It’s been a full year since I’ve written a post to the No Job for Mom blog (shame on me).
What has been happening in this past year? Well first and foremost, I’m a grandma! It doesn’t get much better than that! I won’t go on gushing about my grandchild. Suffice it to say he’s a sweet, beautiful little boy and I’ll leave it at that.
In the past year I haven’t been doing much writing online. As a matter fact aside from my journal I haven’t been doing much writing of any kind. As a result, my online writing income has plummeted. So much so that this is the first month since I started back in 2008 that my blogs didn’t reach the $100 Google AdSense payment threshold. That’s to be expected when you don’t add new content (and Google changes its algorithms).
If Not Writing What Have I Been Doing?
In the past year I’ve been working on up cycling and refurbishing furniture. I enjoy the challenges and the tree hugger in me enjoys repurposing something that would otherwise be tossed into the trash.
For a short period of time I went back to the traditional job market in the form of a part-time job proctoring exams. The up side to the proctoring job was the people. My co-workers were extremely enjoyable to be around. That made the job fun. The down sides were the hours and commutation time. Although the job was part-time, the few days I worked were very long days.
It didn’t take long for me to realize that working a traditional job just isn’t for me. I’ve been on the job/no job merry-go-round before, but this time I believe I’ve totally convinced myself that jobs aren’t for me. I need to set my own work schedule doing something I enjoy.
I’ll continue refurbishing furniture. Upcycling furniture is a moneymaking hobby, but not a full-time business. There’s money to be made refurbishing furniture, but I still prefer moneymaking options that allow me to earn while I sit sipping herbal tea at the local café.
The Writer’s Eye
As far as writing goes, I didn’t realize how far away from writing I had gotten. Writing is more than sitting at a computer or taking pen to paper. It goes much deeper than that. There’s what I like to call, “The Writer’s Eye.” I realized how far away from it I had gotten when I attempted to write a piece on a local event. I attended the event, enjoyed the event then came home to write about it. As I sat at the computer I realized I had so many gaps.
When a writer goes to an event that she is later to write about, she attends the event with her writer’s eye alert and attentive. The writer sees things that non-writers or should I say non-artists overlook. There’s an undercurrent that writers sense, experience and later transform into written word. Those observations are what makes a piece compelling.
Sad to say, I attended the event, came home, sat in front of my computer and came to the realization that my writer’s eye was asleep during the event. Don’t’ get me wrong, I enjoyed the event, but I attended the event as a patron and not a writer…big difference.
My self-challenge is to re-awaken the writer’s eye.
I also changed my blog theme from Thesis back to Solostream’s WP-Clear. I used the same theme on NJFM before but I had it so cluttered with posts and widgets that I just couldn’t stand it. I simplified things and went to Thesis. After some time I decided to go back to Solostream’s themes (yes, those are affiliate links) because I liked them better. I found them easier to configure so here I am, back again. I’m still making tweaks, but that’s the nature of blogging.
News and Successes from NJFM Community Members
While blogging here on NJFM I met a slew of really nice folks. I’m guilty in not keeping up with everyone, but there are a few friends I’d like to make mention of and link to their blogs/books:
- Loretta: Loretta wrote a book entitled Legacy. She wrote the book so she could leave a family legacy for her children and family members, but her legacy went beyond that. In reading the book I realized how very much alike our families are. By changing the names and a few of the towns, that book could have been about my husband’s family. If you haven’t had a chance to read it, you should. I like Loretta’s humor and down-to-earth writing style.
- Crystal: Crystal and her husband went on a 7-week road trip that she’s chronicling on her blog The Best 50 Years. She went through 12 US states (including Alaska) and 3 Canadian provinces. Crystal and her hubby planned this trip and managed to come home with enough money left over to put towards their next trip. Very inspiring! Speaking of inspiration, check out her husband’s book Impossible Beyond This Point that chronicles the Horn family’s big move from the city to the wilderness to establish their own homestead.
- Ken: Ken and his family moved to Hawaii. Am I jealous or what??!! Ken is kickin’ butt and takin’ names in Hawaii with his two blogs, Move to Hawaii and Snorkel Store. Hearing from Ken got me to thinking about writing online again. He’s also got me thinking about moving to Hawaii, but that won’t happen anytime soon. 🙂
I know it’s been a long time, but I do hope everyone is enjoying some type of success. Feel free to share with us what you’re doing now, and if you’re still writing, where.