It can be very hard to keep on a timetable, especially as one person, because you are your own motivation. You can easily push up or push back on the timetable because you are only answering to yourself. When there are other factors involved, that can push you to meet your deadline.
A reason why in recent months I’ve used less time working on film projects has been that people I have been working with in getting projects together have not been on the same schedule I have. A few examples have been the group in Phoenix that wanted to start a reality show. They had me sign a contract, told me they were willing and able to move forward, then suddenly no contact. I had my gear together and was ready to check out the sites and do preliminary work, plus with the timeframe they gave me I knew we had to work quickly to meet the goal. After a week and half of hearing nothing, and that was with a number of calls and emails, I got a message saying they were postponing plans but were still interested in working on the project. The thing I picked up on in the conversation was they didn’t say with me. It might have been a minor thing but I haven’t heard a word from them since.
About a month and a half ago I was on the bus and heard this guy talking on the phone with someone whom I assumed was a producer. He was talking about a film project. After he got off the phone and this guy badly tried to hit him up for a job, I presented my card, gave him a link to my work and told him I was willing and able to start any time he was. He was very excited, even sent me an email thanking me for contacting him. Haven’t heard from him since.
Something I’m learning from my new job is there are a lot of people who like to call themselves business people who think of business as a cash cow or hobby, not as a job. They don’t think to innovate, they don’t think of updating materials and they don’t think about making sure their stuff runs smoothly. We get calls every day from business people who have no idea what is going on with their business, nor how to use the tools they have to make their business more efficient. All they care about is profit and they don’t necessarily care about the people working around them.
I got a wakeup call recently about GenX Noir Productions. With the job loss and the tough nature of trying to get new work, I started to realize that for a long time I have treated it as a hobby instead of a business. I was like the calls I get from managers and owners of stores who had little idea of the inner workings of their stores because as long as the stores are making money, as long as there is no drama, they feel fine. They’re constantly playing catch up instead of moving ahead. GenX Noir and all of the projects under the banner were doing OK, but I wasn’t being a forward thinker on getting new people to read articles and on promoting the brand. I mean, I hate using business terms like branding but I had to be honest with myself and realize if I wanted to call GenX Noir a business I had to treat it as such.
I made a plan to kick things into high gear with GenX Noir and I had a goal of getting the majority of the upgrades and properties built up by December. That was the goal. In reality, since I was pushing myself, I got the majority of the work finished in a week. All of the current and future sites under the GenX Noir umbrella will be written in WordPress. I used to use Dreamweaver and I loved Dreamweaver but now I’m able to write articles on the go wherever I am. I can also publish those articles quickly. There have been times recently where I have been at work, got inspired by an idea and had the article composed and uploaded in 30 minutes.
I realized that recently my articles have been a little haphazard as far as when they came out. Right now I’m working on having at least one article written for the online publications every week. I’m publicizing the articles more, making sure links are posted on all my social media contacts as well as hashtagging. Using those and other behind the scenes work has gotten more people to view the articles and to follow me on social media. I’ve started to see people reblog and retweet articles I’ve written. Traffic is starting to grow on the site. This has been great for me, for the brand, but this is only a small part of building up name recognition.
One big change I made was creating a more entertainment/pop culture site with Reality Gambit. Before I had entertainment articles with more serious articles in Chaotic Fringe, but I wanted to have a clear demarcation of the fun and serious work that wouldn’t be confusing to some reader. Also, a mix of politics and fun work might not be something everyone wants a mix of. Since starting Reality Gambit the site has been pretty good in terms of traffic. Considering we are at a time when Star Wars is on the minds of a lot of people, it makes sense there is traffic coming to the site with the articles I have written about pop culture, especially Star Wars.
Where things have gone slower than expected has been with The Poor Boy Cooking Show. I will admit this has been tougher than I thought. I know the reason is trying to fit time into edit the footage to put online has been difficult. For that I think the year-end deadline might be hard to reach but I’m going to push myself to get that site revamped and live with new content at the beginning of the year.
Things have been complicated this year. The loss of my job, the search for a new one, the lean economic times have been rough. It has been a struggle to keep a positive attitude sometimes but working on all the properties within GenX Noir have given me some purpose when I was not sure what my next more would be. With the updates and new business ethics I’m trying to work on the production work on the projects will continue to improve.
Right now the way things break down for the online presence of GenX Noir is like this; Chaotic Fringe is the home of ideas and thoughts I have about the world around me, just as it always has been. Chaotic Fringe Word Blog is a blog where I get personal about things going on in my life. Reality Gambit, the newest edition to the publish family, is all about pop culture including movies, TV shows and comics. The Poor Boy Cooking Show is about . . . well cooking. There are possibly two other online productions that will join the family, but those are still a few months off if I decide to go down those roads.
Chaotic Fringe has been around for over 20 years and I want it to continue and grow for years to come.