All-Purpose Guru provides information and products related to a number of topics, as “all-purpose” suggests. The core topics are music (I play trombone and have a doctorate in musicology), Scripture (I have taught adult Sunday school classes for 40 years and have become a certified lay speaker in the United Methodist church), libraries (I am a professional librarian with years of experience), writing (think of all the writing I have had to do both in school, professional journals, two books, and the very different world of Internet writing!), and sustainability (informed by service on a university sustainability committee). I write not merely from personal interest, but from a lifetime of thorough research. I make no claim to be an expert on every topic, but I have done the research necessary to insure accuracy and reliability.
The picture here is all over the Internet. Why? It was about all I had when I first started, but what could be more appropriate? It shows me playing a solo with the MLA (Music Library Association) Big Band at the end of the meeting in, I think, Pittsburgh. Right there, it combines two of my passions, music and librarianship. Plenty of music librarians gathered on that occasion also passionately love Jesus Christ. Plenty of those in attendance also passionately care about the environment.
All-Purpose Guru began as a blog. It was too all-purpose for anyone, myself included, to know what it was really about. Therefore it soon became a family of blogs. I also began to write for various Internet content sites. Factoidz and HubPages have the greatest number of my articles. I am also building my inventory of articles at Associated Content, Info Barrel, and Seekyt, among other sites and have contributed a couple of dozen articles to sites that no longer accept new submissions.
As I studied articles by other writers on those sites, I realized that blogging and Internet writing can be a business. It also became apparent that any successful business should have multiple income streams. That meant not only writing articles on multiple sites for the sake of collecting a share of ad revenue, but finding other ways of earning from my articles. I began to explore selling books and recordings from the blogs and adding Amazon capsules, where possible, to other writings.
A site devoted to selling products seems like a logical extension of All-Purpose Guru’s mission to provide both information and products related to my core topics. What better new product line than the only one not adequately served by the books I offer?