Why Do I Set Sail Into the Web Sewage?

by splork on February 1, 2013

Setting Sails

I like having a back-up plan. That in a so-called nutshell is why I do what I do in the maddening sewage of webs.

When I realized long ago that my parents would like for me to leave their house at some point it occurred to me how fragile survival is. Like many of my ilk I left H.S. to pursue wealth via the University system of higher learning. Back in those days you could actually get a reasonable education with a modest sum of money and be comforted that it would translate into a salaried position at one of the finer institutions of consumption or services in this once great land.

When I enrolled at the University I also jointly signed up to be an American soldier via ROTC. I figured I had two paths: following my bachelor of science degree to employment or being deployed by Uncle Sam. I also knew that if things went tits up in the private sector I would still be working part-time for my Unc. Back-up plan.

My degree wasn’t wasted and I landed some decent jobs while still ordering around men twice my age looking for retirement points one weekend a month and two weeks in the summer. My obligation to the military was done and I submitted my resignation just in time before Bush began his crusade. I needed a new back up plan.

I started taking computer classes at the local college and got myself Microsoft certified. I took some part-time work when I could get it doing anything that allowed me to touch a computer and get paid to do it. I liked the idea that I had another back-up. In this case the back-up became my second career.

It wasn’t more than a couple of months when I realized that I needed another back up. I have no recollection of how I stumbled into the sewage but I soon found myself building directory generated sites and slurping off the bounty of Google’s fruit. Of course, that didn’t last but the next phase of IM, niche article sites and the like, allowed for a relatively constant stream of coin that satiated my need for a back-up.

Today my back-up is getting worn. My career is a dead-end boring job. I would love to enliven the handful of readers to this collection of words about my exciting dissolution of my current employment for more grandeur of Internet marketing opportunities but alas, I cannot. I need a back-up for my back-up!

Somewhere along the way I discovered that I could arrange words in a manner that was informative and entertaining. I think it was an offshoot of my long days and nights writing reports for clients and ultimate government consumption. I believe there is the possibility that therein lies my next back-up and potential future. I just have to figure out how to put a saddle on it and take it for a ride. Hence my constant agitation of being a Kindle book craftsman.

Credit:Sprengben [why not get a friend] / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

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Alan Redmond February 1, 2013 at 10:12 pm

Hey Splork,
I am one of your 5 regular readers.( one of the .0001% who use a rss reader). Start writing that first Kindle eBook. You WILL make some coin writing rather than rowing thru the Web Sewers. I have a ton of WSO’s and more expensive guburu shit about Kindle Glory if you need any tips. I am trying to get brave enough to start writing/self publishing as my own GPS for web sewer navigation is getting worn out.
Alan Redmond
Ireland

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Seth" February 1, 2013 at 11:35 pm

I was lucky that my “dead-end boring job” happened in 2007 which afforded me the luxury of being able to manipulate Google’s algorithm for hefty profits before Panda and Penguin. But alas, I really should have a back up plan as well now that the coin doesn’t roll in with the consistency that it once did.

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splork February 2, 2013 at 1:37 am

@Alan – Thanks for reading. Yea, I’ve really gotta knuckle down and get something written. Once that first one is done the next one will be so much easier. It’s just finding that motivation to get off “G” and move to “O”.

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splork February 2, 2013 at 1:37 am

@Seth – I hear ya. Mine either.

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Brett February 6, 2013 at 11:29 am

I enjoyed the Hubbing and blogging ride while it lasted. I saved all my coin from a 2 year writing frenzy and now I find that I have enough money to go travel around Asia for a while.

Few people realise that if you don’t spend coin, you don’t need to worry about having a constant source of new coin.

As for 2013, well Google seem to be losing their touch. I tried to Google one of my favourite forums yesterday but it was frigging gone man. Google is playing God when they smite good and popular sites from the index for policy violations. When the common man realises that Google are censoring their results, their only cash cow will be finished.

I’m liking FB more and more. They have vast, vast traffic and it’s really not true that the traffic is junk. Also I love the fact that it’s so easy to keep Worlds from colliding on there, unlike the fools at Google who think it’s a good idea that YouTubers will want to use their full names on there. Sheesh, the Googleplexers are losing touch with reality.

Anyway, learn to work FB and you will make some serious coin in 2013.

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Music Man February 11, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Hi splork. I loved your post i think because I can relate. “my parents would like for me to leave their house at some point ” reaslly hit me, becuse I’m on my second trip (divorce) back home. Planned on staying , maybe 5 years, been there almost 20. Coming back home, seeing friends prosper, got me thinking outside the box, looking for my own back up. Just like Brett though, everything I got involved in blew up. Now, just like you, I see other opportunities, just have to figure out how to work them. what I have realized though, it seems no matter whay strategy goes away, there is always another to take it’s place. We just have to find it.

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Eric @ ShuckaBuck.com February 19, 2013 at 3:27 am

Glad to hear you are starting with ebooks (real ebooks, not clickbank junk). I’m sure all of us will buy the book and post some really awesome reviews for you.

Honestly, when you realize how passive and easy it is to make some extra money with kindle you will wish you started a lot sooner.

Good luck!

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