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Should I Delete My Patreon Account?

During the past six years of homeless life I reached out and pursued many different fundraising options to finance my creative endeavors. I never even pursued enough money to get off the street. I just needed webhosting, car insurance, and food for my cat. I keep writing books and music whether I’ve got a lot of money or none at all. I’m an artist. A starving artist.

I got off the street October 2019 and was rented a comfortable 2-bedroom in Lancaster. The landlady was excited to have a Tai Chi master here. She says, “I’m so happy I picked up the phone when you called.”

That has been my biggest impediment the past years: being homeless. It is harder to be successful when you are stripped of electricity, privacy, and security. 2-hours a day on the Library computers. The 99-cent store supplied me with ice on a daily basis, and a bathroom.

Many people dridn’t know I was homeless because I lived out of my Tacoma truck with my black cat, Bear. My Kung Fu Cowboy Bear and I have been together since September 7, 2014 when we started living at North Hollywood Park. We had to dodge the law for a couple years, but then for a year, it was LEGAL to be homeless. During that year, without police pressure–I had a wealth of homeless friends, and weekly events and less fear.

My ex-wife became homeless for that year and I watched over her until she remarried. Some of my homeless friends died during those years.

Buddha Z is restarting his life with his Shaolin Kung Fu ONLINE Kwoon in Lancaster, California.  He's deciding which activities to continue pursuing and which are a waste of time and effort.

My weekly Shaolin Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan classes with only a few students served to keep some of the criminals away from me. I didn’t appear to be as easy a target as other homeless people. I saw the homeless murderer back in 2018. We crossed paths just after he’d murdered someone with the baseball bat I saw in his backpack.

Las Vegas was the scariest. That’s where the emotional and realistic context originates that makes the Kung Fu Cowboy ZOMBIE KILLER movies so scary. I’ll save those stories for when we make the movies.

Back to Patreon. Should I bother asking anyone to support my creative life? My family thinks it is wrong to support dreamers and artists. Obviously, there are a lot of people like my family who will never be supportive of creative people like me. Since I’ve proven they don’t exist within my internet reach–should I stop wasting my time?

Seriously. I want to succeed from now on. Since Patreon has failed to provide any support to me or my careers and ambitions: do I pull the plug?

Rich Connor Singing Webmaster

This Blog Will Be My Homepage

I’m not performing this year in 2020. I’m going to focus on being Buddha Jen instead of Buddha Z this year.  I’ve cancelled all my poetry performances and shows for 2020 also.  

So that means this blog probably won’t have much activity in 2020. But I’d like to get it ready, perhaps even develop the beginnings of a fan base, and have some places ready for the albums and books I wanna release in 2021.

This is my first website using a BLOG as the HOMEPAGE.  I think it will be a good idea when I start performing as BUDDHA Z.  When that happens, this website will become my prime focus.

Currently, I’m focusing on being BUDDHA ZHEN and filming all the classes for the BEGINNER LEVEL of Shaolin Chi Mantis Traditional Buddhist Kung Fu, Taoist Tai Chi Chuan, and Confucian Strategy ONLINE SCHOOL at www.ShaolinInteractive.com 

I’ve shot over 100 classes and will start offering them for sale… I hope this month of February 2020.  Both of my Apple Macintosh computers have died this year.  One was a 2003 ibook and the other a 2007 quad core…  

I’ve borrowed this PC computer which cannot edit my videos or… but I can do a few things…

Buddha Z Needs Links

Which Links Should We Use?

Rich Connor Singing Webmaster of Shaolin Digital is deciding which links to go to from the BuddhaZ.com website for associate products.

Buddha Z has books for sale at amazon.com, itunes.com, and our own website shopping carts:

Over the last 20 years I have built product sales pages FIRST at the www.ShaolinCOM.com website.  This website had every product of every company of mine.

Now, I am considering posting and selling books at www.ShaolinCommunications.com  That is our book publisher.

Then, sell all the books and music videos at www.ShaolinRecords.com ?

Finally, movies, documentaries, and special visual products should be sold at www.ShaolinPictures.com ?

There are some product websites I built also:

If a record album by Kung Fu Cowboy is available at www.ShaolinRecords.com, Should I send them from KungFuCowboy.com to ShaolinRecords.com ?

Or should I sell the album right there on the KungFuCowboy.com website?  These are questions I need to answer as I move forward into these artist and product websites.

Buddha Zhen Richard Del Connor the Philosopher Poet and Shaolin Flutist

Website Completed

BuddhaZ.com is the first of ten WordPress websites being designed by Rich Connor Singing Webmaster of Shaolin Digital.  The goal was a simple site, with some edginess.  Buddha Z wants to avoid flattery and niceties to “get to the point.”  

The goal of this website was simplicity also.  The UPPER MENU is  only four items plus two sub-items.  Most of the links will utilize other websites already selling the products so I don’t have to build a shopping cart here.

 

Here it is. I have to open SETTINGS to create a title…

First Blog of Shaolin Digital Website

Using ELEMENTOR for page building in WordPress

I will add some more in a minute…

Interesting.  I added two HEADINGS under the ELEMENTOR created title.  I had to open the “SETTINGS” to edit the title.  The two subtitles I added look cool in the BLOG INDIVIDUAL PAGE.  But on the HOME-BLOG page of this site you can see the two sub headings are both lost as regular text in the BODY TEXT.

So I won’t add Headings?  I will just create them in the text body TEXT EDITOR?

I had problems before when I built websites on the GoDaddy servers.  I would build a page in ELEMENTOR but edit it without Elementor and I suspected that caused pages to crash.  I would rather not learn by error–but that’s the price of learning without a master.

In setting up these 55 domains (they COULD all be independent websites) at InMotion Hosting, I have striven to learn from my mistakes and by watching YouTube videos: learn some new information like going to school for web desing lessons.

Adam Preiser at WPcrafter.com gets a lot of credit for teaching me stuff.  I’ve watched almost every video he’s made in the past two years.  I just went back and found some videos by Adam that I’d seen but not learned completely from.  That’s why I want to put summaries at the end of my lessons.  One important point I missed was using the plugin MAINWP for managing multiple WordPress websites.  

In starting these websites I had to consider how I was going to build ALL my WordPress websites.  I needed to choose ONE builder program:  either Gutenberg or Elementor or Beaver Builder of Divi.

I used all of them.  Beaver Builder seemed the easiest but Elementor seemed to have more bells and whistles and so it was: ELEMENTOR is the official WordPress website builder program we’re using.  Now, I need to honor and respect them by purchasing the PRO version of Elementor.  I hope it’s cheap.

I’m still a little nervous about editing my ELEMENTOR pages outside of Elementor, such as when selecting “tags” and “categories.”  I’ve had one scary crash when a page wouldn’t load.  Somehow I rescued it… I look forward to being confident with the Elementor plugin.

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