5. Where did you get the idea for your Daydreaming as a Profession blog site? Was it something you’ve always wanted to do? And how long has it been in existence?
Daydreaming is and was always my favorite activity. And the one I’m really good at (because it happens effortlessly). I’ve been doing it all my life, but never thought I could create something tangible from it.
Now pretty much every poem is the result of daydreaming.
Growing up, I’ve often been told that I daydream too much. The Romanian expressions for daydreaming sound something along the lines of, “to dream with one’s eyes open,” and my personal favorite, “to dream of green horses on the walls”.
Goodness, I can’t recall how many times I’ve heard that in my life. If someone could show me snapshots of my life, 85% of them would probably be of me holding a fixed stare into empty space (or on the walls) and not moving a muscle, while a universe of events went on through my mind. That’s daydreaming.
Now I do it as an adult in the office at work. There’s no one there to tell me to stop looking at green horses on the walls, so I do it all the time. I forget completely about the CCTV cameras that I have to supervise for some long moments and drift into daydreaming (most of which would be influenced by events that happened in the casinos).
After doing this for a long time, I thought to myself, “Hmm… it’s like I’m finally being paid to daydream. All those teachers who scowled and scolded me for doing it should see me now. I’ve turned daydreaming into a profession…”
That’s where the name for my website came from. Since the writings are a result of daydreaming, I thought why not?
The idea to start the blog was also quite random. It came to me in the summer of 2019.
Since the days of studying English from PDF books, I always thought that having a website of one’s own was quite awesome, so I daydreamed about it. I wanted to have a website of my own, though I never knew what I’d fill it with.
2019 was a time when I completely got rid of rhymes in my poetry. I wrote only free verse, thinking that only the message matters, and the way it’s presented in simply doesn’t. So I stopped carrying about what my poems looked like aesthetically and focused solely on what they had to say. It was at that time that people started responding positively to them. I started sharing on a website called Hello Poetry and the comments were overwhelmingly positive. It was a very small community though. But I remember that one of the members kept advertising their poetry on their blog, so I thought, “Hey, that’s quite the awesome idea! I’ll share my poems on my own blog.”
I’ve built websites in high school before, so I had the basics, but WordPress was easier than I’d ever thought. I can’t recommend it enough for people who want to make their writings seen. The best part about WordPress is the community.
6. Your poems are regularly published over on the Gobblers/Masticadores WordPress site. Is there something about them that draws you to work with them over any other publishers/sites?!
I’ve been featured by many other publishers, but indeed never so much as with Gobblers/Masticadores and MasticadoresIndia.
Yes, there is definitely something special about them. Unlike with other publishers who are strictly all about business, Masticadores makes you feel like part of a big family, rather than a business associate. This can make all the difference in the world.
7. Have you had any of your poems published in hard copy? Which format do you prefer to use to get your writing out there into the world?!
Yes, I have a poetry book titled “Pour the Whiskey Over My Heart and Set It On Fire” published with Horror Sleaze Trash. It’s available for purchase only in hard copy.
Also I have the self-published project “The Muse’s Bad Touch” which is available both in print and e-book.
As for the preferred format, well, I guess we can all agree that as long as the message gets out there, it matters not in what form.
8. What’s next for Bogdan Dragos and Daydreaming as a Profession?
I’ll be honest, I’m very bad at planning ahead. So it’s no wonder that I’ve no specific plans for the website. I just go with the flow. The poems will definitely keep on coming.
Meanwhile, outside of the website and outside of poetry, I’m working on yet another novel. Maybe I’ll finally make it with this one. And if not… I’ll just write another one.
So there you go folks, that’s Bogdan Dragos for you! 👍😁 A man who’s not afraid to push literary boundaries; challenge our pre-conceptions & morals and is very much “dreaming with his eyes open.” He knows what he wants; where he wants to go & is having fun doing it!
Thanks to Bogdan for agreeing to participate in the Brilliant Blogger Poet initiative and for being so forthcoming with his insightful; humorous & detailed answers. Thanks to you guys also for joining me on my everyday blogging journey and for reading my posts. Mind yourselves; stay creative and take care! 🙏😁