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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Expanded Audience

For several reasons I have struggled to write lately. One of my hurdles has been trying to figure out a way to get what I consider to be the Progressive voice out there to those who can't (or won't) hear it. I have the most amazing readership (I'm not kissing your ass, I sincerely love you) and the camaraderie I have found has been probably the most rewarding in my life. I keep realizing, however, that we need to find a way to get our message beyond ourselves because we already agree with one another for the most part. We have to force others to hear the truths as we see them, or we can still end up being miserable in the future. As my depression is finally being treated and my mind is starting to clear, I look forward to writing again and, hopefully continuing to create narrative around the most important movement in America: The movement of the left. The following has been my attempt at expanding our audience over the last couple of weeks.

A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to have bumper stickers to give people things to think about while sitting behind me in traffic. I went looking for products that said what I wanted to say and was disappointed with either the quality of the product or the idea of giving my money to a company who creates items for both liberal and conservative messages and, therefore, doesn't much care about the message itself. And, needless to say, they all lacked my slightly offensive tone. (wink) So I went to a place online where I could create my own bumper stickers. Then I got an email that said I could sell them. Huh. I really hadn't thought about it. But then I had a blast making all kinds of designs and determined I wanted t-shirts with lots of these messages, too. But that company had no choice beyond a white t-shirt and so I went looking elsewhere.

I found a company called and fell in love. It is a feminist company and they even tell the vendors who are using them to create their own designs that they will not approve those which are offensive to women. So I started creating shirts and am now hoping to sell them. I am not trying to make a profit. The money I receive will stay in my account with the company and I will use that money to buy shirts in the spring to sell at community events like the Pride Parade and whatever else comes along. I will then reinvest that money, as well.

I am really not trying to make money on this. I just want the people who aren't paying attention in our society to have opportunities to think or have conversations with people about things they might not talk about otherwise. I keep thinking I want my audience to be people like my mom. She is a life-long Republican who has absolutely no idea what has become of her party. I want those people to be compelled to ask me about my shirt or bumper sticker. I want those who have an idea of what is going on but are just ignoring it to be embarrassed that what they are reading is what I am attributing to THEIR PARTY. I want them to know I think they are THAT STUPID.

Anyway. I am hoping you all will consider looking through the stuff and getting something if you want it for either yourself or someone you love. I will continue to build stock as I keep thinking up snarky messages to send to the sheep. And if nothing comes of this, I will at least have the exact wardrobe of  "And fuck you, too" t-shirts and hoodies that I would want to don for the next campaign season.

btw... these coupon codes are in use on that site right now. If anyone uses them and they don't work in the future, let me know so I can update this:

For $5 off any order code CG16JJ
For $10 off order of $65 or more HALL2
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