why you should care about net neutrality

Hey all. Long time, no talk. I’d go into things that have been going on, but I’d rather get into the meat of this post. As the title says, we’re going to be going over net neutrality. For those who don’t know, “Net Neutrality is the basic principle that prohibits internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites you want to use. Net Neutrality is the way that the internet has always worked” (Free Press, 2017). As you can see, this is something that impacts everyone. Imagine having to pay more just because you want to use YouTube or Netflix. Imagine an internet service provider blocking either of those because they don’t agree with their business decisions or something else arbitrary.

Sounds pretty terrible, yeah? It doesn’t get better. This isn’t my first time writing about net neutrality. I wrote an article on it in late July of 2009 while I was doing a blogging internship on the now defunct College Jolt. It focused in on an incident with AT&T and 4chan, which involved AT&T blocking access to /b/ and /r9k/ for AT&T users. It was an easy one for me to verify because we had AT&T internet at home. I don’t go to 4chan, but I found that I was irritated and angry that I was blocked just because AT&T didn’t agree with how 4chan did things. I’m sure there were more incidents before that, but this was the one that really brought net neutrality to my attention.

However, I’m going to be focusing on the effect this will have on content creators as I am, in fact, a content creator.

But LL, why are you just focusing on content creators if this affects everyone?

Because content creators, especially indie content creators, stand to lose everything if net neutrality is repealed.

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the struggles of being a self-employed creative

Hey all! It’s been awhile since I checked in. I could give all sorts of excuses as to why I haven’t been writing blogs, but they’d be just that. Excuses. So things have been busy, but now I’m getting back into the swing of things.

Rather, I have a better idea of how things will swing. I’ll be able to anticipate super busy times better now, hopefully. Maybe. If that makes any sense.

This post can also be read on my Patreon!

Anyway, today’s post has been a long time coming, I think. I’ve been thinking on what it means to be a self-employed creative a lot lately and how hard it can be. I know that this kind of sounds like “WAAAAH WOE IS ME I DON’T HAVE MONEY BECAUSE I CREATE ART” – but its not really that so much as the stigma associated with it, I guess.

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2017 – goals and facts

good-year-1911507_1920Hey all! First blog post of 2017. I’m going to make that typo (typing 2016 instead of 2017) so many damn times it’s not even funny. I’ve already corrected it twice in this post. Maybe I’ll keep a running tab. Probably won’t though.

Anyway, I had a nice new year – I rang it in with a bunch of friends. We played board games, they played Shadowrun, and I played some Overwatch with a buddy since it was his birthday! A good night was had.

Thus far in the new year I’ve been pretty lazy. I haven’t done an incredible amount of writing. But I think the recharge was needed. Now it’s time to dive back in!

We’re going to continue my new year’s trend with goals for 2017 and some more facts about me!

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