I wrote an optimistic blog on December 31, 2012 titled, Dangerous Lee’s Top Life Events of 2012 & Resolutions for 2013, in an attempt to write great things into existence and in the blog I go on and on about some of the good and bad experiences I had in 2012 and I proceed to talk about all the cool things I had planned for 2013. Well, let’s just say that I have not gotten in better shape and I’m not worried about it, I also shot a pilot for a TV show in 2013 and I have absolutely no idea where that stands and I’m also not going to worry about that,”Dangermas” sucked and no one, including me, gave a damn about it other than Senia and I got rid of my P.O. Box because most of the mail I received went straight to recycling. However, I did start recycling all paper products in 2013 as I said I would, so I am proud of that achievement. We gotta help the planet.
I am also proud and quite frankly shocked that I have been able to survive on less than $10,000 a year. There’s gotta be some type of recognition given to me and others like me. Getting by on less than $10,000 a year is a feat. Currently, I am driving a car that’s about to blow a gasket without tags or insurance, I’m hoping to get my student loans in deferment or forbearance for the hundredth time, I haven’t payed Consumers Energy in a few months, I owe Comcast more than I typically make in a month, I can’t always pay Senia’s monthly $17 violin rental on time and I sell what decent things I do own to consignment stores for extra money. I’m making it work. I really will survive.
Senia makes all A’s, we currently have a roof over our heads, food, our health (mine is questionable), electricity (we didn’t even lose power during a recent widespread power outage), we also currently have cable, phone and internet service, but most importantly we have supporters – my mother and people like you. Yes, you reading this helps!
In 2013, I also tried to give the ladies some weekly eye candy by featuring Hotties and while it seemed to work when I directly posted sexy images of men on Facebook, no one was checking for them once I placed them here at the network first. I thought: Zuckerberg is already a millionaire! Facebook does not need your extra hits, I do! Then I felt bad because that’s a selfish thought, but then I was OK with it because I’m broke as hell.
I also had many open calls to feature people or their business including an opportunity for music artists called, The D List, but it didn’t get many bites. Most of the people that ended up on The D List got there because I found them, not because they contacted me. Then again, being on The D List is often considered a bad thing. Maybe people didn’t get that the “D” stood for Dangerous and who am I to change the meaning that most are familiar with?!
I had a vision for this network and it was obviously a bad one or one that is ahead of its time. Can you believe that the three most popular articles featured this year are about nail polish, nurses and engineers? I can’t. And, no matter how hard I’ve tried I can’t get an intern to save my life. So, 2014 will be the year I stop trying so hard. 2013 was the year I was doing the most. In 2014, I will not be featuring tons of guest content by other writers as I have been for the last two years. It’s been said that insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. I haven’t gone completely insane…yet, so it’s time to change the plan.
Most of the content featured at DangerousLee.Biz in 2014 will be written or created by me. It’s time to be selfish. It’s time to focus on myself, my writing and my art; not other people’s art. I want to be more open and honest about my life and how I feel so that’s exactly what I am going to do. My main role was that of Publisher and Editor in Chief, now it’s time for me to get back to being an artist full time. My head is too small for all these hats.
2013 wasn’t all bad. Every website in the network was nominated for a Black Weblog Award and DangerousLee.Biz was selected as a Top Fashion Blog to Follow in 2013. I also created BlackGirlsAllowed.com because I am more than disgusted by the negative reputation, ugly image and lies being told as truths about Black women, so I am focusing on changing it to be more of what it really is from my POV and the POV of other Black women all over the world. SimplySenia.com has, to my delight and surprise, recently become monetized. With 5,327 ad impressions in November, Senia’s website made a whopping $12.43. Compare that to DangerousLee.Biz’s 316,919 ad impressions in November that equaled $642.93. Needless to say we’ve got to increase our viewer/readership greatly in 2014 if we want to increase our monthly and yearly income.
I’m not making any resolutions or huge plans for 2014, but I’m definitely hitting the reset button. I’m going deeper into bohemian/hippie mode. I’m gonna go with the flow to see what comes my way and deal with it all accordingly. I can’t wait to see how this turns out.
And yes, I’m still single. Interested men please inquire. Tips: Men I find physically and sexually attractive are Michael Ely, Blair Underwood and Wentworth Miller. To find out what else I like in my men you should read Keep Your Panties Up and Your Skirt Down, chapter – Dating Dangerous Lee ;)