@sunsoda Same here. I used to think that if a person had the same taste in music, then we had to be utterly simpatico. I met some real hosers that way. I'm a little older, a little wiser, and better at judging people based on their overall kindness rather than what's on their streaming playlists.
Fuck Good Charlotte, and find some people who like Sleater-Kinney.
When I first heard about Patty was back in the news, I was all excited because I thought it meant John Waters had a new movie out. Eh. I'll settle for the fact that she has a pretty puppy.
"To this day, whenever I see Billy Corgan in some godawful viral
wrestling video or on the cover of a tacky cat rag, I pull out my
vinyl of 'Crooked Rain Crooked Rain' and put 'Range Life' on blast."
Oh, I love watching "Daily Show" correspondents grow. Every single "Daily Show" correspondent has a growth spurt when they go from mirroring the styles of other correspondents to finding their own humor style. Williams just took off this year, and now I get all jazzed when it's her turn to be on the show that night.
A circus in an Ayn Rand musical ... wait ... aren't the performers going to need safety nets? And isn't that against the whole Rand nutbag ethos?
@Rubyinthedust Good point. At first, I thought normcore was just a phrase for wearing a uniform -- same style of clothes in a bunch of different colors. I've rocked that look for years.
I just wish they would call "Normcore" the "Seinfeld style" and get it over with.
@stonefruit Regarding your Docs, you are smart. I've had my Doc boots for years, and they are as sturdy as ever.
As one of my coworkers said, "Don't change! Don't you ever change!"
I started out doing what I love (teaching), and I often felt like it was being turned against me. No one came out and said it, but I always felt like I had to prove how much I loved my job by not fighting for my own rights, like benefits. What on earth is that about?
Now, I'm in a job that I don't love quite as much as helping people learn. I'm lucky in that enjoy my job, but if anyone ever hints that I'm not loving it enough and that I have to "prove" something to them, I give them an eyeroll.
Hours, pay and benefits come first. Sounds harsh, but it's true. If you have a good job with reasonable hours, then you have a better chance of doing what you love in your spare time. It's not guaranteed, but at least you have more control.
I am jazzed about this series, as I have thought of starting my own site more than once. Boy, am I glad you mentioned Getty and paying for images. Attention to all of those who want to start your own site: Wikimedia Commons will be your best friend! Otherwise, you will probably need to pay for images, or you will get a nastygram from the owner of the images you're using.
I have one potentially nosy question: How long did it take you guys to break even? You are role models for promotion, but whenever I've considered flying solo, but there are also up-front costs for your domain, hosting, tech support, etc.
Okay, second nosy question. Who handles your ad sales, or are you on a network?
THANK YOU for this series. I cannot wait to read more.