I guess this part is where I let you know a little bit of my story…
“Scribbled to Paper”
By the time I started “The Fragrance Writer” in 2020, I had already been blogging about poetry for a few years (since 2017). I was inspired by my mother, who decided that, in her retirement, she would try something new – write and publish a book! I thought, if she was brave enough to try that, I should try something, too!
I knew I also had a skill of writing that was just lying dormant inside of me. It was time to bring it out, blow off the dust and start to develop it – to not waste it. So I started a poetry blog. My first one was called “Scribbled to Paper.” A year later, I started a new one, “The Poetry About Us,” which was a more refined version as I started learning the ropes a little bit. That blog eventually changed to “Writing with Strangers,” where I started focusing on the community aspect on blogging and collaborating with other writers.
But I had another passion in my life: Fragrances. This began as a mere nerdy past-time. I was trying to find, one day, online advice of which fragrances were better than another (I know, a pretty subjective idea). I soon discovered there was a whole online community where people rate fragrances, tell the stories about them and list all the notes and details of each. As an accountant, I fell in love with the idea of creating systems of classifications and organizations and ratings for different scents. Even more than that, I loved trying them and experiencing, not just how each one made me smell, but also how each one made me feel.
I now became a “frag-head. . .” Someone addicted to fragrances. I began building my fragrance collection. I started following all of the popular reviewers on YouTube. Then, I too became one of those guys that went on online communities and starts leaving reviews for every fragrance they smelled.
“The Fragrance Writer”
Enter: Mandy Aftel. I didn’t know Mandy. I never heard of her. I didn’t know she had her own fragrance company, “Aftelier.” I was simply online one day looking for a Fragrance book I could read. I found a popular one called “Fragrant” [by Mandy Aftel]. It had good reviews and sounded like something I would like. So I clicked “Buy.”
Little did I know, this book would totally changed how I approached fragrances. The book as a whole is amazing. But there is one section in particular where Mandy starts explaining different ways to smell and discover of a fragrance. I started trying it out and implementing it into my online reviews. And my reviews went to a “whole nother level.” These new ons I was writing were different. They were deeper… they were more vivd…. and they were poetic.
It only took me a day or two to realize the obvious: It was time to combine my two passions… Poetry and Fragrance. I realized I could actually write my fragrance reviews as poetry on my blog. And I found people loved it! I mean, who doesn’t love a good fragrance in their life?
True and Original… and Pure
My blog is truly something special. It is so original that I never saw anyone else doing this – reviewing a fragrance through poetry. The internet is flooded with the same-ole fragrance reviews. I think people are getting tired of it. I provide them with someone fresh and tasty – an art form. Like me, it’s something they probably never saw before. But it’s more than that. It’s not just fragrance reviews.
My blog started as a poetry blog, and it still is, first and foremost, a poetry blog. I’m not a fragrance reviewer – I’m an artist. And I keep my blog artistically pure. I think that’s one thing that makes my posts so attractive. I’m not just writing a review for the sake of writing a review.
Each of my fragrance posts can stand on their own merit as poetry – even if you removed any mention of the fragrance from it. I keep it that way on purpose. I want to keep the poetic and artistic purity of the blog. I also continue to write non-fragrance related poetry. So when you come here, you know you’re not just reading a gimmick; you’re not just reading another fragrance review. You’re reading pure poetry – from my heart.
P.S… I may no longer own the rights to “Scribbled to Paper…” “The Poetry About Us…” or “Writing with Strangers” by the time you read this.
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