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Six Tips For Everyone Who’s Ever Emailed Me For Advice On How To Start A Blog Or How To Write For A Living

Damon Young

 

1. Perhaps, because I’ve managed to create a popular blog and etch out a career where people pay me money to write words about things on a computer screen so that people can read them, you’ve assumed that I have unique insights to offer. This is understandable, as you’re not the first and will not be the last person to assume that all successful people have unique insights on being successful that would be applicable to everyone, but you specifically.

Unfortunately, this is not true. I have no template to offer and no substantive and specific advice to give. I could, however, tell you how it worked and continues to work for me. That the only reason that VSB is what it is today is because I can’t (and don’t want to) do anything else. That the only way for a nigga from Pittsburgh with…

a) no interest in leaving Pittsburgh

b) an aggressively underwhelming resume (and no interest in getting a masters or PhD)

c) no ambitions to use writing as a springboard to eventually leave writing to do something else (like radio or TV or something)

d) no real interest in social media (or in being particularly social)

e) no connections to any Ivies or HBCUs or fraternities or universities or newspapers or large media platforms or NYC or D.C. or ATL or Chicago any other networks often available for us (Black people in media) to lean on for instant credibility or support

…to be able to do this for a living was to create my own shit and build it to the point that hopefully, maybe people would email and call me because they damn sure weren’t going to answer my emails and calls. That living in Pittsburgh actually helped me, because the cost of living here is so low that I was able to survive for a couple years on freelancing, steady but frequently late paychecks, and timely grants in a way that I wouldn’t have been able to in a bigger city. That I wasn’t very good at writing when I started blogging but worked very hard to get better because I was scared to fucking death of what would happen if I didn’t. That I vacillate daily — hourly even — between believing I’m the shit and believing I’m still not any good. That fear and a sneaky ambition to be the best at what I do are my primary muses. My only muses, really.

But, again, this is what is working for me. I do not know if it would work for you, so I can not tell you to do what I did and what I’m doing because I have no fucking clue what would happen to you if you did.

2. I can, however, tell you to just figure out what you want to write about, and just start writing, I guess.

3. And, if you do choose to do that, know that you’re going to suck at it for a while. You are going to be fucking terrible. If you keep with it and, over time, get better, you’re going to read the shit you’re writing now, and you’re going to cringe so hard that you’ll want to jump out of a window.

(Also, I should probably let you know that back when I wasn’t getting my emails returned and pitches accepted, my first reaction was incredulousness. It was them, I thought, not me. Because I was fucking awesome. But it was totally, absolutely, 100% me. I just wasn’t good enough. Your friends and family might not tell you that, but time will.)

4. Know that if you want to get better you have to get used to being lonely. Because it’s going to take thousands and thousands of lonely hours reading and writing (mostly reading) for you to do that. Actually, getting used to being lonely isn’t enough. You have to enjoy loneliness. Prefer it to (most) people, even.

5. Also, become well-acquainted with doubt, anxiety, sleeplessness, fatigue, jealousy, jitters, the tenuousness of mettle and confidence, angst, disappointment, vacillation, worry, and, occasionally, panic. These will be your new best friends. Treat them well, and feed them peanuts. (They like peanuts.)

6. Or don’t do any of this. And just keep living the life you were living before you sent that email.

That’s all I have. I hope this helps.

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Damon Young

Damon Young is the editor-in-chief of VSB. He is also a columnist for GQ.com And he's working on a book of essays to be published by Ecco (HarperCollins). Damon is busy. He lives in Pittsburgh, and he really likes pancakes. Reach him at damon@verysmartbrothas.com. Or don't. Whatever.

  • Val

    The hardest part about writing, to me, is being honest. Not just being honest about the easy stuff or the surface stuff. But being honest about the things that are hardest to be honest about. Vanity and ego have to go out the window in order to be a good or great writer. Anything less and you may as well stick to Twitter or IG.

    And being a full-time freelance writer would add another layer to that. Weather you are coming up with story ideas on your own or getting assignments, the pressure must be at times unbearable.

    I really respect VSB for it’s consistency, posting daily is hard to say the least. And finding interesting and relevent topics on a daily basis must be terrifying.

