To All My Followers

To All My Followers

Friends, it’s not that serious. The reason for this long ass post are the two dozen times I have been asked on different blogs, if Youtube is how I will be blogging. Without offending anyone, I would like to answer everyone once.

This past November, I came to the firm decision to never blog again. I had over 10,000 followers, great times, and basically I had nothing left to accomplish. It no longer stirred my passions.

Friends in New York and the Dominican Republic begged me to continue. Then, my best friend Titi (who tried to create a Lonely Author app) convinced me Youtube was the next step in the Beach Boy’s evolution.

I started playing around with the idea, and so many creative possibilities came to me.

Youtube offers me the opportunity to move beyond this two dimensional world. I can recite poetry that can be truly heard. I can inject humor, my personality, and multiple images in my posts. I can share more of ME (every tragedy and triumphant).

But beyond that; I can post things to do in Orlando, the things beyond the expensive theme parks. I will develop posts on how to successfully move to Florida and why you may want to. I can take you on my vacations. We can explore beaches, I can suggest resorts and hotels. You can live my exploits with me.

Best of all, now, during my lonely hours; I am speaking to you.

More importantly, instead of introducing poets, authors, and bloggers by a reblog, retweet, or mention on my blog, I can truly introduce you to them. Poetry will be recited by two guest poets next week. Get a chance to meet the bloggers you have followed. Hear them recite their poetry or novelists discuss their latest novel.

I have always been happy helping others, now I have the platform to do just that.

Regarding my Youtube channel. You don’t like the platform? I am not asking you to switch to vlogging. Continue doing what MAKES YOU HAPPY.

Want to support the Beach Boy on this new venture?

1- Like my videos on YOUTUBE (or like both blog and Youtube). Click on the video, hit like, and close it and move onto the next blog you are reading. EVERY YOUTUBE like helps my effort. Even if you don’t watch the video. Friends keep saying they are hitting like, but my first video has over 600+ likes on the blog, only 81 on Youtube.

2- THIS IS FOR ALL MY SUPER HERO FRIENDS; Afraid your identity will be revealed if you comment. Long ago, I created The Lonely Author gmail. I opened this blog, my Youtube channel, Twitter, AllMyLinks, and Instagram accounts all with this one email. I actually do much of my business and commenting throughout the internet with this identity. You can create one for your blog with your blog icon. Then, comment away IF YOU LIKE. You will never need to remove your mask or cape.

3- I have friends in the Dominican Republic who don’t understand a word I say in the videos. They hit play, let the video run in its entirety on MUTE, while they cook, tend the laundry, go to the bathroom, bathe their children. They don’t even pay attention. But it helps.

4- Come discuss your book or blog, or recite your poetry. Your photo or identity never needs to be revealed. I was a child actor, managed call centers for prestigious institutions, none of you know my real identity. Come on my show, no one will know yours, not even me.

What I will do to help you follow me? I will recite my poetry in the first minute of my videos. My blog posts will have a timeline, so you know exactly when the part you want to listen to plays. If you have any suggestions please, feel free to make them here on this post.

Everyone has to find their own happiness, I have found mine. Life is too short. Be happy. It’s a choice, not something we have to achieve or work for.

You want to help me or follow me, great.

You don’t want to follow me. That is good, too. I won’t be offended. Before starting this venture, I put on my big boy swimming trunks. I am a born and bred New Yorker, a real nice guy with the THICKEST SKIN.

If this is goodbye, well, Adios. I wish you all the best. I hope your days are full of sunshine and smiles. May life bless you and your loved ones with infinite love, good health, and happiness.

You may be thinking…….The Lonely Author is out of his mind trading in 10,000 followers for 100. Perhaps, but I will take 100 faithful, supportive friends any day.

Friends, I have found my happiness……….be happy for me.

I will leave comments open. Throw your spears and arrows (no stun guns, please). Ladies, you can throw your lips (just a suggestion……….but a very valid suggestion. Think about it).

Have a beautiful weekend. Love to all.

God bless. โค๏ธ

170 thoughts on “To All My Followers

  1. If artists chose validation over passion, Drew, they wouldn’t be true to their souls, and I applaud both your choice and your wonderfully penned post. One of the greatest perks of ‘knowing’ you on YouTube is that I could now read this post in ‘your voice’ ๐Ÿ˜‰ If 2020 has taught us anything, it is exactly what you said in your post – Life is too short to be anything but happy.

    Here’s to more novelty, happiness and abundance!

    Siempre.

