As a blog writer, it’s quite fascinating to watch your stats every day. There’s an entire wealth of information that comes from those figures. They tell you not only how many people read your blog daily but, also what they read, what they search for on search engines and how much they read of your blog. Did you know that information is readily available to those who both blog or write articles for newspapers and other sites as well as YouTube video makers and even Facebook pages? There’s little that one can do on the net that isn’t being tracked by someone, somehow, somewhere. Even your IP address is being recorded everywhere you go on the net.
Frankly, my concern as a writer is what people are interested in and want to know more about. Search terms, searches, search engines, countries’ views etc., all play an important part in what I write and why I write what I do. I want to give people what they are wanting versus telling readers what I had for breakfast or what I did in a day. Facebook personal walls suffice for that purpose.
More recently, I began to write about a certain YouTube sensation, Ralph Smart (Infinite Waters Diving Deep). At first, I was hooked in like the many subscribers that Smart has amassed over the 4 or 5 years that he’s been making videos on his channel. It was only after a while of binge watching his videos that I began to see something in him and his videos that set off alarm bells within me and I stopped watching him, unsubscribing from his channel. That’s when, out of curiosity, I began doing research into Smart and what I found gave me a larger picture of who this person was and what his true motives likely are versus what comes out of his mouth in his videos.
I began writing what I had found on Smart, my own opinions on it all as well as giving soft warnings to those who are most vulnerable. Much to my surprise, hundreds of people per day were pouring in to read what I had written about him, having done their own searches on him. It proved to me that people wanted to know more about Smart than what he was giving them. Some of the terms that people were using in their quest for more information were also showing me that there are many people out there who are questioning Smart’s veracity as a psychologist and whether or not he’s a fraud. I obviously wasn’t the only one who heard those alarm bells. More thinking people had opened up their minds to other possibilities than what they were seeing and hearing from him on his daily videos on YouTube.
Of course, Smart has carefully chosen to hide his net tracks. There’s not a lot one can find on Smart without having your own sources and digging deeply enough while thinking outside of his box or the one he wants to have you in with him. Information can be found on him but, it takes dedication and endurance to find it. It’s akin to putting together a puzzle with pieces being hidden on the floor beneath the table and not knowing where to look. Sources I followed through with, helped my research to find them sooner than others would have found them, thankfully.
During that time frame, I had written several pieces on Smart as people kept coming in by the hundreds daily, seeking out information on him. However, his devout fans were less than happy that someone would not like Infinite Waters and his spiels, wasting no time in letting me know that much. They also felt the need to do an armchair version of psychoanalysis on me as a person having read only one or so pieces I’d written and only on the topic of Ralph Smart (Infinite Waters Diving Deep) on which to form what they believed was the truth about me and put together a crude, rude and lewd personality profile of me. Sadly, they were so far off the mark that it was pathetic but, laughable for the most part. A lot of comments were un-publishable, let alone un-answerable because they were simply cursing and swearing or so crudely formatted that no other human eyes would want to read them lest my pieces be considered X-Rated. I’d simply trash them and go on with my day.
As time went by, more and more of these obviously distressed, delusional and immature individuals filled my in-box with their pitiful attempts to psychoanalyze me but more to the point, express their trepidations that someone was writing something unfavourable about Mr. Smart. What they didn’t know was the fact that the more they commented in such a distasteful manner, the more that they were proving my points about how much good Smart and his daily videos were doing for people. It was apparent that though these people were defending what they considered was Smart’s ingenious, enlightening and brilliant pieces, they weren’t exactly soaking it in or, what Smart was spewing out daily, made no difference or even sense to them. In other words, Smart wasn’t working the magic that they proclaimed he was working for them.
