For those new to this corner of the woods, I've grown very adept at getting my poetry noticed, if not read for once. Which is great!
I've been writing poetry off and on since 2004, back when I was a freshman in college. I'll be honest: I never had ambitions nor drive. Poetry was something I did as an outlet for boredom and a way to get the attention of women I deemed of having the honor of reading such horrific attempts at beauty and gasp, poetry!
But something happened along the way; I began a career as an educator, wound up in a mental hospital, and began this little defunct blog known as Positive Reviews Only as a way of reviewing films and trying to get my thoughts out of this thick skull and into the eyeballs of bored readers such as myself.
The little blog failed or to say the least sputtered along.
It never occurred to me that blogging is akin to a social network and that the only way for that network to thrive is to have involvement going both ways. I expected readers to come to my blog without actually trying to read other blogs.
Perhaps this was selfish. Perhaps I just don't have the time to read a ton of other reviews, which seems to be the case with my own. Whatever the case, I lost interest and began to drift in my writing.
But as always, God intervened. That little voice in my head one night told me to publish a poem and to my surprise that little poem did okay. In fact, it got more views and likes than anything else I wrote. I was astonished to say the least.
You can find the little guy here: Stay the night tonight….
7 likes and more views and I was flabbergasted…my shitty little poem I wrote way back in 2006 did okay, and far better than any failed attempt at being Roger Ebert.
I never expected to become what I would call a full-time poet, but over a year later I find myself now writing poetry daily to the point where I have to schedule poems days and even weeks in advance.
There's more on Facebook and my harddrive. I literally have at least 70 unpublished poems from the time I began writing over a decade ago till now, with some waiting for edits and just to see the light of day.
Trying to keep track of them is a nightmare to be honest, which is why I gave up a failed attempt at trying to gather all my writing in one spot here on this new blog (hardly new by now that it's almost 3 years old).
Slowly but surely this blog has grown to cover all facets of what i deem art. Obviously the main draw is the poetry, which I still have no idea why anyone would want to read, all the way to photography, artwork, articles, reviews, and so forth.
My ambitions are daunting and my aim often wandering and unclear, the reality has set in. This blog is my lifework.
Which is why I find myself at a conundrum. While art is a fervent passion of mine, I have grown to become business minded in the last 3 years.
During my free time I developed an eBay business and subsequent YouTube channel, where I post videos describing things I've sold as well as stuff I've bought to resell and so forth.
It's a fun hobby and one I really want to grow, but the choice is now thus: how do I split my time between this blog which quite honestly has become my full-time job and develop an eBay business?
I've considered starting another blog solely for eBay and other business ventures, but the reality is I just don't think I'll have enough time, let alone stamina, to take care of 2 websites. Add on top of this a desire to get into affiliate marketing and the truth is I might have bitten off more than I can chew…
But what if there was a way to combine blogs? Would it be a faux pas to post business videos and article on this blog while maintaining its facade as a high brow art magazine or should I just bite the bullet and start another website?
I genuinely feel torn but the more I think about it I begin to wonder if maybe a business article or two isn't outside th realm of what can be considered art.
And really, what is art?
If something is created for the desire to be admired, interpreted, and provide meaning as well as a reflection of reality and imagination, isn't a business just as qualified of doing so?
That's the question I pose to you dear reader, because quite honestly, this blog may not be able to contain the ambitions and goals I and God have set for myself.
Which is why I leave you with the final question: Would you be upset if you came across a business minded article or video once in a while?
I hope you leave your thoughts in the comment as well as hopeful support because as I grow I plan to post some YouTube videos covering my eBay business, and I'm itching to get started soon. Here's a sampler:
Take a look and tell me what you think!