One Year & Driving On

“Writing is the only thing that, when I do it, I don’t feel I should be doing something else.”-Gloria Steinem

One year ago, I started this little blog in an effort to pressure myself to get my writing out there for the dear and avid reader, such as yourself, to enjoy. It was a really tough step for me because I wasn’t that confident about my writing up to that point. But, it has been more rewarding than I thought it would be. Even though I harbor no delusions of grandeur and I know I am small fry and I don’t have a huge following. It feels great and humbling to know that people take time out of their day to read the kind of stuff I come up with. It’s beyond the grasp of my writing ability to describe how it feels when a friend, acquaintance, or a stranger tells me they’ve read one of my entries and found it hilarious or insightful.

One of the most rewarding parts of it has been that I surprise people with my ability to write. I’m not trying suck my own cock here, but it brings a shit-eating grin to my face when those who knew me at some point in my colorful life say they can’t believe my dumb ass wrote that or that I’m a good writer. I’m proud when I get that response, because it means I am evolving not only as a writer, but as a human being. My skills were not always up to par, as one of my best friends, Sleazy-E once put it, “Felix, I want say I’m actually impressed. Your blog is good. In several years you went from obvious reaching for vocabulary words to an efficient and effective use of the English language.”

I’m not sure what I expected people’s responses to be. But I believe I am lucky because I have received nothing but support from my friends, family, and acquaintances that I’m pursuing this avenue for myself. No one has berated me and told me that I have no hopes of becoming a writer. Though, that also has to do with the fact that I’m doing other positive things with my life and I have no aspirations to be a stereo typical starving artist.

There is a big cliche out there that there are writers who don’t write and just want to call themselves writers in hopes of sounding artsy and getting that hipster pussy. That’s not what I am about. I feel that it’s a title that needs to be earned with constantly pouring yourself into the craft and having the balls to let the world see the dark parts of your mind and self. I have just barely grown comfortable with calling myself a writer and not just an aspiring writer. Some may take that title lightly, but I don’t, because I believe this is what I was born to do and I give it the respect it deserves.

It’s such a unique and under-appreciated skill set to come up with writing that people actually want to read. I try to be as funny, witty, and insightful as I can. Sometimes I hit the mark, other times I fail. But with each post, I’m trying to push what I am capable of as a writer. So far, it has been a mixtures of some of my life stories, my philosophies, and quite a bit of machismo and misogyny. Some entries I try to write in a fictional way to make the point more clear and others I make my best effort to be as accurate to the true events as possible.

While I am proud of every single one of my entries, some stand out more than others. The Feminine Aficionado was a milestone, where for the first time I let out my bold thoughts and feelings on how I view each woman I see in public. I’d Pee in Her Butt put to light how men truly feel about women they only keep around to fuck and because of its title, has been one of the most memorable and most read. Three Rock Solid Ways to Become a More Marketable Bum was not as successful in attracting views as I thought it should have been, but I believe without a doubt is my best written piece to date. Four Things You Didn’t Think of Before Joining the Army was my first success in giving out real world advice in a funny and witty manner. Shy Girl holds a special place in my heart because it’s inspired by those many lonely nights I spent in the barracks as a 19 and 20 year old Private in the Army looking for girls on myspace to meet up with and constantly getting ignored and rejected.

Writing has given me an outlet to express myself. I don’t know how I went so long without fully embracing it. Because as of now, I can’t imagine living a fulfilling life without it. I made it through my first year and didn’t quit, I think that puts me in the top 20% of bloggers/writers just in itself. Now, its time to take bolder, more aggressive steps to get myself up to the 10%. Thank you for supporting me in my first year. I will continue to push myself to deliver the quality, bull shit free content you have come to expect from me and hopefully, give you a few laughs along the way.

~Raul Felix

Where it began: It Begins.

12 thoughts on “One Year & Driving On

  1. Besides your entertaining stories, one of the reasons people stay reading your writings is because they are well written. I can’t tell you how many blogs I came across where the blogger forgets how to spell or have lost their basic grammer skills. Grammatical errors hurt the eyes and makes what can be a decent or good post into something that you want to wipe your ass with.

  2. Looking forward to seeing what else you’ve got in the posts to come. I think you’re still holding back some, but aren’t we all? Just in the short time I’ve been reading your stuff I’ve seen it improve, so stick with it. You’ve got talent.

    • Thanks Katie. I appreciate your support. I’m trying to be more productive about it and hold back less. Maybe one day I’ll get to your status and level of output.

  3. I’m new to your blog, and while I follow some pretty good ones, admittedly I tend to skim a lot (sorry guys). Yours is one that I tend to actually read because it IS well written and fun, no matter the subject. I still have to catch up on lots of your older posts, and I look forward to doing so. Write on, rock star! 🙂

  4. Yeah, add me to the group of people who think you write quite well. When it comes down to it, the stuff you write is quite entertaining, and it’s an added bonus when it provides a bit of insight as well. Props.

  5. Agreed on the didn’t think you could do it. When I met your ass you were kicking holes in the wall and blacking out with E throwing his guts up in the back of Kenny’s car. Probably you still haven’t read any Bukowski because you foolishly refuse to embrace your totem author, but it doesn’t matter much, because you’re doing it, and doing it well. Congrats bro –I’m not sure the rest of these yokels have ever picked up a book, but I have, and what you’re doing isn’t easy or typical. Again I say read some fucking Bukowski. You have the incredible talent of honesty, and honest writing breaks all the boundaries of bullshit and pretentiousness. That’s why you’re writing good, and that’s what you’re doing right. It’s a rare gift, and I get the feeling you’re going to use it good.

    • I fully intend to read Bukowski. You and many other people have recommended him to me. Just haven’t gotten around to it yet, because I’ve been reading other stuff. I have “Woman” on my kindle right now and I’m eager to see what Bukoski is about.
      And yeah, I’ve come a long way since those getting rowdy with Sleazy-E days.

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