Near the end of January of this year, I tired of hearing the same old and worn out comments from Smart Defenders as they made no sense and were simply foul-mouthed or anger riddled, derogatory remarks that I’d simply have to move to the trash bucket on the server. I put up a note on each of my entries that I was no longer approving, reading nor, responding to any comments on those pieces. However, that didn’t sit well with me in that approach either. It was only after what one can consider the last straw on the camel’s back that I decided I’d had enough of these types of comments and the foul-mouthed commenters and I deleted all except 2 of my pieces that I wrote about Smart. I’d simply had enough of the negativity pouring out of these less than intelligent people on a daily basis and tired of deleting the comments that were too disgraceful to publish and later, all comments.
Thankfully, I didn’t take anything that they said, personally in spite of the fact that they were oftentimes, degrading me as a person, not even knowing me. Actually, I was quite amused and had a few good laughs at what they had built into their own bitter delusions. However, it dawned on me a couple of days ago that what these commenters were truly proving was that I was right about Smart all along. These very commenters had done the work for me. They had literally and unwittingly, proven my points for me about Smart’s work and how it affects people, right there in their annoyed, bitter, enraged and deranged comments or diatribes. Though I still couldn’t publish most of them due to their bawdy and smuttily worded nature, I recognized that Smart supporters were doing a wonderful job of promoting what not to watch or who not to follow in this case. They were in effect, telling others, what one becomes from watching Smart and what little good Smart’s plethora of videos and advice truly has on people and their minds. I didn’t have to do anything. I only have to publish these comments to prove my points. At least, those that were fit for the human eye, anyway.
It has also occurred to me through watching the trend in search terms that more and more people are now questioning Smart and whether or not he’s legit or a fraud to some extent or another. At the least, they are in search of more information on him than what Smart has given them or is giving to them. There’s reason why people like Smart are extremely careful to cover their tracks and only give out what information that they want you to know but, nothing else. Think about that for a second. Has it processed through your mind and thinking that anyone who has nothing to hide, will offer up more about themselves than what they will keep hidden? While some of you might be saying, “but he’s a private person” (perhaps, with explicatives added to that statement), you might want to question that a bit further and more deeply. For those who are saying, “we know all we need to know about him and it’s all for free”, ask yourself one question, “really?” Do you really know Ralph Smart based upon his videos and is it really free or is he making money off of your free viewing? You might be surprised at the answers if you’re being truly honest with yourself.
Yes, Smart has a calming, charming presence on camera in those videos. What he says during them is also what people want to hear but, he knows that much. He’s learned it and he’s “acting” for the camera and for you. He’s saying what you want to hear to keep you hooked on watching. There’s also reason why he’s careful to only let you know what he wants you to know. You’re not going to find much about him on the net other than what he wants out there. While some of you are likely saying, “that’s wise to not let out anything personal about yourself on the net”, ask yourself if you can be assured that he’s not created pseudo-names or other nicks or aliases that you’d never know were him. After all, isn’t that possible? If you’re still saying “no…there’s no way…Smart is too busy (as he’d say), ‘helping others’ to have the time to do that,” ask yourself if you can prove that to yourself or not. You don’t need to prove it to me but, you do need to do some real questioning if you’re not questioning him at all. Can any human being always be happy, smiling, calm, not upset? No. There’s your answer right there. Smart isn’t either but, you’re not going to see that in him because he doesn’t want you to see it. He wants you to believe that he’s found the fountain of eternal happiness. He hasn’t found it. He simply portrays that he has for the 20 or so minutes you’ll see him in one of video-a-day videos that he creates. I can stay smiling and positive for that long. Everyone can do it. Smart hasn’t found the answers to Life or the meaning to it anymore than you have. Trust in that and stop believing that if you watch enough of his videos and follow everything he says, you will. You won’t.
From my little corner of life, there’s more to a person than appearances will give on the net. You cannot form a conclusion (either good or bad) based upon what they are saying out here in cyber space. That goes for me as well. You don’t know me. You couldn’t possibly know me and frankly, you don’t know Ralph Smart either no matter how calm he makes you feel. He’s not who he portrays himself to be in those videos to the world. He’s a marketer who is out to make money and perhaps, has convinced himself that he’s “helping millions” by doing so.
Have a great day or evening. Blessings, stay well, Love and Light.