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    1. Isha, these videos are filling my heart with smiles. When I first started seriously thinking about Youtube and the endless possibilities, it accelerated my recovery. So many wonderful and creative ideas came to me.
      Life is too short to be anything but happy.
      You are a treasure. I guess you must be sick of hearing that. Grateful for your friendship and support.

      Siempre

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      1. Wow! That’s such a powerful thing to have experienced, Drew! So inspirational too. Truly elated for you.
        I’ll never be sick of hearing that, haha! It’s a treasure to be treasured (too cheesy, I know)! Grateful for you.

        P.S. Few, like you said, would stop blogging with over ten thousand followers, but even fewer would actually go out of their way to do so much for their followers on a bigger platform. May this venture of yours be the source of great happiness, my friend. Truly mean it.

        Looking forward, enthusiastically, to what unfolds next! โœจ

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        1. Oh, Isha., you have me beaming. This Youtube thing pulled me out of my mini-depression during my recovery. There is so much I can do with old poems and new ones. The creativity is endless.

          You are a treasure……

          I really want to help bloggers. If I can grow this channel, with a real following from bloggers, Instagram, and Twitter, and with my regular posts of travel and tourism, along with my crazy life, I may draw in followers from all walks of life. With a large enough following, perhaps editors or publishers will drop in. The possibilities are infinite if this has success.

          Thank you for your beautiful support. It means so much to me. Touched,

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          1. And might I add, your vision is beaming bright too – I hope everyone reads this and visualises the possibilities, Drew. I have no doubt it’ll be a success.

            Your vision pulling you out of your depression reminds me of the saying that ‘The darkest night precedes the brightest day’. God bless you with happiness and passion! ๐Ÿ’›

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  2. You said it, Drew. We have to do that which brings us joy. If it doesn’t, why do it? Life is too short to waste it doing stuff that doesn’t make us tingle.
    Enjoy your new venture! I know I’m listening to that oh-so-obvious New York accent. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. LOL
      Dale, life is too short. And 2020 showed us how fragile it can be.
      Thank you for your beautiful support. I am flattered and grateful.
      Would you like to appear one day? It’s all voice recorded. I think you would be a hysterical guest.
      Think about it.

      Mucho love and gratitude. โค๏ธ

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      1. ๐Ÿ˜‰
        It is. And you’ve seen it close hand and I’ve seen it close hand so… we know to appreciate it.
        My pleasure.
        That could be fun. You might be right ๐Ÿ˜‰ I do have my moments…

        xoxo

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  3. I completely understand where you are coming from. I think it is a good vision you have to move into video with more three dimensional elements that can better evoke emotions through two of our primary senses. Although, you will probably be stuck with posting “check out my latest video” posts for a while.

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    1. This crazy little venture is filling so many voids in my life. It is challenging my creative juices. It is making me so happy and fulfilled.

      And I agree with you. I think the videos give me an opportunity to evoke more emotion.

      I know I will be stuck with the posting “check out my latest video. But to be honest, at this moment, I am thinking of my Instagram, Twitter, and BLOG accounts as places to advertise. I post photos of my day on Twitter and Instagram, but everything I do is trying to drive followers to Youtube.

      While I have your attention; would you consider being a guest one day? You can play an orinigal song. We post some of your best photos with it. You can discuss whatever you choose. Think about it.

      Thank you for your wonderful support. It is greatly appreciated my friend.

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        1. Oh, take care of you plate (and eat all your veggies). I understand.

          On a side note, I already had poetry submissions from phone app recordings and I was able to use them seamlessly in iMovie.
          So, I am all good on that front.

          Thank you for everything. Appreciate your support.

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            1. I struggled the first few days, but I have the hang of it and I am getting better and better.

              I have a question. I downloaded songs from Epidemic Sound a website for royalty free songs. And Youtube made me take it down.
              Does that make sense?

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              1. If the music isn’t really royalty free. Yes. it makes sense. I posted a video of a friend singing Ave Maria and got a take down notice. It had two separate copyright claims on it. I was really surprised.

                The copyrights on music can be complicated. If there are lyrics in the music, the rights and permissions needed for lyrics are usually separate from the music.

                I would suggests making your own music. It might be easier than you think.

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  4. Those who read this post of yours can feel the truth on every word you have written… I really enjoy this one, congratulations for your talent ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒน

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        1. Thank you. I undertand. Yes, I want to help people explore their creativity. I want to make them smile and be happy.

          I want to spread the word of love. Love is life, life is love.