    So, I’ll take this opportunity to say thanks to Damon and PJ for the hard work. You do a great job.

    • “And finding interesting and relevant topics on a daily basis must be terrifying.”

      That has to be hard. There’s no way I could write about a lot of these topics the way that Peej and Champ do. Mustering that amount of give-a-d*mn is impressive.

      • Damon Young

        “Mustering that amount of give-a-d*mn is impressive”

        lol, sometimes that level of “give-a-d*mn” is, well, exaggerated

        • Well, you’re adept at fooling everyone.

    • miss t-lee

      “So, I’ll take this opportunity to say thanks to Damon and PJ for the hard work. You do a great job.”

      Seriously though. Slow clap for you guys.
      Y’all kick all of the azz.

      • They really do.

        • miss t-lee

          I can’t even put together the bullet journal I’ve been starting since December.

          • I’ve had a word document open all morning intending to write about baseball and culture and haven’t typed a word. There’s another about Moonlight that hasn’t progressed in weeks.

            • miss t-lee

              Well. It’ll happen and when it does it’ll be on point, as always.

            • TheUnsungStoryteller

              Man….I was supposed to be writing right now during my break in the day…but no. What am I doing? Reading an article about writing and responding to comments.

              • Roz

                LOL!

                • Angelarfranks

                  Google is paying 97$ per hour! Work for few hours & have longer with friends and family! !dg35c:
                  On tuesday I got a great new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $8752 this last four weeks.. Its the most-financialy rewarding I’ve had.. It sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
                  !dg35c:
                  ??
                  ??;?? http://GoogleFinancialCashJobs325DirectOfficeGetPaid$97/Hour ????????????????????????????????????????????????????::::::!dg35c:….,…….

              • I finished them came to read! Lol

      • TheUnsungStoryteller

        They are seriously underrated.

      • Aye Bee

        Amen!!!

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      Their willingness to take an L, and then learn from it!

      • Roz

        This is what kept me on VSB. Not a lot of people fess up and it’s refreshing.

    • TheUnsungStoryteller

      100% FACTUAL. There are so many rejection letters and notes that come along with writing. One of the reasons I believe Stephen King is so successful is because he was able to embrace every single rejection letter he received as a writer early in his career.

      • Kylroy

        Maybe that was the secret that enabled him to write so fast his *publishers* told him to delay books.

    • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

      Magnificient words Sister.

      • Val

        Thanks, Truth.

        • truthseeker2436577@yahoo.com

          You’re Welcome Sister.

    • This!!

  • I’m a complete #5

    • miss t-lee

      Listen.
      LISTEN.

  • I am on the job market and had to take down my blog. Also, for mental health- I blogged around #blacklivesmatter stuff, which is mainly writing about how police shatter black bodies, and several family members and colleagues have also died this year. To quote an author— for several months, all I was surrounded by was fear and dead men. Dinner conversations became morbid and I stopped sleeping, so I had to take the blog down.

    I miss it, but am sleeping seven hours again. My wife also now looks forward to date night. I gonna keep Champ’s advice in mind for when I come back to it- because I will come back when I figure out how to integrate it successfully with my work, marriage, and mental health.

    • TheUnsungStoryteller

      Weren’t you a teacher too?

      • Teacher and assistant principal. Now a college counselor. This role doesn’t allow me to do what I do best and I now realize I’m a lot happier in a school supporting teachers and students. So I’m looking for a transition.

        • TheUnsungStoryteller

          Oh wow…Hmmm…I’m looking to do college readiness too. Any tips?

    • miss t-lee

      Take care of yourself, man.

      • Roz

        Always.

        • miss t-lee

          You before others. Always.

      • I am. I spend most of my free time grilling in my new house and it’s done wonders for my mental health!

        • kingpinenut

          Bacon????

          • Roz

            Wolverine hands..*word to King B*

            • He had jokes that night, didn’t he?

              • Roz

                I cackled! He was right though..

              • I had much faith in you, after seeing those pics!
                #grillingistherapeutic

            • kingpinenut

              i know i gots issues….lots of issues

              bacon might be 99 of em

              • miss t-lee

                *cackling*

              • Roz

                But Bacon is bae…it’s like a snapchat filter, it makes everything better.

