How to Be a Hero Loving Life Growing Champions [Episode 08 of The Blog Chronicles]

September 6, 2016
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how to be a hero

If you want to know how to be a hero, you came to the right blog…

Hang around Jaime Buckley for awhile and you inevitably find yourself exploring the topic.

“How to be a hero” is a subject that enters the thoughts and dreams of every boy and girl at some point, which is why Buckley’s Wanted Hero tween serial fiction is so popular over on Amazon.

Along his unconventional journey, Jaime has been successfully growing his business with Fiverr, being a dad to 12 children. and somehow working from home (with 12 children.) He’s another example of succeeding in today’s new economy–the internet lifestyle–the “people-to-people” economy that we are now in.

Blogging has played a big role in Jaime’s growth.

On this episode of The Blog Chronicles, I asked Jaime how he’s done it.

How did he go from 7-Eleven Manager and Body Guard to Professional Illustrator and eventually Blogger and Indie Author?

Let’s find out!

You can hear his story on the video podcast or read the interview transcript: How to Be a Hero Loving Life Growing Champions EPISODE 08

How to Be a Hero: the Jaime Buckley Story

Jaime Buckley Interview Transcript

( For those who like to read.)

Introduction

Matthew Loomis: Hi Jaime.

Welcome to the show!

Jaime Buckley: Hi Matthew.

I’m glad to be here.

Hahaha…

Have You Always Been Self-Employed?

Matthew Loomis: So you have worked as an illustrator for the past thirty years. Have you been self-employed the entire time?

Jaime Buckley: No.

I have been drawing and making money that long and doing art work professionally.

But gosh I’ve had a huge slew of jobs; I’ve managed a Seven-Eleven for like four-years. I did the grave-yard shift and I called it the ”seventh level of Chinese hell”.

Matthew Loomis: Hahaha…

Jaime Buckley: I was a repo man for vehicles. For rather dangerous people and I got shot at.

I did door to door debt collecting which was really fun because I helped retrieve about a hundred-thousand dollars in past due accounts in less than a week.

You know that was kind of fun.

I’ve been a body guard for a corporate executive for two years, then I got fired… Hahaha…

Matthew Loomis: I bet there’s a story behind that? 🙂

Jaime Buckley: Well there is.

We were down in California, in L.A and everything was going great. We had this very nice older gentleman in his sixties and I would just ride with him and make sure that he was okay. I was this rather big guy so…

After this huge convention where he was one of the main speakers… We went out to dinner at a nice restaurant… an individual, which I guess was a long term friend of his… He asked, he says, ”so how did I do”?

I don’t know why I reacted the way that I did, but I had just grown fond of this older guy who was like a father figure and this guy says, ”I think you did a shitty job”!

And right there in the middle of the restaurant… I promise I had NO idea what came over me.

I actually… in a five-hundred dollar suit… I climbed up onto the table to knock him out.

Matthew Loomis: Wow! :0

Jaime Buckley: I felt offended.

My boss was like… ”What the heck were you doing”? And I thought, ”What…”?

So anyway that was a pretty dramatic end to a good job.

Hahaha…

Matthew Loomis: Hahaha…

Right.

Jaime Buckley: Lets see… I’ve done what they call being a research drone.

I had a corporation hire me once and give me a stack of computer programs that, if you stacked them on the floor they’d come up to my shoulder.

They said, ”we want you to research all this software and do a report on each of the pros and cons, whether they would be good for our company and for our employees”. So I said, ”okay I’ll do that”.

They said, ”we know you have a lot of kids”. ”So the conditions of this job is, we’re are going to put you in a hotel”. I was like, ”no problem”!

But they put me in a hotel in just like a back waters place out in the middle of no where in a desert in Utah. I didn’t get to go home for three-months until I wrote the reports.

So that was a weird job. I got paid a lot but it was just bizarre.

We You Married at This Stage in Your Life?

Matthew Loomis: So were you married during these jobs?

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

Matthew Loomis: Okay.

Jaime Buckley: All except for the grave-yard at Seven-Eleven.

That’s when I met my wife. That was kind of comical too. My boss who was actually the manager of the whole store… I was just over a shift and I told him this, I said, ”I need tomorrow off”, ” I’m getting married”.

He says, ”well you can’t get tomorrow off”!

I thought he was joking.

So I go with my shift the next day and I call him up and I say, ”you need to come down to the store, because I’m going to get married in two hours, I need to leave”. And he says, ” I wasn’t kidding”, ”I’m not letting you off”.

I said. ”what kind of jerk are you”? So I said, ”I’ll tell you what, here’s what you can do, you can either come down, or the stores free because I’m leaving in twenty-minutes”.

”I am just going to walk out”! And that is exactly what I did.

He ended up calling me up and the area manager.

The nice thing is that the area manager was a twenty-six year old girl, I think it was and I was twenty-one and when I had told her what he had done.

She completely ignored all the stupid things that I had done leaving the store unattended and said, ”what kind of jerk are you”?

”He was getting married, what is your problem”?

Matthew Loomis: Hahaha…

Jaime Buckley: Anyway so…

How Did These Experiences Make You Turn To Your Artistic Talent?

Matthew Loomis: So are all these experiences why you gravitated to illustration?

Jaime Buckley: Maybe the comical side.

I used to draw political cartoons…

Matthew Loomis: Hahaha…

Oh wow!

Jaime Buckley: Gosh I’ve made T-shirts…

I’ve done… I started getting employed doing random art-work when I was in school.

I had kids pay me, back in the 80’s. They’d pay me hundreds of dollars to do art-work on their skate boards, doing drawings for T-shirts and stuff.

When I was fifteen, I was a street artist and I would do caricatures of people and I got really quick at it.

And so I went to live with my grand parents in Sacramento California and I would go down to the mall and I didn’t have a license.

I had already graduated high school, I graduated with honors at fifteen.

I would draw the caricatures… I’d always pick a couple walking together and then what I would do is, I would draw them real quick and then I would immediately run up and approach the girl first. Always.

I would say, ” you know you guys look so great together” ” I did this caricature of you and they are only four-dollars” ”you guys really look like you care about each other”.  ”So I though maybe you’d like a nice caricature of your young man”.

You know and ninety-nine percent of the time I would get four-dollars from the girl. And I would immediately without taking a breath saying… ”and I’m sure that you would like a caricature of the young lady”. I would turn on the guy and the guys always did that, because the guys were more stingy.

Whenever the guy would say, ”shoot, I’m not paying four-bucks”. They always, always got hit by the girl and I got four-bucks any way.

Matthew Loomis: Hahaha….

Jaime Buckley: So on average I’d make between seventy-five and a hundred and fifty dollars a day.

For a fifteen-year-old kid and that, all cash. So that worked and I was always on my feet, because I had to run from the mall cops… So…

Hahaha…

Matthew Loomis: So that’s kind of a sales 101.

You always go for the lady?

Hahaha…

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

Hahaha…

At least in that situation. Yeah.

But I tell you what the ladies are always open-minded and I think they always know what they want more.

The guys seem to think they know what they want but they don’t. I don’t know how to describe it but the ladies are very articulate and I appreciate that and fun to work with as well.

So yeah, I’ve been a cabin installer. I’ve been… Oh gosh… I have a long list of things that I have done, but I have in every instance when ever I possibly could I’ve used my art skills to gain an unfair advantage over people.

When Did This Become a Full-Time Thing For You?

Matthew Loomis: That’s interesting.

When did you actually do this full-time like, that’s all you do basically?

Jaime Buckley: Well you see I’ve done it on and off.

It all depends on the stage in my life. By the time I was sixteen I was drawing a comic strip full-time.

I was a cabinet installer and then my boss… because I was a really bad cabinet installer and because I was so embarrassed. I started making a comic strip of my escapades as a cabinet installer of the mistakes and things I would make.

They were really funny, but I think they were more funny in a comic strip. My boss saw a couple of them when I was drawing having a break during lunch and he turned around and paid me twelve-hundred dollars to draw him some of the comic strips.

So it just kind of launched from there.

Just wherever I go that seemed to happen. But as a full-time job… I’d probably say consistently from 2004.

Matthew Loomis: Okay.

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

How Has the Internet Helped Your Illustrations?

Matthew Loomis: Obviously the internet has played a huge roll in your business and really helped your illustrations to probably take off, right?

Jaime Buckley: Oh yeah. Absolutely!

In fact I always wanted to draw.

I wanted to either work for Marvel or for DC Comics or Image or whatever. But I was too chicken. I didn’t really have enough confidence to go and put myself out there. Yet I had enough confidence to do the half-step.

I don’t know how I met some of these people, I can’t remember whether it was conventions or what. I always seemed to end up with odd people that we trying to start a real comic book company so they wanted to see if they could find some people that were trying to be a real artist if that makes any sense?

So I ended up rubbing shoulders with some unsavory individuals. So when that didn’t really work out, and this was when the internet really only started to pick up…

My dad says,” you know you have this interest and this internet thing” he says, ”why don’t you figure out a way how to do it there”?

You know, ”do your own comic books, you’ve always been able to write and do your own thing”.

Matthew Loomis: Right.

Jaime Buckley: So I did.

I was selling ninety-seven cent PDF’s which were traditionally drawn comic books.

Scanned in, made into a PDF for people to download and print off of their own computer back in 2005 and I was making a full-time living at ninety-five cents a pop.

Before there were Kindle’s before there were any of these eReaders.

Kids were just buying them and college students were buying them just to download print them off and read them.

You Work From Home, Right?

Matthew Loomis: That’s great!

We’re going to get into the power of illustrations here in a little bit.

So you work from home right?

Jaime Buckley: Yes, right.

How Do You Cope Working From Home With Twelve Children?

Matthew Loomis: I’m curious.

The listeners might not know this, but you have twelve children?

Jaime Buckley: Yes I do.

I usually say, ”I have twelve kids” and then I smile and I say, ”children and not goats”.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

I saw that on your webpage. Right, hahaha… Kids-goats, I didn’t really know that a kid was a baby goat until about ten years ago, so…

How do you work from home with twelve children?

Jaime Buckley: Well working from home is one thing.

Drawing from home isn’t a problem for me, because at least for me, I have been doing it since I was two. So I had a struggle to draw in silence. I’d either have Netflix or music going or whatever. Or I would just… especially when I was drawing comic books.

As long as the baby doesn’t get in, but I have a baby gate up. I would just leave my door open all day, it doesn’t bother me.

