Choose Your Gimmick
Part of me wants to be one of those content creators that just
Makes shit that sells and focuses on
Whatever hits the hardest, but the truth is
I see how that works and I think a lot of content creators
Are disgusting, greedy liars.
Which brings me to my next point I think
I would make a fantastic
Vegan cookbook. I am like
More equipped to do that than most.
I think I could make a vegan cookbook faster than I could
Decide which poems I’d want to publish
From the odd thousand of them that I love
So dearly I could never
Make money off of them. See, in order to sell something
It almost helps me
To not care much about it. I notice that
I do my best work
When I don’t care about the job whatsoever.
I would have absolutely zero issue
Publishing a collection of recipes
I have no intention of eating.
I don’t feel that I am alone in this, in fact
I see people do it like crazy, people who are
Regular chefs, who use veganism’s SEO
To help boost their reach and broaden their content.
Nonbinary folks do the same, my personal favorite
Queer, trans, vegan, nonbinary self-publishers
Like– what’s your business called…? Zeitgeist, or Copycat Cafe, or
Whatever’s Trending in the Bay ?
WTITB, duh– it’s all the rage.
Anyway, the post on my blog
That gets the most hits
used to be this–
But now it’s this–
Which- I’ll admit– is a funny title but like
Why is it that this article gets more hits…?
Because people are ridiculously, proudly fatphobic
They are constantly searching for ways to be thin, in their
Free time as well as when they’re working.
There are significantly more people
Looking for weight loss tips
Than there are people looking for gender identity shit.
It’s just how the world is–
Which brings me back to why I started writing this, I think
I’d be able to make more money–
I know that I would make a fuck ton more money
If I completely rebranded.
If I made ebooks and cookbooks and video content
About being a proud, fat, trans vegan chef.
If that was what I did I’d be fucking famous–
Especially when the footage of me at Wendy’s hits the tabloids
It’s almost too perfect I mean
I’m basically giving up movie deals
By insisting on having pride, and trying to have a more
Stable, more respectable, more conventional career.
You know, the sort of thing that
Trans representation needs. A real fucking person
With a real fucking job
Who actually fucking succeeded in society, not just
Some zeitgeist prop
Some trendy bullshit nonsense.
Anyway, I’m sure all sorts of other queer content creators understand
What I’m bitching about, at least the ones
Who aren’t trying to be con-thems, like Buck Angel.
I don’t know what the long-term plan for all this
Self-promotional “activism” is but I think
It’s plain to see that the only way
To be successful as a queer content creator
Is to steer away from authenticity, and instead
Put on a face, and choose your gimmick.