                • kingpinenut

                  btw your love of wolverine and bacon…you gonna make somebody right happy in life

                  #DotheDambTing

          • Funny.

            More like ribs, brisket, steak, swordfish, and salmon.

            • kingpinenut

              *slow nod*

              Brisket will do just fine

              • miss t-lee

                Just fine, indeed.

            • PunchDrunkLove….my boo

              Ooouuuu, I’m heading to a seafood birthday shindig in a couple of hours. Yuuuum

              • You are very lucky.

                • PunchDrunkLove….my boo

                  Heading home now to get clean.

          • Michelle is my First Lady

            Turkey Bacon

            • miss t-lee

              404 Error.

              • Michelle is my First Lady

                Bwahahaha!

              • Simms~

                Agreed. That ish is NOT bacon man. Let’s just call it what it is ‘cured turkey strips’.

                • miss t-lee

                  Exactly!!!!

            • kingpinenut

              Not this slander again….smgdh

            • Roz

              What is this thing you speak of?

            • Roz
              • fedup

                Bacon wrapped turkey is the bidness!

                • Roz

                  I can’t remember when I started but bacon in mac and cheese is the only way I’ll have it.

              • Michelle is my First Lady

                That stuffing tho…

            • BrothasKeeper

              *downvotes*

          • Val

            Always with the bacon, this one. Lol

        • miss t-lee

          Oh we saw that grill work the other week!

        • BrothasKeeper

          Dat side of beef, tho!

          • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

            Lamb I thought

            • BrothasKeeper

              ‘Twas!

    • Roz

      I definitely understand the need for self care. I stopped listening to the news for the same reason, I mean, I get daily briefings on an app but there was a good timeframe where I was actively searching for “who died today at the hands of the those sworn to protect and serve”. It takes it’s toll.

      • I was like that too. For the sake of my marriage I had to learn to moderate.

      • TheUnsungStoryteller

        Nowadays, I just look at NYT briefs that come through my email. I can’t handle what’s going on with our politics in large doses.

    • Michelle is my First Lady

      Glad to hear you are doing better.

    • I’m on the fence about hiding my blog and twitter if I go job hunting. I know it will hold me back but if I can’t be me, why would I want to work there anyway?

      • TheUnsungStoryteller

        I’ve thought about this as well.

      • Valerie

        I felt like this too but if you’re smart you can use your Twitter as a networking tool. Stay away from negative things and if needed delete some tweets. I tweet mostly about nerdy things on my Twitter but because of this I have Microsoft Business Page, game and web developers companies, and other local IT places following me. Whenever they invite to a forum, I try to make it.

      • Yeah. I felt like a sellout for a day when I took down the blog.

        But I have a mortgage. And a wife in need school. So I’m gonna be what I need to do to handle that first.

        • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

          Funny I changed the spelling of my name on FB, and removed the name of my company from LinkedIn (defeats the purpose but whatever) because I was worried about my posts somehow being used to give me issues at the gig. I have mouths to feed and bills to pay.

          • Once you hit a certain stage in your life/career, you have to find different ways to be unapologetically black. I hate it.

          • TheUnsungStoryteller

            I thought about that doing that. Like…what if they see my comments on VSB? It’s over.

            • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

              That was the catalyst for me.

    • Wise Old Owl

      Brother,
      Stay strong, positive and focused.
      Best Wishes in your job search…Keep ya head up!

  • Damon Young

    also, i don’t want to discourage anyone from blogging or writing or anything. i just wanted to be honest and sh*t

  • MsCee

    See, this is why I have chosen to start a twerking/gaming YouTube channel. Being creative is too stressful.

  • Brooklyn_Bruin

    ” worked very hard to get better”

    Curious as
    1) methods and
    2) metrics.

