The other day I was reading through a few of my journal entries. Back in August of 2001 I started keeping an electronic journal. My tech writing background dictated my journaling format. I’m not so sure many folks have a journal setup in Framemaker (an old Adobe software) with user manual formatting with headers, footers and a table of contents.
The document is now just shy of 1,000 pages long. On occasion I’ll look back to see what I was doing, thinking or saying on a particular day, month or year. The good thing about having such a setup is that I can use the search function to quickly find what I’m looking for.
Enough of My Digression
The other day while I was working outside I remembered that some time ago I told my hubby I wanted to write my life. No, not an autobiography of boring details of my life, I’m talking about writing about my experiences as I live them. I then opened my journal and searched for the key phrase “write my life” and I found that on February 1, 2007 I wrote the statement “I’m going to write my life.”
Later on in January of 2008 I wrote: “If you enjoy what you’re doing, it does not feel like work.”
Ok, I’m Finally Getting to the Point
The reason I gave that background is because I’m finally on the right track. You see, very recently I was working on a project. Actually the project was reviving the family above ground pool from the brink of disaster. For two years we didn’t use it and it was in pretty bad shape, so my project was to revive it.
To most folks that would be a nasty task to hire someone else to do, but I chose to do it for two reasons:
- It gets me away from the computer
- I wanted to see if I could do it
I found that I truly enjoyed the challenge and was having a great time with my pool obsession. Each day at the end of the day as I learned something new I wrote it down. I then realized that there might be at least one other person in the world that is undergoing a similar situation. Why not write about it. So I did. I created a blog About Above Ground Pools.
You folks who read this blog will know that I created it, but I wrote it under the name of Hayward (Hayward is the name of my pool filter manufacturer). Folks who come to the blog don’t know or care who Felicia Williams is, they just want to know how to get their pool water clean.
Writing My Life
So, in essence, I am writing my life. The internet allows me to indulge in my project/obsession du jour and write about it. Just like the Above Ground Pool blog, I have blogs sprinkled around the internet that are the result of personal projects. Each blogs is written under an alias and most of the blogs don’t allow comments (I think I’ll close the comments on the ABP blog too, moderating too many blogs can be overwhelming).
Some of the blogs bring in surprisingly good income while others only a few dollars a month. Whether they earn a lot or a little isn’t the reason for writing them. I write these blogs because I’m temporarily excited about a particular project. I monetize them, SEO them just a bit and then go on to the next.
The information on most of the blogs is timeless so there isn’t much need for constant posting or updating.
Why this post?
I rambled on telling you about my philosophy so that I could ask you this question: What do you really want to do? I know that my goal is to write what I want, when I want and earn money doing it. What about you?