I’ve had enough of this indoor camping stuff and I’m glad to be back online.
Actually, it really wasn’t that bad. We have a couple of generators so we had lights and I was able to run the portable heaters (I bought the heaters a little while ago when I thought I had let the oil tank get to low only to find out that I really had a quarter of a tank …but that’s off topic). With the fireplace and the heaters, we were pretty warm and cozy.
The worst part of the whole ordeal was that the cable company was down too. No cable company…no internet. Thankfully, Barnes and Noble offers free WiFi so we were able to get our internet fix there.
Apparently there are a lot of internet junkies in my town because the place was packed with folks hunched over laptops. It was amazing. All of the chairs and tables were taken as were the step stools. Fortunately, there was plenty of floor space so some of us sat on the floor, opened our laptops and got our internet fix.
Benefits of Residual Income
This snow ordeal made me realize that my decision to concentrate on residual income was a good move for two reasons:
- Whether or not I had power or internet access, I was still earning money.
- My stress level was low because I wasn’t concerned about meeting a writing deadline.
My hubby and I sat down and wrote a list of things that would have made our ordeal even more comfortable. You see, we’ve lived in this area for many years and have suffered through several blackouts. Each time we do, we learn a little more and the next power outage is less painful. I’ve got to say that we really were pretty comfortable this go ‘round.
Similarly, I sat down and looked at my freelance writing and asked myself what I would do differently if I had known that I would not have internet access for a long period of time. Here’s what I came up with:
- Write a few extra articles for Suite 101 so that I wouldn’t cut the minimum requirement so close.
- Notify my NJFM readers that I might not be available for a while.
Now that I’ve got power and internet access, it’s time for me to get back to adding more online content (and writing that ebook that I’ve been threatening to finish).