Response to Reader Questions: Yes, this Blog Remains Upwardly Mobile
First off, let me apologize for making two personal posts within two days — I like to keep my articles focused on you, the reader; not on me.
But I have to tell you a quick story. My wife popped into the office a few hours ago to read my last post — you know, the post where I mentioned my new job. After reading the post, she looked me dead in the eye and said, “Post a retraction.”
“Why would I post a retraction?” I asked her.
She turned off my desktop radio, mercifully putting an end to Andy Gibb’s howling, and said, “If you don’t make it clear to your readers that your blog will continue to operate even after your new job begins, they’re going to assume you’re vanishing into the hills. Seriously, John, that last post sounded like a eulogy.”
My wife usually has a pretty good instinct about this sort of thing, so I was not surprised when I later discovered 76 emails in my inbox from concerned readers expressing condolences on my departure.
So please allow me to clear this up:
- I’m not going anywhere.
- I will do my best to keep the blog moving forward.
- The blog is not closing.
- My dreams are alive and well.
- The Feeds and Email subscriptions are open for business.
- In general, If you’re ready to read, I’m ready to roll.
Unfortunately, I may have unintentionally given the impression that my return to work hit me unexpectedly; that I foolishly left my day-job 5 months ago hoping to earn a livable wage blogging, sans safety net. I assure you, neither is true.
Five months ago, the office where I worked closed its doors forever, and my job vanished out from under me. Instead of sitting around doing nothing (or heading directly back to work), I decided to do something productive and different. I started this blog. I think it has turned out wonderfully. And I always knew the day would come when I’d return to work.
I still believe in the importance of meaningful, purpose-driven work. But Rome wasn’t built in a day, and few blogging empires pay a livable wage within 5 months; I’ve always known this. Things take time. Sacrifices are necessary. That’s life. And I’m happy to be living it.
When I finally do manage to earn a livable wage from this blog, I hope you will be inspired. Until then, I hope you’ll hang around to watch the climb, read the articles, and share your opinions. In short, join the party; the fun is just beginning.
September 22, 2007 Saturday at 1:18 am