About Groundstar
Joined May 2016
I’m a Freelance photographer and sometime writer now just doing the sort of work I enjoy on a much (make that MUCH) smaller scale. I learned to fly light aircraft in my early 20s and look back on it as a benchmark experience. Everything I’ve learned about the value of persistence and focus started there, and it has informed everything I’ve done since. It was a significant eye-opener (not to say a significant expense).

I’m of a mindset and probably a generation who believe technology is a good servant but a poor master, so I decide how much of it I’m going to use (and when) rather than march to its drum. Whenever I’m offered sugar for my coffee I offer the opinion I’m already as sweet as I’m likely to get, so there doesn’t seem much point. Some people call that “moody”, but I’m not inclined to agree. Some people call that “moody” as well. I can live with it. You can’t please everyone.

Although we're all a mixture of left brain (reason and logic) and right brain (feelings and emotions) thinking, I lean towards left brain in a lot of things. There are exceptions, however. I'm profoundly right-brain when it comes to cats and chocolate.

I stopped much of what I was doing for a living five years ago because the opportunity arose for me to do so if I was willing to tighten my belt and live modestly on what I had. I'd become bored with most of what I was doing for other people - so bored in fact I couldn't see the point of it because it was so samey. The great thing since taking that step has been how almost every day has been my own. What's less great is how having that much freedom without direction scrambles your 24 hour clock discipline to the point where you keep very odd hours; sometimes awake at night and asleep during the day. I've likely picked up some vampire DNA during the last five years. That’s probably why my dentist was a bit quiet the last time I visited.

I'm at a juncture now where five years of lounging about pleasing myself has begun to feel like a very long convalescence. I'm also starting to find living modestly feels like wearing something that’s become too tight around the waist. I've woken up, roused myself from my box of straw, and landed here.
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Steve1958 Premium
Hi from Adelaide in South Australia...thanks very much for following me...it's great to make contact with you & wish you all the best with your internet marketing business!
We are in good hands here!
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Steve
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Groundstar Premium
Thanks Steve. Good to know you. All the best....David
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Thank you for the follow. Best of wishes to you.
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Hi and thanks for the follow.
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Hello very nice to meet you thanks so much for the follow all the best to you in your success here at WA
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Groundstar Premium
Thanks Stacey. Good luck with your endeavors here.
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janmar Premium
Thank you for joining my network her at WA. Welcome to the community. You will find all the tools you need to reach your goals. I wish you the greatest success on your adventures here.
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Groundstar Premium
Thanks Janmar, though I'm not entirely a new arrival (except in galactic terms). I've been plodding on quietly here since May.
Best wishes.
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janmar Premium
Continued success!
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Thank You Great to be here!! Here's to success!!
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Groundstar Premium
Thanks also for your follow, and for looking in on me (something that in my haste I forgot to do on your profile). I wish you every success in your goals.
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HPrimer Premium
I have read some of your stuff and find it worthy of my time and interest. I look forward to being on this journey with you to discover how our insights and thoughts can improve the world while it adds value to our lives.
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Groundstar Premium
Very kind of you to say so, especially in a world of quite limited time because of all the demands on us. Thank you.
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Calmkoala Premium
Hi Groundstar, I am glad to meet you and appreciate the follow. I didn't realise that the word photography means 'drawing with light' and was amazed by the creative use of light in your photographs. But your reminiscing of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea took me right back to last century and had me chuckling for a happy few minutes! Many thanks :)
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Groundstar Premium
Thank you for looking in Calmkola, and thank you for your very kind comments on my site. They're greatly appreciated as I take this project forward.