My kids.. I have really good children. My wife is amazing, but I have really good children, simply wonderful children they are very respectful.

So usually when they come in, it’s because they missed dad. I’ve got two little girls; an eight year old and a six year old: Sometimes they just want to get a hug from dad and tell me that they love me and then they go out of the room.

So if it’s something that’s really intense, you know that requires a lot of concentration. I usually let my wife know or let the older teens know and they let the other kids know and I don’t have a problem.

So it’s never really an issue…

Matthew Loomis: Yeah right.

Jaime Buckley: My writing, like writing my books.

That’s easy because I get up at four-O’clock in the morning when nobody’s up.

What Time Do You Usually Get To Bed?

Matthew Loomis: I’m just curious.

How early do you go to bed?

Jaime Buckley: Depends.

Depends if I’ve done something stupid and my wife wants to have a conversation. If you’re married you’ll know what I mean.

Matthew Loomis: Hahaha… Yeah.

Jaime Buckley: That, we need to get this out before we go to bed and that probably means midnight to one O’clock in the morning.

If not it’s usually ten or eleven so…

Do You Get Eight Hours of Sleep?

Matthew Loomis: Okay.

So you don’t need eight-hours of sleep?

Jaime Buckley: No. No.

And here’s the funny thing. Now that I’m almost fifty, the funny flip-side to that is… And this is one of the awesome things about working for yourself. Is that, when I’m tired in the afternoon because my noon comes around a lot earlier than everybody else because I have been up since four…

Matthew Loomis: That’s true.

Jaime Buckley: I’ll just take a nap.

So I’m good. I just take a nap for an hour and hey I’m ready to go for the next shift.

What Other Things Do You Like About Working From Home?

Matthew Loomis: Okay.

So besides from naps.

What are the other things you like about working for yourself?

Jaime Buckley: Oh. Gosh.

There’s a lot of things I really like about working for myself.

A Lot of Our Listeners Want to Work From Home Someday.

Matthew Loomis: I’m asking these questions because a lot of our listeners hope to one day do that. They want to work from home some day.

So that’s why I’m picking your brain here on this. Hahaha…

Jaime Buckley: Hahaha…

Well, let’s see.

I think that if I could pick anything that I love the most it’s; I love the control of my time more than anything. Then that’s not just my schedule; but I like having control about how I do jobs.

Let me give you an example; So where other artists might take a day to accomplish a certain job. I might be able to do that same thing in like an hour or so, because I’ve been doing it for so long.

That’s why I always bid by job instead of by time. I never do anything hourly anymore. I refuse to do that.

I have had New York Times authors ask me to do stuff, have said, ”well I only pay by the hour”! Then I said well, let me explain something to you, I’m going to charge you this much for the job.

If you want me to do it by hours then I can say that it will take me XX amount of hours to do it.

But I am going to charge you hours according to the price I just gave you. So either way, if that mentally and emotionally makes you feel better, that’s fine.

I will do that and I will draw the time out and make you wait a lot longer for your work. But if I can do this in a shorter period of time and deliver much quicker. That’s what I prefer to do.

How I look at it is; How long something takes me to do something, is no ones business but my own. As long as you’re getting what you paid for and you are happy, how long it takes me should be irrelevant.

As long as I can beat your dead-line.

That’s how I look at things. I love the ability to schedule my jobs and to schedule my projects that way. At one point not necessarily in art-work, but at one point I was making twelve-hundred dollars an hour.

And I got paid twelve-grand for a days work.

By the owner of the company at the end of the day, because he was so blown away by the pod casting thing. I love pod casting. I was doing shows based around my comic books that my daughter invented. She said, ”well dad can we interview your characters”? ”You be the characters and I’ll be the interviewer”.

She was just a little girl and I thought, ”that’s a great idea”.  And she goes, ”I know, because kids love kids shows”!

I’m like, ”okay, lets do it”!   So I learned how to do pod casting back in 2005, 2006.

Well in 2008 I had a company with three partners and we were in the financial industry. One of the clients that we had… We got to know the four owners really well and one of them was over their training material.

They were doing all the pod casts in house, but they were sending it out to a company that was taking three weeks per forty-five to an hour a minute episode. For the editing and the fine tuning. Putting it into the MP3 formats and all that and then uploading it to their site.

They were charging thirty-five-hundred dollars per episode to do all that.

Matthew Loomis: Wow!

Jaime Buckley: Now here’s the thing.

They had to also work with lawyers because as they did the editing, they had to know in the presentations what things were legally binding. They had words and things that they could not legally use, to cut those things out.

So it was a laborious process, but the thing is; for me to get them as a client the owners had put me in with their compliance department and I had learned from all their lawyers and knew it like the back of my hand anyway.

So I laughed when I told my partners, I said,”do you guys mind if I take on a side project”? They said, ”no, not a problem”. So I took my lunch and I went to see our client. I said look, ”what if I told you I had all the equipment and I have the ability”, because he gave me an example of their pod cast.

I said, ”what if I could do a better job”?  ”You know that you have already personally trained me for compliance and I could get that up and on your website in seventy-two-hours per episode instead of three weeks, what would that be worth to you?.

He says, ”so what will you charge me”? I said, ”I’ll charge you twelve-hundred dollars, instead of thirty-six”. He said, ”give me one, just do one for me so I can see your quality” and I said, ”okay”.

So he gave me the tapes. I went back and in forty-five-minutes within the hour I had come back and delivered it to him.

He listened to it on my iPod and he said, ”I’ll be damned, you got it”!

He gave me this whole box full of all their things. I did the whole thing in one day and I delivered it. On my way home I went back to his mansion knocked on the door handed everything over and he wrote me a cheque for twelve-grand for that day.

Matthew Loomis: Twelve-grand. Wow!

Jaime Buckley: Yup. Twelve-thousand dollars!

Matthew Loomis: That’s pretty sweet.

Jaime Buckley: Yeah. Yeah.

So that’s the kind of thing that I find myself in.

It takes you a while to realize that sometimes being especially an entrepreneur, a solopreneur, (I like that term that you use.) That we experience a lot of bumps in the road, but what I’ve learn after doing this for more than a decade are, that these bumps in the road are nothing more that learning experiences.

So if you twist that around and don’t look at it as more of a problem, but rather a challenge.

When you get further down the road, you’re going to realize, ”I’ve got a heck of a lot of tools in my tool box”. If you’re just a little creative you might find that where you may be focusing on one thing in your business, you might have talents that bring on a whole new avenue.

For me it was pod casting, I did training. Every Monday morning I was training a thousand agents across the country all by webinar.

All by myself.

I did that for two and a half years. It was funny, because I got paid eight-thousand dollars a month for… When I really added everything together, I was working for about ninety-minutes a month.

I got paid eight-grand a month and that lasted for two and a half years.

That’s not bad.

What are the Benefits of Working for Yourself?

Matthew Loomis: No.

I can see why you really like working for yourself.

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

Well, I like people. I really like people.

People are fun. I think we give one another the wrong idea and we are afraid of one another, you know.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

Jaime Buckley: People are cool. People are very cool.

F R E E D O M  To Be In Charge!

Matthew Loomis: So you like the freedom.

To work as you prefer working. To be your own boss.

Jaime Buckley: I also love the side stuff.

I don’t know if someone else has a term for this?

Have you ever had this experience, where you’re working, you’re building you business or something and you might have an idea. You really know it is. You know you can feel it in your bones. This is a really good idea.

Where you have a flash of inspiration and you have the ability because you’re in charge. You have that ability to implement it immediately. Side-step.You have no boss no committee’s.

You can just say, ”ooh, this will make the business better”.

You could just do it!

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

Jaime Buckley: I love that!

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

No meetings, right?

Jaime Buckley: Exactly!

I mean, how brilliant is that.

Matthew Loomis: No approvals necessarily.

Yeah.

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

Depending on your family, you could have… you know criticism…

Matthew Loomis: Sure.

Jaime Buckley: But that’s afterwards. Hahaha…

At Least You Have the Freedom to Give it a Bash, Right?

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

And that doesn’t mean it’s going to succeed, but at least you have the freedom to give it a go, right?

Jaime Buckley: Exactly. Exactly.

So that’s probably the second thing that I really enjoy, so…

What Don’t You Like About Working For Yourself?

Matthew Loomis: Cool.

So Jaime, what do you not like about working for yourself ?

Jaime Buckley: Oh.

You know I can only think of one real serious thing.

I guess it’s not that I… No I do, I do not like it. Hahaha… Is that it’s all on me.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

Jaime Buckley: I have always been a team player.

When it come to other businesses where I have had partners. It’s funny I have always ended up with the same nick-name, that is; ”when the guys under the stairs…”.

I’ll give you a good example;

I used to take on clients that were multi-level marketing clients. I love clients like that, because I learned enough about policies and procedures. By mixing with people and having the companies as clients, I’ve learned to take people that have some money that can pay me… I can get them to the top…

I can shine lights on people. And make them famous in a company.

I do that all by never been seen. Most of my offices were usually under the stairs. I wouldn’t have windows and I didn’t care. I could do what I love to do. I could do media and I could do websites.

I learned how to do the things that members of a multi level marketing company could not legally do, I could do for them, because I was not part of that company.

Multilevel marketing (MLM) is a controversial marketing strategy in which the sales force is compensated not only for sales they generate, but also for the sales of the other salespeople that they recruit.

So I could break the rules, by not breaking any rules.

Which kind of sounds funny, but there’s a lot of money in it for people like me. I don’t like being an MLM. So kind of found a way to be in MLM’s, but never be in MLM’s.

If that makes any sense?

You Were Doing Behind the Scenes Marketing and Media?

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

It does. I mean you were kind of doing behind the scenes, marketing and media stuff.

Jaime Buckley: Marketing and Media.

I was a really good rumor mill. I learned some trend about MLM’s. I made an average of a hundred-thousand dollars a year doing this.

What I learned was… when you got an MLM… and I want to be careful here because I don’t want to sour people with things, because there are some good companies out there, but I’m not for the companies. I am for the people. I learned that no matter what the company is – When it comes to multi-level marketing. You want to know what the truth is and what is really going on.

Never look at the first three pages of Google. Ever!

Always look past.

You always want to find the people that are having the real conversations and the real debates.

So I was one of those individuals that; I could connect people together and I could get people to ask questions. What I did is; I could create a safe environment, where people were asking questions and wanting to know the answers.

