I think it’s smart marketing to put advertising on your blog that garners you noticeable revenue (we’re talking real pennies here people!) right about the time you slow down stop posting to your blog every day, thereby drastically lowering your daily hit rate. Timing is everything.
Speaking of timing, life has recently thrown me a curve ball (more on that in a minute) in addition to which I’m already up to my eyeballs in projects I’m trying to complete before Christmas the end of the year. Catching a cold, not once but twice, did nothing for my productivity. Stress, in addition to the bitter cold and darkness that falls around three every afternoon, is wearying and by the time ten o’clock rolls around some nights, I can barely keep my eyes open. Blogging has fallen by the wayside. And it’s official, my holiday cards are now New Year’s greetings. It’s a big relief knowing I don’t have to deal with compiling writing my annual Book Recommendation List until next year.
So, back to that curve ball. I don’t blog about work, it’s not worth it and it’s not interesting (unless it has to do with the antics of a certain soon-to-be-three-year-old.) But things “at the office” have taken a turn worth mentioning and life is about to get a lot crappier more interesting so it’s worth mentioning here. Plus it saves me the hassle of telling people on an individual basis.
Some of you who read this blog know I’ve been with the same company since oh my God! 1994. A lifetime ago. I was the very first employee and now I’m one of the last. At the end of this year, my company will crawl up to the finish line, reach its anemic finger across the line, and die turn off the lights for good. The final death knell didn’t exactly come as a surprise; the writing has been on the wall for some time now, but this most recent incarnation of the job gave me the flexibility (and the health insurance) to be a part-time nanny.
I have the office gig completely to thank for my past two years with JD and for that I’m amazingly grateful. I mourned the loss of the company a long while back when we down-sized considerably. With this ultimate down-size, purging files and packing up the few remaining boxes hasn’t taken long and shredding paperwork is amazingly cathartic. I’m definitely ready to move on and I’m naive enough to think optimistic that I’ll find new challenges and opportunities that will interest me as well as pay the bills. While I don’t know what the heck I’m going to do next new direction I’m headed in, I do know whatever it is, I’ll want to make it work around my time with JD. I’m determined to keep up with that little tyke as long as her family is willing and I’m able. Say, when she heads off to college.
My first hurdle and top priority is to find affordable individual health insurance, a process I began today. After years of dreading the prospect of getting individual coverage, I met with a broker this morning and the news wasn’t that bad. So far. Fingers are crossed as I await the underwriter review. This is huge no small thing for me and if once I jump through this hoop, a lot of the stress of this new situation will be lifted.
So, I’m living the economic headlines. 2010. A new decade, a new direction.