This is now the 2nd year for this domain name and I have zero regrets coughing up the $54.00 for another year of what is obviously a vanity domain name.
I have been very spotty with my writing here as I have yet to learn to prioritize it enough over everything else going on because in addition to other reasons for not writing here - I have a newborn. (actually, she’s pushing six months soon. I wonder how much further I can get away with the ‘newborn’ title)
Anyway, life is busy…yada yada yada.
But I still want to write. And not only do I want to write but I think I would like to be able to make a career out of writing one day but I guess it will take me a while and more than a few hundred words here and there to get some income, but I would like to try.
I’m giving myself 7 years. It’s been said that you tend to overestimate what you can do in a year and underestimate what you can do in 5 or more and I think that’s true. I’m probably the same person I was a year ago but for sure I’m different than I was five years ago.
This won’t be easy and there will probably be starts and stops to it as well but I would like to try. A very least, make enough to pay for the domain renewal.
I have to stop this. I get great ideass but absolutely zero follow-through. I was just going through my domain name list that I had already culled a fair bit but it seems it need more as there are a lot of domain names I have that are up for renewal that I am never going to use - despite my best intentions.
I had thought I would have used some of the domains I had bought by now, but despite my best intentions they go unused. Fron what was hundreds of dollars annully on domain renewals has now been bought down to under $200.
I am keeping this domain and 3 others and that’s it. I will work one one project at a time until I can get it to be profitable and then, and only them will I consider a domain name for my next project.
It just costs too much to keep all these domain names over the years for projects that never materialize.
Overkill? No doubt - but I’ve heard and read horror stories of people who lose all their photos with a click of the mouse.
Also, this is easy to do. The trickiest part for me was to find an app that would work reliably with my phone/computer/wifi and was easiest to use, but th rest was as simple as downloading the app and signing up.
Dropbox and OneDrive cost a few dollars and so does Google Drive but for the price of a few starbucks a month I know for sure that I have a backup.
My kiddo only grows up once and I don’t want to lose all my photos due to some hacker or server error.
This of course isn’t foolproof. I suppose all the online servers could go down or out of business and I could lose my local copies as well but I doubt it and it’s still a better system than relying on one online cloud system.
I guess I will find out in about 18 years or so whether my efforts the past few days have been worth it.
The reality: work, take care of child and get as much sleep as possible
I know I’m not the first person to have a blog and a newborn and others seem to be able to have kids and blogs so it must be me. The kicker is that I only work about 25 hours a week so one would think I have lots of time to write, yes?
It seems just when I sit down to write there’s a distraction that prevents me from even getting 100 words down.
Part of this is the way I think: I feel I have to have complete silence and the perfect writing evironment in my home office with the music and the lights just right. Perhaps pre-kid this was possible but now I just make a cup of coffee and do my best to sit hunched over a laptop at the kitchen table for twenty minutes in hopes I can get something written.
Part of the problem is me. It’s much more fun to screw around with blogging platforms and themes for me than it is to actually write - at least at first. Once I get into the “zone” I can write well.
I really need to change this. I want to write here every day, but I can’t seem to get my act together enough to juggle the responsiblities of being a parent annd finding time to write.
I’m currently on a simplification kick to get rid of stuff I don’t need and focus on the stuff that’s important to me - which of course, is family first.
I just need to prioritize better. So, the clock resets - It’s day 1 again.