At The Crossroad: The Choice Is Made

Which road did I take at the end of the waiting period?

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I once asked myself about 4 weeks ago in “Crossroad Ahead: Which way now?” whether to go fulltime blogging or find another job and remain blogging part time. I have elaborated previously about the income I earned presently as a part time blogger. I have also made some projections as to the possible income I’d earn as a full time blogger.

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A few friendly fellow bloggers pitched in with their comments about my situation. Glen of happyandblue2.ca put emphasis on the need to try things out. That there’s no shame should I fail as it is how we all learn. Ark of hakuna matata offered a few words of wisdom but cautioned about taking the plunge without making sure of how my skills would fare in the real cyberworld. Even Pattaya dropped a couple of lines about which area of blogging is a pain. James R. Lee of jrlee.me pitched in with a very wise advise of building a big cushion first before taking the plunge. r4 sdhc piped in with a reference to dedication to work. Last but not least I got some input from 2 of my favorite bloggers in the world: The Extreme John and The Sire. John implied on the need for perseverance and got me to thinking that I may not be ready yet indeed. Sire echoed the wise counsel of James Lee in his own way.

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So which choice did I make? Well, as it turns out, I found that it is not only I who have the right to make that decision. When I opened this up with my wife, she kind of woke me up to the fact that I am no longer one person but half of one entity, husband in the husband-wife entity. It is not only I whose patience and perseverance gets tested if it takes 3 or 4 months before I get to see real income pouring in. There’s the wife and the kids. Besides, a week after a mild argument about the matter, I found myself in an interview for a vacant position she found at City Hall. If I can somehow harness my wife’s quick wit and ability to arrange such lightning fast transactions and apply it in the blogging business, I just might succeed in it really quickly too.

Needless to say, I went for the road more travelled. The road that looks safest. Sometimes I felt some sort of guilt for what feels like cowardice on my part. But what the heck, I’m not letting go of my blogging dream anyway. I’ll take James Lee’s advise of building a comfortable cushion first before taking the plunge. Perhaps it’ll take me months, even years to do so. Then when the time comes, I’ll take a dramatic sigh as I let go and take the plunge (to the sound of majestic drum roll). Then again, when that time comes, I think it won’t be a plunge but rather just a small leap because by then I’d be very sure where I’m going.

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8 thoughts on “At The Crossroad: The Choice Is Made”

    1. In terms of blogging, my wife is sort of passive. Actually, she doesn’t care what I do online although she appreciates it when I show her some cheques I earned from it. Even if I write here in this comment for all the world to read that I also have cheques I didn’t show her, she wouldn’t know (unless someone here tells her) ๐Ÿ™‚ . The farthest she had gone online is her facebook farm.

      Thus, as she looks at the internet only as some place one jumps into when one is bored, she couldn’t see how I could give up my job for it. I’m sure she’ll change her mind the moment I give her a bigger cheque next time. ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. This sounds like me a few years ago. Fortunately, my at the time girlfriend, now wife, supported me all the way trough. Around 5 years ago I decided to give up my full time job as a teacher and switched to several online ventures. There’s been up and downs but my wife has always stood by my side. Regarding the “wife money equation”, wives do care about money a lot. It’s not that they only worry about money, and not about you, it’s that money brings them security. We males are more adventure prone, but wives prefer a fixed income that makes sure you’ll pay the bills on time, etc, etc. I understand wives, they bring a balance to our adventurous side. Regarding choosing the safe path, i.e an average job, I can say that it’s not always the safest bet, and for more on the topic you can read Seth Godin’s books, he’s a great advocate of not taking what seems as the safest bet. To sum up, I think the best is to strike a balance: build your cushion, have your wife on your side, and choose the path that you think will make you happier.

    1. Very nicely said. Thanks for your input. I’ll definitely be taking that path in the near future. All I’m wanting to convince now really is just my wife. And I’ll need solid and stable proof and that’s a regular and consistent flow of cheques on the mail. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I think your decision can’t be called an act of cowardice. In this times, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

    I’m still planning on blogging full-time but even though I already earn $500+/month through it, I’m still not looking to take the plunge.

    I’m not confident yet. I’ll follow my gut feel. When I feel it’s already time, I’ll just know it.
    .-= arkยดs latest blog ..TUF 11 Episode 2: Suck It Up =-.

    1. Thanks Ark. You happen to be one of the few bloggers I look up to and take inspiration from to become better and better at blogging.

      You’re right. To play safe is the most practical thing to do.

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