Writing all Day

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Today I had a sort of half day at work. Got up, took care of work and then I was get started on the projects I wanted to get on to. And man its time to write.

First, I just finished writing all my thank you letters to my fans as well as addressing their envelopes. So sorry to everyone that it took me this long to get to this. I really was slacking, but now I am back on it. I got a little bit disorganized for a bit there.

Jordan Peterson would be ashamed that I didn’t clean my room for a few days.

So sorry, getting that straightened today.

Now that I have the letters all taken care of I’m moving on to todays blog post. Getting this up right now as you read, and once this is done then I will be on to writing raps until the stream tonight.

Hell, with all the rapping I am doing I wonder if I should start writing a weekly article for the paper or something. I honestly think that I could fit it in, I’m already working in overdrive anyways. Besides, I like having no time to nothing but work.

A busy Nolan is a good Nolan.

I also have a hypothesis about my raps, as to why they have started to get much better, especially my free styling. I think all this writing is getting my brain working on another level and that it is remembering more words than I used to. I really don’t have any other explanation. It isn’t like I suddenly got a lot smarter and read a ton of books or something, I think the usage of more words on the daily has been increasing my brain’s mental bank.

I also think that it could be due to the fact that I listen to intensely to lyrics now whereas in the past I did not. That deserves a blog post in itself. When I was in high school I could care less about lyrics, but now it is almost all I care about. If the lyrics are super trash, I cannot listen to it. Now, by trash this does not exclude party rap or turn up music, just things that I find offensive or wrong: which is a wide variety of which many of you would be surprised to find what is and what is out.

Most likely, it’s not what you all would expect.

It was really funny the other day I was chatting with 80purppp and I told him my favorite lines from his songs and replied,

“you listen so well it’s scary.”

I fucking love that hahaha! And I think it is good to listen intensely to lyrics, especially if you are working on your own raps. You can get so much inspiration and technique from the people that you listen through absorption. When I really think about it, my flows summed up would be a mix of Too Short, Tyga, Big Sean, Pouya, G-Eazy, and most definitely Logic. His rapping has had a huge influence on mine. And it totally happened subconsciously. When I was listening to myself freestyle I thought,

“Oh shit I’m going logic mode right now!”

So I recently I started listening to a lot of Logic to study his rhymes so I could work on mine. And dude I fucking love logic’s new album. It’s an absolute masterpiece. But that is its own blog post.

Another rapper whose flows have snuck into my raps is Jay-Z. And dude, I am cool with that. HOV has such a classic sound. I just hope my sound doesn’t sound like a rip-off lol.

And two rappers I wish I could emulate would be Method Man and Mac Miller. Those two are just simply amazing. R.I.P. Mac.

Well, today’s post is a little short as I have even more writing to do, but tomorrow is going to make up for it because it is Sunday. This means it is not the day of rest, but the day of work when Top Shelf and I get in the studio and make a new track. But it’s the most fun work I do, so it’s like rest. I think God will be pleased.

Especially with the messages, the two of us are working very hard to keep our raps real and not full of bullshit.

Time to get at it and like Logic says GET IT DONE.

 

Keep Smiling,

Nolan

Show them nothing but Gratitude

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Most of you are familiar that I started live streaming again about a month and a half ago, but it was not until about two weeks ago that I seriously committed myself to my new schedule. This was honestly a large step for me as I had never done this before. In the past I had always copped out from setting a rigid schedule in some type of way.

I would either have days off, or different times for different days, and if I had a schedule I never stuck to it. But this time around I decided to. I was tired of my show not growing and I knew that the reason was because I was not dedicated to it. It was time to start getting dedicated. So I made the schedule and here we are. And the results have been fantastic.

I have nothing but gratitude for all the viewers that have come to my show over these past two weeks.

Old and new, people have been tuning in day after day to watch me and it honestly melts my heart. I promise I will keep at it everyone.

So this brings me to the title of today’s post. Again, I am filled with gratitude for all the support that I have been getting from my channel; and not just viewership, but also financial.

These past few days in particular have been very good to me. Finn came in and gave me a very large tip, as well as G_Shot, Dmanzime, Pyro, and others. Seeing so many different fans come in and tip me so well made me think about how I wanted to just say more than “thank you.”

I decided that I wanted to write them “thank you.”

So here we were. I had then made the decision to write a letter to everyone that tipped my show 20$. I thought that was a good amount as if I wrote letters in support of 1$ tips I wouldn’t end up making any money after postage. Sort of self-defeating. And then I thought that if I was writing letters for the sums in between then it would just be too much for me to handle. So that was how I chose my parameters.

The next day my mother called. She had concern for my letter idea. She said,

“Your letter is sort of a prize. And if you only write letters back to the people who tip 20$ or more, wouldn’t that make those who tip less feel like they aren’y important enough?”

My mother was right, as always. After all, I we all know from my post earlier this week that everyone is important. So I decided to change my stance.

From now on, whoever tips my show 3$ or more will get a letter.

Everyone is important, and if I have to do more work writing more letters than I am happy to do so. Writing a plethora of letters to fans is a great problem I would like to have.

But anything under 3$ I’m not going to bother with only because after postage (the paper I write on (which is nice paper by the way), the envelope itself, and the stamp) I wouldn’t be making out with much money. And the whole point of tips is to put something in my bank account after all.

So cheers to everyone that has been supporting my show, in every way that you do.

From the viewership, to the subscriptions, to the retweets, to the tips. I absolutely and indebted to you all for it and I appreciate the gratitude. I am very excited for this new year of 2019 and for what it holds.

Today after work I checked out this little cottage that I am going to bid to rent. It would be perfect for me and my show. It has a small separate room that shares no walls with any neighbors and also has a yard around so that sound can be dampened. Renting has been an issue for me as I the last thing I want is to get a place but then have an instant noise complaint. So apartments have been essentially a no-go and looking for free standing structures is tougher to find. But I think the waiting period may be over and this one will work.

Again, my deepest thanks to everyone that has been staying updated with me throughout these past few months. A lot has certainly happened for me in them but it looks that everything is starting to stabilize. But, back to my main point so I can finish this post and then get ready for my stream, gratitude is absolutely essential. If people are supporting you in your life, reach out and thank them. Do not merely accept their kindness without letting them know how much it means.

And further, I encourage you to go the extra mile. This does not have be extreme by the way. Take for example my letters. I really do want to show my followers that I care about them and that their support means much to me. So I will write to them. Is this going to cost me a lot of money? No, not really. It will cost me more time than anything. But it is absolutely worth it because it is my weapon of proof that I do care about my chat. Most streamers won’t go farther than saying a verbal “thank you” on stream, (which is not bad, it is what is appropriate and normal actually) but I want to separate myself from them by doing something more.

So I write.

And this is how I do it. It doesn’t necessarily have to be how you do it, although I would encourage it as it is relatively inexpensive and highly effective. People can hold on to letters for the rest of their life and reread them. Saying “thank you” on stream in the moment happens and then it is gone. It just is not the same.

But whatever it is that you might choose to do, make it unique, and make it something that shows you are going a step above the rest so to demonstrate your gratitude for those in your life that take care of you. It only looks daunting before you start doing it, but once you get in the habit of working at thanking those who help you, you will feel so much better about yourself as well.

So all of you reading that have others in your life that support you, whether they are local or on the internet, show them nothing but gratitude.

 

Keep Smiling,

Nolan