I'm glad to find someone who remembers Voyage to the Bottom of the sea (some unkind people used to call it "Voyage to the Bottom of the Barrel"). Even as children we knew it was mad, but it didn't seem to matter. I suppose children have more flexible and accommodating minds, so anything goes.
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A fellow artist and striver of living life to its fullest potential I see. Your sarcasm shows a sharp wit, and not caring what other's opinion of you is, sounds like it can take you far. Good luck on all your endeavors! :)
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Groundstar Premium
Well thank you HealinHands. Your comments here are as articulate and perceptive as your profile. I think the art world might take issue with you tagging me as an artist (see the blog entry "It's Art Jim, but not as we know it"), but fortunately I don't care. One of the great ironies of life is the harder people strive for approval, the less of it they get. I think if you follow your own course you won't please everyone, but you will pick up some genuine like-minded friends along the way. I'd sooner have that than a billion followers.
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Ah... now I understand your comment. I'm sort of an outcast in the art world in this respect as well. I love creating works of art, though I am a bumbling idiot when it comes to photography. As for the feelings illicited by said pieces, I definitely don't intend them. I prefer working in pencil, or clay but I am a strong lover of realism. To me, it is a pretty picture of a place, or a person, though that person has no name to me, nor a story. I can never answer questions about what the piece is for, why I made it (though sometimes that answer is that I was bored), or what response I was looking for (again, I wasn't really going for one).

As for following my own course, I have always been a trailblazer. I was lucky in the fact that my mother gave me the opportunity to have the opinion of "don't like me? Then don't look at me.". It was tough sometimes, knowing I could be popular and fit in if I wanted, but never actually wanting to do that which seemed to be required. By now, I have gathered enough people that appreciate my realism (both artistically and personally) to have my own little circle of friends, though I am always welcoming of more.
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Groundstar Premium
The funny thing about art is, I spoke at some length to a woman visiting one of the galleries because she didn't seem impressed by what she saw around her. It emerged she'd been heavily involved in the art world for decades, but had detached from it in the UK because it had been taken over by Saatchi, the UK's Arts Council, and the Tate Modern gallery. She said what we have today in the UK is the equivalent of state sponsored art. The people in charge determine what is and is not art. If you fit in with that group, you'll prosper. If you don't you'll be ignored.
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Hello Thanks for the connection. Much Success to you! :)
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Groundstar, thanks for the follow back and best of luck to you! I used to do upholstery, I liked taking a castoff and making it into a show piece. Of course I had to do upholstery, for other people, to make some money. I don't like "having to do something, or be somewhere at a certain time". The upholstery, was not enough to live on, but I liked doing it. Now with my website, I get so involved I lose track of time and end up with weird hours. A lot of times I write at night, since it seems to work best for me. I take the dog for a walk, in the morning, then he goes by a friend of mine, who enjoys his company, during the day. I tend to nap quite a bit, in the afternoon. I had a Customer Service job working from my apartment, but I'm not good at the "corporate thing". I like it now, just be glad, when my website takes off and steady income is coming in. I don't need to make millions and have a luxurious life style. It is the simple things, which make me feel good and helping others.
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Groundstar Premium
I know what you mean about "the corporate thing." I've had that sort of formal employment once in my life, and I've sworn I'll never do it again. It's probably fine if you've the mindset for it, but for me it was like sitting on my keys. To begin with I just noticed something I wasn't happy with. Later it became intrusive, then uncomfortable, and finally intolerable. Still, I suppose it wouldn't do for us all to be the same. If someone likes the corporate environment, my blessings go with them; they just go with them from afar.
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Hi Groundstar and thanks for the follow and all the best with wa cheers Helen
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Hi, thanks for the follow. Great to connect with you. Cheers Kev
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Holy smokes! I love your profile. I've been captivated by your words. :)
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Ultimateless Premium
Well at least you've got something to dig your fangs into now! Regards, Michael
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Groundstar Premium
Yes, it was just a bit of a surprise to find once I'd sunk my fangs into training it would whip me off my feet and pull me along like someone holding onto a runaway horse. I'm properly impressed at how far the training has taken me in just a week and a half. Best wishes.
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Thanks for the follow. Wishing you well.
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Groundstar Premium
You're welcome.
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Thank you
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Hi mzalusky. I think you thanked me by mistake instead of upsgirl when we were both asking questions about websites. Best wishes.
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Welcome to Wealthy Affiliate Premium membership. I wish you all the best in your chosen niche. If you need any help do not hesitate to ask. We are all here to help. Best of wishes. :)))~Danielle
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Groundstar Premium
Many thanks for your welcome and offer of help. Much appreciated. Best wishes.
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Congrats on going Premium! All the best with your training and online endeavours going forward.
Thomas :)
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Groundstar Premium
Thank you Thomas. There's an absolute blizzard of training material now I've gone premium. I'm going to polish off the course 1 class before looking at anything else. It will help me to get into a routine. best wishes.
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Mac01 Premium
My pleasure, Groundstar!
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Welcome to a wonderfully warm and friendly community of like-minded people. Good luck in all that you do :)
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Groundstar Premium
Thanks you Jude. It's a remarkable community. Best wishes.
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Congrats on going premium, you won't regret it!
Best of luck :-)
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Groundstar Premium
Thanks John. It was an easy decision. In the late 1970s Victor Kiam made a commercial for Remington Shavers in which he said "I was so impressed, I bought the company." I'm not in that class yet, but I was so impressed by what I saw at WA, I took out an annual membership. Best wishes.
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Hi, David!
Congratulations on going Premium!
I’m glad to meet you here @Wealthy Affiliate! I hope you will enjoy the training, the community and also the opportunity of making money online.
Cristina
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Groundstar Premium
Thanks for the welcome Cristina11. Although I've barely been a member for two days, it's striking how often I'm seeing a familiar thread in other members' stories abut having reached a point in an otherwise reasonably stable career that had become either dull or otherwise unfulfilling. They felt a need to make a change for the better. It's certainly my story, and I see it's yours as well. I've been very impressed by what I've seen at WA so far. It's been like a breath of air after all of the grasping octopus scams I've looked at previously. Best wishes.
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Hi, and welcome to premium. You just make a very important decision in you journey to financial success. It can be a long and bumpy ride, but hang on 'cos in you are in the right vehicle to get you there faster and in better shape!
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Thank you. It was an easy decision for me because I've known for a long time that I need to get something moving again, and WA appeared on my radar at just the right time. Best wishes.
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wagreatstuff Premium
You are the lucky one.
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Kyle Premium
I hope things are going well. I know you are getting rolling within the training and there is ONE thing that always tends to confuse people and that is "what is my niche?".

