Here are some of my thoughts about the YouTube Storm that is under way right as I'm writing. Steven Crowder has been under pressure from the YouTube overlords (yes, I'm calling them overlords). Vox had targeted Steven Crowder, and I believe it steams from Vox and the establish media to ban and censor independent outlets. It really comes down to the fact that the establish media is having a hard time of getting views to their brand. Now, this primary affects political and cultural commentary but it does spill over into other areas like YouTube channels that talk about history and other topics. The reason why I'm putting most of my content creation into this website is because it is my website. I control the website. Steven Crowder won that fight and made a USS Carrier's worth of money. Someone from YouTube tried to ban with no notification to another channel that is around 475,000 subscribers called Black Pigeon Speaks. Now, I didn't really care about his channel too much, I did subscribe to him due because he was temporary ban from YouTube, due to the outcry of people like me that went on Twitter and commented at YouTube Twitter pages about the issue. This is concerning that they tried to get a channel to be ban. Now, my YouTube channel isn't really worth it because I just talk via my smartphone and do it out of the blue, so I know I won't become the "Great YouTuber" within my circles, I'm fine with that. But as a very small content creator/blogger/whatever you want to call me, I find it very concerning that YouTube has been doing this and wants to do this. I understand it is more of an economic issue because the establishment media wants me and everyone to bow down to their content. I will not bow to their content and viewpoints. I will allow them to exist and compete in the the market place. But I personally rather give my time to these independent content creators than going to the establish media. I do occasionally watch CNBC videos on things that look interesting to me but other than that, I typically watch independent content creators because I enjoy their content. We as a community of independent content creators and those who consume their content needs to stand up to each other and protect each other in this ongoing culture war, that the establish media wants us to be ban because they are losing money. If any channel gets outright ban for no reason or for reasons that are ridiculous then I will go to their defense. The establish media is dying because they haven't kept with the times. Sure they try to be relevant but like what I mention above, I only watch the occasional CNBC video about different things that I found interesting most of my content consuming is from independent content creators.
I plan on rolling out a newsletter in the next couple of months. This newsletter will be a very inexpensive plan, meaning, I will at the start, send out a PDF file that I will make about the different topics that I like to write/talk about and what I'm passionate about. And I will send each email individually. Sure it would be a lot more work on my end, but this would be least cost effective way to go about it. Now, if I have a ridiculous amount of subscribers I will have to find a newsletter service that would help me. The reason I would have to do an email individually (I'm cheap) and I want to protect everyone's privacy at the same time. This way, I will have a newsletter that is outside of my website completely. If I get shut down, then I have a temporary alternative until a family member is able to take over my website help me with the whole process. Yes, technically I'm a "higher" risk of my website being take down based on the way I went about it a few years ago. But I really doubt that I would be taken down anytime soon. So, if I do get taken down that is not my fault, then my email is firstname.lastname@example.org is the just in case poop hits the fan for me. I do have contacts of other creators both in the Reformed Camp and Anarcho-Capitalist/Voluntaryist Camp that I can get my stuff out there.
That is my thoughts about my what is going on and thanks for reading this longer but needed post on the things that need to be discussed. I'm very much for freedom of speech but at the same time, I do not want government to get involved either.
I'm very thankful that I have Jesus because I will be OK if I get ban or worse, because I have something that the powers to be can't take away, is my relationship with Jesus. Yes, you AnCaps/Voluntaryists might want to consider putting your faith in Jesus, because no one can't take that away from you. If you do consider Christianity or want to explore it, go to the Bible but also, stuff that is outside of the Bible that I would reconmend is the materials from Dr. James R. White of Alpha & Omega Ministries, and Grace to You (John MacArthur's gig), are two sources out there that helped me with my walk in the Lord Jesus Christ and not drop Christianity, yes, I occasionally watch Amazing Atheist because I want to be challenge. But anyways, I hope that you will believe in Jesus Christ and put your faith in Him Alone.
My Retirement Plan - I plan on working until Jesus calls me home. Here are some of my reasons why I don't want to ever retire. It is primary based on Genesis 1:28 and Genesis 2:15 because this was before the fall of man. One of the purposes of man is to work. I found a job that I thoroughly enjoy. Even my other jobs in the past, that I have done where not that great, I knew it was work and man was created to work. Now, I will have a "retire" portfolio meaning, I'm not going to do the traditional way of retirement. This "retirement" plan isn't the cheapest and in many ways it is the more expensive way of doing it in terms of taxes, but I rather have flexibility in my late 30s and 40s than waiting until I'm 65 years old. I will work my current job until the portfolio is at least 75% paying my expenses, which is going to be a good ten years or so. (I like my overnight job, I will only want to work overnights, from here on out, if I decide to quit my current job before my ten years is up).
