Recently I received a blog reply on my 50 Shades of Grey Balls post. This person wanted me to be interested in the advertising of products around the phenom of “50 Shades of Grey.” If she had read the post, she would see I was writing parody. Let me be clear, I have not, nor will ever read 50 Shades of Grey. I love to write about human silliness or absurdities. Heaven knows we live in the optimum period of human history for both. We live in a time of incredible technology and communication. Our level of knowledge should be higher than ever before. Yet, there is a large audience that watch mindless reality shows like “Honey Boo Boo”, or click “like” nearly one billion times for “Gangnum Style.”
See what I mean? Even Darwin is shaking his head and he’s been dead for centuries. Now back to my 50 shades dilemma. I write to get attention and draw readers to this insane blog. I capitalize on the trends, good or bad, of the moment. Last week is was 50 shades and, god help us, this week it may be Honey Boo Boo. I could type in 50 Shades of Vertical Blinds and people will rush to read this just because they saw 50 shades. Am I right or am I right? If I wrote 50 Shades of Colorado Bongs, I’d have a gazillion hits by Colorado and Washington state BDSM stoners. It’s all about timing with misleading words, you know, that thing called “effective marketing.”
One other point, I am not into BDSM, pornographic, or erotic novels. They are just not my thing, but I admire all authors who are willing to risk judgement for the sake of story-telling. There is a genre for just about every taste or tasteless reader out there. This is what free will and freedom of choice is all about.
Now about my vertical blinds, I have 50 for sale, because in the end it is still about making a living from the use of our creative minds. I also believe my original post about grey golf balls could pay off in the long run.
What absurd human issue have you seen this week? I am always looking for new material.