  • TheUnsungStoryteller

    As one of those bright risk-takers who chose to major in journalism, I agree completely with this. As a matter of fact, one of the reasons why I decided to do Teach for America before delving in full force into the journalism field was because of the challenges I knew I would face as a writer/multimedia journalist/broadcast journalist/everyothertradejackdoes after college. I LOVE it all. However, I also fighting for justice and social advocacy in schools. Since I am out of teaching right now (and it’s not happening again anytime soon….too much stress and over work…loved my kids though) I am trying to figure out a way to blend the two. Especially now in this job transition in my life…I’m thinking about going to grad school in a couple of years for many reasons and then become an education reporter. For the time being, I’ve tasked myself to WRITE and publish something for Medium every single day.

    I love the heck out of writing. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember. However, it has been the toughest challenge jumping back on board after 2 years of publishing quality work.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      TFA!??!!

      Rank the following in terms of teacher issues – from worst to least worst

      Students
      Parents
      Co-workers
      Administration
      Bills

      • MsCee

        My TFA friends have theeee funniest stories of all time. The most recent one consisted of two students, a lunchbox, and a three BIG a$$ turds in said lunchbox. I literally cried listening to them tell this story.

        • TheUnsungStoryteller

          Every teacher in the world could literally write a book about stories in the classroom. And they would ALL be NYT Bestsellers.

          • BrothasKeeper

            If you start a teacher blog, I will frequent that joint!

            The #1 teacher issue: too many cooks. Eeeeeeveryone has a theory, solution, “magic bullet”, trendy approach, panacea. People want uniformity and autonomy at the same time, but too much uniformity, you’re a socialist; too much automomy, you’re a bleeding heart.

            Bloom’s Taxonomy, Piaget, and Maslow’s hierarchy, I think, have provided educators with a sufficient template for the pedagogy used for basic uniform operation of a school system, then along come these numerous study groups/experts/leading authorities descending from their lofts to offer pearls. I can use your pedagogy all day all night, but it amounts to precisely d!c k when I have a child who didn’t get a wink of sleep the night before because her bed for the evening was a strip of cardboard on a sidewalk. Then an administrator gives me a poor evaluation when they enter my class and see her with her head on her desk, so they make the assumption that I wasn’t engaging the student more actively. Teachers have to be allowed to do whatever works for them within the constructs of the curriculum. I’ll stop right here.

            • TheUnsungStoryteller

              RIGHT!!! And I have something in the works…I’ll keep you posted!

      • TheUnsungStoryteller

        Haha. Whew. That’s a tough one because the quality of teaching is based on several different factors (all of those included including OVERTIME WORK).

        I never had a problem with bills though. There’s a low cost of living in Houston and you get paid pretty well as a teacher (especially if you don’t have any chirren of your own).

        • Epsilonicus

          At my school when I did my one year tour of duty as a teacher, the biggest issue was the administration

          • TheUnsungStoryteller

            There was an article that was recently in the news about teachers leaving because of the administration: http://www.indy.education/blog/2017/3/13/teachers-quit-principals-not-schools

            • Epsilonicus

              Our admin was terrible to new teachers. They left us out with no support whatsoever

              • TheUnsungStoryteller

                And there lies the problem. That infuriates me. Guess who loses in the end? The students.

                • Epsilonicus

                  It made me completely leave the field. I had no interest in teaching after that year

        • Administration makes or breaks a school. Parents won’t screw around if you if they know the dean, APs, and principal won’t put up with their crap.

          • TheUnsungStoryteller

            True. But it takes the administration to be on your side. Otherwise, you are on your own. I hate the fact that in education, there are sides. Whatever happened to us all being a team and family?

            Once KIPPnotized, Always KIPPnotized.

    • Val

      Being an education reporter sounds amazing.

      • TheUnsungStoryteller

        It’s much needed. It’s just finding the discipline to sit down and write for me. Oh…and network. That’s very important.

    • Didn’t know you were TFA! I’m Mississippi Delta ’08. You?

      • TheUnsungStoryteller

        I thought we talked about this before? Lol. I’m Houston ’14

        • I have a bad rememory. Forgive me.

          • TheUnsungStoryteller

            It’s totally fine. It was a while ago. I tend to remember people on here who have expressed that they were/are teachers.

      • Cheech

        I interviewed in 92. They didn’t take me. (No one needs HS social studies teachers, cause that’s where they put their coaches. They only wanted elementary or HS STEM, and that wasn’t me.)

