Why Blogging for money?

January 9, 2009

This is the easiest question for me to answer.

QOL.

Normally I don’t like acronyms like – ASAP or ROFLAO (or whatever), although FUBAR is good. However one day a friend told me he needed to get some more QOL and I was momentarily stunned. I figured he meant Quality Of Life almost straight away but the thing that really knocked me back was that this simple phrase now had an acronym!

It said a lot to me about life, had time become such a rare commodity that we now needed abbreviations for simple phrases? It seemed so and from that day I decided to work at getting a high QOL so I’d be able to find the time to say simple phrases like Quality of Life and avoid horrible phrases such as – “Going Forward” and “Core Competancy”.

So, I’m moving. I’m leaving my land of birth, Ireland, for a life on the other side of the world – Thailand.

Sounds good to me but how am I going to make money out there? I’d lived there for two years before and did OK teaching English. But if I’m being honest I don’t like teaching English. For a few reasons, it’s hard work, the politics does my head in, I’m not particularly good at it and it can be very stressful for me. There are good aspects of teaching, it’s very rewarding, the kids can be great, the parents are genuinely friendly, in Thailand you’re seen as doing a very important job and accorded a lot of respect, and many more reasons.

So with English teaching ruled out as a job the rest of my options for earning an income in Thailand are limited. That’s when I came across ProBlogger.

I’m still not convinced it’s a viable way to make a living, but it can’t hurt to try. At the very least I’ll learn a bit about web marketing and improve my writing skills.

I’m about four chapters into the book now so I’ll give a brief overview about what I’ve done so far in my next post and after that I’ll make regular posts about my progress.

Thanks for your time.

p.s. Read more about the book here

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