I was really fortunate to work with really nice people that liked other people. I would steer them towards distributors who were in this for the relationships as much as the money.

It was a win, win situation. So I really enjoyed that.

How Has Fiverr Helped Your Business?

Matthew Loomis: Now speaking of companies.

You work for Fiverr… Ah, should I say on Fiverr. You’re not an employee of Fiverr.

Jaime Buckley: No I am not.

Matthew Loomis: You do your illustration business through Fiverr.

Jaime Buckley: Yes.

Matthew Loomis: How has Fiverr helped your business?

Jaime Buckley: Oh that’s funny.

Because Fiverr just started out as an experiment.

You know, I used Fiver as a buyer for almost two years. I used it for the comics and stuff, because I loved the voice over arts that were on there I thought that was fantastic talent.

I never looked at the art on the graphic art side because I didn’t need it.

I can’t remember what it was, but I think one of my computers was just coughing and wheezing and I was like, ”oh maybe I could make some money here”, I looked at some of the artists that were on there for line drawings and I was like, ”cap, those are my doodles”!

”Heck I could doodle for five-dollars, I could do this in thirty-seconds”!

Even if I did it once in a while for a year, I’d save up enough for a computer, you know.

So I thought I’d try it as an experiment and so I made a gig you know and with in the first sixty-seconds and five minutes.

Someone asked me to draw something for them.

I was like, ”WOW” So I drew it, scanned it in and sent it back. They were like, ”wow, that was fabulous”! And they turned around and ordered something else. And then someone else ordered then someone else… It was like wild-fire and the next thing you know…

I remember reading an article that said some thing like, ”if you can make two-hundred and fifty dollars within the first ninety days, you are doing really well on Fiverr”.

It’s really only a part-time thing for most people.

Within the first ninety days I had made like eight-grand. I was like well this is definitely better than a part-time job. Then it just grew and I got tired, because you know earning thousands of dollars a month at five-dollars a pop.

That’s a lot of work.

My hands just could not handle that and so one of my friends said, ”well why don’t you do what you love doing and just up the price”? ”Just change what it is that you’re offering them”.

”Okay”.

So I did and I got more business. So making more money but I’m still getting the same amount I’m getting over whelmed now. So he says, ”well just up the price, just keep upping the price”. I was like ”okay”.

I just kept doing it and I kept getting more work. I said that I needed to slow down some and he says… (Now this is a friend of mine that I have know for twenty-two years.)

And he says, ” well what do you really want to draw”? I had never thought about that before, but I said… because I love to draw and to entertain kids.

I said, ”I would love to illustrate children’s books”.

I really wanted to do that and I had never done it. I had done everything else that I could possibly think of, but I had never done that and that’s what I really wanted to do.

So he says, ”well make a gig like that and then just put your premium price on there”. So I did and I still got the work. I got plenty of work. At first it was too much and slowly I upped it a little inch here and there.

So I went from my average gig is five-dollars to my average gig is now fourteen-hundred dollars.

Matthew Loomis: Wow!

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

And I love the people that I work with.

I have not had a client in eight-months that I didn’t like and I making a full-time income. So I’m probably making ninety-percent of my monthly income is all coming through Fiverr right now and I’m having a ball!

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

I’m going to link to your Fiverr profile on the Show.

Jaime Buckley: Cool. Right.

Matthew Loomis: If anybody is interested in your services.

Jaime Buckley: Awesome.

Matthew Loomis: I have been on the other side.

I have used Fiverr many times for different things. Usually graphic work or that voice over work that you were talking about

Jaime Buckley: They have some great talent on there.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

They really do.

Jaime Buckley: I really like your cartoons.

Like the ones that are for this program. Like the one you did with Brent Jones. I love those caricatures.

Did you get that done on Fiverr?

Matthew Loomis: Actually. No.

Well he might have started off that way. I can’t remember where we met, but I have someone that I hire,

Jaime Buckley: Well, that’s awesome.

I had people show up that have flat out told me, ”I will not work on Fiverr” and I said, ”well why are you on Fiverr”? and they say, ”Because I want your information so that I can talk to you off of Fiverr”. I said, ”I’m sorry that’s against the terms of service and I can’t do that”.

Who’d think within an hour or two once they’ve seen my real name on Fiverr. They go and they look me up and they find me through either Wanted Hero or they find me through Facebook whatever.

Next thing you know I’m getting an e-mail. Anyway and I say, ”well the terms and services are that I’m not allowed to talk to clients off of Fiverr and you haven’t bought anything so you’re not my client”.

If anyone’s listening and I know that’s really splitting hairs but, if they didn’t buy anything… and they that flat out say I’m not buying anything through Fiverr. I have had bad experiences but I like what you’re doing will you work with me on Fiverr and I said, ”sure”!

I got regular clients that way. Yeah so…

Does Word of Mouth Help You Get Referrals on Fiverr?

Matthew Loomis: Do you think it would help to get word of mouth referrals on Fiverr?

Jaime Buckley: Oh yeah.

Well there are a lot of things that people complain about. Like Fiverr’s cut – (Their twenty-percent.)

That is huge, that’s twenty-percent on our side and five-percent on the buyers side. So it’s actually twenty-five percent if I got my math right. The thing that fiverr does, that no body else does, is they bring in the traffic. So I don’t do anything,.

I really don’t do anything Matthew.

I just continue to work.

And people find me and I don’t get a whole lot of traffic to each of my gigs. It usually goes by word of mouth. They say, ”hey someone recommended you” or ” I see all your reviews”.

Getting good reviews is essential.

I’ve got like three-hundred and ten five-star reviews, one-hundred-percent five-star rating right now. You know that can dip down, but I earned it, so back up.

You know it’s all about service.

Usually the one’s that are complaining on Fiverr are the one’s that are not doing well on Fiverr.

Matthew Loomis: You mean, the service providers.

Jaime Buckley: Yeah. Yeah.

Matthew Loomis: Right.

Jaime Buckley: I mean.

Things like what I’ve seen you do with your blog and the show.

And things like Brent does, that’s massive. You guy’s could make a fortune on Fiverr, just it’s fabulous. So yeah I’ve enjoyed it. It’s not where I want to stay though. It’s just not.

But for now I love it.

I’m enjoying myself.

How Can Caricatures or Cartoons Help a Blogger?

Matthew Loomis: Great.

Let’s focus a little more on caricatures illustrations. What you pointed out and obviously everyone knows that I use illustrations in my branding as well.

I wanted to ask you as some one who does this professionally. I noticed  on your Linkedin profile you said that caricatures or cartoons can help a blogger jump-start or give life to a dwindling theme.

I wanted to ask you, what did you mean by that?

Jaime Buckley: Well I kind of have two versions of what that meant.

But I had one intent when I posted it, that may sound strange, so I’ll explain it.

The intent was that I was just trying to start a conversation with you. That’s usually what I do, because the way that I do all of my selling… and it’s just my opinion here, but I think it’s the right way to do it.

Is to get to know someone, because I just wouldn’t just go and buy something just blindly from someone. I want to know who I’m dealing with. I think one of the most detestable phrases I have ever heard and you hear it all the time on the T.V and movies and all of that is – ”It’s not personal it’s just business”

I think that’s just horse crap. To me business is always personal.

Everything is personal, because it’s all about relationships and my goal as an artist is to have a long-term relationship with you as a client. If I do a really good job with you, you will usually do one or two things – You’re going to come back and use me again or you’re going to talk about me to someone else.

Either way it benefits me and it will benefit you. So my first intent was to start a conversation. It would lead to – A. People who are looking to put together some sort of cartoon feel or color into their websites.

Or this is funny if you think about it and this will translate just as well, is people who might like a unique guest post written, that causes a comment party afterwards. If you really trace and find out who I am, I have reputations on different areas on the internet too.

One of them is being a blogging expert.

I don’t like that word expert but some people call me the ”king of commenting” and it’s just because I have a lot of fun in the commenting section.

Usually more than writing blogs.

Engaging with people and so I got hired a few times just to come to a site and read a post and then honestly talk about it afterwards. And I’ve had a blast. I have done it with friends and that’s how I get invited and that’s how I met Brent.

What Do Cartoons and Illustrations Do For a Website?

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

I hope to see you on the comments in this post too.

Jaime Buckley: Oh. Absolutely!

Matthew Loomis: Right. Hahaha…

Now Jaime as someone that is both sides of the cartoon business.

As far as drawing them, as well as using them for blogging and marketing. I want to ask you, what can cartoons do or illustrations do for a website?

Jaime Buckley: Ooooh.

That’s a good question.

Well simply, if you just look at it simply. If you look around at advertising and you look around the world. You know if you look around society.

Cartoons are everywhere!

So especially anyone who has a business type website. You’ll notice the professionals out there. The large corporations are using more and more cartoons. First off, it can make a sight unique. You could make a pop especially.

So I’m talking about custom art work and not clip art.

Matthew Loomis: Right.

Jaime Buckley: Something that’s adjusted to your theme your subject matter. You can use cartoons for… Think about it…

You use cartoons for your interviews, blogging tips sessions and that’s what captured my attention, before I found out about these programs from Brent I actually found you because I was looking up stuff about Sean Platt, (from Sterling and Stone dot com http://sterlingandstone.net/)

Yeah so when I saw that and I listened to the pod cast, I saw your cartoon and I went, ”HEY”!!

”I know who that is, do I know who that is… ”? ”Hey wait that’s a caricature of…”?  ”Yeah”. ”Wow”!

Matthew Loomis: Hahaha…

Jaime Buckley: The funny thing is that people might not realize from a business stand-point. Is that cartoons are one of the most powerful involvement devices on the planet.

So if you can create something fun. Not just a cartoon like a figure, but if you had just on occasion a comic strip. You know think about how that starts conversations and starts comments.

You just go to Pinterest, go to… You know. I found out doing some research recently that cartoons can double e-mail open rates and increases engagements.

Cartoons can help you gain access to VIP prospects.

Someone called Sandler Training- I was reading an article and someone said a place called Sandler Training tested it and they generated a one-hundred percent response rate and they got a eight-thousand percent RLI.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah. I believe you.

Jaime Buckley: So it’s incredible.

Cartoons create a tremendous stickiness factor to whatever it is you’re doing. Whether it’s a campaign or a pole or… You know and then you’ve got to wonder how it is that it does it, because we view cartoons in a unique way.

It suspends our disbelief.

Have you ever seen those pictures where someone takes photograph of themself and they’re standing in front of the Empire State Building, they’re like holding their hand out and it makes them look like it’s in the palm of their hand?

