Most of us don’t know what we really want to do with our lives. We wander aimlessly through life, just struggling to make ends meet. Even here in the United States, we suffer from an inability to find that thing that makes us feel fulfilled. It makes me shudder when I think of most of the world who lives in extreme poverty with absolutely no options to do anything but try to survive. I can’t even imagine living in those conditions, and the hopelessness that is inherent in it.
Still, I can’t help but look to my future and wonder if I can find some way to make my life better than it is now. I am aware of the suffering around the world, but there isn’t really much I can do about it on my own. All I can hope to do is build myself up in such a way that I become capable of helping out in some small way and contributing to the overall effort that is charitable efforts around the globe.
I’ve mentioned several times in previous articles that I’m hoping to turn my ability to write into a money making career. When I compare what I write to most of the “professional” writers out there today, I feel confident that I have the skill to create something that is of value to others and worth turning into a product to be purchased by others. This could be in the form of working for a publisher of one sort or another, but my hope is that I can turn this blog into something that starts bringing in a steady stream of cash.
Please don’t take this to mean that I view you, dear reader, as a means to and end. We all hope to turn our efforts into a means of making a living, and I would imagine that if you were able to take something you enjoyed doing and turn it into a career, you would be overjoyed that it worked out. I truly enjoy writing and putting my thoughts out into the world, and I simply hope that a side effect of doing that well might end up being a steady income that allows me to focus on it full time.
That said, I’m aware enough of both myself and the world around me to understand that the odds of this happening are pretty small. The unfortunate truth is that it doesn’t matter how good you are at anything if you can’t get yourself noticed enough for that skill to matter. Even with something as simple as a job search, most of the fight is not in building up your job skills to be attractive to an employer. Instead, it is about learning to sell yourself in a way that convinces the employer to hire you. You can’t just be good at your job; you need to be good at selling yourself.
This is where I run into problems with my hope that this blog will be the first step in a new career. I’ve never been good at selling myself. My career has been studded with all sorts of “out of nowhere” and “pure luck” opportunities. I’ve never really had to go out and convince anyone to hire me because I just always happened to be in the right place at the right time and they were already predisposed toward hiring me.
It obviously doesn’t serve me well in this new venture. Getting yourself out there on the internet involves a lot more than just good writing. There are lots of people out there who write as well or better than I do. Skill alone isn’t enough. Part of making this work involves learning how to make the articles look better, and figuring out the enigma that is online search engine optimization. WordPress is serving me well so far and I’m already getting more traffic than I really expected, but moving to the next level will require something more than just posting articles and hoping for the best.
I’m not really sure what I’m hoping to get from this post, other than that my goal from the start has been to put myself out into the world in as unfiltered a way as possible and hope that it causes some kind of change, whether in the world or just in my own life. Sometimes just casting a thought out into the world opens doors and brings you to places you never though possible. As I get older, I’m starting to live by the philosophy that “a request not made is always no”. Thus I am making my request, whatever that is.
We all have dreams that people find unrealistic, and while becoming a professional writer isn’t the craziest of goals, it is still one of those things that few enough people do to make it highly unlikely to work out. All I can do is keep plugging away at it and hope that some combination of things I do ends up breaking through that wall that holds most people back and thrusts me forward into the life I always wanted. Most people are shocked when it happens to them, so I’m pretty sure I won’t see it coming. Until it does, all I can do is hope.
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