Something Different

I think I've been going about this whole blog business wrong.

I approach this and my other blogs as if I'm writing a column.  I think of ideas that could make a good entry, then set to task writing something that's relatively complete.  This can be difficult because I don't always have the time to write a full blown column, and sometimes I just don't have the motivation; you should see all the blog posts that I've started, but never finished.

But this isn't a column, it's a blog.  And the big key to blog success is frequency.

So instead of my usual, rather time consuming blog posts, I'm going to start doing shorter ones that are, well, more conversational in nature -- less column-like.  Don't get me wrong, I'm still going to do the longer ones because I have a lot of things I'd like to rant about.  But I'd like to update this site more often, so longer entries every time out just aren't realistic.

At the moment, I'm sitting in my half-wall cubicle at my day job.  I've been fortunate to have married a woman who not only makes plenty of money, but also wants me to succeed with my writing.  Basically, this means that I can work part time without financial strain.  These days I only come into the office three days a week, but work from home a few hours here and there.

It's a crazy arrangement, really, and one that I can't imagine having in the future.  I don't make anywhere near the amount of money on my writing that would justify working part time, but Nicole is okay with that (it helps that I make a very small amount of money per hour here, so we're not really leaving much money on the table anyway).  She's okay with it, in no small part because in a few weeks our situations will reverse.

When we move up north, I'm going to have to get a full time job, mostly because I'm the one of us who has varied work experience.  Nicole has plenty of work experience, but it's all in one field, so finding a job in that field is going to take some time.  I, on the other hand, should be able to find something fairly quickly -- in fact, the company I'm with now has an office up north, so I might just end up transferring.

Long story short: the gravy train is coming to an end soon.

And I'm fine with that.  Nicole has been pulling the majority of the weight for the two of us for a while now.  I've written two books while working a full time job in the past, so it's not as if I can't keep up that schedule, too.

No, the strangeness isn't going to be leaving this schedule behind, it's the idea that I still have this schedule for a few more weeks.  So now I feel as if I need to get as much done as possible before the clock strikes midnight.  I need to cram as much into these next four weeks as possible.

Like updating my blog more often.