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  • Writer's pictureCourtney Heard

I Am So Done

I have been running this website for ten years and in that time, my friends, I have said everything there is to say about not believing in a god at least 80 times. Long ago, I arrived at a place where I felt like a broken record, and the passion for what I was writing had fizzled out. But I knew I still loved you. I love interacting with you. I love having a place to go to dump all the thoughts running around in this overactive head. I love that you engage with those thoughts and validate them at every turn. Together, we have built this small community that is supportive, uplifting, funny, smart, and compassionate, and I don't ever want to give that up. As such, I've been grinding out post after post with atheist content, saying the same old things I've said a million times before, and I just cannot do it anymore.

I am done.

I am so done!

But hear me out: I'm not done writing here for you. I am not done engaging and connecting with you. I am not done producing content for you.

I am simply done repeating myself over and over and over. You know I am an atheist. You know why I am an atheist. You know my responses to all the major arguments atheists get from believers. You can read all of that 12 times over on this blog. I will still talk about being an atheist when things come to mind - it's not off the table, but you have to know there are people out there already doing such an amazing job of this, like my all-time favourite, Janice Selbie. Having always been an atheist and never having to deconvert, there's a large part of the atheist experience I can't speak on, but Janice knocks it out of the park, so please go sub to her here.

I have spent the last few years trying to figure out the content that might still be of interest to a skeptical community without having to talk about Pascal's Wager. I have scoured my brain for ideas for blog posts and videos about things that might interest atheists and rational thinkers without having to explain why the fuck there are still monkeys. And I think I have finally found the topic that makes sense for all of us.

Skeptical Shopping.

Here's the thing: we all shop. You shop, I shop, your neighbour shops, and your dad shops. We are being inundated like never before with products for sale at all angles on every platform. Many of these products are straight-up moronic. Some make wild and crazy claims, and many people fall for them. On this blog, I am going to jump into the facts about the things you can spend your money on so that you can make informed decisions with your cash. We will cover things like diffusers, MSG, Detox teas, organics, and those little idiotic coasters that claim to use blue light to enhance the flavor of your drink. I am not fucking kidding.

I am not afraid of a deep dive if I am passionate about the topic. You can read it in my post about the COVID-19 vaccines, my post about masks, or my post about Bountiful, BC. I am going to go deep into these topics for you and provide all of the facts that I can find. I hope that, together, we'll spend our money smarter.

Over the past ten years, I have been asked by many different businesses to sell you stuff. I have been sent many free items in hopes that I will tell you about them. Aside from the books, I have said no to all but one. It was a broom. I still have it. It's great with pet hair, so I said yes. The company has since closed, or I'd tell you which broom. But the rest were pure crap. One product was a gummy supplement that promised to help your performance in the bedroom. It contained ginger, corn syrup, and vitamin C. I didn't have to research the crap to know it was bullshit. I told them no without hesitation. Even if I wanted to take that money, I couldn't have sold it to you with a straight face. No, your ding dong will not stay harder for longer if you lick some ginger, okay?

I tell you this because I want you to know how much it matters to me to be honest. I don't want to take money from sponsors unless I believe in the product. And yes, I will tell you about some great products I have found over time that have made my life easier and more enjoyable. Full transparency, as my footer says, I am an Amazon Affiliate, so I will make money from some of the links to products I recommend. But I am only ever going to recommend the good shit. In fact, I hope to find as many shit products as I can to review or do a deep dive on because it's when I hate something that my dry, sarcastic writing really shines.

As you may or may not know, I have recently lost most of my work to AI. I am a copywriter by trade, and most of my previous clients have turned to ChatGPT to do what I do. I wrote content for SEO purposes, and these former clients of mine are able to crank out ten times the amount of content for zero dollars, so I can hardly blame them. I cared about them then, and I care about them now, and I fully understand why they had to go that route. Luckily, I still have a few clients who have remained loyal to humans but AI has left a big gaping hole in my income. So, I will link to products I endorse using affiliate links where possible and am renewing my Patreon for this new content I will produce for you. I will be posting my tried and true series, "Holy F*cking Comments" there in either written or video form. In this series, I have replied to unhinged comments I receive on the internet. Who can forget the threat of being slapped with a thousand devil cocks? Certainly not me.

If you want to join to be a part of that and help support my work, you can chip in here or join Patreon: click here. There is also a free level of membership for those of you who can't yet afford to chip in. I feel you. I am in the same position.

If you have a problem with content creators making money, then I have to wonder why you're even here in the first place. I am not looking to get rich. I just want to keep my lights on without having to ditch my remaining loyal clients. You are not entitled to my hard work for free, but I provide it for free anyway. If you think that I should never make a cent doing something you clearly consume that requires more of my time than any job I've ever had before, then I think you might be a miserable old fuck, and you probably shouldn't be here. Off you go, now.

For the rest of you, my content will always be free, and I'm glad you're here. I am also still doing my podcast, but I have taken a bit of a hiatus because it's fairly emotionally draining to do. Watch for a new episode coming soon.

You'll be able to find this new content I am creating about the products we're being sold here on my blog, as well as in video format on these platforms:

Let me know in the comments which products you want to see me investigate. Thank you so much for being here after ten whole years. You mean the world to me.

If you like what I do here and want to support my work, you can chip in here or become a patron here.


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1 Comment

Benin Oakland
Feb 29

You have to do what you have to do, Courtney. Best wishes to you.


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