The truth is, money speaks, and it's hard to turn away an offer from a corporation with millions of dollars of advertising revenue. But, what people want, and ultimately what this great art form needs are authentic voices. Getting sponsored is a great, quick, easy way to make money - you're given a product or service, asked to write an article, you post it, and you're paid. The problem is, you're giving something huge up in return for a quick easy payout - your reader's trust....

For a long time, this blog has been a labor of love. Throughout the years I've always come back to it. Recently I made the decision to set it aside for a while and work on doing more video work. Unfortunately, for all of us "old-school" types, my experience has been that written content is not as appealing as it once was; video has taken over as the preferred content medium. Still though, I am drawn back again and again to my writing, and, as much as I do this for others, I do it chiefly for me. I am reminded of a poem, "so you want to be a writer?" by Charles Bukowski. It's a fatalistic view on, really, any type of creative work....

This started off as a Facebook post. I kept trying to condense it down, but I inevitably had to leave important details out.Somebody asked a little while after I posted my last Facebook status about making blogging my career in 2017, “how do you make money just writing and posting articles?” Good question. You've gotta have something or some reason to write, in the first place.Writing was never something I had in mind as a career. I think the desire to write comes from a need to communicate. For me it was to communicate thoughts that I felt had value to them but might not be all that well-accepted. It started back in college, at a point where I was very unhappy with what I was doing. The details are for another post, but to state it succintly, I felt like we, the students, were all at the center of something where the...

I've got an idea.It's going to be short, quick, and easy.If we all slowed down a little bit, we'd have a lot more fun.The next romantic interest you come across, let's try something new - the friend test.As I browse all the social networking apps, specifically the ones centered around finding romantic opportunities, I sense a lot of heads hitting brick walls. The instant gratification aspect of dating through apps on your phone has also made everyone get in a hurry to find "the one". I think we're doing it wrong. If you truly want a relationship, stop trying so hard. Slow down and see if you can build a friendship first. Here's why...

I'm very skeptical of "cure-all" fixes. I don't claim to have them. What I do have is a perspective, and experience. I find people to be very interesting to talk to and observe, if for no other reason than to hear their problems - especially those with other human beings - and sit back and daydream about the cause of it all. Relationships (or lack thereof) happens to be one of the most popular and interesting, especially in the LGBT community. I'm sure there are parallels in the straight world, but I'm no expert on that. I try to look at things from an unconventional, yet holistic perspective. I don't want this to be "just another Buzzfeed article", even though the subject errs on it heavily.Here it is, for what it's worth, AND, more importantly, the logic behind it. You don't live in the right place I'm a big believer that we're...

It's been a long time coming. I've finally landed and it feels so good.The Downtown Dweller started back in early 2013, when I sought to craft a blog and an online presence that personified my ideal life - that of a downtown dweller. Now, who or what is that? It's an informed, cultured, classy, urban resident. It's jazz, wine, fashion, cars, architecture, pop culture, music, food, and travel. And it's for any and every guy (perhaps some gals too) that is interested in getting in on the know of how to live the best life.So why Nashville?For the past three or four years, living downtown in a smaller Illinois city had been great, but it was time to finally get away to something a bit bigger, more grandiose. After a fortunate series of events, I now find myself calling "music city" home. I had always thought it might be St. Louis...

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