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

I have seen that.

Jaime Buckley: And we look at it and as corny as that is no matter how well the photograph is taken.

You know that they’re not holding the Empire State Building in their hand.

I mean as fun as it is, but here’s the fun thing – If you saw a cartoon, a fun colorful cartoon of that same thing… Your brain does something really weird.

It’s not that it detaches itself. It’s not that you could really believe that someone could lift the Empire State Building, But you brain actually dissociates reality and actually looks at that cartoon open minded.

Just like a picture of Superman flying over the Empire State Building.

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Your mind accepts that more readily. Than it would be a photograph and so we could use that to our advantage in our websites and our businesses.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah. We can.

Jaime Buckley: We can talk about sensitive topics.

Gosh how long have they been doing political cartoons?

You can really rub someones nose in something on an issue you’re really hot about and actually get them to laugh. How cool is that!

Do You Remember Pat Oliphant?

Matthew Loomis: Do you remember political cartoonist Pat Oliphant?

Patrick Bruce “Pat” Oliphant (born 24 July 1935) is an Australian editorial cartoonist whose career spans more than fifty years. His trademark is a small penguin character named Punk, who is often seen making a comment about the subject of the panel.[1] In 1990, the New York Times described him as “the most influential editorial cartoonist now working”.[2]

Jaime Buckley: I’m not good with names.

I’d have to identify the person by the cartoons rather than the artist.

Matthew Loomis: Okay. Yeah.

I think he retired like fifteen – twenty years ago. But growing up he was one of my favorites.

Jaime Buckley: Hahaha…

Matthew Loomis: Hahaha…

I’m kind of a political junkie so…

Jaime Buckley: Oh Yeah.

I was a Bloom County addict.

Matthew Loomis: Oh. Yeah.

That was a good cartoon.

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

That and Calvin and Hobbes seems to be just about everyone’s favorite.

My favorite though will always be Peanuts and not just for the comic strip, but because Charles Schulz has always given my favorite quote and that is; ”It only took me twenty-nine-years to become an overnight success”.

Matthew Loomis: Haha… Right.

Jaime Buckley: Hahaha…

So all in all cartoons.

I mean if you think about it, it’s a really an effective means of communication, because it can convey an idea really smoothly.

So as barters or as business owners, solopreneurs, you know we can really take advantage of things like that. They’re very easy to come by there’s a lot talented artists out there.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

I totally agree with everything you’ve said.

That’s why I’m using them and I love it. It’s so much fun and I get to be part creative director. I collaborate with my guy and it’s a lot of fun.

Jaime Buckley: Hahaha…

It is fun!

Could a Blogger Use a Mixed Medium of Caricatures and Photographs for Their Blog.

Matthew Loomis: It’s a lot of fun.

Yeah. Hahaha…

So is there a balance Jaime, like a using caricatures vs using real photos.

Should a blogger never use a real photo of themselves, should they mix in both? What do you think on that?

Jaime Buckley: Well gosh.

Let me think about that for a second. I think that, that is a really hard question.

It all really depends on what you site is about. Like my site Wanted Hero dot com is ninety-nine-point-nine percent cartoons. I cater to teens, but I do have my ”About the Author” page you go go there and It’s all photographs it’s not cartoons.

But there is a cartoon of me other places on the website. When it’s really about you, my own personal feeling and this goes back to when I was with my partners in the financial industry – I got people to call me.

I never cold called a single client the whole time that I was running that business.

I was on the phone, Utah time from seven-thirty in the morning till eleven-thirty at night. For the first year, six days out of the week.

These were people calling me and I always sold over the phone. I never saw a client face to face. I was selling a thirty-five-hundred dollar package, I sold them hand over fist.

But they were cunning because when they’d come to my website, all these complicated sites that all our competitors had. Mine was a four page site and on the very front page was a rotating picture of me and my four partners. Each was a family photograph, each with our families and it would just rotate depending on, you know who it was coming to and when it refreshed. You have one of us – the partners on there.

It show’d us and who’d you be dealing with. The view and the feel was just, ”we’re family man” in a very cut throat industry.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

Jaime Buckley: So one of the comments on that was, ”I’m here to be of service to you”! Always answering the phone saying, ”how may I be of service”?

People would say, ”you’re such a God sent, because you’re not like these other leeches”.

And it started, I said, ”well how did you find us”? and he says, ” well you’re there on the internet and I’d go through all the other sites, but you have such a lovely family”.

So the you have that, but then like on my site you know with Wanted Hero, you know my target market is fourteen-year-old seventeen-year-old kids.

Kids that like fantasy books.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

So it works on a niche.

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

Just like on a niche.

Matthew Loomis: Because if you’re a food blogger, you’d want real photos of real food, right?

Jaime Buckley: Oh. Absolutely!

Oh my goodness.

I’m a three-hundred and fifty-pound guy, that has gourmet cooks in the family. My father’s a chef. My wife is… Wow, yeah, she can cook… So definitely pictures. It depends on what it is your doing. Yeah.

Photographs you know, restaurants… I want to know if it’s a place where people are going to go to – I would never suggest doing cartoons.

Though I would for the main part of the site.However I do believe that cartoons in one form or another, can be used to the advantage of any site regardless of the content.

You can have have a spokesperson like a mascot. That’s always popular. You can get, you know someone who gives out tucker to a food blogger. You can end up having that food blogger or a mascot being the one that shows those photographs.

Or if it’s a restaurant saying, ”making the reservations”, things like that. So there’s always creative ways to do it.

Like we send with people sending e-mails… With people opening more e-mails with cartoons. Use that to your advantage.

Matthew Loomis: In your opinion should the ”About” page have a photo or a caricature?

Jaime Buckley: I would be torn on just one issue.

On the About page, is it about an individual or is it about a business?

Matthew Loomis: Okay.

Well let’s say it’s a solopreneur. Or a blogger…

Jaime Buckley: Well…

Because it’s a personal thing and I think that… and I am going to give my opinion here and you can take it with a grain of salt, but I think that the future of all blogging is going to change here soon.

For example, I don’t know if you know Kevin Duncan over at,  Be a Better Blogger?

Matthew Loomis: I am familiar with him.

Jaime Buckley: He has become a dear friend.

His was the first site that I had read in nine-years, that I signed up to his e-mail list. Just because I liked reading his content. I didn’t want anything from him. I signed-up because I enjoyed and laughed at being on his blog. First blog in nine-years and that’s quite a thing.

Blogs are going to go the way of it won’t matter about Google it won’t matter about your ratings. I think blogs are going to end up that you’re going to have people coming to you because they like your personality.

That been said, I would say if you’re a sarcastic, joking, comical individual – I would use a cartoon. If you’re more family orientated kind or business focused I would use a photograph.

Matthew Loomis: Okay.

Jaime Buckley: Regardless, I want to know whom I’m dealing with.

Now if you’re a character or comical. I wouldn’t mind seeing a funny cartoon.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

Jaime Buckley: Like with you, I’d like to be able to see a photograph.

The first thing when I was going to your main website, I was like, ”gosh this is a nice looking guy, I’ll click on this and watch this video”.

Matthew Loomis: Hahaha…

Jaime Buckley: It achieved hopefully what you intended it to do.

Because that’s what I thought and that’s what I did, so…

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

This is great feedback coming from you.

I appreciate that.

Jaime Buckley: No problem. Okay.

Could all Personalities Use a Caricature For Their Blog?

Matthew Loomis: I’m going to throw this out there as well.

When it comes to the person behind the website, a real person or not- If they’re not a real person they should use a caricature.

Is that right?

Jaime Buckley: Well. Yeah.

But I don’t know too many cats or dogs that are doing blogging.

Hahahaha…

Matthew Loomis: I’m being a little funny here.

But I’ll tell you there’s a few folks in my niche – the blog tip niche or blog building niche – That actually they’re not real.

They’re not real people.

Jaime Buckley: How does that work?

Matthew Loomis: Hahahaha…

Jaime Buckley: I’m not grasping that…

Matthew Loomis: I’m not going to mention who I’m talking about.

But I’m familiar with two or three sites that – it’s all caricature. They use the caricature in their social media profiles and their websites.

Jaime Buckley: Well see.

I could give you a good example of that.

Matthew Loomis: But they never show their real identity because  and there’s one in particular, I found out through a third-party that it’s not a real person. I’m pretty sure there’s this other one that’s not either, so…

Jaime Buckley: Okay.

But I’m still not grasping this.

What do you mean, ”not a real person”? Like aliens? What are you talking about? Is it computer generated?

Matthew Loomis: Well what I mean is.

They’re saying like John Doe – ”This is John Doe’s website and I’m all about helping you become a successful blogger”.

Jaime Buckley: So. You are talking about, they created an alias?

Matthew Loomis: An alias.

Well yeah I guess you could say that. But what’s funny is…

Jaime Buckley: Well.

If it is a human being behind the creation and maintaining the sight. You have to say that it’s a real person.

Whether or not they show their face. Because otherwise… Is this like totally computer generated?

Matthew Loomis: No, no, no.

They even do a video like it’s just a voice. You know where it’s just screen shots.

Jaime Buckley: What the heck?

One of the most popular and well paid people on YouTube, is that woman that opens toys for Disney. You never see her face. You just see her chunky little fingers and her sweet voice.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

That’s true.

Jaime Buckley: So. Okay I’ll give you an example with me.

I was not a real person when I ran a blog. I did a blog for a while where I was making between six and eight-thousand dollars a month.

Where I took one of my characters from one of my fantasy book series. Who in my comic books was a billionaire gnome. I actually made profiles for him on Facebook.

I did Raintree and a bunch of these other professional websites.

I put cartoons and him up, then I made a website around his name and gave financial advice. It was successful and it was not me. I was writing under an alias, because if I had done that – and I can say it now, because everything is taken down and done with – But I would help people and I was combating people that would come after me legally.

I wanted to expose crap that was going on… People were getting taken advantage of and I needed to blow the whistle without someone showing up on my doorstep and trying to hurt me and my family.

So that’s the way that I did it.

So there are all sorts of reasons why you’d want to do it as an alias. Maybe it’s a guy that wants to get into a romance novel. So he does it as a woman.

Yeah. I know people that do that. So that makes sense.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

I totally get using a pen name. Authors have been using that forever.

I guess what I’m getting at is, certain niches, I’m wondering like – How do you build trust if you’re not using your actual self?

