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As a woodcarver for over 25 years, I'm out of the art and craft world, and I have no background in writing whatsoever.
"A true sign of intelligence is not knowledge...but imagination." Albert Einstein
One afternoon, I drove by a bill-board, and I saw a cartoon-like picture of a silly octopus, which was an ad for Octopus Car Wash here in town, and I wanted to carve one. The octopus was one of the first ten things I carved, and little did I know, that the number would climb over 200 original wood pieces over the years! My silly octopus was on display at Octopus Car Wash for a while, and that would be the beginning of my attention-getter...my "hook" at the 40 or more arts and crafts shows I participated in over the years.
The piece was always with me, and I placed it on top of the display, so everyone could see it. The silliness continued, as I took chances and carved more (off the wall) pieces like a lion sitting in a bath tub; a little black bear cub sitting in a red and white high-chair; and a flu bug sick in bed with the flu, etc. (I sold nearly all the pieces I carved)
Website name; humordoctormd
A lot of imagination went into this website;
WEBSITE/EMAIL ADDRESS: humordoctormd.gmail.com
When I built my website and got my email address, I knew my name would not be on neither. I wanted a "hook" an attention-getter...something that would spark curiousity. So, I chose humordoctormd for my website and humordoctor for my email address.
Cheesy Medical Center; This is where I operate from...cutting and pasting and making a mess of everything.
Now, I could build all around these two: laughter is the best medicine; humor could be dangerous to your illness; take a large dose of vitamin H...just for the health of it; Bedlam General hospital, and so forth!
These are a few of my articles (attention-getters);
U.S. Congress; The Best Little Whorehouse In the USA
Shouldn't Hemorrhoids Be Called Asterroids?
Four Books; 4 Query Letters Equals 4 Headaches; (Scream, here)
Exelent Writing Requirs Good Speling; Grammer; Punkuation
Orange Barrel Humor; I've been doing Orange Barrel Humor since 1996, and the silliness continues. The reader can find out how it all came about, by going to the link above. Example of Orange Barrel Humor follows;
Orange Barrel Institute; Located in Orange, California
Orange Barrel Syndrome;
This dreaded disease, has many flu-like symtoms, and is referred to by many names across the country including;
PMS - Post Motoring Syndrome;
PTSD - Post Traumatic Street Disorder
SAD - Seasonal Asphalt Disorder;
RSD - Reflex Street Dystrophy (common in older drivers)
Boot Camp; Welcome to Fort Knocks;
Although not complete, this is one of my favorite pages to work on;
School of Hard Knocks;
When this page is finished, it will have all 374 articles (including links) listed by category.
The Idea Factory; Take a look at this colorful Red, White and Blue page.
Over the years, I have composed hundreds of pages, and I think the following page is the silliest page I've ever composed. If you're looking for a designer straight-jacket...you've come to the right place. Pay a little visit to the Funny Farm Gift Shop...
Funny Farm Gift Shop;
When I came online back in the Dark Ages (2003), I developed my "Getting Acquainted Expedition," in which I would market my website. I would place the words, "Getting Acquainted," in the subject line of the email, and I would always personalize the email, as to avoid spam, etc. By doing this, I never had a problem with spam in all the hundreds of websites I have visited. HOUSE CALL: The "Getting Acquainted Expedition," was replaced with the House Call...and now, the words "House Call," appear on the subject line, and humordoctor for the email address.
The Humor Doctor making a house call...
I've been doing the 'House Calls' for about 8 years now. My biggest challange in doing my little House Calls, is to stay away from spam. I have to personalize the emails...by including the person's name or the organization name, etc.
A member of LinkedIN community wrote to me not too long ago, and told me that he didn't think he was taking advantage of what was available to him on LinkedIN. He told me, that he was tired of getting the old and tired and annoying ads from website owners, publicizing themselves! YAWN!
LinkedIN; (Business Networking Site)
Scroll down page to the color photos; endorsements; and profile, etc.
I told him that he had to present something the reader could use in their daily lives, and in their work. Ideas; shortcuts; cover letters; someting useful. Example;
I've centered my entire operation around medical. Humor helps us all (medically) from the time we're born...until death, etc. Humor is universal, too. Doesn't a good laught make you feel good?
Prescription; Take a large dose of vitamin H (humor)...jest for the health of it.
BUSINESS CARD: Which I call a "silly card," and I leave it everywhere and hand it out on a regular basis. This card has never failed to get a smile out of somebody. As soon as they see, "Jerry Aragon, MD (Mentally Disturbed) up comes a smile. The card also has "House Call" on it, and of course the website name; location; email; telephone number and so forth.
Specializing in mal-practice...
This card is also attached in the envelope when I mail something out. I have a lot of fun with it!
"Reality leaves a lot to the imagination."
Another example of idea development;
It was back in the Dark Ages (2004) that I tried to develop something with the use of the word, "spam," because it is used all over the Internet all the time. Week after week and month after month went by...and all I drew was a blank! I couldn't think of anything! This idea was not a priority by any means, I just thought it would be fun, to come up with something using the word "spam." Three or four months went by, and I drew nothing but a blank page. I became frustrated, and I almost gave up on the idea...
And, then one day...BINGO...three ideas came in for the word...spam...SpaMobile; the Spam-O-Gram and C-Spam the politically incorrect network in Congress showing our government at work! (Test pattern/YAWN, here!) I haven't found a use for the word, 'C-Spam, but I will.
ALONG THE BUMPY ROAD OF LIFE: (Orange Barrel Humor/traffic colors) I developed Orange Barrel Humor in 1996, and I've been using it since, to market my work. This has to be the ultimate attention-getter, as it is comprised of bright orange envelopes (business size), and the contents are on bright orange paper! And now, I'm in the process of putting my display show together, which I hope will be ready sometime in 2011.
Imagination! taking chances! hooks and attention-getters...sounds like the making of a hit song...doesn't it? For me, it's not about wood and writing...it's about ideas and style! I took the same chances with my wood pieces back in the Stone Age, and now I do the same with my website and with my writing pieces. And, don't be surprised if you open your email one day...and you receive an email...and on that subject line reads, "The SpaMobile has arrived...(beep-beep)."
"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But, without it...we go nowhere." Carl Sagan
The silliness and taking chances with ideas continues, as I have thought of other silly things, since this piece was originally written and include; When people see this email address (below), they start laughing...and, I mean everybody...
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