Which Comes First, The Chicken or the Egg?

Which Comes First the chicken or the egg

This is one of the fastest ways to overload and fry a brain, especially when it is not a young chicken brain. I was told by a coach who was helping me set up my business that I needed more than just an online store web address. That doesn’t tell people who I am or why I am doing this. The store needed to be part of a larger website that had more information about the ecomm business I started. All of my products are at watchandwhirl. ecwid.com and with apps the products are organized to be sent to my Facebook store, my eBay store and now this website. All of them say Watch and Whirl with the same store front. I needed a dedicated website. It would give me credibility. Prospective buyers needed to have confidence in me if they were going to spend their money purchasing items from my stores.

I usually think things will be easier than they are, as I stare incoherently at my computer screen reading directions over and over, while watching YouTube videos about how to do it. My bottle of Tylenol is slowness decreasing as my pounding headaches after 4 a.m. are increasing. As a musician from my early life playing gigs 5-6 times a week I am still a night person who rarely goes to bed until it starts to get light as I spend every waking moment making this business work.

If this website doesn’t look quite right, or certain pages come up empty it’s because it is a work in progress. My tech abilities are pretty good compared to the average person, but not good enough compared to the younger generation who learned all of this in kindergarten. I am actually quite proud of myself for getting to this point of functionality. But it is taking time away from finishing my book, making new videos and recording new music. In the bigger picture I can’t complete them  unless the store is successful. I need money. Which comes first, the chicken or the egg?

The purpose for all of it was because I wanted Jamie, the main person in my book to survive re-entry into society after 13 years of prison, and so he could help support his son.

As a musician I create music by how it feels to me. It’s the same way I cook. No recipes.  I add spices and ingredients in amounts that feel right. Music is created by improvisation. To my amazement somehow it comes out right. But to create a website you have to add information in exactly the right way and read directions that tie my brain into knots.

It is slowly coming together. When I type in the web address it comes up. There are sections that need more work but the online store is there and the advertising videos are there. Links to find my music are there. Why put this on the store website? Because it is a big part of the reason this website exists.

I recently found I have a bigger problem. A few weeks ago tests showed cancer has resurfaced in my lymph system. Surgery is scheduled for 7/15/19. I can’t leave the book undone. It has taken 3.5 years to get to this point with music recorded. There is a SoundCloud player on another another page of your like to hear.

Leave a comment and tell me what you think of all this. Let me know you were here. You will also find this post in the blog section at my new website   watchandwhirlshop.com

Watch and Whirl Shop




It has grown with many new items that have been hand selected for quality. It would make me happy if you would go and take a look and share it on your social media. At the moment I can only sell to the Continental US, but that will be changing. So even if you are in another country, you have connections in the US.

Without sales I can’t pay an editor who I can publish my book about Jamie Cummings years in prison. He was just paroled and left the prison last Thursday. I will have more on that later. There is also a sequel planned that goes from 2016 through the issues of re-entry. This entire project has taken 4 years of my life and must not fall through because financially I can’t finish it off professionally. Anyone can also send money to help if you want to at PayPal.com by sending money to Jamie’s email address that was set up for this blog. squick@mynameisjamie.net.

I will be putting a store at this blog, too, which is why I have the store the name of the blog. It will take $200 to convert a personal blog to a business.

I need your support, even if it is only looking at what I’m doing.

Here are a few pictures of recent additions to the store


My New E-Commerce Store at watchandwhirl.ecwid.com

I decided not to play it safe anymore. Too much is at stake. Survival in the world today.

It will soon be part of this blog as well everything else I write. I’m contending. I need a way to make the money to finish my book and music  I need to help Jamie survive.

There is still much to do to make it a great site. The opening page of the store has this photo and the link should take you to the store. Check it out! Please? 😁



I can be impulsive. I’ve been known to take risks and jump in with both feet, realizing I didn’t know how to swim so I better learn what I’m doing very fast.

There are enough people in the world who play it safe. They don’t rock the boat because they don’t want to know what will happen. Not only that, what will people think? You’d be amazed at how little time people spend thinkinv about what you do with your life. They are too busy with their own life.

In the last ten years I have had many health challenges. I had choice. Be a victim, or find a way to get over it. I don’t want to bore you with years. We can either pull ourselves up by the  bootstraps or complain about the bad hand life dealt.

I have always worked hard. It was devastating when I had to close my store in Kew West to check into a hospital. I have never had a “job” that paid me an established paycheck. I thought it was important to be paid more if you worked harder. That keeps me motivated. I’m a dedicated work-a-holic who gets addicted to everything I do and I do not give up easily when I have started something. I had to give up that dream.

It was while being stuck in bed that I began the blogs: mynameisjamie.net and watchandwhirl.com. Then I began writing the book I am still rewriting “Inside The Forbidden Outside” as I learn what is needed to be a better writer. But that is not what this blog post is about. It is about surviving successfully so I can publish it successfully and financially back on my feet. It takes money. Money I don’t have.

ANYWAY. . . this is what I’m leading to. I read an ad somewhere about starting an online store for $47. I clicked on it because the number 47 plays a big part in my life – a subject for another post. It stopped me long enough to read about it. $47 was just the beginning. I have spent 6 weeks learning what to do.

Long story short I took advantage of what they offered. I started researching and learning. I had a vehicle now to build a business one brick at a time. I am opening my first store. There is still a lot of work to do on it and there is only a fraction of the products in that I want, but I can at least show you what I’m doing.

E commerce has grown since I did eBay 18 years ago. There are so many more platforms. The competition for your attention is fierce. To begin, I will have a store at Ecwid, a store on Facebook and a store on Ebay. I  will also put a store on this blog and turn it into a business blog, not just an information one. Today all I can do is put in  a link. I only ask that you take a look. See how I set it up. Do you have any suggestions? Are there products you would buy if they were there?

So many of our connections now are online. Some we talk to for years. Now I need these people who I’ve crossed paths to help me stand up.

Advertising can be costly so the more you share what I’m doing the more it helps. Here is the link to the first store. It will also be at Facebook. Many thanks to my friends who have supported me with my music and book.