Rapid Eye Reality turns ten

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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20 Responses

  1. Jen says:

    Thanks to you for your words in this space. Your honesty and openness are always warm and refreshing. I’ve learned a great deal from your experiences, and I believe I’ve become a better writer by simply reading your posts. Here’s to the future! *clink*

  2. StB says:

    Happy blog birthday.

  3. Susan says:

    Thank you for continuing to write.

  4. Pauly says:

    Thanks. For everything.

  5. Melissa says:

    You can shave now. Go on it’s ok.
    I started reading RER about 8 years ago. I love this blog. I’m finding 140 character life akin to crack, great the first time then just a vapid existence at the expense of time wasted. But then I like to read.

    What twitter does offer is a way to link to wonderful blogs like this.
    Happy birthday rapid eye reality, looking forward to 11.

  6. Drizztdj says:

    Only in a personal blog does a writer get a shot at being themselves and you’ve exemplified here what a writer should be doing with their talents.

    By being brutally honest with yourself on this web page of ten years, you challenge and inspire others to do the same.

    Thank you.

  7. Lee says:

    RER is where I go to read material that is (1) great writing and (2) deeply honest. Sometimes it’s hard to make it all the way through the post, simply because it cuts too deep. But I do anyway – partially because I love the writing so much. But also because it’s a dose of honesty that I can deal with, coming from a friend.

    I make no request that you continue writing RER; I have no claim on your time or your honesty. But know that if you do, I will continue to read it. It is a breath of truth and often beauty in a world of 140-character sound-bites.

  8. Bob Kallberg says:

    Damn good piece. We have not met, but I have read a lot of your material. I know from my own experience writing honestly is the hardest thing there is to do as a writer. You are doing fine.

  9. PokerLawyer says:

    It’s your authenticity that makes your writing so moving and captivating. I’m drawn into each post. Even if I wanted to, even if I had someone hollering me at to “Come on, we’re gonna be late!”, I can’t stop reading to the end. That’s how good your words are. Brave, vulnerable – authentic. Thank you for writing, Brad.

  10. DrHogie says:

    And let me thank you for writing this blog for ten years.

    I found RER through the poker writer’s network of Iggy, Dr. Pauly, Wil Wheaton, and others and added RER to my list. The simplest way I can describe your pieces is how they take both the best and the worst things about life and paint their picture with words.

    Maybe one day our paths will cross and I can buy you a well-deserved beer for all the enjoyment and amazement I’ve gotten out of this blog.

  11. Kara says:

    Thank you Brad. I am so glad that you write and even more grateful that you post. Reading your work makes me think about the world in a different way and see things that I would miss otherwise. So, your writing makes me better. Thank you.

  12. TommySi says:


    I only recently started reading RER, lead here by PL tweets. Really outstanding content, writing…I am excited to anticipate your future work and I promise to read all of them….to the end.

  13. jann sabin says:

    I’m a new reader, so I have 10 year’s worth of catching up to do. But it’s never too late to come in on a good story. Enjoyed this post just as much as the awesome thoughts on fear.

    And re: your deciding to publish earlier piece, I guess if a tree falls, it does help if someone is there to hear it.

  14. Bracelet says:

    I still have people listed in google reader from when I was using bloglines. You’re obviously one of them. But there are very few posts by people that I don’t just immediately delete. It’s not that I dislike the people, as I’ve been lucky enough to call many people who blog my friend, it’s just that after 8 years of writing and reading blog posts it’s rare that someone can do it in a way that still interests me. You, Mr. Dart, are one of the very few people who I still take the time to read. When I see a new post listed I know I’m going to be taken somewhere I’m unable to take people when I write. It makes me jealous, but in a proud way. If that even makes any sense. I feel like I got in on the ground floor of Otis and I’m very grateful for that.



  15. Tom says:

    Congratulations on 10 years! Blogging is not dead, and it was probably never intended for those that make such pronouncements. Keep up the good work!

  16. I’ve read you for so long now and never told you until this summer when we gathered to honor Gulfman. Even when I told you I so enjoyed Rapid Eye, you brushed it off, made it seem silly. You are a wonderful writer. So much so, I asked, even begged you to mention my blog, knowing your large readership might help my struggling site. You did it and I thank you. I never thought you would remember working with me, but you did. I never thought you would even consider me a friend, but I think you do. So thank you for that. And thank you for sharing your life. I look forward to the next ten years.

  17. otis says:

    Steph, you make me blush. Thanks for this. It made my day.

  18. Murph says:

    You see qualities in others that we are incapable of recognizing in ourselves. We, in turn, are aware of things in you that you won’t allow yourself to see.
    Curious, no?
    Here’s to many more thought provoking posts from the Otisman!

  19. Jeff says:

    I don’t go all the way back to 2001 of reading your blog, but I do go back a few years. I’m usually just a lurker, but wanted to comment and let you know that you are definitely a “writer”! I have really enjoyed your posts over the years (and the few fiction/short stories you have shared both here and on Pauly’s Truckin blog) and everyone I have shared your posts with have too. I hope you keep writing here (so I can keep enjoying it), but do keep writing! Thanks for sharing all of your profound honesty and well crafted words.

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