Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast. I’m your host, Jean coming to you from the beautiful Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!! The blog post and podcast is an opinion piece and only reflects this author’s opinion and not that of any other entity. Today’s podcast and blog post centers around the many hats worn by this author, photographer, blogger and podcaster and why I choose to do all this. If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…
I have found myself taking on different roles for A & J PEI Treasures. I didn’t start out thinking about doing anything other than e-books and Facebook and YouTube. Facebook was to showcase our work, YouTube was to showcase projects. Of course as an author, you have to have your author pages. Then things didn’t work with Facebook and I switched to Twitter. This has been a good change for me and for A & J PEI Treasures. I seem to have more interest in A & J PEI Treasures from Twitter, but I have to be more careful responding to things because I have only the one account. On Facebook I had a personal one as well as the business one because I had family on. It was easier to keep them separated. Then I found a lot of authors were going on YouTube to provide their fans with something more. It seemed like a good idea, however this didn’t feel like me or appropriate for me. I’m happier being anonymous so my photographic work can get done. I’m not a public type person. I am happier working behind the scenes. As an aside, I think the only people in town who know I’m with A & J PEI Treasures is the lady who gave me my vaccine shot as I mentioned putting it up on our site. Anyway, I wanted something auditory to offer my followers and that’s when podcasts came into my life. I’m content with the new avenues and find that, as Andrea Davis Pinkney said, “One of the challenges of wearing so many hats, is that I love each and every one of them!” I found an outlet to give people a look into the mind of this author in both written form and in spoken form. It was a good fit for me and I am pleased to continue to give multimedia exposure.
Though on the other hand, as Matthew Brannon said, “I’ve often been given the career advice to not wear too many hats, which, of course, has just encouraged me to wear other hats, such as being a writer, being a curator, or just doing anything outside of the definition of an artist.” I have always been interested in a variety of things. So having more than one avenue and one type of art is a good match for me; though I don’t read everyone else’s blogs or podcasts. Sorry, I’m not being a jerk, I just have so much I want to do in a day, it doesn’t leave a lot of time for extras. I do sew some of my own clothing. I tend to like boho style and can indulge this. Of course, to keep with my interest in being somewhat eco-friendly, I have gotten a lot of my materials at thrift stores and yard sales. My clothing tends to differ depending on the weather. In warmer weather, I prefer skirts and dresses more. In winter whatever is warmer.
Then there are the various renovation projects that we have done over the years. We bought the place on the Island and had to renovate quite a bit. It is now mostly complete, though still some to go. I have always believed in learning new things and experiencing new places and things. So, this gives me the opportunity to give people a view of our adventures and to continue having them. As of yet, our YouTube channel is not monetized. In time, we may obtain enough followers to do so, but Canada seems to be somewhat different from the US when it comes to video watching and monetization. There seems to be less interest in watching or following. I’ve noted most of the US ones seem to obtain followers much more easily.
The one challenge that we have found is that there is not fast internet in the country. It sometimes can take as much as an hour to get our ten minute or so video up. This is a factor in keeping most of the videos under ten minutes. It takes a longer time to do anything online, I would expect. This is something that is normal to the area. Most towns and cities have faster internet. We manage with what we have. It is simply one of the things we have to deal with. Otherwise this is a perfect area for imagination and beautiful inspiration for my writing and for working on A & J PEI Treasures.
So, A & J PEI Treasures is a multimedia experience and one can experience any one or all of the components. The e-books are the only for sale items and the main focus on my work and I generally have one or two or more on the agenda. The other projects fill in between and keeping busy is always a good thing. At least I am happy to stay busy. There are some general goals and there are some yearly things. For instance, every year, I do some baking to put into the freezer. This is mostly seasonal baking dependent on fruit in season. Usually in the form of pumpkin and apple pies. I also use the peels to make apple core jelly. I’ve determined that if the seeds are removed, I can also add apple mash to the smoothies. I like the idea of very little waste involved in our projects.
I can sit and watch Sam nap contentedly on the floor, write about our multimedia world or watch Ramses the great run around the house. I can sit and sew or write or create. I have choices and that is something that fits my temperament when it comes to artistic lifestyle. I can try new things. When it rains, I can work or read or sew or do whatever I wish. I can work on e-books, blog posts and podcasts. I can plan and dream. I can show the world as I see it with all the beauty. When it rains, I can go during a lull in the rain and rescue worms from the road so they won’t be crushed by cars.
Some people see someone constantly doing something and not sitting still for long. I see an opportunity to be creative and to continue to create things and experiences. I see living in a postcard like area and sharing it with anyone in the world that wants to see it. It sets me free of limits that no one thinks of. I am not limited to where I am, I am not limited to what is around me. It opens up whole areas that even short years ago, I would never have thought existed. So, I see freedom. If I continue, I think that the money part will come. I will eventually reach the level of professionalism that I seek. This is why I continue and because I love what I do, it isn’t like working. Ralph Waldo Emerson is quoted as saying, “Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.” So, if nothing else, I love what I am doing, I believe in the message that we are sharing and I believe that it is an always forward moving entity and deserves to continue to have a chance to succeed.
Thanks for listening to my podcast and/or reading my blog post and thanks for your interest in A & J PEI Treasures!
Just one more thing. I have one of my children’s e-books up for a 2021 TCK award Category is General Non-Fiction. https://www.tckpublishing.com/2021-readers-choice-voting-page/ The Big Kids Magical Path to Colours in Nature (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B093K2FN4M/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_GBTXKZW5EVAX2C92PCY1). If you have a moment, we could use some votes.
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