First Day of My Unemployment

First Day of My Unemployment


This is the first day of my unemployment. So why do I have “Last Day of Our Acquaintance” running through my head?

Maybe because it’s hard to believe that I’m no longer gainfully employed. I’ve had a full-time job non-stop for the past dozen years or so. I guess I just don’t feel unemployed yet. And I’m so hopeful and (overly?) optimistic about the opportunities that are out there I’m not sweating any bullets — yet.

One thing I am feeling a bit nervous about, however, is jumping back on the blogging bandwagon after months of radio silence. It’s like riding a bike, right? How hard can it be? Back in the saddle, firing up the engines, Jesus take the wheel … Oh boy …

Well, first, let me just check my Google Reader and read some good blogs to remind me how it’s done. Ahhh yes, Scot McKnight is a blogging phenomenon (no relation, BTW) … Here’s a recent one from him: “Words for the Unemployed from the Unemployed.” I guess I should leave a comment. Maybe later …

How ’bout some advice from the expert himself, Darren Rowse of ProBlogger? Conveniently his latest email newsletter just arrived in my inbox this morning. Let’s see what he has to say … “I’d estimate that [the two ebooks produced in the past 11 months] have generated over six figures in income alone.” … Holy crap! I guess I should start thinking about writing an ebook. Hmmm, but what should I write about? (Please leave your suggestions in the comments!)

Blogging about books is always a good idea. And I’ve actually been reading a great book about blogging (and other forms of social media) — Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk. I thought Jason Clark’s review of this book was excellent, so rather than writing my own blah-blah-blah review, I’ll just link to Jason’s: “It really is one of the best, and easiest, books I have come across to explain social media and how to use it.” Yep, what he said.

Alright, this is the point where I no longer have anything to write, and there are dirty dishes to put in the dishwasher … and food scraps to take out to the compost … and Thank You notes to write to my former co-workers … and a hound dog who needs his heartworm medication … and a sick six-year-old to attend to … and … well, you get the picture.

Until next time, E-merica!


P.S. Leave me a comment to welcome me back to the blogosphere, if you’re so inclined. Or ask me to go away again. Or offer me your tips on establishing a new work-from-home routine. I’m open to ideas and suggestions and, of course, job leads πŸ˜‰



Posted on 11-30-2009


  1. Rich Nicoloff says:

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    You were missed.

  2. Jake Johnson says:

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    Welcome back to the blog world. I’m liking the new look, and looking forward to more frequent updates.

    Here’s my post on my freelance routine:

    Not sure what happened to Chris’ video, but you’ll get the point. πŸ™‚

  3. Steven Burleson says:

    November 30th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    Dude, Glad to have you back. Welcome to the Planet. Welcome to existence. Everyone’s here. Now, get back to writing the controversies you were born to write!

  4. Cynthia says:

    November 30th, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    Welcome back!! Your voice has been missed.

  5. Jonathan Blundell says:

    November 30th, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Welcome back. Glad you didn’t start off with, “So… I haven’t been blogging lately…”

    Like the new design.

    Remember to vote for Pedro, he’ll make your wildest dreams come true! πŸ™‚

  6. Bill Kinnon says:

    November 30th, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Looking forward to you being back shakin’ up blogdom, Steve. And trust, with your talent, things will work out work wise – whether freelance or some new interesting staff position. (I’ve been self-employed since 1981, and no the joys of the ups and downs of this style of money making.)

  7. jodi says:

    December 15th, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    hmmm me too! – coinkydink

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