Tips on Blogging (about Canaduh)

1. Don’t use Blogger/Google

To make a Blogger account you’ll need to sign up for Google. To use your account you will need a password, an alternate email address, and a phone number (for two-step verification). If you choose you can download a list of Recovery Code numbers to input should you get locked out.

Most security-conscious people will enable two-step verification, but unfortunately that doesn’t help. I’ve twice been locked out of two different accounts. If you forget your password (or are otherwise locked out) you will lose permanent access even if you have 2 out of the 3 recovery points. Despite having a phone number and recovery codes (and password) I was unable to log in.

Locking writers out of their accounts is extremely easy: all someone has to do is try and log in to your account numerous times in a short period. Security will automatically lock your account, and you’ll likely be permanently locked out if you’ve lost access to your secondary email or changed your phone number.

Also, if you want to close your account later on you will need to send Google a copy of your passport with your full name. Obviously this can be problematic if you’re writing under a pen name. I would suggest using a friend’s generic name (if your friend gives permission) but this will also put your friend at risk from obsessed fruitcakes who have made it their mission to dox or harass you upon finding out personal contact info. It’s better to avoid the headaches altogether.

I have also had my personal Gmail/Google account hacked, which is apparently not hard to do. Once you’ve been hacked, no amount of password changes or security measures seem to be sufficient to block the hacker from regular access.

2. Copy + Paste

When I started writing I copied down comments from other forums and websites. It may have seemed redundant at the time (while the comments were still up) but proved useful later on – most of the original comments are now gone. Canadians often flag, complain, or find other ways to have negative opinions and reviews taken down (sometimes the website itself ceases to exist).

Quoting/copying comments and discussions helps to preserve them in the event they go missing; remember to add a link to the original source.

3. No advertising

You can allow ads on your site which pay per view, click or purchase. The revenue from these are minimal unless your site is generating tens of thousands or millions of unique views per month.

The most popular are Google Ads which are now available for use anywhere outside of Google. The payout is low, although higher than other comparable sources. If you are locked out of your account you will lose access to your funds even as Google continues to charge advertisers for what your now-defunct site is showing.

No one cares about Canada. You could be the wittiest writer alive, but anything Canada-related is sure to have low viewing figures just based on the total indifference to the country’s existence. A blog about toe fungus would be a better bet – as it affects more people and is more relevant to the global community.

The main viewership will be people who dislike Canada (a low number from a low population to begin with), and the curious or those who stumble upon your writing by chance – not a great revenue source.

Your best bet is to add a donation button so that readers or sympathizers can donate to your cause (but with low viewership comes a trickle of donations, if that).

4. Link to Sources

Many Canadians are ignorant or brainwashed, while most other people know nothing about Canada. In order to prove your points are valid – remember to link to official government websites and sources, media articles and other easily accessible data. Even still, expect Canadians to fume, threaten and insult as they haven’t bothered to read the blog post in full or click on any links to confirm.

5. Anonymity

Of course most rational people will choose to write under a pen name and remain anonymous. Some Canadians really go full-on crazy: obsessing about your writing, finding ways to dox you, or constantly harassing and threatening.

Most sites will require an email and phone number (two-step verification).

You can get a separate phone number through many Apps. There are several free ones you can download on your mobile phone, and choose a number from any region in the country; there is no registration process or personal information stored. Many of these accept text messages as well – used for verification purposes and password retrieval.

A new email address is easy and free from countless providers. I recommend using a provider that allows for many username-alias creations which all go to the same inbox. Sign up with a secondary username not used for any other purpose; pick something uncommon you can delete and recreate later if necessary for password retrieval. Example:

Regular email: joe.beaver@email.com

Secondary name: cakersbendoverwithoutlube@email.com

And lastly, if you’re feeling paranoid you can always use a VPN – many are even free now.

6. Choose your Purpose

My only recommendation: catharsis.

Your blog won’t make you money, because aside from Canadians who would bother to read about Canada on a regular basis?

It shouldn’t be aimed at Canadians as that serves no purpose. They truly believe they live in the “best” country; that they’re superior to others, and your complaints or critiques are unfair, unfounded and should be ignored. No matter how polite or logical your points – don’t expect any self reflection, admissions or desire to change the status quo. (If Canadians or Canada were worth the trouble or had introspection at all, the blog probably wouldn’t exist in the first place.)

Trying to warn others from coming is a noble cause but ultimately fruitless. People will believe what they want and deceive themselves because the alternative is too unpleasant. All you can do is speak the truth and wait for them to learn for themselves. Like having a friend who refuses to acknowledge his partner is a compulsive cheater and liar, this ‘marriage’ will go ahead and only firsthand experience can drive the points home.

Lastly, the second reason to write: catharsis for others. Your writing may seem like a waste at times, but the effort is not in vain. Many people have told me about how my writing has helped them; sometimes knowing you’re not alone in your observations and frustrations can be hugely helpful to others.

Mostly just do it for yourself: to retain your sanity until you can escape this nation of people sleepwalking through life.