        • That sucks. I got recruited as a social studies teacher. If we had better social studies education we wouldn’t of elected a facist orange to office.

          • Cheech

            They had 640 slots that year, and I qualified for one: English/Theater in Eastern NC. When I didn’t get that one I went to law school.

          • TheUnsungStoryteller

            I loved teaching 7th social studies and writing, even though it was Texas History. I made sure that they knew about their history (wink, wink – if you know what I mean). I’ve never seen anything more biased than a Texas history book. Never used it except for stations.

            • I did TFA Institute in Houston and taught summer school at Deedy Middle School, I believe it’s called. When teaching on the Civil War, I was told to attribute the primary cause to sectionalism rather than slavery. By a veteran black teacher following the state standards.

              I explicitly taught slavery was the cause. My focus for my history BA was antebellum American history and I wasn’t going to be party to the drivel Texas standards says what really was the cause of the most important war we fought in.

              • TheUnsungStoryteller

                Yeah! It’s even more screwed up when you teach Texas history because Texas is PROUD to be Texas (the state that used to be its OWN country)…and when I say Texas I mean WHITE Texas. I made sure I told my kids that one of the main causes to lead to the Texas Revolutionary War was the fact that the White Americans wanted to bring their slaves and have slavery but Santa Anna and the Mexicans weren’t about that life. They were opposed to slavery. It was part of the growing tension between American Texans and the Mexicans. They try to hide that fact in the history books.

                • Yeah. Black people are all over American history. You don’t even have to look that hard. Sam Houston was anti-slavery, right?

                  • TheUnsungStoryteller

                    Houston disliked slavery, but he had slaves and recognized it was a fact of life to be dealt with. He was conflicted by it, though.

        • TheUnsungStoryteller

          Wow…that was back around the time they first started! I’m sure they would take you now! They really look for special ed. or special risk areas like the Rio Grande Valley and I think Mississippi Delta too.

  • Mary Burrell

    I could definitely do online schooling.

  • I don’t think I’ll ever stop writing. Not sure if I will ever do it professionally but I still enjoy shouting at the anonymous nobody.

  • Alessandro De Medici

    (Segway) For the financial types, how much longer till Sears/KMart is dead and gone like Ja Rule’s rap career:

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/e8f7648d7c9bef842f98da2c6014962e175d26930f57bc154e81a85b134c25ce.png

    • They should move to Mexico and change their name. That’s not a joke.

    • Didn’t they just make an announcement the other day?
      Also, people are sleeping in their cars outside jc penneys too. Once that sign goes up – it’s on and poppin.

      • Alessandro De Medici

        Yep. Amazon is cleaning house.

        • Kylroy

          Isn’t Amazon also now opening physical stores?

          • Roz

            Whaaa?? Would this be “smart”?

            • Kylroy

              I’d imagine in some very dense areas, where they’ve already got distribution centers, it makes economic sense.

          • miss t-lee

            They can barely get things to me within the prime window. I don’t think I’d trust them with physical stores.

            • A store pick up option might be OK. You could get it same day like auto parts stores.

              • Kylroy

                Yeah, they don’t need to get stuff to *you* if it’s a store.

              • miss t-lee

                Hmmmm. Good point.

              • They have that already – the Amazon locker where you can pick up your packages!

              • TheUnsungStoryteller

                That would be DOPE.

        • kingpinenut

          Can’t get an orange julius at Amazon tho :/

        • fedup

          They really are. On all fronts. wonder how long it’ll be before most store fronts are gone?

          • The Amazon warehouse near me just bought a fleet of 18 wheelers instead of calling UPS, DHL and Fedex

        • Michelle is my First Lady

          They are building an Amazon distribution center right down from house. 700 employees, and I think that is the relatively small compared to other distribution centers.

          • Brooklyn_Bruin

            Horrible warehouse jobs,, make UPS look like a good move

        • Are the drone deliveries still experimental?, because it would be straight skeet shooting in Philly.

          • Alessandro De Medici

            It’s still a work in progress.

            i think they’re considering doing an airship instead.

      • BatmansExWife

        And I absolutely love JC Pennys. Luckily, the one near me is staying open. I’d be ticked if it was closing.