Jaime Buckley: Oh. See.

It’s all in the way that you communicate. Really.

Because I’ve got fans, probably thousands of fans that really trust a guy that does not exist. Some of my characters and it’s because he cares about them. And he lets them know.

Sometimes we just want to believe, sometimes we can just relate to something. You Know. I have never had a reader ever that I’m aware of, that has not related to one of the characters in my story.

So if you kind of look at it in those terms. If someone could really craft a good personality. I believe that I could create a website, create a persona and use that online and get everyone to believe it. If not believe it, love it and still listen.

I believe I could do that. I know I could do that.

Matthew Loomis: I don’t doubt that.

Jaime Buckley: So in that kind of case. Yeah.

Using cartoons and caricatures, that’s brilliant and you know animation stuff like that. That’s brilliant.

Yeah. That’s off. That’s awesome.

Matthew Loomis: Cool.

So what are some of your favorite brands. Or solopreneurs that are using cartoons.

Jaime Buckley: Oh.

You see I don’t know about solopreneurs.

I’m mainly focused on writers and cartoonists. So that’s… This is probably an easy question and you probably want a wider span. But I’ll just give you what I’ve got.

I’m a huge Neil Gaiman fan for example; He’s got a website for kids that’s called Mouse Circus dot com. Check it out the doodles and things that are on there. I just love the feel of the sight. It just draws you in. But I will tell you this… Are you married, do you have kids?

Matthew Loomis: Yip. I am.

Jaime Buckley: How old are your kids?

Matthew Loomis: Four and six.

Jaime Buckley: Ooh. Perfect age.

Have you ever been to the Shel Silverstein dot com site?

http://www.shelsilverstein.com/

Sheldon AllanShelSilverstein (/ˈsɪl.və.stn/;[1] September 25, 1930 – May 10, 1999)[2][3] was an American poet, singer-songwriter, cartoonist, screenwriter, and author of children’s books.[2] He styled himself as Uncle Shelby in some works. Translated into more than 30 languages, his books have sold over 20 million copies.[3] He was the recipient of two Grammy Awards, as well as a Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee.

Matthew Loomis: Shel Silverstein?

Jaime Buckley: Shel Silverstein. Yeah

Matthew Loomis: No. I don’t think so.

Jaime Buckley: Awwww.

I’m going to send you the link after.

You know what, you should out the link in here as well. Anyone who’s got kids. If you want to see the best use of cartoons, over anyone. Including me and that’s saying something.

I’ll toot my own horn.

There is nobody in my opinion that does it better than that website. The animations are brilliant and they make every single click on that website an adventure.

It is awesome. The kids just love it. We’re huge Shel Silverstein fans.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

Send me the link.

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

I will it’s just Shel Silverstein dot com. Just go there and it is brilliant.

Matthew Loomis: Okay.

Jaime Buckley: The little lines on the black and white.

When you put your mouse over the links. All these new animations with everything and it’s just brilliant.

Matthew Loomis: Okay.

Yeah. I’ll link to that in the Show Notes.

What are some other brands that you like?

Jaime Buckley: Probably the best ones that you would not think about, would be Google.

Well think about it, how often do they change the Google page?

And why do they do it. I have thought about this for awhile. You know sometime it depends upon the fourth of July. Any holiday they’ll change it. But once in a while they’ll change it just for the heck of it.

And I wonder if it’s because, even though we’re using it all the time. They become wallpaper, part of the furniture.

It’s to let us know, ”we’re still here”!

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

Jaime Buckley: But they always come up with something cool.

I heard rumors that it’s the employees that create those things. I don’t know if that’s true. I just think it’s really neat when they have a brand new think that follows the shape of the word GOOGLE.

So that’s really good.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

I like that too.

And what are some of those characters you see every so often. Androids or something?

Jaime Buckley: What, that Google uses?

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

That Google uses. That one little robot looking character.

That you sometimes see.

Jaime Buckley: I don’t know.

Is it Android?

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

I think it’s Android.

Jaime Buckley: I don’t know.

If you’ve got symbols, you’ve got brands and things.

The best use of art work you’ve got; iTunes Stores. You’ve got The App Stores. You’ve got… Gosh anyone that uses an icon – That’s a cartoon.

If you really think about it, it’s a cartoon. You know, you’ve got stuff on your main site there that I went to on the right hand column. Where you talking about building a website in your lesson books. I think they are absolutely awesome.

Walking through it, it’s just so well laid out. Kudos to you because that is just fantastic! Even your column down the right-hand side all those… the little emblems. Those are cartoons.

I think we don’t properly understand what a cartoon is. I think many of us in our generation and a little bit older, think of cartoons as something that kids watch on Saturday.

But that’s not what that is.

A cartoon is something that is just not reality. It’s something that we make that can convey an idea in color. At least that’s my definition. So it could be serious, it could be comical, it could be sad. It could be tragic and it can be part of the environment.

You know something of your website environment that makes something pop and stand out.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

You’ll appreciate this.

I’ve been introducing my kids to Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.

Jaime Buckley: Oh yeah.

Absolutely. Absolutely.

How Much Blogging Do You Do For Your Business?

Matthew Loomis: Hahaha…

So how much blogging do you do for you business?

Jaime Buckley: Oh.

Right now? Zero.

It used to be daily, then weekly. I remember I went to a friend of mine – I actually had tried for five-years to get him to work for me. And slowly over the years I got his attention more and more as I developed Wanted Hero. Finally he was so impressed that I got a call on my own.

He is a marketing genius, his clients all own big corporations. I have always asked questions with pros and no one will give me an answer. They all say, ”no that just won’t happen”.

I have always had a goal, ”I just want to make one-hundred sales a day from my site”.

I asked him I said, ” I want to make a hundred sales from my site, a day, is that possible”? He says, ”Of course it’s possible”. ”It’s just a numbers game”, he says.

”If you can generate what you need’ and the type of traffic”.

And so he did the math on the bare minimum and then he cut it in half again. Then he said, ”for you to get a hundred sales a day from Wanted Hero dot com, you need about thirty-five-thousand visitors a month”.

And I choked, because I get sales all over the place through like Amazon and Barnes and Noble and that was my book. But I still hadn’t had a whole lot of traffic on a regular basis, I had these huge waves. Coming to my site, but I had not built my site as well as it’s been built right now.

He said, ” this is what you need to do, you need to create twelve articles and pieces of unique art-work and articles a day, seven days a week”  I kind of choked…

And he says, ”it will only take you about ten-thousand dollars a month for the advertising to make that happen”. I laughed and said, ”I don’t have that kind of coin” he said, ” I know you don’t, but you have something that most people don’t, you have the ability to make it on your own”.

I said, ”okay, but that’s several times I’ve ever had to work in my life”! He says, ”I know, but I think you can do it”. ”All my corporate clients they just tell me… well just do it in house”. He says, ”I never had a corporate client last seven days with the list that I give them”.

So I said, ”alright, send me the list”. And I choked with how much I had to do. I lasted seven-months something like two-weeks and four-days. Every single day I did twelve-articles, original art-work. I did one to four info graphics a week, I did pod casts. And I did those videos that you saw on YouTube that aren’t actually videos, they’re the audio.

So that’s all I was doing only that seven-months. I was fried. At the end I didn’t have any traffic or any sales.

I didn’t have any. It didn’t even make any sense. And I don’t know what happened, but it got to the point where I was just about ready to quit. I remember my wife… I just burned out, I popped a fuse or something. I remember most of the day sitting in this chair staring at the screen and saying nothing.

My wife’s coming in and out she’s getting real worried. She said, ”whats wrong sweetheart”? Because I’m always going, I’m always moving and I says,”I want to quit, I’m done”!

I worried her you know. She turned me around in my chair, and I had bags under my eyes I was white and I was not sleeping well. I was not eating well and I had been working so hard for so long.

I broke down and I cried.

I said, ”I can’t keep doing this”, I don’t understand, I have followed everything that Laurence had told me, I had followed every book, every program. Everything that any ones ever told me. I’ll be damned if it’s ever worked for me. EVER!

And it’s just pissing me off. I’m done.

She says, ”I want you to do just one more thing, ” I felt like I was going to fall to pieces. ”One more thing what”?

She says, ”I just want yo to try one last thing”. ”Try being yourself”!

I bawled, I just bawled Matthew, I said, ”people are not going to like the real me, they just won’t”. She looked at me and she smiled she gave me a kiss on the cheek and said, ”I think you might be surprised, if you can’t do it for you, please do it for me”.

Dang it. I hate when she does that, because I will always do it. So I said, ”okay”.

You know what happened? I completely let go. I went back to blogging. I didn’t do anything the system would show or all these programs. I don’t want to name, names because I have friends that have done these high profile programs and they have all been successful. None of them have worked for me.

Instead I went back and I just decided, screw all the rules I just want to be me. To me, people matter, so I just decided no rules. I am just going to be myself.

Nine weeks later I had thirty-thousand monthly visitors coming to my website.

So, Just Being Yourself Changed Everything Around?

Matthew Loomis: So you were just yourself?

Jaime Buckley: Just myself!

And that is one-hundred percent from blogging. No advertising no anything I just engaged through my blog.

There is a lot to be said by who you really are.

How Transparent were You?

Matthew Loomis: Right.

How transparent were you at that point?

Jaime Buckley: Hahaha…

You could of seen my underwear size. Lets put it that way.

Hahaha…

Matthew Loomis: Okay.

Hahaha…

Jaime Buckley: I was holding nothing back.

Everyone knew me for who I was and I if you didn’t like me, there was nothing I could do about it. I would like you anyway but it doesn’t matter.

Matthew Loomis: So when you became your real self.

Were you blogging daily?

Jaime Buckley: I was blogging weekly.

But what I ended up doing was I started going to everyone else’s site and visiting friends.

You know  I’d get you on their websites and then I had people coming on my website. Because they were saying, ”who the heck is this guy”. So we started having blogging parties because it was just fun.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

Jaime Buckley: When I found an article that was really engaging, that I enjoyed.

I’d not only make comments to the writer. I would comment on every one else’s comments. That’s what I liked doing. That’s what I got known for.

I don’t just want to reply to the writer. I want to engage and question and engage the readers. This is a fun subject. Don’t just come and fart on somebody’s blog.

Stay and say something that actually means something, other that, ”this was really great” ” this was wonderful I think you did a lot of….” That’s such horse crap.

Matthew Loomis: Right.

