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If there’s one thing I can say about you folks who venture and yap here at VSB its that you all are an educated bunch of individuals. Or maybe just learned. I have no idea what type of educational attainment lies within the Hallways of VSB Manor. Since along with great power comes great responsibility, nearly everybody here has tried to learn somebody today about anything and everything. I’m a pretty smart chap. I’ve got the degrees and common sense to prove it. That Beautiful Mind sh*t? Child’s play. And thanks to all you haters I know G4 pilots on a first-name basis.
Somebody smart once said, “if you stop learning, you aren’t learning anymore.” Go on ahead and let that marinate for a minute.
Deep. Knowledge my brothers and sisters. Use it or lose it. Word to Dormtainment.
So in the spirit of said education, here are some things I’ve learned from the commentary here at VSB.
1. Straw man arguments and sh*t
Real spit, I’d never heard the term “straw man” outside of Kansas until some of you folks who like to argue a lot started lobbing it around. I’m still not completely sure what it means unless I look it up. I just looked it up. If I’m write, its an easily refuted argument based in logical fallacy. Now I don’t think it means what some of you think it means. But that’s okay because I’ll forget it by the time this goes live anyway. Point is, I’d never heard that term until somebody brought it to VSB. Thank you. Kansas thanks you. And so does the Scarecrow.
2. Cognitive dissonance
I remember writing about the fact that I’d never heard this term until Champ used it once, and then he used it a lot. Context clues didn’t even help me out. I had to consult The Internets – and you know any and everything goes down on the Internets – to figure out what the hell it meant. Now I know and I use the term at least twice a week in front of people who clearly have no idea what it means.
3. Nearly all statements of opinions are useless without pictures
This is possibly going to be one of the most ridiculous things I will ever state, but I believe it to be true. Every opinion is shaped by experience just as much as facts of a case. People are human and therefore respond based on how some sh*t feels. Sure most of us are able to usurp our feelings for logic, but we’ve all seen completely non-sensical arguments presented due to somebody’s perception. Well, we write a lot about relationships and inter-personal interactions around here. And well, I don’t believe not a gotdamn word some people say until I see what they look like and then make a ridiculous judgement on whether or not its feasible for such an experience to have occurred.
This is what happened at the Three Deez party with the chick who commented afterwards that she finds it hard to believe that Champ and I were able to have the types of experiences needed to inform most of our opinions. Funny thing is, I didn’t have a problem with that claim. My issue was that she missed one vital part about male vs female interactions: a man with a personality that can make a chick smile can do damage out here in these streets. But be that as it may, I appreciate ninjas putting pictures up to go with their opinions.
Yes, this is something I learned from VSB. And it really wasn’t that ridiculous.
4. There are many ways to skin a cat, but two wrongs don’t make a right
I just solved racism.
5. Knowing when to bow out of a conversation is just as important as meaningfully contributing to it.
I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone’s shadow. That’s true. And what that taught me was that some folks don’t know when to leave things alone. I’m one of those people who enjoys debate for sport, old sport. But I also realize at some point that whatever debate I’m having isn’t going to change my mind or the other person’s. And I don’t really care one way or another, old sport. Debate is an art. Some motherf*ckers paint with crayons. Point is, knowing when to let something go is important, for your own sanity. Now, for some folks, the joy of battle is enough to keep them engaged. I can respect that. But for me…sometimes I want to watch Friends and stop battling.
Those are five things I’ve learned during my time here with VSB. I may come back and toss some more into the ring if the site isn’t f*cking us all with spoons. So what have you learned from VSB? And hey hey…keep the shots fired to a minimum. No personals.
-VSB P aka THE ARSONIST aka MR. OPENLY AWESOME aka GIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRL HE A 3
So today is the last day of this week we (mostly) dedicated to our 5-year anniversary. Every so often we do this here on VSB. It seems like we’ve been fortunate to still have new folks come into the fold on occasion and establish themselves in the comments or just lurk and enjoy the show.
But, sometimes, its good to know who you’re talking to. Y’all know what it is. Since it’s really not just about what you’re talking about but who you’re talking to, I figure that to round out the week, we should do a roll call…
So here’s how we’re gonna do it.