    • miss t-lee

      Aren’t they already closing stores?

      • Roz

        The ones in Houston definitely.

        • miss t-lee

          I forget they’re open until my grandmother wants me to run her through there for something.

          • BrothasKeeper

            Sears was the go-to store for that last minute Father’s Day gift.

            • Roz

              HA!! This is so true…there was one literally in front of my house. Their ties did the work.

              • Smh @ u

                • Roz

                  DONT. JUDGE. ME. It’s the thought that counts!

                  • What’s next, airport gifts?!
                    *bangs gavel*

                    • Roz

                      Wait, where do YOU get souvenir?

            • PunchDrunkLove….my boo

              Yuuup. I remember being in the 3rd grade and a couple of girls would bring the Sears Christmas Catalog to school. Man o man I was sooo envious. They lived on the same street and their moms were besties. They’d be marking stuff they wanted. All I could do was catch a glimsp from the sideline. Loaded with toys.

              • miss t-lee

                I remember my Mom getting the Sears and JCPenney’s catalogs in the mail. My sibs and I would sit at the kitchen table and make lists of stuff we wanted. We didn’t get a 1/4 of what we wrote down…lol We were dreaming big as heyll!
                Good memories though.

                • That Christmas catalog was awesome. We would fight over it.

                  • miss t-lee

                    Hellz yeah! It got serious.

                • I remember when Sears had go-karts, and we would circle them bidges til the cows came home.

                  • miss t-lee

                    Aw man. This sounds fun.

                    • Circle it, cut it out with scissors, put it under your parents pillow, -you weren’t getting one.

                    • miss t-lee

                      ???

                • PunchDrunkLove….my boo

                  No doubt the same with them. LOL Half the enjoyment was standing around at recess picking out stuff we wanted, ooowing and aahhhing.

                  Good times fo sho

                  • miss t-lee

                    Yup…lol

                  • Cheech

                    (Also stealing glances at the women’s undies section. The VS of its day.)

                    • PunchDrunkLove….my boo

                      Well, I was a kid so if I looked at undies it was the matching printed cotton panties and tshirt with the tiny bow. Plus I think most of the stuff was granny style. Gotta remember we were kids. LOL

                    • Cheech

                      They were granny style, but the models weren’t grannies. When you’re 10 you take what you can get, and your imagination does the rest.

              • BrothasKeeper

                My siblings and I schemed and plotted every October 1st when it arrived in the mail. Never got what we wanted. LoL

                • PunchDrunkLove….my boo

                  Wasn’t that tbe best?! I didn’t even pull out a sheet of paper like they did. Shoot I lived in a 10 person household. I knew that wasn’t happening. Sho was fun dreaming tho :)

                  • BrothasKeeper

                    It really was one of the best times of my childhood. Your imagination was just flowing! Even though we never got what we wanted, we always got what we needed……socks and draws.

                    • PunchDrunkLove….my boo

                      Exactly!

            • miss t-lee

              Amongst other things.

            • That last minute Easter Suit as a youngin.

              • miss t-lee

                Easter dresses too!!

              • Cheech

                I remember Toughskin jeans. And parents warning anxious children that those toilets all in a row were only for display.

              • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

                Been there, done that but it wasn’t last minute.

              • TheUnsungStoryteller

                Sure was!

            • TheUnsungStoryteller

              Sure was.

          • Mr. Mooggyy

            The only time sears comes up is when you need a major appliance

            • miss t-lee

              Only time I know when most folks go.

            • Sears scratch and dent store was the business. I got a fridge that the factory released, that didn’t get painted in the back.
              Half off.

              • Now, that will be missed.

            • Cheech

              Or tools. Even when some Craftsman tools started being made in China, they’re still better quality than the Husky and Stanley crap at HD.

              ETA I just got a pair of Craftsman work boots–best work boots I’ve ever had in my life.

        • BrothasKeeper

          I ahve not seen a K-mart here. There’s still a Sears on Richmond Ave. I haven’t gone into either one of my own volition since 2006.

          • kingpinenut

            Mrs BK got MUCH pull I see

            • miss t-lee

              Ain’t nothing wrong with Michael’s.
              Buck up.

