It is true marketing is key to getting our work out there. I feel challenged by that. I struggle to take my attention away from time spent writing and painting in order to do so even knowing I’ll never get anywhere if I don’t.

I’ve also considered a part time gig but that would take even more time away from my creative goals. I struggle to get with the program of the American way as well.

All I can do is keep moving forward. I have to believe that eventually hard work will pay off. In June I set a six month goals for myself that if I wasn’t able to come up with enough funding to at least keep my writing afloat I would go back to selling articles to mainstream. Now that the six months are nearing an end I’m not sure I can bring myself to do it. Sure it’s a guaranteed $30 here or $50 there but it’s soul crushing when you have to write topics that go against your values.

I want to create a positive impact. You just can’t do that within the media anymore.

Reporter based in Eastern Iowa. Pro- equality. Anti- AR15. My hobbies include emotional eating, petting cats, hibernating and farming.

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