ClinicallySignificantProductions Lensography: Dr. James
Who is Dr. James?
In my pursuit of Squidoo success and GIANT Squid status I decided I probably need a lensography lens to tell people a little more about me. So big surprise here but this lens is about . . .
. . . (drum roll please) . . . ME! This lens explains explains a little more about who I am, why I picked that incredibly long Squidoo username, and much more.
While I still reserve and protect my right to a little anonymity on the web, I did want to share a little more about me and my Squidoo journey. So grab a cup of coffee and try to stay awake.
I'm not a REAL Doctor.
No I'm not a REAL doctor. . .
As any fellow Doctor of Chiropractic will tell you, we hear the "oh you aren't a REAL doctor" comment a lot. So I always tell people I'm not a real doctor...I'm "just" a Chiropractor. Most of my family and patients insist on calling me "Doctor" so I just go with the flow. After all, I've been called worse. Call me anything you want, just don't call me late for dinner!
For those who don't know a Doctor of Chiropractic diagnoses and corrects misalignments within the spine, pelvis, and sometimes extremities. Most chiropractors believe these misalignments can and do affect the functioning of the nervous system and can cause back pain and other symptoms and dysfunction. A Chiropractor approaches health and wellness from a natural perspective. Rather than viewing drugs, pills, surgery and invasive procedures as the norm, we see them as more of a last resort. Like any profession there is a wide range of philosophies and personal approaches to the job. Some Chiropractors do nothing but adjust the spine by hand and other Chiropractors will use a variety of treatment therapies.
What Do You DO?
Most Importantly, I'm a DAD.
First and foremost my main purpose for existence and primary occupation is that of single father. It's basically two or three full time jobs rolled into one. It's stressful, doesn't pay squat, and my employer usually doesn't appreciate what I do for him. I still wouldn't change it for the world! It's the best and most rewarding job a guy could ever have! Hopefully when I'm retired my son will look back and say I did a good job.
In my free time I'm also a Chiropractor and I run a few websites and a small business selling Chiropractic Art, Chiropractic patient education and Chiropractic internet marketing services/web design.
When I have free time from that I also do a little computer repair and troubleshooting on the side.
If I actually had time for hobbies I'd probably like movies, reading, music, sports, and tinkering around with video games, cars and electronics.
Why So Mysterious?
Where are your real photos and real name?
Due to the fact that I'm a health care provider, business owner, and single father who has spent a great deal of time fighting for custody of my son from a deadbeat mother, I prefer to keep things as private as I can. While I respect everyone's healthy curiosity, I choose to maintain what little anonymity I can. These are the reasons I don't post photos myself or my son online or our real names etc.
Don't get me wrong, I don't have anything to hide, I just prefer things this way. Besides I know anyone who REALLY wants the information can find out anything they want to know about me with a few keystrokes and clicks of the mouse. Regarding my son, I try and realize I never know what he'll become when he grows up. Who knows what the future will hold and who will be googling him in the future. In today's world of social media and smart phones everyone is a little too eager to throw themselves and their children out in the public eye. Once it goes up on the web it's out there forever and you have no control over what happens with it. I'll let my son decide when he's old enough to make the decision whether or not he wants his photos and name plastered all over the internet.
How Did You Get Started on Squidoo?
Mainly to promote business and support my son. Then it was too fun to stop!
So honestly I started out with Squidoo because it looked like a decent way to promote my Chiropractic related websites and businesses while possibly generating a dollar or two here and there to cover hosting fees and domain registration fees.
That's why I choose the ridiculously long Squidoo User name: ClinicallySignificantProductions. My first website ever registered and created was ClinicallySignificantProductions.com. Since the website and business sells Chiropractic patient education productions I thought the name worked well. However I soon realized the URL was a little too long for Google's tastes for purposes of things like running Adwords ads. When the domain name I really wanted came available, ChiropracticArt.com, I snatched it up and the rest is history.
I've kept the Squidoo name because I like it well enough and we can't change our usernames. I'm not interested in creating more than one Squidoo account at the current time so I've left well enough alone.
While I originally started on Squidoo with the intention of just making a few lenses to promote my businesses and websites, I eventually started making a little spare change now and then. I also noticed website visitors came from Squidoo, and many of these visitors found my Squidoo lenses via Google. I decided to take Squidoo a little more seriously and I branched out to create a few niche lenses.
