11/04/2009

Pimpin' My Furniture

Posted by The Wine Whore |



I've been getting a lot of questions about it lately, so I figure I owe everyone a good explanation...

One of the hardest things about being a blogger is figuring out how to turn your passion into a career. Notice I didn't say "job". To me a "job" is something someone HAS to pay you to get you to do. A career, on the other hand, is something you enjoy doing every day. Sounds ideal and crazy, I know but I have to hope and dream that such a thing DOES exist.

For me, learning about wine, meeting new people, and exploring the world is what I love to do. Whether it's this site or something else that functions as a catalyst for this as a career, I have no idea. Heck, thinking about it realistically convinces me that it may not ever happen... but the thought of living this dream is what keeps me going every day. If nothing else, it keeps my mind off of the mundane and helps me not to worry about other things.

When I started this site, I had no idea it would take off the way it did. Let me rephrase that statement... when I started this site, I was not prepared for where it would take me. As of right now, I have no idea where it will ever go. Someone asked me before I went on my trip to Europe about what my future plans for the site would be when I get back. I thought about it for a moment and could not find the answer. The fact that I couldn't tell someone where the next step would be makes me happy. I've realized that I have the most fun when things aren't planned out in advance or are predetermined. Oddly enough, most of my life I worked to lay out my next move. That may be the reason why I enjoy wine, life, and this site the most when I wake up not knowing what to expect. It's just more exciting that way.

One day, as I became lost in my head, I realized something. If I could be successful whoring out my palate (and internet connection) by sharing my affairs with others, maybe the same could be true with other things.


That's when the idea came to me! Why not pimp my couch?

After all, it just looks empty without anyone sitting on it, doesn't it? Someone should be sitting in this prime location of my website nestled comfortably at the top of every page.

Once I figured out how to superimpose an image of my choosing onto the big red couch, there was only one other detail to work out: pricing. I am a huge fan of fluidity and flexibility, especially when it comes to anything related to business. I envisioned a pricing model based solely upon demand. On days that were less desirable, the price would go down and on those that were more popular (such as holidays, and oddly enough Mondays) the price would be at a premium. In the end, I wanted to make sure that no day would be left unsold. After all, pimping the couch is kinda exciting if there is a new face sitting on it every day. Why not stop by just to see who is the special guest on the couch that day... kinda like a Wine Whore version of The Tonight Show.

After a few glasses of wine, I figured it out. Why not sell advertising the same way EBay sells people's junk: bidding. It would work perfectly! Undesirable days would have few bids whereas more desirable ones would reflect the demand accordingly. I may be wrong, but I don't think I've seen anyone else sell ad space this way... at least not intentionally. I was proud of myself for thinking of it.

I realize that if an image of a new special guest just appeared on the couch every day, that would be confusing. After all, it would be rude not to give the guest a proper introduction. That's why I decided that every guest will receive a formal introduction in a post explaining who they are and what makes them want to hang out on the couch that day. I'll try to make these as fun and informative as possible but without knowing who the guests are going to be, this is sure to be an interesting challenge. Come to think of it, anyone crazy enough to pay to be on a site called "The Wine Whore" can't be all THAT bad. If that's the case, and you want more info about the guest, just click their image on the couch to follow them back to whatever site they are shilling that day.

So that's the story behind the couch in a nutshell. If you enjoy the site... lemme rephrase that, if you are reading this and you or someone you know would like to tell their story to other wine lovers, I encourage you to place a bid to be the special guest for a day. I think it would be awesome to look back and say that the catalyst to my career resulted from pimpin' my furniture.

Cheers!



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6 comments:

Rachele said...

I think it's a great idea. As soon as I get a picture I like....
I wonder if your couch pimpin' is going to leave any time for wine posting?
Let me know when you can squeeze in the Clos Du Bois with Joe and I. Maybe we could all sit on the couch together?

The Wine Whore said...

The best part is that the image doesn't have to be your picture... it can be a logo or even something goofy like that GEICO pile of money with eyeballs. Whatever you like (as long as its not graphic or obscene).

The most important thing for me is to keep posting about wine and other interesting wine stuff. I intend for this not to get in the way. Instead, it should hopefully help add something interesting to the site.

That's a great idea! I am anxiously awaiting our Clos du Bois co-op review and it would only be fitting that we all sit on the couch together.

Cheers!

Sallie Ann said...

i actually really like this couch. Would be excellent to stretch across with a glass of champagne and a tuille skirt. Fabulous! And good idea.

The Wine Whore said...

Thank you Sallie Ann!

You are welcome to come and crash on it anytime! I appreciate the comments and nice company.

Cheers!

the famous nemo said...

dude, thats a crazy idea but I love it

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! Thank you!

I'm just trying to find ways to turn this thing into a living... worth a shot! :)

Cheers!

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