          Wish you the most beautiful day. May it be as beautiful as you. ๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน๐ŸŒน

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          1. Yes, I totally agree with you love is life and life is love.. But the most pure one!
            I have heard your YouTube channel and enjoy it very much, keep up with the great job that you are doing ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘
            And thank you for being so kind ๐ŸŒน

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  5. Hey Andrew. When I hit “Comment” on your post, I get an “Oops that page doesn’t exist.” message This has happened twice now. I got to comments by hitting “like.” As to your new venture, best wishes on whatever you choose to do. Might be fun for sure. I have had trouble hitting “like” on the video too. I subscribed but found no “like ” button. I’ll pay closer attention next time.

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    1. John, thank you so much. I will try to fix this problem. So happy you let me know. I don’t want to frustrate anyone.

      The like button is just a thumbs up. I will have to check if I have set it up wrong. Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate it.

      I am happy and I will be having fun. Soon, we will plug your blog and books. hank you my friend.

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  6. Hi dear Drew and thank you so much for your message. You have such a wonderful Soul. I really like your project related to the opening of the platform on youtube. In my opinion is very important to do what fulfills you, what makes you happy. Your idea is wonderful, and I support you with all my heart, I would be very happy to collaborate if you would like my poems. I wish you much success and a lot of happiness.
    With gratitude, many blessings and love from Romania !

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    1. Oh, yes, we must talk. You can be a future guest recitng your poetry. Do you have a poetry book? Yes, definiitely be interested in having you. Thank you for the offer.

      Thank you for your support. I envision a channel that will attract poets and writers from all social media platforms. And since I will posting my exploits and vacations, it may interest regular citizens. With a little luck we can make this big and maybe a publishert or editor will follow or listen.
      Perhaps, I am just a dreamer.

      You can recite your poetry and maybe share photos of Romania.

      Thank you for your wonderful Support and words. Bless you and your beautiful country. Be happy my dear friend. Life is love and happiness.
      We will talk soon. Thank you always.

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  7. You get what you ask for, Andrew! Throwing your way a whole lot of ๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹๐Ÿ’‹

    Life is to be lived your own way. Do what you want to. I look forward to your notifications. Don’t worry, soon I will find a way to comment too.
    As for followers here, those who are fond of you will support you in all your endeavours. The rest were never into you.
    Be you, my dear.

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    1. Someone not into me? BLASPHEMY. LOL

      Punam, I am alone and so happy. I feel like I have found my calling.

      I will do my best Pied Piper and see who follows. But I have every intention of sharing this experience with everyone. Perhaps, one day you will give me permission to recite one of your poems?

      If you don’t want the attention, I understand.

      Thank you for your beautiful supportive message. I am touched and grateful.

      Oh, and thanks for the lips. Truly appreciate them. ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜

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      1. Dearest Andrew, I will be honoured to have you recite my poem. You can recite whenever you want.

        You are the Pied Piper of WP and I am sure you will be the Pied Piper of Youtube. I have shared the link with my non WP friends and I am sure you will get a handful of more subscribers.

        So happy that you are happy. Stay blessed and most welcome for the lips. ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

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  8. Happy that you are happy;
    The pursuit of happiness,
    Ah, there lies the fallacy,
    When you seek,
    You get,
    But happiness lies
    In the moment,
    Don’t let it go,
    Let it flow,
    And surf the waves,
    Even if they be air,
    If that’s where
    Your happiness surfs,
    From cowboys to
    Beach boys,
    To everyone
    Their own.

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    1. Yassy, my beautiful friend. So tuched by this wonderful message. Thank you for your support and the retweets. I am grateful that you help me spread the word.

      Stay cool. Maybe one day, you can recite your poetry. Think about it.
      Thanks. Have a beautiful beautiful weekend

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    1. Thank you for gracing your thoughts on this post. I have so many firends telling me they need something to be happy. NO, happiness is something you choose to be. It isn’t a career or material thing. My novels and screenplays remain npublished, but I am happy anyway.

      Thank you for your wonderful message. Hopefully, one day you may decide to appear as a guest. Think about it.

      Again, thank you so much. I appreciate everything.

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    1. We do only get one chance at life. We need to do what makes us happy. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. They warmed my heart.
      Perhaps, one day you can do it by voice. Think about it.

      Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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  9. ‘I love hearing your NY accent’ says this Jersey girl also living in Florida. You mean there are people who don’t want to live here?! Craziness! ๐Ÿคฃ Much love and luck to you, Drew. As Marie Kondo says, you have to do what sparks joy. You have found yours.

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    1. Haha. A Jersey girl. I havew so many friends that are moving down here I wonder if there is anyone left in the tri-state area.

      Yes, I have found mine,

      Thank you for your beautiful message and words. I am grateful fr your kindness and support.

