Good Things Come From My Writing
When I was visiting the office a couple of weeks ago, I had a conversation with a business development guy who had been around the block a few times. He knows his stuff and has a fairly good understanding of the industry. I'm not sure why I went to see him, other than the fact he was there and I hadn't see him in months. But we had an interesting conversation.
The conversation ended with a concept that I heard Sean Kennedy frequently say in his NewsReal show: a bad plan today is better than a good plan tomorrow. That was my summation of it anyway. The idea was: pick one thing, focus on it, see where it goes. It may work, it may not. But focus on one thing. Now I struggled for a couple of weeks to find my one thing, but I realized that my one thing is staring me in the face: my writing.
When I think about it, it makes complete sense. The job I have with my current employer came about because I had put together a massive website on Check Point VPN-1/FireWall-1. They were willing to hire me under unusual circumstances because I was a demonstrated expert at the product. That ultimately led me to write two books on the subject, which in turn has led to a small amount of notoriety. My involvement with Voxilla came about because of my writing. Granted it was on forums, but it was writing. Any notoriety I have right now is coming about through my writing on my blog.
The only plan I have right now is to keep writing in my blog on things I care about–daily. When tapped into my passion, it's not hard to come up with at least one thing to write about. In fact, it's pretty easy. Will it make money? It will make a little. I am tweaking the ad mix on my site a little to see if I can bring in a little more. I've also thrown up a donation page. I don't expect to make a living on my blog, at least right now. It's nice to be able to afford to do things once in a while like go out to dinner or buy a new computer, or set aside a little extra for a rainy day.
I feel pretty confident the next major change that comes about in my life will be enabled by or come about as a result of my writing. Some days, I am a little more impatient than others about when that day will come, but I will keep plugging away at it.