Am I Writing On Borrowed Time? - This Is Trouble

Am I Writing On Borrowed Time?

Danger & Play linked to one of his older posts tonight on Twitter and it got me thinking.  The post is called 10 Reasons the Manosphere is Fading, and I ended up asking myself this question:

Am I writing on borrowed time?  Is it only a matter of time until my pen has brushed its final stroke across paper?  Or, in today’s modern age, the last keystroke of my keyboard, which is a far less elegant-sounding way of making the same point.

Truthfully, hell if I know.  I don’t even have the slightest clue what I expected when I first fired up a WordPress installation with the title “This Blog Will Get Me In Trouble”.  The plan was just to write about causing trouble – namely picking up and fucking girls.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think my blog would grow at the rate it has over these past 8 months.  And, maybe I should have expected it.  I’ve always been very successful at anything I’ve set out to do, so why did I think this would be any different?

Once again, hell if I know.

But, I sure can see why guys get burned out and elect to hang up the towel.  There are weeks where I scratch my head for topics, with no idea what to write about.  It is tough to crank out five quality posts a week for what is essentially a hobby.  Fellow bloggers, don’t kid yourselves, either.  For most of us, this is a side hobby where we get to have a voice and hopefully make an influence in someones life.  The number of guys who are making a true, livable profit off of their Manosphere work is very slim.

To do that is a lot of work.  Take it from a guy who has had some pretty damn expensive and time consuming hobbies over the years – go-karting, guitar, triathlons, mountain biking, all of which are easily capable of consuming 20 hours a week of your time.  My latest hobby is blogging, and it takes up a pretty large chunk of time.

And like I said, I don’t know how much time I have left.

Now, by no means whatsoever am I announcing my pending retirement – quite the contrary.  While sometimes I may go blank, for the most part, I’m still incredibly excited to sit down and write several times a week.  I have lots of ideas, plenty of drafts, and plenty of drive.  I just wonder if the pulse of my creative writing juices will come to a screeching halt one day.

Every page view, every comment, and every link to my blog just inspires me to keep on truckin’.

I know I’m a good writer, but I sometimes am blown away by how high quality some people say my work is, and how much they admire me.  Because ultimately, all I really do is sit down and start typing away.  My writing is not a process with conceived outlines, drafts, and final publications.  I just say what comes to mind and hit the publish button – I almost consider them rants of my day-to-day life.  If people find my content valuable and entertaining, then that’s fucking awesome.

I do plan to monetize this blog.  I have some many great ideas, and I’ve built the platform to launch them.  My goal is that this blog is bringing me $1,000 a month in additional income by the end of 2014.  It’s now in writing, and I have to work towards it.  Putting my goals out there for the world to see inspires me to meet them.

So, for now, I will continue causing trouble.  I’m sure Europe and NYC will give me plenty of writing ideas.  Come meet me and cause some trouble.

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