Another reason why I don't plan on retiring is because when people retired early (in their 30s and 40s), they eventually went back to work. Because they were board out of their minds. And some of them went into depression after spending their 20s working 60 plus hours (usually two jobs), then finally "Made it" and figure that retiring this early is really not that worth it. Many of them do more long term passion projects, which I might end up doing when I reach my portfolio goal.
So, I'm doing the low cost method of being "financially free" by cutting everything out of the budget and just don't do much spending. I don't even have internet at my apartment anymore, it is cheaper for me to go to McDonald's pay the coffee and sit their for several hours doing stuff, once or twice a week. Meaning my "internet bill" would be under $10 a month. I do keep track of how much I'm spending so that I won't even come close to paying what I was paying for my internet, which it was over $40/month.
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One of the most inexpensive hobbies that I could think of is video games. Depends on how one does video games, once a person buys a video game, that person can play it infinite amount of times without ever shelling out more money. Especially single player games. I have a good five regular played computer games that I go through. If I'm board with one of them, I go on to the next one. I do also have a good three or four other games that I play once a year. But in general I find that I keep wanting to play these types of games, which is mostly conquest/simulation type of games, but I do have NASCAR as a different type of game. Now that being said. That is one of the underlining reasons why I went with video games as an early hobby.
Another one can be photography. Now one does have to shell out a camera but after that, it is just gas money and car maintenance depending on what type of photography one is doing. And maybe make some cash on the side for some one off projects. Photography can be one of the least expensive hobbies out there or even a cost zero if one has some projects on the side to counter act that cost of maintenance and gas of the car.
Creating content on the inter-webs. This is one of things that I'm also doing is sharing what I'm doing to the rest of the world. So, photography, I'm sharing what I'm experiencing. Yes, Photography is kind of two fold meaning, I'm blogging and creating content for my other website - tskjrphotos.com (an exclusive sponsor of this website and brand) - but I don't really blog about or create content about my video gaming actives that much. This blog and website is just an expression of me and what I'm going through at the time I'm doing it. Now, creating content can be as expensive as photography but it doesn't have to be, either. If one is creating vanilla content, one is at a low risk for being shut down. In the case of me, I have to have my own website to express my opinion, because my content is riskier than vanilla content. Why? I'm way too pro-life for most pro-lifers, meaning, I'm anti-abortion, anti-war, anti-government...
Finding an inexpensive hobby and sharing it (or not sharing it in the case of video games for me), can be beneficial.
Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful day! :)
Last year, I went through a minimalist phase meaning, I was calling and identifying myself as a minimalist. And in the summer of 2018, I dropped the labels and went full blown Jesus Alone. Yes, I was a born again Christian back in September of 2003. I was basically identifying myself as a Voluntaryist, Minimalist, Reformed Minded, Young Earth, Cenesationist, Calvinistic, Baptist, Jesus Freak. Basically I dropped all the labels and stick with Jesus Freak or Biblical Christian. Sure I still believe in all the labels in some degree or another but I was putting on more and more labels. This complexity has shifted from material to labels. So, I decided to cut my financial life as well and live as simple as possible.
Why Living Simple?:
Living simple is something one could strive for if they so choose. Our lives are being more and more complex over the last sever decades. I'm mentally living a simple life. I basically stripped down everything mentally and not being emotionally attached to anything or anyone, except Jesus (at least I tried to). Living a simple life is a life of saying no, to a lot of things, but saying yes to things that one values. Right now in my life, I'm supper focused on saving and paying down my debts because I have a job that pays well and pays the bills. Hence, my underlining reason why I have chosen to stay do this blog once a week and pay for the coffee at a local coffee shop (for their internet) because I kicked out my internet bill last month (April 2019). It is better (financially) to pay for a $2.25 coffee at a local coffee shop and use their internet for several hours one day a week, instead of paying internet access at my home which was $40 per month. And I don't have to go to the coffee shop if I don't want to spend the money. So, I spend about $9 - $11.25 per month for fast internet (faster than my mobile hot-spot because I have a Blackberry KeyOne not a KeyTwo or a more advanced smartphone. If I had my more expensive phone, I could in theory get my mobile hot-spot much faster but that would be a cost of $800 to $1,200 for me to upgrade to the latest smart phone, in which I'm unwilling to do until October 2019 or October 2020, which would be my two year anniversary of my Blackberry KeyOne if I buy it in October of 2019. I might wait another year for an upgrade for my smart phone, depends on what happens in October of 2019 in terms of smart phone market. I might switch to another device? Depending on what is out there and the price points of smartphones. That is my thoughts this week. I do have everything that I have done in the past on this website under the about section somewhere. I don't like "deleting" my work in terms of my blogs and other content that I post on my website. Sure it looks clean but if you dig around it isn't as clean as one thinks.
This is a blog that is about living a simple Jesus Center life. This blog will be a personal blog of Terence Shane Kruger Jr. and I will be talking about different things on this blog. I will post stuff weekly either on Friday or Saturday every week.