in, take a seat. Would you like some tea? Don’t worry, we aren’t even evil–though you might not want to tell your friends you’ve been here. They might not understand. In light of the recent election craziness, it’s time for a serious discussion. First, some basic facts: Here’s some poll data on the […]

via An Open Letter to Liberals and Centrists — evolutionistx

Migrants Aim For Norway Via Arctic Route Along Russia-Border….

With all of this focus on the Southern and South-Eastern borders in Europe, it is remarkable that border crossings in the North are completely left out of the picture.

I had no idea that people travel via Russia to get asylum in Norway. I have to admit that this was completely new to me.

Good to see that the country is protected.

Norway’s Arctic Border Problem.

It is of interest that population groups that are non-European are doing everything in their power to get into this continent, whether by improvised “boats” on the Mediterranean or by walking in the arctic…

Are Western territories really the only territories on this planet worth living in? You would certainly think so when reading about this massive influx of asylum seekers pouring in all over the “continent.”

Norway’s geography apparently makes it hard to besiege, yet there’s been so much writing about lack of personnel and funding when it comes to our defence, that you would think that the end is nigh.

I guess all Norway needs is more involvement and then we are probably sorted. The nature and terrain itself is violent; which is what these articles describe in part…

Some Norwegian politicians want the border closed down immediately, the prime minister states that it is not that easy.

 

Patron Saints of Europe.

I was looking  for a symbol that could represent Europe besides the EU flag. On my quest for this I came across the following Saints listed below … I guess I was thinking of Athena, patroness of Athens while I was searching for a “unified Europe symbol” I couldn’t really find much besides what I’ve listed ↓

  1. Saint Benedict.
  2. Saint Catherine of Siena.
  3. Saint Ansgar. The patron saint of Scandinavia.
  4. St. Teresa Benedicta of The Cross.
  5. Bridget of Sweden.
  6. Saint Cyril & Saint Methodius
  7. Saint Scholastica, the twin sister of Saint Benedict.
  8. Jan Hus. A very interesting read about one of the “predecessors” of Martin Luther.
  9. Christina, Queen of Sweden. An interesting read about the “tomboy Queen” who converted to Catholicism & abdicated her throne.
  10. Eternal King and Patron Saint of Norway: Saint Olaf.
  11. Saint Magnus Erlendsson. A patron Saint of Norway.
  12. Religious Retreats.
  13. Croatian Hand Tattoos.
  14. What the KKK and the & Catholic church have in common.
  15. Odin.