              • kingpinenut

                Everything is wrong with Michael’s

                Don’t play T

                • miss t-lee

                  Nah. It’s great. Good times happen in Michael’s.

                  • I used to manage Michaels!
                    Frame shop and all. Kept me in oversized foamboard forever.

                    • miss t-lee

                      I bet it was good for your hobbies and such.

                    • I used to cut shapes out of foamboard, and airbrush crazy themed decorations . When I finish the props for this baby shower im doing, i’ll dhow you :)

                    • miss t-lee

                      Cool. I’d like to see it.

                • Kylroy

                  My only local competition for them is Hobby Lobby. I prefer to avoid funding crazy bible thumpers when I can.

          • TheUnsungStoryteller

            I forgot K-Mart existed.

            • kingpinenut

              Amazon eatin everbody’s lunch

              • TheUnsungStoryteller

                For sure. But my stubborn self seriously contemplates paying for shipping/handling…or not.

            • Roz

              Me too!!! I used to frequent it in my high school days.

              • TheUnsungStoryteller

                The last time I went to K-Mart, my mom tried to get us to take family pictures at the portrait studio they had in the store.

                • miss t-lee

                  Our family portraits came from Sears.

                  • TheUnsungStoryteller

                    Yeah…Sears is a few steps up. K-Mart was trying to get on their level.

                    It didn’t work.

                    • miss t-lee

                      We didn’t have a K-Mart in our town growing up, we had to go like 30 miles up the highway to the next town. They always seemed janky.

                    • TheUnsungStoryteller

                      And your assumptions/perceptions about K-Mart are absolutely correct. Janky indeed. I wish I never stepped inside of one. I may be low-key Bougie, but…

                      Their “hip” kid rapping commercials that came out a few years ago were the best thing they ever came up with.

                    • miss t-lee

                      *snickering*

                    • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

                      I had a sweater I bought from Kmart before my freshman year in college. I got more compliments on that sweater. Private PWI where the typical starter car was a BMW. It amused me to no end. And I absolutely never told anyone where I bought it.

                    • Roz

                      Was that Kmart or K-Swiss?…I wanted a pair so bad. I thought they would automatically make me cool.

                    • Kylroy

                      Cracked had an article last year about the depressing final days of some chains. K-mart was in there, point #3.

                      http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-2112-5-post-apocalyptic-realities-working-dying-retailer.html

                • Roz

                  LMFAO!!!! K-mart and Sears will be missed for the family portrait studio.

                • Val

                  Lol

                • Cheech

                  –Blue Ivy

                  • TheUnsungStoryteller

                    Bingo.

          • miss t-lee

            That Sears has been there forever.

            • Roz

              Isn’t that their “outlet”?

              • miss t-lee

                I’m not sure? I just now I’ve been seeing forever on my visits down there.

            • TheUnsungStoryteller

              And it looks like it…

          • Roz

            Didn’t Sears buy them out?

          • TheUnsungStoryteller

            I don’t think I have either. I know what Sears you’re talking about. That’s the only Sears I know…unless there’s one in the Galleria area that’s in my peripheral memory.

            • BrothasKeeper

              Galleria is far too bewzhee for a Sears.

              • miss t-lee

                Far, far!

              • TheUnsungStoryteller

                Yeah…you’re right!

          • Michelle is my First Lady

            There is a Kmart in Elkton, Md. Confession: Had the nerve to buy some shoes from there and boy did those things hurt!

            • Roz

              Kmart shoes were the worse! Right now Payless has my unwavering hatred. Their shoes are terrible!!

              • Michelle is my First Lady

                I’m on the fence with Payless. Some of their shoes work for me and the price isn’t bad either. *runs and hides*

                • miss t-lee

                  Last time I was in Payless–them prices are highway robbery for the quality.

                • Epsilonicus

                  My wife has Payless shoes that have lasted 7 years and are still in good condition. Some name brands from other stores barely lasted a single year. I feel like for men’s shoes, nah. But women can find a decent pair in there. I do Aldos for my shoes.

                • Roz

                  Don’t hide mama, I’m all for price…HOWEVER…”cheap” doesn’t have to be “cheap”. I want no parts of their “leather” shoes.

