What is this blog all about, anyway?
I don’t want to work anymore. Actually, let me correct that statement. I don’t want to work for someone else, anymore. I’m ready to pack it in, call it a day and retire. I don’t want to completely retire, mind you. My mind is sharp and eager to learn more about the five thousand one hundred and fifty seven things, in which I’ve taken only a little more than a cursory interest, over the years. In my defense, there wasn’t much time to do or learn more, given the unrelenting need for a steady income, but now, I’m ready. Only, there’s one small problem…I am only 58 years old. I have four more years to wait until that blissful day when I can reap the rewards of a lifetime of work – namely, leisure time and social security. How to bridge that gap is the focus of this blog.
I have always been very technologically minded, analytical and data driven. A self-taught geek, who learned about the inner workings of computers the same way I learned about the inner workings of cars. In short, I couldn’t afford to buy a new one, so I had to repair, rebuild and reuse what I had. I remember how fascinated I was the first time I removed the cover from my computer. There were only four main parts! A hard drive, a motherboard, a processor and some RAM. It suddenly seemed so very simple.
I’ve also taught myself many different software programs over the years, from Adobe to Microsoft and beyond. I learned HTML back in the 90’s, so I could design my own website, without using the dreaded “Front Page”. I quickly learned how to promote my site, too and just how to design and compose a page to make it show up in the first page of search results on Yahoo or Google.
So, now I’m ready. I’m ready to bring together all the curiosity, learning and analytical thinking and find a way to bridge this gap between where I am now and where I want to be. This will be a four year journey, one on which I hope you’ll join me. As Betty Davis said, in All About Eve (1950), “Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night.”