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Gay Blogger Gets Naked to Bring Attention Free Internet Content & Support | NSFW Video

There is no doubt in my mind that all of you that are reading this enjoy free internet content everyday. Have you ever thought about who is behind delivering this content to you and how many hours a day they spend on it? Fact: I put in about 40-50 hours a week bringing you content and make an average of $1.25 an hour or $10. a day. No pity party needed, I love every second of it. Just wanted to put the thought into your head. Whether you like it or not, bloggers are a big influence on the world these days and bring you breaking news from politics, to music, art and culture, first.

Clearly, I am willing to do whatever it takes to make my site the best web site on the planet. People ask if AccidentalBear.com is a gay website. I say, ” No, it’s a site for all men with a queer-core and cool straight guys that are comfortable with their own sexuality”

AccidentalBear.com is turning 5 years old this coming December and I have big plans and goals but need help from my readers and followers to make it happen! I want to build not just a bigger better site but a whole international network. All the potential is there!

Check out my Patreon Page and consider tipping a dollar or two if you enjoy AccidentalBear.com on a regular basis.

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How Much is Your Favorite Blog/Blogger Worth to You? | An Open Letter to the Community, Musicians, Artists and All

I remember rolling out my blog Accidental Bear and announcing it on Facebook, Dec 10, 2010, not knowing what I was getting myself into. A Facebook friend, NYC fashion blogger offered up advice that I still remind myself of everyday. He said, “In order to make your blog successful you must post a lot and post often.” And those of you that have been following me since the beginning, know that I post an annoying amount of articles and stories daily, and are probably today thinking to yourself, “I guess this wasn’t just a phase for Mike.” Before pressing my very first ‘publish’ button I remember stressing about the name of my site, spending weeks trying to decide on what free WordPress template to use. And of course I can only speak from my own 4+ year as being a blogger, everyone’s blogging journey is different and a very few break out and are recognized internationally like Accidental Bear has become, so I am very fortunate. What started as a fun hobby has now turned into a full-time job, my passion, my identity, my life and I wouldn’t change a thing.

Of course I am a little biased when it comes to the subject of monetizing blogs and have been campaigning like a mad man for my followers, readers, and fans to donate to my Patreon Page where I have challenged them to help me make at least a San Francisco minimum wage by the site’s 5 year anniversary on Dec 10, 2015 or I may have to shut down the site (cries into palm of hands), which would make no logical sense since the site and content continue to expand and improve. I was asked to interview Susan Sarandonthe other day, not stroking my own ego, but a clear sign that I must have some influence, no?   100% of my income comes from my blog Accidental Bear, which boils down to about $1.25 an hour or and average of $10 a day.

How much do you tip your barista? Barber? Waiter? Bartender? Dog Walker?

We live in a society where we are used to getting all of our internet content for free. Long gone are the days of magazine subscriptions, well, not entirely gone. Blogs now have taken over as a reliable resource in which we get our news, learn first about new musicians, bands, artists, photographers, theater performance, fashion designers, latest porn stars, and let’s not forget gossip. Bloggers are now the middle man between these above mentioned, PR and promotion companies. The term I was first called while working with HBO on Looking, and resisted at first was an ‘influencer.’ I have come to really enjoy and embrace that title.

My question to the community is: What is your favorite blog and/or blogger worth to you?

What the hell do bloggers do anyways? Sit around scrolling through Tumblrs of cats?

Well, yes some probably do. Here is what I do on a normal day (and mind you, no day is normal) and I believe any blogger with a strong following and readership must also do. Blogs are 24 hours of content, the doors do not shut, content is available to you by phone or computer. We have no wait  time for things to be printed, so we are able to get on stories fast and share with you immediately. Wherever in the world, where there is internet connection and you have a working device, an active blogger is basically on call 24/7/365. I won’t even go into some of the hilarious, frustrating, and awkward situations I have been in just to write a quick blog post and premiere musician’s new video, while traveling; that could be a whole book. Or the countless times a week I tell my partner, ” Just one more post and I’ll be ready. I found something awesome I have to share first.”

Daily I will sort through dozens of press releases from musicians, record companies, PR companies, party planners, film makers, photographers, large theater companies, models, fashion designers, etc… asking me to please share their work or project on my site with all of my readers. Knowing also that I will also share on all of my social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google +, Youtube, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Instagram. Personally I don’t know how to put a value on all of that.

After going through all my morning emails I will rake though the internet and go through a hundred or so of my favorite websites searching for unique and interesting content to share on Accidental Bear with my readers in mind and the vibe, for lack of better words of the site as a whole. Over the years I know what will get the most hits each day so I will spend a good amount of time searching for content of “sexy”, ‘hairy men,”  (that’s the hard part! ) and any feature where I can add the hashtag NSFW. I don’t want to pretend that NSFW features don’t send my daily statistic off the charts unlike article about LGBT politics. It was a learning curve to figure that out what my readers want and come back for. I have figured out a good recipe of smut/Art/NSFW/LGBT politics/beard/fashion/music/culture and other fluff to please to masses. And like any recipe I am aways tweaking the amount of ingredients needed for a tasty site that day. And today the Accidental Bear brand stands strong and stands out from all other blogs.

Throughout the day I will repeat the routine of emails and raking the internet for new content, always keeping an eye on fellow LGBTQ sites. I have also become a walking billboard for Accidental Bear site. With such a strong online identity it is rare that I will run into someone at the gym, grocery store, or on the street where they won’t bring up something I posted that day or will pitch an idea or hitting me up to write a story about something they are involved with. Just yesterday while standing sweaty and out of breath in the locker room at my gym I had a brain storming session with a famous local comic about some video skits we should make together.

Additionally most bloggers end up branching out and start creating their own original content/videos. Which in my experience can add additional 20 hours or more of work a week.

Personally speaking, one thing that I have done and I see other bloggers doing is to put themselves entirely out there for the world to pick apart and I have made myself available for people to interact and engage with. I’m not hiding behind any magic curtain. Although that is becoming more and more difficult these days with the amount of ‘haters’ and ‘angry’ people that come out of the woodwork as I am more and more recognized. Although most interactions are amazing, the recent threat by a local San Francisco resident who messaged me that he was going to cut my jugular the next time he sees me on the street was not so amazing. The separation between myself and Accidental Bear site itself would be like pulling a sticker off a wall, nearly impossible to separate without taking some with or leaving some behind.

So my question is:

What is your favorite blog and/or blogger worth to you?

Please comment, share, and give your options. Be honest, bloggers can take it, we have thick skin. But don’t forget we are humans mostly working for free.

And how could I not want you to check out my Patreon Page and consider tipping your favorite blogger. And if that is not me, please consider tipping whoever is. Some of us really do work our asses off and are making a difference in the world. Others are looking at Cat Tumblrs, and that is awesome too.

Check out my Patreon Page Here and what I want to achieve. Thanks for listening.

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