My Journey With Social Media by Rodney Pike

Published October 14th, 2013

This is a recent article I wrote for Lori McNee about social media and the role it has played and is playing with my business. I don't consider myself an expert on the subject by any means but I have learned a few things along the way in my brief time working social media.

A little about myself first. I'm 51 years old and was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. As a kid I wanted to grow up to be an illustrator like Norman Rockwell. I've been an artist as long as I can remember and sold paintings in Junior High and High School. I was a passionate artist as a young man and worked hard at it. I was and still am a dreamer and saw myself as a professional artist one day.

Well, my Dad, the economy and the negativity that surrounded me finally convinced me that it was just a dream and wasn't practical. After two years of struggling to make it as an artist in a city that sells no art, I joined the military to get away and make a living. I did my four years and when I got out, I stumb ...

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20 Plus Years With Clinical Depression and Anxiety

Published March 19th, 2012

Hello friends. I'm back behind my computer again and doing well. Thanks to all of you who have shown me so much support and well wishes over the past week or so. A big thanks also to Catherine M for assisting me in keeping things alive while I was ill and recovering from minor surgery. I had to have something to show for when I returned so I did a quick study of Pope Benedict XVI. Bigger and better things coming real soon!

For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, I'll give you a brief overview. I have suffered from severe anxiety and depression for quite some time. I've only told a hand full of people about my struggles and those who know don't know nearly the extent of my battles. I've chosen not to say anything to anyone on the web these last couple of years because I have been and still am on disability. Not because I'm ashamed of it because I'm certainly not. When I set out to make a name for myself as an artist which by the way has been my life long dream, I didn ...

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