Jaime Buckley: Actually give something to contribute.

And do something that throws a bucket of ice water down peoples backs.

Get them to respond.

And I love doing that. That’s what I just focused on doing. It was hilarious! So I had started making friends all over the world. You want to hear the sad part?

Matthew Loomis: What’s that.

Jaime BuckleyHahaha… I still didn’t make any sales.

But you know why that was, was because… I was never focused, and here’s a key thing for all the bloggers:

YOU HAVE TO GO AFTER YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE.

My target audience is fourteen to seventeen year old kids. Not grown-ups. That’s why I am re-doing everything right now.

I lost eleven-hundred pages of my blog.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

I saw that in my research. That sounds so painful.

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

Very painful. That’s eleven years of my work.

It was tragic, because it was the very same time that my computer here at home melted down. So the website thing happened and then my computer happened. So I’m like, ”that’s okay, I still have my back-up right here”.

My back-up melted down.

I lost all that. I don’t know what happened and people tried to say, ”well you could do this”. Just trust me it’s gone. If I had it I wouldn’t be doing this.

So for the last three and a half months I’ve been trying to re-create eleven-years and the I realized, ”no I can do better than that”!

So I went out into the other room and I asked my kids, ”if I can make a website, where my kids could come play, actually play”. ”what would you like on the Wanted Hero dot com website”?

They were just giddy. I had three pages of a yellow legal pad and every line filled with suggestions. So far I’ve done every single one of them.

So I’m excited about launching this thing next month.

Are You Doing All the Developing On Wanted Hero dot com?

Matthew Loomis: Are you doing all the developing?

Jaime Buckley: Oh. Yeah.

Matthew Loomis: Oh.Wow!

Jaime Buckley: I do everything.

I had to learn. That’s part of the bumps in the road.

When someone says, ”you know I could build that one up for you, it would only take twenty-grand”, I says, ”sorry, no I don’t have that at the moment and if I did I would buy a car”. So I’ll go get the library books and I’ll do it myself. That’s what I said in 2005 and you learn at lot in twelve-years.

Hahaha…

Are You Still Commenting on Your Blog?

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

So I want to go back to the commenting for a minute. First of all you still commenting today? Frequently or…

Jaime Buckley: No.

Not at the moment.

Right now I’m doing all my Fiverr work and then if I have any strength left before I loose consciousness, I’m building a website. As soon as the website’s up…

Yeah. Gosh I miss my friends.

Matthew Loomis: Okay. Yeah.

Jaime Buckley: I’ll be going all over the place.

Because that’s half the fun for me.

I don’t like Facebook. It should be called in your facebook. At least in my experience and people are having different experiences. That’s awesome. For me people are vomiting on each other, they aren’t having conversations.

But on blogs we could have conversations and it’s fun.

Do You Miss Your Days of Blogging?

Matthew Loomis: So don’t you miss the days.

Where you could go back before social media? Or Blogging?

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

And to do what you know now.

You’d be on top from day one. Hahaha…

Matthew Loomis: Hahaha…

Right.

So you started commenting on blogs like where your target audience was hanging-out?

Jaime Buckley: Well actually.

What I did was I… You see my teen audience are in places like… They’re really not on blogs.

That’s the struggle I had. Talking to fourteen-year-old’s is crazy, because they don’t have credit cards. They don’t have PayPal accounts they’re not buying the stuff and they’re on places like Reddit. You know and they’re not much on Facebook that much anymore.

So most of the places I was going were still controlled by parents.

So no I stopped doing that. Instead I’m engaging the parents, because I should be out there engaging the parents. I’m just taking a twist on is that, the website and the blog are… I am writing my blog focused at my seventeen-year-old and my fourteen-year-old daughter first.

And then I wasn’t even going to have a blog, then my eldest daughter Asia she says, ” oh dad you have to have a blog” I says ”why no one ever reads it” – ” I read every single post when you were blogging”. ”You did, why didn’t you ever say anything”?

She says, ”well what do I have to say about it, I read it and I know you and I could see another side of you and I loved it”.

So I said, ”well what would you have me do”? and she says, ”well I want you to write to us, tell us stuff”.

I was like, ”okay”.

So I’m going to write to the kids, but I’m going to talk to the grown-ups, because I might talk to you and you and I would have fun. We’re adults, we’re guys. We love the subjects that we’re talking about right now. I love your website I can relate to your website.

So I could talk to you about your stuff, but when you talk to other people about me. What are you going to tell them now?

Matthew Loomis: Well I’m going to tell them.

You’re a very personable guy a lot of fun to look into. Tell them stories, that he knows a lot about the illustration business. And working online…

Jaime Buckley: Well let me ask you something.

If they say, ”well where do I find him”? What are you going to tell them?

Matthew Loomis: I will give them one of your domains.

Jaime Buckley: Well the way that I talk.

I engineer things, people end up coming to Wanted Hero dot com. But now what happened differently to what it was before is – Grown ups are going to find out that it’s not a place for them.

But they’re going to look at it and say, ”wow , this would be a great place for my kid”.

So that’s how I am going to get to it. I’m not going to cater to the parents anymore. I’m not going to cater to the adults. I’m going to engage with and make new friends.

One of the biggest ways that I got to know people through blogging, one of the most beautiful bloggers in the world are mommy bloggers.

I love them. I think that they’re mind-blowing- and their close knit communities. If you can win one and gain the confidence and trust of one. You gain it in huge circles. Chunks at a time.

I’m a very protective father. There is no one that I kiss the water that she walks on more than my wife. The mommy bloggers know that about me.

Do You Comment on the Mommy Blogs?

Matthew Loomis: Do You do a lot of commenting on mommy blogs?

Jaime Buckley: Oh. Yeah.

In fact not only after I did commenting on mommy blogs and business blogs. I started getting invited all over the web to do Guest Posts.

So… And I love doing Guest Posts.

Can You Tell Us About Your Project, Wanted Hero?

Matthew Loomis: Okay.

So Jaime would you say, kind of going back… You’ve been mentioning Wanted Hero and some people may not be familiar with Wanted Hero.

Can you tell us a little bit about that project?

Jaime Buckley: And so Wanted Hero.

Gosh it’s probably one of my biggest projects I have ever done.

I wanted to create something back in the year 2000. I wanted to create a business or a project that I could make a living from and I wanted it to last until I died.  Literally.   That was my goal.

And make something that I could continue to work on that I loved until I died.

I am a story teller I have kids and I have a very large extended family as well. We’re a little bit above average, but pretty average in my family so I’ve got, you know hundreds of cousins.

So I created a fantasy world and I launched it in 2005. First it was with comic books. That got popular within one year, I think I got readers in what? Sixty-countries. And then in 2009 my eldest daughter and my wife convinced me that I should switch to writing novels instead.

I had never thought about that.

My hands were having a hard time at the time I had been in a car accident. I had surgery on my palm and it was very, very painful for me to draw at the time.

And so I switched to writing and anyway the story-line is based around a teen named Wendell. He turns out to be this Hero by accident. The fun thing about this world is there is always a character the readers can relate to. No matter who they are or how old they are.

And it’s kind of a comical way for me to take readers on a journey. And it’s actually a way for them to discover more about themselves while having a really wild adventure.

So right now I’m rebuilding the website and I hope to have that live by September 21st.

It’s packed with goodies with visitors, including a new Fan Club. What’s neat about our Fan Club is, where new members will be able to get; Each of my books – the digital version- for free as they’re being published.

People are Really Taken with the Wanted Hero Series.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

I was checking out some of the reviews on Goodreads and people really love the series.

Jaime Buckley: I wish I could find the secret.

If you ever have someone on your show, how to explain how to read reviews. Oh gosh I will be at the edge of my seat because that is a little bit of magic that I just can’t figure out.

Locally here in Utah.Oh gosh my books are in libraries, they are in schools. I go to certain cities and I have fans and it’s hilarious.

But gosh, online it’s so painful to get reviews. We have games quizzes, art-work galleries, book bundles. We’re going to change things here…

What is Your Take on Reviews?

Matthew Loomis: Your conundrum with reviews.

Is that you’re not getting enough of them?

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

If I could get someone to read a review, it’s always positive.

But it’s hard. I read something and talked to someone that make a full-time living selling things on Amazon. Not authors, just goods. And he said that one of the most difficult things is that people don’t read reviews. Just like most people will read our articles.

They don’t read comments.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

That’s just what I was thinking.

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

So I’m trying to figure out why or how to engage them, you know to do that.

I think that will come more with the Fan Club. So we’ll change it. It’s all good and there’s always that tipping point. Getting closer and closer to that tipping point.

It will explode!

Is Your Wanted Hero Series Good For Younger Children?

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

Jaime, your Wanted Hero series. Is that good for four to six-year-old’s?

Jaime Buckley: Well.

I try to be very respectful of parents and their parenting techniques and values. Even though my target fans are fourteen to seventeen-year-old’s my biggest fans probably my nine-year-old son. My six-year-old daughter all of them. They’ve gone through my comic books. My comic books are good for everybody.

You can still get those through Amazon. Still the original ones.

Matthew Loomis: Okay.

Jaime Buckley: But the books.

I’ve read most of my books to my younger kids, but they really have more older teen themes and things in them.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

Jaime Buckley: So it’s not Peter Pan.

There is violence and things in them. There’s no swearing in them. There’s no drug use or things like that.

Some of it’s really, really intense. I’m actually going to be writing some books that will be for the younger kids. Very soon, that we are going to be calling the Underling Series. Because it’s other aspects of the same world, it attaches to the story-line but it has to do with characters that are created around your kids. So…

It depends you know. Some of these kids… Simon my son who’s nine. He reads to his little sisters all the time and they’re like, ”Dad that sounds awesome”! and I’m like, ”that’s great, glad your brother entertain you’s”!

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

It sounds great. Maybe I’ll put them on the shelve for later. You know.

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

That works too.

When Will Your Website, Wanted Hero Be Ready By?

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

I will link to the Wanted Hero website.

You said it’s not going to be ready just yet, it’s going to be like in a month from now?

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

My goal was to be ready by the 4th July.

But when you lose eleven-years… Two-months was just a ridiculous goal. And then trying to make a full time living where you are drawing twelve to sixteen-hours a day. It was unrealistic. So… But I’m like eighty-percent there and the hardest thing was getting all the art-work done.

So now I’m just doing these fun quizzes and things, So I’m actually… Who know’s if I could get clear just one week. I think we could get there before September 1st.

