Sunrise No. 347 of 365
- Sunrise time: 8:25
- Azimuth: 124° ⇡
- Did the sun rise: Yes
- Was the sun visible: Notta
- Temperature: 25 ºF
- Felt like: 25 ºF
- Conditions: Overcast
- Wind: 3 mph ⇡
- Visibility: 10.0 mi
- Humidity: 76%
- 30 sec
Clark Lambros Park, Marquette, MI
46° 34' 28" N, -87° 23' 32" W
Musings [616 words]
Today was interesting, at least in terms of this project.
I am blessed that MLive.com recently published a story of this very project that got quite a lot of love on social media.
As I mentioned on Thanksgiving I am especially grateful for the press this year. It means added success to my projects, and it helps to pay the bills and I still dream of a day where my debts are paid and I can take on more debt to buy a house.
It was a pretty standard morning when my friend Holly came into the shop. She made a couple purchases and has been a fantastic supporter of the World of Bugsy. She brought to my attention a Facebook post in a group titled Marquette County Rant and Rave.
The initial post reads…
“Marquette has a serious Harold Hill problem. I mean this generally, for all the poor decisions made regarding city finances over the years, but i was just reading about, get this, a local guy who takes pictures? who’s slinging his self promotion of getting up every morning for a year to photograph the sunrise for, get this, a grand sum of $66,795.00 if all the photos sell. What a snake oiler!”
Followed by comments that include…
“[Bob] is a real dedicated photographer and has been doing it longer than this ‘Johnny Come Lately’ freeloader.”
“I guess, philosphically, Bugsy - you can answer it here if you want - do you think a photo of a sunrise on january 1st is worth 1/364 as that on December 30th? I think some of the other artists are curious. I was using your latest self-promotion as a lead into a rant about marquette’s entrenched Harold Hill problem. You fit right in Bugsy!”
Now there were also many defenders, who I appreciate.
This Facebook post might not always be around, but I want to be able to remember this feedback years from now. Even though I don’t agree, it helps to offset and mellow out my ego.
For a long time I’ve known no matter what idea I put into the world it will draw criticism. Tjhis has not always been easy. From a radio DJ in Detroit calling me a “hobo” who will be “jacking off on everyone’s couches” for a year across the country as I set out on the Hometown Invasion Tour. And the single negative comment I received about Beer With Branson, which was, “Imagine if this guy put as much effort into imporant things, like solving gun violence.”
I’d be lying if I said it didn’t sting.
Actually, it’s probably worth more than December 31.
However, this entire thing is an experiment. Is it working? No, not really. Do I regret the pricing structure? Yeah, sometimes. Is it snake oil? No. But I’ve commited to a pricing model I wanted to play with, and this entire project has been about making a commitment.
I did respond. I want to be better at sticking up for myself, and I also want to make a point of the ridiculous world of online comment forums.
“Mike and Brian, I’d be happy to treat you each to a beer, coffee, or pasty (your choice) and listen to your ideas on how I can better execute my projects and make greater contributions to the community.
I understand that sometimes context gets lost through online comment forums. So please give me a call on my cell anytime at (906) 395-7570.
I can even pick you up to join me for a sunrise. What’s your favorite kind of donut?”
My phone has yet to ring.
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