I’m changing things around here again. I’m going for the simple, no frills version of NJFM. I don’t think the change will make much of a difference for my flow of traffic because traffic to NJFM is a mere trickle.
Why the Blog Change?
I’ve changed. While I still write often (off line), I don’t do much writing for money. 99% of my writing is for personal enjoyment and 1% for money. As such, my monthly residual income could barely pay for a nice dinner out with the family.
When the online writing arena changed I realized I didn’t want to change with it. Google is too unpredictable and I’m not a social networker. Not only that, I was getting tired of spending so much time in front of a computer screen.
What Should I Do?
When my income plummeted I had to figure out what to do to earn money. As usual, I applied for a part-time job. The job, while enjoyable, wasn’t for me. I liked what I was doing but I wanted to do it when I wanted to do it, not when they scheduled me to do it.
I’m an exemplary employee. I make sure to do my job well and provide the best customer service I know how to provide. Chatting with customers all day was lots of fun, but the pay was low and the hours, well, let’s say I don’t like folks scheduling my time.
It’s amazing how a dead-end job does much to get the creative juices flowing. I did a lot of self evaluating. I took stock of my life, my hobbies, my gifts, talents and abilities. I couldn’t help but think of Socrates, “Know thyself,” and “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
Next, I sat down with pen and paper and wrote a list of requirements for my perfect job/career. On that sheet of paper were 17 attributes, After reviewing the paper I had a better idea of what I wanted. Once I knew what I wanted, the only thing left was the task of making it happen.
What Am I Doing Now?
I’m upcycling furniture. I find old treasures and give them a second life. Being the tree hugger that I am I make sure to use non-toxic milk paint on all of my furniture. If not milk paint I use substances like environmentally friendly pure tung oil and burnishing paste. I use non-toxic Soy Gel for stripping paint.
Armed with my environmentally friendly arsenal, I go around looking for quality furniture (usually very old furniture) that needs a second chance. Sometimes I’ve got to rebuild portions of it (I love power tools) and other times not. Some pieces are painted while others are stained and oiled. When I’m done I either sell or keep the pieces.
A Different Turn
NJFM is taking a different turn. My posts will have little to do with writing and more to do with earning a living as a person who upcycles furniture. The one thing the old NJFM and the new NJFM have in common is the realization that I was not created to work a traditional job. So, the blog title No Job for Mom is still relevant.
I don’t expect to write here as frequently as I had in the past, but I believe I’ll write more frequently than once every 6 or 7 months. All old posts remain on the blog under the Writing Stuff tab. Much of the information is outdated, but there are some things that never change, so I left it all on the site.
I changed the interface because the old one was giving me a headache. It was way too busy and confusing. I’m finding that simple is better, so here’s a simple blog interface. I might spruce it up a bit as I go along, but for now this works for me.
In a nutshell, that’s what’s happening with me. What are you guys up to?