Drop your locale (if you want to…this stalker sh*t is real outchea), and perhaps a couple interesting facts about yourself. We all pretend we’re friends in our heads anyway, so ain’t no thang but a chicken wang. Some of y’all have done this before…some of y’all are too cool to do this…
…but, even with all of the stuff some folks put out there, there are still some thangs we could all learn.
Like…I’m Panama and y’all all know I’m in the District and that I’ve got a descendent. But you may not know that I have enough siblings to make Mormons jealous. I also…
…you know what…I’m trippin.
How about just like 5 interesting things about yourself. How about that.
I’d drop them here but I think I’ve shared them all on this site. But I’ll attempt to come up with some anyway tomorrow.
That’s how much I love you all. And that’s just the kind of guy I am.
Because I loooooooooooooooooove you.
Wait…I got some…facts.
1. I used to iron my money. Seriously. #drugdealerswag
2. I was once an unknowing accomplice in a Valentine’s Day robbery of a grocery store by one of my best friends as she shoplifted her boyfriend’s gifts. I didn’t know until she got back in the car, opened up her coat and unloaded about $100 worth of items from our local grocery store. And, she didn’t offer me anything. Lesson? Never trust a chick who tells you she needs some pads but asks you to wait in the car.
3. Y’all remember when folks were buying jerseys? Yeah. I got about 20 throwbacks. None of which I’ve worn more than like twice. I’m sure I’m one of those folks with a jersey of somebody who didn’t exist. I need to get rid of them. Anybody want a Magic Johnson MSU jersey?
4. I have not one piercing nor a tattoo. I want to get my ears pierced and I want a sleeve. I just work for one of those places that would frown upon either. I’M STIFLED. GIVE US FREE.
5. Speaking of ironing money, being a southerner, I actually used to get my pants creased to high hell. All the SoCal and southern folks remember the creased Dickies. Yeah, that was me. I’ve come a long way.
Y’all got five random facts.
Tell us about you.
The floor is yours.
You too lurkers.
As I sit back relax,
steam a blunt sip a Becks steam some broccoli, sip some water, we’re going to continue on with some of this VSB 5-Year Week stuff. By the way, I don’t know that I’ve actually ‘branded’ it the same way any day this week. At all.
Much like I said, none of this is uniquely planned or mapped out. We need some assistants out this jawn.
Anyway, obviously, or community is largely what keeps VSB in the conversation at all times. We know that we could probably write a post with the words, “how they do dat there…” and folks would turn that into a conversation about whatever tickles their Elmo or fancies at that moment. This is the beauty of VSB.
However, one of the ways that we do feel VSB contributes to the greater good of mankind and all that Miles Davis is by being facilitators of conversations that are happening in the community, need to happen in the community, or perspectives that probably need to change – sometimes our own.
We got our start doing this relationship thing but have branched out to talking about any and everything. But real talk, we know there are tons of things that people want us to talk about or conversations that people want to have in a space like VSB. So in the spirit of growth and keeping the community involved…
…what are some things that you all would like us to do here at VSB that we may not be doing? What’s on your minds out there VSBers?
And lurkers, now is a perfect time to kick into the convo. Join the fun.
Here’s an interesting caveat I’m going to throw in: you all tend to have a good idea of what Champ or I are good at writing, are there things you’d specifically like to see either of us tackle?
That’s a good question.
Yes, I just hi-fived myself.
…now we’re here. One day there will be a vh1 style Behind The Blog: VerySmartBrothas.com special. I’m almost sure of it. I’m not sure if any of us will be talking to each other at that point, but hey, if we were, there’d be no need for a special, right?
Well one of the most important parts of having a Behind The Blog special would be some of those interesting things that have occurred or just are that people didn’t know. Between, Champ, Liz, and I, we bring a lot of different personalities (Liz and I are both Geminis so we’re like 4 people) and perspectives to the table. But Panama? He is the table.
He also speaks in third person at times because, much like Mike Posner, Panama is cooler than you. Ice.
Annnnnnnnnnnnnnnnd…we’re back. So today, in the spirit of sharing (which is caring) and reading (which is fundamental) and love (which all around you everyday), we’re going to drop 5 things about VSB that you probably didn’t know but are interesting in understanding how we make it do what it do when we do it like we’re doing it for TV.