Matthew Loomis: Okay.

Jaime Buckley: If I do before.

I’ll actually let you know and you can make a modification on your site.

Matthew Loomis: Okay.

Yeah. That sounds good.

I’ve got to ask you this. And this is an extra question thrown in, because you’re such a… You do a lot…

Jaime Buckley: More than we have talked about.

My friend, more than we have talked about.

Hahaha…

You’re Even Developing Your New Website, Do You Ever Outsource?

Matthew Loomis: Hahaha…

I mean you’re even doing the development for your new website.

So I’m curious, do you do any outsourcing?

Jaime Buckley: I do not.

My first website was Wanted Hero dot com 2005.

I released it I think in January, maybe it was end 2004, but I don’t think so. Anyway we did it by library books, basic HTML. The second website I did, my father was so impressed with it. He talked to one of his clients who needed a website.

They hired me and they paid me fourteen-thousand dollars to do it.

Matthew Loomis: Mmmm. Nice.

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

That’s before things were really complicated.

It was basically you know the basic HTML and putting pictures up. But it was a Window company so I did the products per page and stuff. It took me awhile, but it was good money.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

Jaime Buckley: I’ve built hundreds of websites for people.

Over the years and of course it just keeps getting better.

And of course my favorite platform is definitely WordPress.

Matthew Loomis: Mmm mm.

Jaime Buckley: Hands down.

I say now… People say, well you did this? And I say no. This is just Word Press now. This is Word Press I don’t do anything else more. There’s just no reason for it. So I build websites and there just so many plugins. I knew the internet was going to go this way.

The big money and the real power hitters in the future, were not going to be the people that made the websites.

Because now it’s us. It’s the people like me that make the tools that let people like me create the websites I want. Those are the brilliant people.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

I’m so glad to hear you talk about how great WordPress is because I advocate for WordPress.

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

There’s nothing else like it.

But I will tell you this. Please tell your people. Do not get a free WordPress site ever, ever. I am knocking it, because back when I was making thousands of dollars blogging… That website that I made with my character – My ”gnome” – That was a free WordPress site.

The problem with the free platforms is, if you get someone in your niche… This is what happened to me… If someone in your niche is also… they don’t have to know who you are… they cause problems enough.

That the company decides we don’t want to deal with these problems anymore. You going to have someone for ten-dollars an hour unplug your site and everything is going to go down the toilet.

That’s exactly what happened to me.

Matthew Loomis: Really?

Can you give us like a little more detail on that?

Jaime Buckley: Oh.

I was debated again about financial things like I said.

What I was being paid to do was actually to help people and to expose fraud and stuff that was going on. But I don’t want to jump into peoples faces. What I do is, I bring out questions and start conversations. And encourage people to do more research. That was my job.

But you had other people who were trying to do the same thing were battling against us and they were getting vulgar.

So there were arguments and things going on. To the extent where they realized that certain keywords and topics which is what my blog was named. WordPress decided to just cancel out all the websites that were conducting or having these conversations and arguments and all of that.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

Jaime Buckley: I wasn’t participating in that.

But I was grouped in that. So my income flow went from six-grand a month to nothing.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

You see Jaime I tell people about that all the time.

Yeah. Right. You don’t own the real estate so…

Jaime Buckley: Exactly!

Matthew Loomis: You got evicted.

It sounds like?

Jaime Buckley: Yes. I did.

I got everything repossessed. Which really sucked.

Matthew Loomis: Wow. Okay.

Well there’s another story right there.

Hahaha…

Jaime Buckley: Hahaha…

How Blogging Has Changed Jaime Buckley’s Life!

Matthew Loomis: You’ve been on the blogging scene for over a decade.

You’ve been a blogger, for what? Twelve-years?

Jaime Buckley: Yup.

Matthew Loomis: Well.

We’re at the final question that I like to ask each of my guests.

Which is… Jaime how has blogging changed your life?

Jaime Buckley: Well. I think that I’m genetically engineered to talk.

So that been said.

Blogging has really been a way for me to not only find value in my personal life, but what blogging has done for me is almost a life saver is it gave me validity.

I never felt that I had as a person… intrinsic value. I always valued myself, by what value I could contribute to other peoples lives.

I never realized how important all of this was until I just let go. And that goes back to that story where I said to my wife, ”I just want to give up”, and my wife says, ”just do one last thing, just try being yourself”! And I thought that people wouldn’t like me.

The real me.

I had to stop trying to be what I thought people would want.

And just be who I am. And let all that filtering crap happen naturally. And… The fact that I absolutely love people. I genuinely have an interest in the amazing qualities of individuals. I have been able to walk up to somebody that has been yelling at an employee in a store and laugh.

And this guy towered over me… I’m five-foot-nine…

He towers over me and he is so mad. I remember walking up to this guy and laughing and he turns around and says, ”what the heck are you laughing at”? And I says, ”you’re such a jackass”! And I think you’re awesome!

He did a double take, he had no idea he had that coming.

Matthew Loomis: Hahaha…

Jaime Buckley: I just insulted him.

And he says, ”what are you…”?

And I says, ” look I know you’re having a bad day, the fact is you are really passionate about what you want”.

”I really respect people that know what they want”. ”But can I make one suggestion”? ”Stop hammering on this little gal, because she’s just an employee and she can’t give you what you want”. ”Why don’t you ask some questions and find out who can give you what you want”?

And he stopped and he said, ”okay, that’s a good idea”.

And realizing that people are amazing. Through blogging, it’s a whole different landscape. If you can figure out the things that are fake and the things that are real. Just spend your time in the spheres of the things that are real.

Blogging will always change your life!

Because it is a way to connect and exchange and uplift and encourage and empower. And why the heck wouldn’t you want to spend time in that kind of environment?

And so that’s how blogging changed my life is that; I have just been this well, this bursting spring of just wanting to do this and interact with people and blogging has allowed me to do that for the past twelve-years.

The longer time goes on, you know blogging and WordPress and the plugins we have and social media and all that. If you connect that to blogging. We have rockets strapped to our backs. Who knows where we are going to be now. But I just want to be a part of that. So…

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

You’re a natural extrovert.

Is that right?

Jaime Buckley: I am now.

It took me growing up in a very violent environment.

And then I learned how to fight. Really, really well. Too well for my own good. And I realized I didn’t like the person I was becoming. Met my wife who was water to my fire. I realized that whatever she saw in me, she someone that I could be.

I just knew that I loved her so much that I wanted to be that person.

Then when I was travelling the country. Something just snapped and I realized I didn’t have to be violent or physical with people. But it took away my fear of people.

And a good example – We’d fly from Utah to Massachusetts and I kept telling my best friend, ” I want to go on the subway” and he says, ”no”.  (He’s such a sweet guy and such a scary cat.) And I says, ”well I want to ride on the subway” and he says ”why”? and I say, ”because I want to meet different people” and he says ”no”!

So we go to the hotel our flight was like four-thirty the next morning. We go down to the restaurant and it’s been renovated, so there’s no place to get food and we are starving.

So I say, ”well can you bring the shuttle bus around”? and he says, ”sorry it closed down a half hour ago”. I’m already starting to smile. He says, ” well then where we going to get some food”? I said, ”you’ll have to go into town” ”well how do we get into town”?

I kind of put my fist up to my face and I’m so hopeful. He says, ”well have to ride the subway” and I go, ”yes”!

So we go down to the subway. We sit right at the back and we’re such a chicken. We’re in our suits and the very first stop in comes some gang members. And there’s four of them and one of them’s seven-feet tall. Real tall skinny guy, this guys actually got metal implants… Spikes coming up out of his skin.

And these guys are drunk and they’re cussing and everything and I said, ”awww this is awesome”! So I started walking toward them. And my friend says, ”what are you doing”? and I says, ” get off of me”!

I walked right up to this tall guy and I said, ”hey, guys how are you doing”? and all the conversation stopped. They looked at me and they said, ”what the f do you want”? and I said, ” I just wanted to say thank you to somebody. They looked at me all puzzled and then I said, ”look, when I was in California where everyone says what they mean” ”then I moved to Utah where no one says what they mean” ” then I come up to Boston on business and you guys say what you mean in your face”! ”I love it here” ” but I’m going home tomorrow and I now have had the opportunity to  turn to someone and say, you guy’s freaking rock”!

”I love it here and thank you for having such an awesome place to come and do business”. And they burst out laughing and offered to take me for drinks! WOW!

Hahaha… I said, ”no it’s okay, I’m here with my friend” and they says, ”hey man, you have a good trip back home”.

I went back to my friend and his jaw dropped and I said, ”dude they’re just people”.

But the thing is, is blogging allows us to connect in those ways. In pictures, video, audio there’s no limits anymore Matthew.

Matthew Loomis: Right.

Jaime Buckley: This is just…

What we are doing right now.

Matthew Loomis: Right.

Jaime Buckley: Yeah. It’s changed my life.

It’s allowed me to be who I am.

Or maybe more dangerous. I have no idea at this point.

Buy I’m just having fun I’m almost always happy. Which I like to be.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

You seem like such a positive guy.

Jaime Buckley: I try to be.

Did You Know Adrienne Smith at All?

Matthew Loomis: I think you knew Adrienne Smith?

Jaime Buckley: Yes.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah. Yeah.

Jaime Buckley: She’s a very positive person.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

She was really good at connecting with people.

Jaime Buckley: She’s the kind of gal.

She is so sweet and if you talk to her too long you will get a cavity.

Matthew Loomis: Oh yeah.

I did Skype with her at least once.

Jaime Buckley: She is awesome!

Matthew Loomis: If I recall.

Maybe twice.

Yeah, she was just really good at connecting with people through the blog comments.

She really inspired me and I did this post with her and you’ll have to check it out because that cartoon post got so many compliments. So many people told me that’s the reason I quit Doner to begin with.

Jaime Buckley: There you go.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

Jaime Buckley: She’s a great example of a real person.

Taking the time and giving a real comment.

Matthew Loomis: Right.

Jaime Buckley: She’s a great example of that.

Mine are more tongue in cheek. Very cheeky, very specific.

Her and I would always go rounds, when we found each other on the same board… We would just roll back and forth.

Matthew Loomis: I bet. I bet.

I could see that.

Hahaha…

Jaime Buckley: Hahaha…

Where To Connect With Jaime Buckley Online.

Matthew Loomis: So Jaime.

Where can people connect with you online?

Jaime Buckley: The best place of all is.

