Alright, let’s start with the basics: Happy Easter, Everyone! Here’s hoping that anyone who celebrates the Easter holiday had a good one, filled with plenty of brightly colored hard boiled eggs, lots of chocolate, and more than a little bit of religious celebration. For those who don’t celebrate Easter, here’s hoping you had a nice, relaxing Sunday with most of the people off the road and otherwise occupied (at least here in the US).
Now, onto the amazing news part of the news, something I’ve been keeping from you for the past few weeks (for good reason, I hope you’ll agree). The news is that I and Sondra, we, we…
We Are Pregnant!
Yes, Sondra discovered that she was with child a few weeks ago, and we have confirmed that fact last week. It is great news, and in no more than nine months, we’ll have our new little bundle of joy.
Picture by Doug
That said, there’s more than a little bit of concern on my part. I had expected that our first child would come a bit later, and that when it did, I would have a good job and be able to provide for my family, allowing Sondra to stay home with our child, as I’ve shared before. This pregnancy speeds up the need to do so substantially, to say nothing of adding quite a few expenses caring for a mother- and baby-to-be on a graduate student’s not-that-substantial salary. I won’t lie, it’s going to be a rough time, the rest of the year.
What about the Blog?
Given all this, you might wonder what will happen to The Amateur Financier. (Not really surprising, as you are reading it right now and only know anything about me as a result of what I say here, with the exception of the few readers who are also my family members.) I love blogging, and would love to keep this blog going in one form or another for years, if not decades, although issues like my personal schedule and the ever changing online landscape might make that impossible. In the long-term, it might not be possible to keep blogging as much as I’d like, although with luck, it’ll be years before I have to consider giving it up completely.
In the short-term, more foreseeable future, though, here’s what I do see: I will be finishing up my graduate school education by no later than August (barring further unforeseen problems). As I search for a job, both before and after that finishing mark, I have to deal with the fact that I’m barred from driving until October 13th or six months from my last seizure, whichever comes last, meaning that unless I find a well-paying, chemistry-related job within walking distance of my current living space (note: this is not very likely, given the dearth of jobs in general, and chemistry-related jobs in particular, where my wife Sondra and I currently live), I will need to move somewhere closer, and probably still need to find a carpool or other form of alternative transportation. The number one option I had for such alternative transportation, Sondra driving me, will become less and less possible as we get closer to her due date, and unless I go for six months without a seizure, I won’t be able to pick up the slack.
All of this means that blogging has the potential to be both a life saver and an even bigger part of my income in my life. The possibility exists that I might not be able to find a job outside my home, either chemistry-related or otherwise, given my condition. In that case being able to work from home could be a lifesaver, at least if I am able to earn enough income via blogging (or similar work, which I am looking into as well) to give my family a halfway decent life. Unfortunately, I’ve never been able to master some of the skills associated with blogging for money, like ‘publicizing your blog’ and ‘monetizing your blog’, which are necessary if you want to turn your blog into a sizable source of side income, let alone your main source of money.
All of this means that I need to do something I’ve been trying to fight for, well, most of the time I’ve had this blog. I need to get help running it on more of a day-to-day basis. I’ve got to find a virtual assistant or other source of help to get my blog more popular and profitable. Over the course of the next few weeks, there’s likely to be more than a few changes, as I attempt to turn this blog from a fun to do, but not very popular, side project, into major source of income, and possibly, my only one.