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Dandy Cast 011: Don’t feel guilty. Feel proud!

Sean Anderson
Sean Anderson

This podcast episode was recorded as an accompanying audio version of the Dandy Newsletter that was published on February 11, 2020.

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I really dislike the term “guilty pleasure.” Man, we should all like what we like. There’s no reason to feel guilty about anything we enjoy. I mean, I really like watching the Oscars every year. I’ve done it since I was in high school and I’ll probably keep doing it until I’m dead or the world ends. Although, if the world ends, then I’ll probably also die as a result. Anyway...

Stop thinking of the things you like as something you need to feel bad about. There’s not a dang thing you need to be ashamed of. If you like the Oscars, then watch it. If you enjoy drinking pickle juice, then you do you. If you like Family Circus comics, then damn it, you check in on what little Billy is up to these days. Feel proud of liking what you like!

There’s a brand spankin’ new blog post waiting for you. It’s called, 5 Blogging Mistakes That’ll Cost You Big Time.

Running an online blog is a great way to be creative while also possibly making some good money (if that’s your thing). However, there are some serious pitfalls to avoid if you want to have any chance of your blog being read. Hop on over to the post to learn how to avoid some of the biggest blogging mistakes that many people make.

We’re wrapping things up with what I’m watching, reading, and listening to this week. It’s a great assortment of media that’s worth your time.

Links to stuff that was mentioned:

Little Women - IMDb

The Farewell - IMDb

Martin Scorsese: I Said Marvel Movies Aren’t Cinema. Let Me Explain. - The New York Times

Beginners - IMDb

5 Blogging Mistakes That’ll Cost You Big Time

Homecoming - Prime Video

Sun Coming Down | Ought - YouTube

The Affair | Lee Child - Goodreads

The full text

The Dandy Newsletter - 02/11/20

I really enjoy watching the Oscars every year. Without any sort of shame, I’m a fan of them. I also don’t necessarily disagree with any of its detractors who insist that it’s a waste of time and is a circus full of rich people giving themselves awards. It is what it is.

But the Oscars are still something I enjoy watching. I’d had the date set in my calendar for several weeks, I’d picked my winners for nearly every category (except maybe the short films because how can anyone ever seen those?), and I recorded it in case I was forced to miss any of the broadcast. I’m not usually one to watch it for all the fancy clothes everyone wears; that’s more my mom’s thing. I do watch it for the celebration of great filmmaking.

Blame the past Sean who wanted so badly to be a filmmaker. Some loves have a way of sticking around long after you’ve moved on to other endeavors.

I also understand and support the grievances that many people rightly have about the continued lack of diversity in awards shows like the Oscars, indeed all of Hollywood still. It’s a great shame that Greta Gerwig, for example, wasn’t nominated for Best Directing for her astounding work on Little Women or that Awkwafina didn’t get any attention for her moving performance in The Farewell. Those oversights, among many others, are black marks on the history of the Oscars.

But even still, I love watching the show. I love the glamor of it. I enjoy the suspense I feel before hearing a name called. I think it’s fun to cheer for the person I wanted to win an award actually winning that award or groaning because they lost out on what really should have been theirs. I mean, really, Academy voters? That guy? Clearly, it should have been the person I wanted to win!

This is all to say that I really dislike the term “guilty pleasure.” I dislike that there are many people, such jaded and cynical people, that would scoff at the genuine pleasure I and others get from watching award shows like the Oscars.

For me, this term really reached a new level of prominence in film school. I’ll let you in on a barely kept secret in case you don’t know: film lovers/students/makers are some of the most opinionated, judgmental, and stubborn people alive. The worst of them have their select group of favorite films, along with very specific criteria for what makes a film “good,” and any disagreements with their opinions are obviously and laughably wrong.

It’s tiring to listen to people explain why their favorite film is an amazing work of art and someone else’s favorite film is a hunk of celluloid junk.

What happened in the past that would make us all adopt the term “guilty pleasure” for something that we, deep down, really don’t feel guilty about enjoying? Screw being guilty about it. Revel the hell out of it! Watch every new superhero movie that comes along if they’re your jam (like they are mine) and, this is important here friend, ignore every critic who says they lack importance or are ruining cinema.

Just because someone like Martin Scorsese says otherwise doesn’t mean he’s not occasionally an old man with doddering, outdated notions of good cinema. And this is coming from someone who loves his work.

My favorite movie right now is Beginners. It’s beautiful and tough and redemptive and sad. I love it. Someone else’s favorite may be any of the Transformers movies. Those always seemed to receive a lot of ridicule. I’ve only seen the first half of the first one. To me, they seem loud, brash, and lacking of depth. But someone else out there surely loves them.

Am I right about my movie and they’re wrong about theirs? Nope, we’re both right. They are our respective favorite movies. Should I feel proud about my movie choice and they should feel ashamed to even mention theirs? Nope. In fact, hell no! Get outta here with that demeaning attitude. There’s no reason in the world that anyone should feel guilty about something they enjoy. Transformers isn’t my particular cup of tea, but it’s their cup of tea and I want them to drink it up.

And anyone who feels otherwise is wrong.

I get a lot of pleasure out of watching the Academy Awards. I don’t feel guilty about that one bit. I look forward to it every year and no one can make me feel otherwise.

Guilty pleasure is a crap term. Its only use is to make you feel ashamed for liking what you like and for shaming others for liking what they like. I don’t really know where that saying started (probably Twitter), but I know where it can end for you—right here. Love what you love and let other people enjoy what they enjoy, with power and with your whole self.

Check yourself before you wreck yourself

There’s a new blog post waiting for you. Huzzah! 🎉

It’s called: 5 Blogging Mistakes That’ll Cost You Big Time.

I don’t think blogs ever really died, despite all evidence to the contrary. They just went into hibernation for a little while. Twitter and Facebook came along and disrupted things for maybe too long, but now the pendulum of the internet appears to be slowly swinging back toward publishing on a self-owned platform.

Blogs are regaining some of the ground they lost, so now’s a great time to start publishing one for yourself or your business. There are loads of people out there who want to read the words you want to share.

But there are some huge blogging pitfalls you can trip into if you’re not careful. It’s a practice that requires time, effort, and attention. It can also be really rewarding if you take care to avoid these mistakes I’m talking about today.

Click through the link above to read about five huge mistakes you can make when starting a blog and what you can do to avoid them.

If you ever want to throw some suggestions my way, then leave a comment at the end of one of my blog posts. Or heck, reply to this email.

Seriously friend, I'd love to hear from you.

Until next time, stay dandy, cat.


Sean Anderson

Lover of productivity tips, Apple devices, and vegan ice cream. Mostly, I'm busy petting cats 🐱 and dogs 🐶

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