                  • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

                    Inexpensive is not equal to cheap

                    • Roz

                      I reckon, but their shoes are cheaply made and they hurt!

            • Serves u right

    • Mr. Mooggyy

      This was inevitable. See Montgomery Wards!

      • miss t-lee

        You just took me back!
        Ain’t thought about Ward’s in years.

    • fedup

      WOW!

      Conventional wisdom says this is the time to buy, right?

      But, realism, and this graph says “Sayonara”!

      • Mr. Mooggyy

        Poor lil tink tink!

      • Brooklyn_Bruin

        If the book value is greater than the share value, I think you’re supposed to buy

        • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

          Not when you have a private equity owner with a flair for structuring profit to itself.

      • Alessandro De Medici
        • Val

          If you don;t have some inside info isn’t buying and selling stocks just gambling?

          • Alessandro De Medici

            No.

            Buying stocks and shares, by definition, is buying a part or ownership in a company. If you’re buying over the long term, because you believe the company will do better and it’s stock will go up, then you’re investing. If you’re buying and hoping to sell and cash out quickly, you’re gambling…and not only that, you’re playing into Wall Street’s hands.

            • Val

              But isn’t ‘doing better’ sometimes very subjective? They earn, but not as much as predicted, so the stock falls, etc.

              • Alessandro De Medici

                Eh, there’s a lot of investing philosophy that goes into it, as well as a lot of math and analytics etc. Sometimes companies do better than expected, sometimes they do worse. The idea is that it’s better to risk investing than keeping your money in the bank, and watching it lose value to inflation, like, well, most of the population.

        • Hugh Akston

          One of my favorite sites…but a little pricy smh

          • Alessandro De Medici

            Yeah, I’m just enjoying it for free.

            But yeah, high quality usually is pricey, which is why I ain’t mad at them. If I had it, I’d pay it.

    • Val

      A Chinese company will buy it before it goes under.

    • Michelle is my First Lady

      They need to pack it up.

      • They still have 770 Mil in Market capital. It’s not too late to re-invent itself but the clock is ticking.

        • Michelle is my First Lady

          Eh, between their clothes and god-awful shoes, they might as well close up shop and go. Just like Bradlees and Caldor; they had a good run, just let us keep the good memories.

          • Val

            It’s really amazing how difficult it seems to be for retailers to change. Seems like it would be so simple. Hire new buyers and that should do the trick. But apparently it doesn’t.

          • cdj

            My favorite memory of Caldor is buying a walkman there for four dollars in 1990. It wasn’t Sony, but it worked fine and lasted a long time!

            • Michelle is my First Lady

              Wow – a walkman! that brings back memories!

    • Hugh Akston

      I bought radio shack stocks right when they went belly up for pennies and timed it right and made a nice little return when I sold it

      Death is knocking on Sears doors should be soon…vulture mode lol

      • Epsilonicus

        I was thinking the same thing

        • Cheech

          I thought that the last time I walked through the one at the local mall.

          • Hugh Akston

            Was just listening to NPR and they were talking about the beating they were taking in comparison to everybody else…keeping an eye out…

        • Hugh Akston

          Was an amateur penny stock trader which was cool (though not too proud of the pump and dump schemes but oh well lol)…it makes you pay attention to the news and any other alerts as to when to get in and get out…fun time

          • Alessandro De Medici

            Lol I don’t get penny stock investors…you have to regret it after you sell your stocks after a couple months and then realize how much of a beetch capital gains taxes are lol.

            • Hugh Akston

              Yo…don’t remind me lmao the struggle is real

      • miss t-lee

        The buzzards are circling.

    • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

      Segue because Segway can cause death
      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1315518/Segway-tycoon-Jimi-Heselden-dies-cliff-plunge-scooters.html

      Sears/KMart have been dead for quite some time. Eddie Lampert just hasn’t finished sucking the final value out of them.

      • Alessandro De Medici

        U right lol

    • Mr. Mooggyy

      I had a job at Sears when I was a youngin’!

      “It so hard, to say goodbye…..”

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/eeafbca948bee59101b3afa730d04b9f98adc5ead6a70fadc8627937c5dc4d2a.jpg

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