      Please stay safe. xo

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  10. Drew… When reading your blog, I confess that first, I felt sadness, that you will no longer be throught this medium, although that is selfish on my part. Sorry. A few days ago I started to follow you, on YouTube, it seems to me that, with all due respect, you have an incredible voice, besides that I admire your work, go for your dream! Iยดm sure it will grant you everything you want, you deserve it. Speak very well of yourself, that you want to support others, you have a big heart. I congratulate you for being happy and lovingly following your dreams.
    It would make me very happy, if you continue reading what I write, it would be an honor for me, feel free to do it or not, friend.
    Hopefully you continue on Instagram. As you may have already noticed, I write a lot, an apology for my English, I hope I have not made any mistakes.
    I wihs you the best, in all aspects of your life, your dreams are already reality, live happily and full of love, always.
    “Feeling what you love is living your dream come true”… Yo have felt that.
    Take care and best wishes.
    Elvira

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    1. Elvira, I am touched by your kind and beautiful words. Flattered that you followed me here on the blog and on Youtube. Do not be shy to comment. You may do so n Speanish if you wish.

      I am happy you like my video and my voice. Very humbled. Youtube is allowing me to express myself in way I couldn’t on paper. It is making me truly happy. And what is life about? Being happy.

      Amiga, my posts are on Youtube, but I will continue to read your posts. And since you have been such a good friend, I won’t be shy and I will leave comments when I can.

      Te aprecio. Gracias por su bellas palabras. Tocaron mi corazรณn. Perdon, con mi Espaรฑol. Soy Americano de padres Cubano; pero no tengo mucho pratica escribiendo en Espaรฑol.

      Gracias. Besos y abrazos. xo

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      1. Drew, agradezco tu hermosa respuesta, me hace feliz, cada quien tiene que expresarse como se sienta mejor, tu fuerte es tu voz, lo que me parece increรญble, de verdad me alegra tu emprendimiento, te va a ir excelente. dรฉjame decirte que tu espaรฑol, es mejor que mi inglรฉs. Me encantarรก estar en contacto contigo amigo.
        Cuando haces lo que te gusta, pones el corazรณn en ello y todo fluye para bien.
        Cuรญdate mucho y sรฉ feliz.
        Gracias. Besos y abrazos xo
        Elvira

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          1. Drew, eso me parece genial, que buena idea, excelente, pues no todo el mundo entiende inglรฉs, les voy a decir a mis amigas que te sigan, no hablan inglรฉs. ยกMe encanta! Cuenta con mi apoyo, te sigo en inglรฉs y en espaรฑol.
            Gracias por compartirme tu idea.

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  11. I really love your post Drew. And when you decided to start your channel,I have feeling that you’ll be amazing in both platform,coz you are. So,I will keep say : “go for it Drew…keep shining!!!” ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. Oh, you are so sweet. And supportive. Thank you for your beautiful words and encouragement. I am flattered and happy you think so.

      With you helping me and making me feel so good, I will shine. Thank you so much.
      ๐Ÿ˜˜

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  12. busy boy managing both sites for now.
    busy girl w/ back to back Cra cra days.(my post tells all)
    listened, be over soon.. when I listened here today your voice was low.
    I’ll get on over to YouTube soon!โค๏ธ C

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    1. Thank you so much. I appreciate your words and support. Michele Lee, perhaps one day you can recite poetry on my channel. Think about it.

      I want to promote everyone and everything. We just spread the love and poetry.

      Again, thank you for your wonderful support. It touches my heart. Grateful and happy.
      Have a beautiful weekend.

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  13. I completely understand needing to switch gears.. for which Iโ€™m a little bummed having just found you. Unfortunately where I live, itโ€™s very erratic to be able to stream videos from YT. (No wifi, no Internet, super rural.) Maybe here and there I can find you there. I wish you much happiness ๐Ÿ’‹

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I will post here on WordPress on occasions, but I do want to transition to vlogging. You could always read some of my older posts whoch will remain here.

      Thank you for your lovely words and support.
      I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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  14. ยกHola Drew! ยฟCรณmo estรกs? Te puedo pedir un favor muy grande, me puedes enviar el link de Youtube, es por que lo menciono en el post que publico hoy en la noche. Por favor, bueno claro que si te parece bien. Gracias.
    Bonito dรญa
    Elvira

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  15. I love youtube. I follow lots of great channels. I’ll look out for yours. I’ve thought about starting one, but it’s a bit too mucho for me to take on atm, although it May happen one day.
    Why not do both? Blogging and youtube? I think they reach different group of people with different needs and interests.
    Good luck!

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