1. VSB may be the most disorganized successful enterprise in World History
Folks like to toss around words like “plan” and “strategy” when building an organization. We do too. Our problem is that as soon as we toss the words into the ring, we throw the ring out the window. Between the three of us, we’ve probably had maybe 4 or 5 strategy meetings where big ideas and inspirational plans and unicorn steakum dreams occurred and a solid 2 percent of those things have ever actually manifested themselves into fruition. And yes, that’s 4 or 5 in FIVE YEARS. We’re a living testament to talent and consistency truly winning out. There have been times when we’ve all said that if we had more execution, VSB would be running this blog sh*t. Luckily we are anyway. See what I did there?
2. Champ and I approach writing for VSB in two completely different ways.
It’s no surprise or secret to anybody that Champ is the “writer” of the two of us. I’m more of a blogger – a personality who happens to get it across via writing. As stated yesterday in the comments, this has frustrated Champ to no end at times. And nowhere is this more apparent than the approach to writing our posts.
Champ is a very meticulous writer. Very much so. There were times when he’d start his posts early in the day, write them, edit them over the course of the day right up until the time to hit publish at midnight or 245am depending on what he was doing at midnight. At one point it never took him less than a couple of hours to write his posts. That’s the writer approach and probably the way that most people who take their craft seriously approach writing anything. And as a word to the wise, if you have aspirations to become a writer and take it seriously, this is probably how you should tackle anything you write, with careful consideration and attention to detail.
This ninja Panama (aka myself), yeah, anybody who knows and talks to me via Gchat or whatever knows that a solid 75 percent of my posts were started at 1130pm or later, with a significant portion of those starting at 1145pm. It usually takes me longer to come up with the idea for the post than it does for me to write a post. Some of my “best” posts took at most 10 minutes to write. I’m the type of person who just writes whats in my head, sometimes this works, sometimes it doesn’t. It’s all a brain dump for me – which is why I also rarely remember what I’ve written. Seriously. Once I have my opening line, if you give me 10 minutes I can knock out 7 or 800 words. Again, as Champ said, sometimes this manifests itself in many typos (I HATE re-reading my posts, I think its the theater background I have, I’m a one-take person) and interesting tangents and caveats, but its the PJ Way.
3. Champ, Liz, and I have only been in the same place together at the same time twice.
And one of those times was a driveby in the car in Washington, DC. Part of VSB lore is that Champ and I met for the first time in person at our ThreeDeez, 3-year anniversary party in Washington, DC, in 2011. That after 7 years of knowing one another, 3 years of writing VSB together, and writing a book together. Well, for obvious reasons, that was the first time all three of us had been in the same place at the same time. Well, I think that only ever happened one other time when Champ and Liz were in DC for a blogging conference, Blogalicious I think, and I couldn’t make it due to family reasons. But I had to drop a box of books off so Liz and Champ came to my car to get some books, say hello to my sleeping daughter, and then peace me out. I think those are the only two times, ever.
4. Some our favorite artists have read our site.
There was nothing like the time that Teedra Moses read my post about her, then responded to it via Twitter, unintentionally sending her minions to tell me how ridiculous I was. Or the time that ?uestlove from The Roots read Champ’s post about Erykah Badu’s “Window Seat” video and tweeted it as “a had me at hello blog post…”.
Or my personal favorite, the time that I met Phonte from Foreign Exchange/Little Brother in a night club and upon hearing my name immediately knew who I was and wanted to talk about a post we’d recently had up on the site. He offered his opinion, we laughed about it because he wanted to comment but there was no way in hell he was putting his ass on the line. He then asked to take a picture with me. Do you know how odd the universe can be? That odd.
We’ve also been told by people who know people that many who are known know about VSB and read the site pretty regularly.
5. In nearly 90 percent of the cases, we each find out the next day’s topic when you do.
We don’t map out posts. Sometimes we bounce ideas of one another. Or we make sure things we write won’t cause rifts in other folks households. But the vast majority of the time, I read what Champ has to say when you do. Or later since I ain’t reading at midnight. There have been tons of times where we’ll text the other like, “yo, you stole my idea!” or “Great post. Now I can’t write about that next week.” It has happened plenty of times. There have been maybe one or two times where I’ve sent him a post ahead of time or he’s sent me a post ahead of time just to make sure that we weren’t “stepping over any lines”. But yeah, remember, there’s no strategy to this. We just do it.
So there you go, a little more insight into VSB. I’m sure Champ and Liz will drop things off as well in the comments. We’re one big ass dysfunctional happy family.