The Florapy Collection
What's your tech timeline?
Seven months into my NFT experiment and I haven’t made a single sale.
Those who know me in real life (IRL) will not be surprised to hear that I am still pressing on. The experiment has not yet yielded data, so I cannot draw any conclusions. So let’s take a look at the current status.
Like thousands, no ten-thousands or more, others I have shilled, linked, retweeted, commented, participated, ignored, shilled some more, only showed the image with no link, followed important people, followed small accounts, put in the time, and shilled. I have also begun to tweet ‘gm’ and ‘gn’ and have tweeted ‘wagmi’ once. I am living the #NFT to the fullest. That is in the evenings. I am quite busy working almost 12 hour regular work days. With zero sales and no bored ape yacht club to go to I am bobbing around in an inflatable pool mattress.
About a week ago I created a photo collection. This is something I’ve been pondering and planning for a couple of months now. I wanted to find a way to connect something meaningful in my life with the tech and the NFT world. The whales (the big timers) keep saying they want a story. Tell us your story. Show us why this matters. OK. Let’s do it. So I thought, what matters to me? What is it really that matters a great deal on a genuine level?
The ocean. The beach. This is my new hiking trail. Since I cannot hike in Marin County anymore I now have the tropical beaches of Florida to explore. And it’s as if I have found another facet of the diamond that is Nature. I have always had a great love for the ocean, and have been lucky to live near the ocean most of my life. But I have never known the ocean. Truly known the sea. Living in Florida and documenting my discovery of the life found on and around the ocean is my greatest passion right now. It helps balance my work life and private life. It is nature’s therapy. The smell of the ocean brings out a hint of the original soup from where we came. That is the level on which I operate. That is what I aim to document. I look for beauty and healing in the sea. I collect sea shells and drag them home and display them around the house and keep them in boxes in our office. There are sea shells everywhere. In my pockets, on my desk, in our washing machine!
But how does this matter to others? To you? After, what is it now, two years of a worldwide pandemic we’re all a bit tumbled and bruised. We need something soothing. Something calm and slow. Something away from… what is built by humans. Like a beach. A tropical beach you’ve perhaps always wanted to visit. To feel the ocean water and waves that are so warm you wonder if it is possible. Or pick up sea shells that you’ve only seen online. And listen to the endless and powerful waves that can erase everything. Including your worries. This is where I want to take you.
Florida & Therapy = Florapy. This is how the Florapy Collection was born. A series of 50 original jpegs that will live on OpenSea. So far I have released ten NFT photographs and two are at the time of writing posted for 0.2 eth each. I have only included photos I deeply care about. Photos I would want on my own wall because they emanate all that’s great about the ocean here in Florida.
I released Florapy last weekend and shifted my NFT strategy. Now I truly have a story to share. The photos in Florapy are as close to me it gets in the NFT world. These images are me. This is where I spend my time when I recharge. This is where I’m happy. I’m so thrilled that I finally have found a way to merge my passion with the NFT world. I am so curious to see if Florapy will gain interest. One week in I have noticed a bit more traction, so let’s see!
To further tell my story and engage with the NFT community, I shared my tech timeline on Twitter. I wrote a thread about the most formative tech applications or machines or computers in my entire life. Go read it. I think it’s pretty cool to see what tech moments have made their lasting mark on me. Pacman, for example, left a lasting imprint. What does you tech timeline look like?
Instead of shilling like mad I have communicated in full sentences and aimed to support other artists by retweeting and boosting their spirit. We’re kind of a sad but funny lot, us zero or close to zero sales people. But there’s always a spark of humor in it and I have to say the optimism is sort of contagious. The ‘wagmi’ (we are going to make it) vibe is cheerful and pep talk is abundant. Of course, the whales and investors have an incentive to drag everyone else along — but to me it’s still a fun experiment.
How long will I continue the NFT experiment? Until I get bored. (Insert bored ape joke here?) That’s my barometer. Seven months into it I still am not bored. Yes, I have invested a couple of hundred dollars into the project and it’s also a goal to ‘get the money back plus some.’ I’m a tech fan who loves nature. Sci-fi and biology go together as far as I’m concerned, and I’ve always loved the idea of living with one foot in the future.
See, I was around when Commodore 64 appeared. I was around when internet appeared. I was around when cell phones appeared. I was around when crypto currency and NFTs appeared. And — I am curious. And stubborn. I want to see what happens next!
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What’s grabbing hold of your attention right now? Is there a project of which you cannot let go? I would love to hear what holds you in its fascinating claws like this project holds me.