I know, same thing happened to me when I started.

I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I am here if you ever want to run any niche "ideas" by me or you have any questions about finding your niche.

Get back to me when you get the chance! :)
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Groundstar Premium
Thanks Kyle. I think I've been clear about my niche even before I joined. I've been looking for ways to market my images effectively, and that's where I'll be putting my major effort to begin with.
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Kyle Premium
Sure, sounds good. You are going to learn everything you need to know about this and before you know it, you are going to have the framework for a long term and very successful business in place. Chat soon!
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CMcLellan Premium
Hello Groundstar , well here is a good place to land, I've just landed here myself and I'm very excited about it! Your profile is very well written and interesting and I look forward to seeing where this takes you.
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Groundstar Premium
Thanks again CMcLellan, and thanks also for your comments on my profile. I'd check yours now, but I can hardly keep my eyes open. Sleep first - profile reading later.

Best wishes....
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CMcLellan Premium
Well I think here is a good place to land.
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Groundstar Premium
Looks that way so far. Just a lot to take in before going to bed (something that's a bit overdue now at 04:35 my time). Thanks.
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CMcLellan Premium
Your Welcome! Let me know if I can help.
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Familyman82 Premium
David let me be the first to commend you on your choice of joining Wealthy Affiliate. I know that this can and will work for you if you just simply follow the directions that are laid out for you in the training here at WA.

Also David don't forget to finish creating your profile because it will increase your chances of experienced marketers and other members reaching out to assist you in learning how to make money online.

As of now your special member bonus has been activated and you will have seven days from now to cash in on this 59% discount for your first month here at WA.

That only leaves you paying 19 bucks.

If you would like to get started right away than I would suggest you start off with this training: Good luck in your training I'm sure that you will love it.

If you ever get stuck or need a question answered don't forget to use the live chat area where you will get real time responses from this wonderful community of experts.

If you need me personally and can not find me in live chat go to my website and leave me a comment there and I will get back in touch with you ASAP.

Until next time......
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Groundstar Premium
Thank you for the very kind welcome MrsRJJ8687. There's a lot for me to get my head around at present, especially since I've been in hibernation for about five years (and equally especially since it's now 04:12 UK time). I'm likely to go for the premium membership shortly. There are too many advantages to pass on it. After what I've seen in the introduction, and all of the positive things I've read about WA when I did a bit of online research before joining, I think the yearly premium membership makes the most sense. That commits me and gets an initial expense out of the way for a year.

Thanks again for the welcome.

Best wishes.....DG
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