Last year you could have set a clock to my 13 posts per month output (156 posts for the year). I’d like to maintain that for this year, but I’m more willing to slow it down a bit if it means putting out more long-form projects.
Here are my ten favorite blog posts of 2010, with director commentary for each…
10. The Most Epic Email I Have Ever Received In My Life. I debated putting this email up because I knew that it would encourage my stalker even more (it did), but I just couldn’t resist sitting on something so incredibly hate-filled and awesome. If I ever write an autobiography, I’m going to open it with this email. I’d give it a title along the lines of “Game Works On Every Woman.”
9. The Totem Pole Of Race Attractiveness. After some eye-opening experiences in Brazil, I felt like it was my duty to inform you how you may want to account for your race when selecting which country to visit. Unfortunately not all men are seen as equal in the eyes of women, and being aware of that can maximize your poon pullability. That said, I’ve never selected a country based on how I think I’ll be received, and don’t think you should either unless you only have two weeks of vacation time a year.
8. 30 Types Of Pussy. I was originally going to post the pussy picture and write about my favorite pussy type, but I thought that would be lazy. Then I thought, How about if you write a description of each of the thirty pussies?! This post took the most amount of creative energy of anything else I’ve ever done, and I must’ve looked at the pussy image for over three hours, staring at the individual pussy types while patiently waiting until something popped in my brain. It was a frustrating experience, but I’m very satisfied with the result.
7. The Brazilian Movie Actress. I wanted to take a seemingly simple situation—”Guy meets girl in airport”— and turn it into a story, showing how complex an innocent meeting can be, especially when it’s happening between people of different backgrounds. This experience affected me, not necessarily because of the girl, but because it made me realize how difficult it is to meet someone you’re truly compatible with. Let’s say tomorrow you see a beautiful girl you like with the odds stacked wholly against you—what are you going to do about it? Make your attempt and hope for the best.
6. What’s Wrong With America. I had a lot of conversations with my Danish roommate about America, and wanted to piece them together so I’d have a place to send people when they ask me a question like, “Don’t you have pride for your country?” Obviously I’ve long since given up the idea of settling down in America. Now the problem is more about deciding where to expatiate.
5. The Future Of Game. Here I just wanted to share some game trends I think will firmly take hold. It is gloomy—I admit—and hopefully I’m wrong, but I still believe everything I wrote will indeed happen. As many guys have noted, it’s already happening.
4. The Medellin Diaries. When I went to Colombia, I started a daily journal to give me the option of developing another memoir. After a couple months I realized that my previous trip, which I wrote about in A Dead Bat In Paraguay, was special and unique. The newer trip would have resulted in a lesser book, so I stopped updating the journal and focused on doing Bang Colombia instead. A year later I opened up the journal and read through it for nostalgia’s sake, laughing at all the entries with Karl the Swede. I picked those out, added some more detail, and then called it The Medellin Diaries. It’s not so much a story but a little slice of two gringos living in Medellin.
3. The Bright Side Of Traveling. I originally planned one April Fools joke, but after spending some time in colonial Brazilian towns, I got the idea for a story about having sex with a sheep. I can’t say it was well-received, but it was one of my favorite posts of the year. I really tried to put myself in the story to make the sheep encounter as realistic as possible. I feel that I’ve captured the true essence of interspecies sex.
2. Just Keep Going. I received the most positive feedback on this post than any other, and lots of guys tell me they go back to search for it when they hit a tough patch. I wrote it as I was settling in Rio, when I had to start all over yet again after spending a good amount of time in Colombia. I remember last New Years Eve when I went out alone to the beach of Copacabana with no friends and no girls, with not even a decent prospect I could look forward to. I approached that night in my all-white outfit, got nothing, and then forced myself to go out the night after, when I met a girl that helped turn the tide. I wrote this post as a way to remind myself that no matter how tough things get… just keep going.
1. The United States Of Broken Women. The idea for this post came about at the end of summer, when all the foreign girls left the city and all that was left were scraps. They were turning me off from women completely, so I wanted to share how I felt about them, especially before I left the country (I leave for Iceland in eight days). It took me about a month to finish it.
You can see my other posts for the year at the archives page.
I want to leave you with something motivational for the new year. It’s an excerpt from the NLP book Frogs Into Princes, which I first read almost ten years ago.
Carlos Castenada is a whacko with an Indian friend. There’s a section in book two or three in which Don Juan gives a piece of advice to Carlos. We would not give this piece of advice to any of you, but we will repeat it for whatever it’s worth.
You see, what Juan wanted to do to Carlos—which we wouldn’t of course, want to do to you—was to find some way of motivating him to be congruent and expressive in his behavior at all times, as creative as he could be as a human being. He wanted to mobilize his resources so that each act that Carlos performed would be a full representation of all the potential that was available to him—all the personal power that he had that was available to him at any moment in time.
Specifically what Juan told Carlos was “At any moment that you find yourself hesitating, or if at any moment you find yourself putting off until tomorrow trying some new piece of behavior that you could do today, or doing something you’ve done before, then all you need to do is glance over your left shoulder and there will be a fleeting shadow. That shadow represents your death, and at any moment it might step forward, place its hand on your shoulder and take you. So that the act that you are presently engaged in might be your very last act and therefore fully representative of you as your last act on this planet.”
One of the ways you can use this constructively is to understand that it is indulgent to hesitate. When you hesitate, you are acting as though you are immortal. And you, ladies and gentlemen, are not. You don’t even know the place and the hour of your death.
And so one thing you can do… to remind yourself not to bother to hesitate… is to just suddenly glance over your left shoulder and remember that death is standing there, and make death your advisor. He or she will always tell you to do something representative of your full potential as a person. You can afford no less.
Happy New Year.