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It shouldn’t come as a surprise to many of you to know that I am self-employed. Since I graduated University in 2006, I’ve had several jobs, some full time and some just to get by. In late 2008, I made the decision to focus on saving up for teacher’s college. For over a year I tried to save, but eventually wavered on the decision. I’ve learned a lot about myself in the last three years, and one of the things I’ve learned is that I’m not very good at doing someone else’s work. I’m a good designer, I’m a good salesman, and I’m a good speaker, but I’m bad at all of these things when it comes to doing it for other people. Maybe that’s because I’m a narcissist, I don’t know. But the fact is, I’ve learned that I need to employ myself, put stock in myself, and make it as my own boss. For the last six months, I’ve done two things: Expanded Gredunza Press to be an all-out publishing services center. I’m going to be rolling out two new services next month. The first is cheap Wordpress hosting, which is something my podcast customers already enjoy. The second is essentially a new kind of book. It’s really cool and I can’t wait to show it off. The second thing I’ve done is take professional wrestling seriously. That sounds strange to say out loud, but it’s true. There was this talk I listened to by Merlin Mann and John Gruber, and it absolutely changed how I look at things. The idea of successful writing online is to be specific and a little strange: be a nerd, essentially. And though I sometimes wish it wasn’t true, I can’t really help but be a nerd for pro wrestling. The question, of course, is what do I do about it? I simply can’t continue on this pace forever. I spend roughly ten hours a week on wrestling. At some point in time very soon, I have to decide whether to continue caring about this, and to invest in that care, or to drop it entirely. I obviously don’t want to stop doing it. I’m very, very happy to continue writing about wrestling forever. The questions if, of course, how I can afford to do that. In an effort to monetize writing, blogs have been known to become very ugly creatures. Pop-ups, distracting ads, membership pay-walls, etc., all make the experience of visiting a site both annoying and disparaging. Surely, there must be a more civilized way to make a living? I honestly don’t know how to make money doing this. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to find out if it’s possible.

Posted on 9/8/2011







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