Those lenses did fairly well and I made a little more spare change. Spare change turned into a few bucks here and there. Then Squidoo introduced the new Squidoo points/level and trophy system. Participation within the community improved drastically and I became even more hooked on Squidoo. The more lenses I create and the more I participate the more fun I have and the more money I seem to make. It's not making anyone rich, but having fun while making a little extra cash is never a bad thing!
After beginning to take things a little more seriously I decided to pursue Giant Squid status on Squidoo. That decision came around May or June of 2011.
My ultimate goal on Squidoo is to become a Giant Squid, see some of my lenses featured in the top 100 and make enough money to help support my son and donate a little to charity. Raising a son is expensive and my son has one of the seemingly increasingly popular "deadbeat" moms. Despite court orders, contempt rulings and more she rarely sees him, does absolutely nothing to support him and has NEVER paid a single dime in child support. Squidoo has been a pastime to help keep my mind off of things as well as a viable way to supplement my income to help support raising a son on my own.
My Squidoo Philosophy
How I approach life in the Squidoo community
Squidoo is a lot like "real life" in that I think you get what you give. I enjoy reading, liking, sharing, and bookmarking other people's lenses. I always try to congratulate the lucky Squidoo lens of the day winner each and every day. The purple star is something lensmasters work hard for and they should be thanked for the valuable contribution to Squidoo.
Just like real life, I try to return the favor whenever someone squidlikes or comments on one of my lenses. If you just pop in and take a quiz or vote in a poll I probably don't have any way of knowing who you are. However if you comment or squidlike my lenses I get to see who took the time to acknowledge my squid existence...and I always return the favor. Squidoo is a community and the entire site benefits when we all spread the squid love!
Once again, jut like my attitude in real life, I always try to put my best foot forward and do the best job I'm capable of. I'm constantly trying to balance quality vs. quantity. I can't allow myself to publish a third rate lens so editing and polishing things for days to weeks is nothing unusual. Anything worth doing is worth doing well. I'd rather spend hours working on a decent lens that few will visit and enjoy than a lens that gets a bunch of traffic but contains little to no useful content or entertainment value.
Lastly I like to be honest in my lenses. Like many of my fellow lensmasters I do have some affiliate links in my lenses. At the bottom of these lenses I like to include my full disclosure and disclaimer. I generally don't cloak or hide affiliate links in my lenses and I let my readers know they are there.
Links of Interest - Here are some random links I'm fond of!
This is just a random list of links I'm fond of. Some of them are my websites, many are not. Some are sites of friends and colleagues and many are just things I really like and think you might like too!
Affordable Chiropractic Art, patient education and more!
- The ChiropracticArt.com webstore
Get affordable Chiropractic art, chiropractic paintings, patient education and more right here at the ChiropracticArt.com webstore.
The small Chiropractic patient education and art company with a really BIG URL!
Just a cool site that has links to some very cool Video game related gifts and collectibles.
- The ChiropracticPR.com blog
Chiropractic internet and social media marketing advice and much more.
- The ChiropracticArt.com Zazzle Store
Chiropractic art, prints, t-shirts, coffee mugs and more. Create unique, affordable and personalized Chiropractic gifts and more at Zazze!
- The Star Wars Gift Blog
The Star Wars Gift blog highlights the latest and greatest Star Wars gifts and collectibles.
- Think Geek: Awesome geek, tech and pop culture gifts!
Think Geek is probably my very favorite ecommerce website. The site has awesome geeky, tech and pop culture related gifts. BTW, this is an affiliate link so if you click on it and buy something from Think Geek I'll get a teeny tiny commission!
- =3 Ray William Johnson's Channel on YouTube
Nothing fancy here, just Ray William Johnson's funny YouTube Channel: "=3"
Blessed by a Squid Angel! - This lens has received a squid blessing!
July 20th, 2011: Today I logged in to Squidoo and discovered this lens has received a SquidAngel blessing from Blessedmombygrace! I was pretty surprised by the fact that the lens was worthy of a squid blessing and even more surprised someone actually read the lens in the first place. You see, lensography bio lenses just don't seem to get a lot of attention on Squidoo.
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