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Friday, October 24, 2008

A New Direction

For the last month I've been contemplating a new direction for Blue's Cruzio Cafe. The reason for this is the lack of growth in the audience for the videos. Let's face it, poetry has an extremely small audience. A couple of thousand people per year visit the Cafe and the growth at the site has flat-lined. The same people visit over and over, but very few new people. As well, it takes a monumental effort just to find poets who are willing to appear and another monumental effort to co-ordinate the production of a video. A lot of effort for so few eyeballs.

The only way to expand the audience for the Cafe is to request links at other sites. To date, every email request I've made has gone unanswered or refused. Mostly unanswered. I'm not a very popular fella with my contemporaries. Sad, but true.

Now, most of the refusals have come from portal managers who don't consider my site a poetry site. I assume the unanswered requests are not answered for the same reason.

But some of the refusals have come from sites that only list links to sites that link to their sites. It's called reciprocal linking. In order to obtain a link at those poetry websites the Cafe needs to be redesigned into a portal. I swear, I think eventually all poetry sites will be portal sites. No destination sites, just portals to other portals. [sigh]

But redesigning the Cafe into just another portal seems like a waste of time. There are so many portals already. So, exactly WHAT the Cafe will mutate into isn't clear to me yet. Maybe political satire? Jib-Jab seems to have a wide audience. Maybe short films of one act plays? I think it would be fun to make a cartoon of Albee's 'The Zoo Story' but I have no idea what kind of audience that type of artistic expression could draw. Besides, Albee's got a copyright and I don't write plays.

I'm sure something will occur to me in the coming months.

I have eight or so 'poetry' cartoons in the works right now. They'll be finished over the next few months. The front page will then be redesigned into a fancy Playbill page leading to the current stages and a new stage called 'The Patio'. I'll leave the site up for as long as it draws some attention, but its role as my main artistic endeavor ends this year.

Finally, it has become more and more apparent to me over the last three years that I don't do poetry. I haven't a clue what it is that I do - having thought for 40 years that I do poetry - but the REAL poets have convinced me that it isn't poetry. Poetry flows from MFA programs, college students, and professors, not from a retired engineer who writes in seclusion and draws with a computer. So I leave the field to the academicians. It's their playground and, small as it is, they guard it with passion. I have scars to prove it.



  • At 6:02 PM, Blogger Rus Bowden said…

    Hi Blue,

    Whatever you decide to do, I will follow it. Whenever I get a chance to click in, I know I will enjoy the poetry you have. Yes, you have a poetry site, and one of the best.


  • At 1:23 PM, Blogger Art Durkee said…

    Oh, heck. Scars aside, the reason the poetry wonks guard their turf so viciously is that it IS so small. I sympathize with you.

    I don't think I do poetry either, by their standards. But what I do do, I like doing, and I think it's evolved to the point where it's pretty good.

    Call it multimedia literature. I don't know what to call it, and I don't spend a lot of time on it. Combining video, fine art photo, original music, text, reading, all those things. That's where the creative experience seems headed.

    I think the problem is that you're ahead of the curve, not out in left field. Like others of us who also get attacked regularly for being different. I get called "experimental" in a pejorative way fairly regularly.

  • At 1:34 PM, Blogger Judith Fitzgerald said…

    Hrm. I'm with Art and Rus on this, Blue. I think you're doing just fine doing what you do, IOW; but, Art's right. It's a fishbull and a lot of it features little substance and less splash, let alone class and panache. You keep speaking your mind. A good thinker is hard to find. In due time, all this interactivia shall be defined (in your favour). 'Sides, I've always liked you; so, what else is beau, blue?

  • At 10:45 AM, Blogger Norman Ball said…

    Hey Blue, the academicians --like the poor-- will always be with us. I wouldn't worry so much about the categorization, poety, not-poetry.

    As for the audience, you should get your vids put up on Poetry Visualized

    You'll see from the counts on the existing videos that the viewership is far from huge. But at least you're tapping the desired niche. Also, journals that have accepted my vids include Houston Literary Review, Lit Chaos, Burst!, Clockwise Cat.

    Mad Hatter Review is also hip to vide.

    I enjoy your stuff. But maybe you should downsize your expectations. There is little chance of your vids going viral --unless you can get a Poet Laureate to eat bugs or stand in a tub of snakes.

    yes, a shame
    norm ball

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