Wanted Hero dot com

http//wantedhero.com

That is where I spend ninety-percent of my time.

Is they want to connect with me for my art-work. I always have my Fiverr up.

https://www.fiverr.com/wantedhero

You’ll have to look me up as Wanted Hero on Fiverr. That’s my user name on Fiverr. (You’ll leave a link there.)

They can find me on Twitter: @wantedhero – Again that’s my brand name.

You can fin me on Pinterest. I have huge boards on Pinterest. Anyone who likes to draw or anyone who likes creative thinking, because I love World Globing and I love helping writers expand and show them natural ways to just overload themselves with ideas.

They can find me on Pinterest again @wantedhero

They can find me on Facebook and… Gosh I’m on most places.

I just don’t maintain all of them, I do maintain things on Pinterest. I do answer a little bit on Twitter.

But mainly on; Twitter, Facebook and on WantedHero dot com

Matthew Loomis: Just curious about your target audience being teens.

Are you on Snapchat?

Jaime Buckley: I was for a while.

I have an account there.

But there are things about Snapchat that just completely disgusts me and so I stopped.

Matthew Loomis: Okay.

Jaime Buckley: There’s just too many problems.

And I even told my own kids, if you’re on Snapchat. I’m going to smash your phone.

Matthew Loomis: Okay.

I haven’t been on it myself. But you hear all the time that’s where the teens are.

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

The main place where I’m finding the teens, happens to be Reddit.

Fortunately I’m finally understanding… I think that I’m somewhat computer savy. I’m just finally starting to get all the Twitter language and now the Reddit.

The kids really are the teens are heavily into Reddit. I’ve had Reddit for years, but I’ll be damned if I can talk on that thing yet.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

Reddit is an interesting beast.

Jaime Buckley: It is.

It’s powerful. But man I get lost.

(Just a little useless information) 🙂

Matthew Loomis: Yeah.

There really is, definitely.

Jaime, I feel that we could talk for another three-hours.

Jaime Buckley: No problem.

Matthew Loomis: This is the first time that we have talked.

And it’s really been a great experience. You have so many wonderful stories. I’m sure that you are able to weave these stories into your content or a book?

Jaime Buckley: Oh. Yeah.

There’s three main characters in my book which are; Wendell, Dax and Chuck. Who by the way with the exception of Wendell always follow me when I comment on other peoples boards.

Jaime Buckley: People ask.

”Well who are they modeling after”? All three of them are modeling after me.

In different aspects of my personality.

Matthew Loomis: Oh.

Actually in my research someone pointed out to me – I think it was a post on Kevin Duncan’s blog – Something about multiple personalities… What was that headline?

It had a great title to it.

Jaime Buckley: Yeah.

It was popular on there and I wish I still had the post on my website. Because I pointed everyone from that over on my website where one of my characters was interviewing two more of my characters and then at the end he had to close it because there was an argument.

An then they all started arguing on the comment section.

People started joining in saying, ”what is going on”? Then the cartoon characters would turn on all the commentors and then it would just go crazy. So…

Matthew Loomis: Hahaha… Yeah.

I’ll even link to that post in the Show Notes.

So people can see what you’re talking about.

It’s really great!

Jaime Buckley: Awww.

I appreciate you inviting me in. It was a blast!

Anytime you want to talk, I’m here.

Matthew Loomis: Yeah Jaime.

Thank you for coming on The Blog Chronicles and I will have you on again sometime.

That’d be great.

Jaime Buckley: That would be a pleasure.

I’d love it.

So Thank you.

I enjoyed this interview with Indie Author Jaime Buckley!

Show Notes

http://www.shelsilverstein.com/

http://themousecircus.com

http://beabetterblogger.com/

http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts

http://calvinhobbesdaily.tumblr.com/

http://www.gocomics.com/bloomcounty

https://www.fiverr.com/levels

http://brentjonesonline.com/

https://www.sandler.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3125669.Jaime_Buckley

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  1. Jaime Buckley says:    •   3 years

    Wow, Matthew…I did realize we talked that LONG!

    Goodness, I’m long winded, but hey–I sure appreciate you having me on the show today and letting me share some of my craziness =)

    My hope is that people were both entertained and that they gleaned a simple, yet important fact…and that is–you can DO this (building a business online and making a living from it) if you just pay attention to your skills and strengths.

    …then just listen for the opportunities around you!

    What I should have included in the interview, but I’ll say here, is that you should focus on having “fun”.

    Something amazing happens when we are relaxed and happy and excited about what we’re doing. A little ‘magic’ happens, I guess you could say.

    We end up giving our very best performances or applying our talents at our highest ability when we’re happy, so don’t do something just because you CAN…but because you really WANT to!

    Cheers & and I’ll answer any questions if readers have them =)

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Jaime,

      As I went back through the interview and put things together I realized there was something bigger going on within your story that’s not visible on the surface. You probably already know that you’re helping young people become heroes…I think that’s a pretty cool gig you’ve got going. 🙂 Your story inspires us to choose ourselves and grab today’s internet opportunity by the horns. Pretty neat how you have turned your passion into a business that also inspires young people in the process.

      I’m really happy we connected. 🙂

      Matthew

      1. Jaime Buckley says:    •   3 years

        I feel the same way–so glad we connected.

        Look forward to another conversation on even bigger subjects. =)

        – Jaime

  2. Dana says:    •   3 years

    Hi Matthew, Hi Jaime (I got the spelling right this time) 😉

    Very inspiring story. And I’m so glad you did what you did regarding your wedding. Sometimes, we just have to do what feels right. Not always so easy when we live in a world where we sacrifice freedom for security. Some people think they’re one in the same, but I don’t.

    I think security is a natural effect of freedom – and freedom requires having an independent mind.

    I hope people follow the footsteps provided by your story. If more of us lived our truth and discovered the unique gifts and talents that live within us, the world and everyone in it will benefit.

    Thanks for my dose of inspiration for the day. Shared.
    Have a great week, Gentlemen.

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Hi Dana,

      I concur with you–security and freedom are not the same thing. I believe Ben Franklin once said “those who sacrifice freedom for security will soon have neither.”

      Couldn’t agree more–real freedom produces real security in many ways. I would say this is true especially when it comes to internal freedom–releasing the insecurities inside us and replacing them with mental and spiritual security.

      How is it going with your story? Are you “living your truth and discovering your unique gifts”?

      Great comment, Dana. Glad you dropped by.

      Matthew

    2. Jaime Buckley says:    •   3 years

      Heya Dana!

      Good to see you again =)

      I’m sure my kids are glad I did what I did as well (smirk).

      I also like your definitions. Many don’t realize that we can’t properly exchange ideas without being on the same page…and too often we’re in a different LIBRARY, let alone in the same book.

      My own definition of freedom also involves an independent mind, specifically having the ability to choose. Funny thing is (puts on his best Yoda impersonation), choice also provides a certain level of security.

      MMMmmm, yes it does.

      So I’d add to your definition and say, “security is a natural effect of freedom – and freedom requires having independent choice.”

      Lately I’ve been sacrificing work (i.e. $$$), so that I can choose what jobs to take. That choice provides security in that I know what I do (art wise) will be the best I can deliver AND at the same time receive the income I feel I deserve for my skill/talent/labor. That security provides me with a certain level of freedom, both in how I live and also in fostering more confidence to choose specific jobs.

      ….and there’s your circle.

      Not the same things, as you stated, but I think they’re all connected and/or influence each other.

      It’s definition and perspective, IMO, and the key factor is choice.

      Once choice is gone, then freedom becomes an illusion, doesn’t it?

      I can have an independent mind regardless of what’s going on around me. My mind stay with me, I can think what I like and unless someone is attempting to brainwash me, I’m likely to retain my faculties.

      But will I have the independence of choice?

      A prisoner may maintain his independent thought, but does he have the ability to choose where he sleeps, where or what he eats, whether he will stay within the walls that confine him?

      So….are we talking about the same thing?

      IS an “independent mind” the ability to “choose”?

      (grin)

      …and here endeth the sanity.

      It’s not always easy being a fiction writer…and my daily circle of associates are a bit odd.

      [*Chuck waves a warning finger*]

      The world and life hold more wonder, more opportunity and more blessings that any one mortal can fathom.

      I just want to live a life of happiness and wonder…then be infectious enough to spread it around the world.

      That’s all.

      Good to see you again, Dana….and you have a wonderful week right BACK!

      (wink)

      – Jaime

  3. Ryan Biddulph says:    •   3 years

    Hi Jamie and Matt,

    What a life you’ve lived!

    I smell…..a……Netflix series. I am serious.

    So many wacky, dangerous, funny and colorful things happened before you started the online career, which I know helped fuel your story telling talents.

    Fun post guys!

    Ryan

    1. Matthew Loomis says:    •   3 years Author

      Hey Ryan,

      Jaime is definitely a screenwriter’s best friend. 🙂

      I’m looking forward to coaxing some more stories out of him in the future.

      Wait a sec……YOU ARE ALSO A WALKING TV SERIES. LOL

      Seriously, where’s the Blogging From Paradise reality show?????

      Matthew

      1. Ryan Biddulph says:    •   3 years

        Haha yes, I have envisioned pitching Netflix and a few readers have egged me on.

        Time to get cracking on that!

    2. Jaime Buckley says:    •   3 years

      Hey Ryan!

      Good to see you, buddy =)

      Netflix series? LOL…nawww…That’s CRAZY… Once a bodyguard/psychotic repo man, goes from six figure income to homeless…people try to kill him, even blow him up (yes, with an actual bomb), run him over…driving him to near insanity…until he meets an Islander Angel, who shows him a brighter side…

      …but it only brings out a more intense side in PROTECTION of his new family….like receiving threats on the phone–prompting him to challenge the aggressor, giving them his home address and then adding, “Come on over sucker…I’ll be the pissed off 300lb guy with the bat sitting in the front yard!”

      (BTW, sucker never showed up.)

      Sounds too much like fiction, Ryan (*laughter*).

      I don’t have super senses, mind powers…though….I DO have massive eating powers.

      Hmmmmmm, this could work.

      I’d like to do a show, teaching kids the proper way to TP a house and not get taught. That would be fun.

      A kid series on all the crap I did growing up–THAT could be fun. Like launching moon rockets into the back of a lawyers home from the Golf Course. Why? Because he clipped my dog with his car.

      Revenge of a 7 year old.

      You may be onto something….

      Jaime