The Goopy Ghost at Christmas
April 2017 by V. R. Duin


The orange ghost worked each day
To make the workshop bright
And bring the tiny elves some joy
While making toys at night.
(“The Goopy Ghost at Christmas”)

It's time to start the exciting journey of finding a niche for the big screen in phantom ideas and have some fun along the way. Who wants to hang back with sleeping ghosts?

Fleeting, phantom ideas that come to us surreptitiously, then are well executed in a timely fashion, can change our fortunes. In the case of Goopy Ghost, the best performing phantom ideas came with finding a niche in web writing. When we are in control of HTML and website management, we can experiment with new and regularly changing content for SEO. Stagnant websites go dormant. Neither people nor search engines are attracted to these sleeping ghosts. One fortunate success generally will lead to others. The breakthrough also may come from audio or video productions, news media, social media posts, reading performances, book reviews or something entirely out of our realm of influence.

We may have had the ingredients in our inventory all along, but required experimentation to effectively combine them. Finding a niche may come with gradual testing over time, or it may happen suddenly and on the spot. These are the phantom ideas that haunt us, impassion us and keep us awake at night. Rarely does such opportunity come to those who are doing nothing, but waiting. It takes a long time to become experts in our field and to gain an understanding of our market. It also takes a long time to perfect our approach to that market. After finding a niche and identifying a strategy, the wait and the effort no longer seem pointless and excruciating. We have the essentials to develop an individual lifestyle to which others can relate and with which others can grow. Careful testing to identify what works best is an exciting way to expand our skills and our network, without having everything feel like work. Finding a niche in phantom ideas can carry us far above sleeping ghosts. Let's go to the big screen, and have an exciting journey along the way.

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    • Finding a Niche admin says:

      Finding a niche in web writing evolved with the realization that one need not be a celebrity to get read online.

    • phantom ideas admin says:

      Phantom ideas can get us to the big screen, because they are new and exciting to mainstream.

      • big screenadmin says:

        New skills, experiences and networks can help newcomers get seen on the big screen.