“I believe it’s never too early – or too late – to start asking the questions: “What is it that really absorbs me?” and “What am I uniquely suited to being able to contribute to both my life and the lives of others?” – and then to have the courage, patience, and persistence to act on the answers as if your life depends on it. Because, in a very real sense it does.”
– author Andy Griffiths in I Believe This (edited by John Marsden, Random House 2004)
I found that quote in a magazine recently (Life Etc) and it speaks to me. It’s what I have spent so much time sorting out over the last ten years.
I thought of it again today when I was reading dooce. I want to send a big Woo! to Heather and Jon and their new design. If their website has a few ads in the sidebar and this can keep a whole family fed, housed and happy then I am all for it.
“Right now my website is supporting my family. It is feeding us, paying our mortgage and our insurance premiums. I happen to think that this is pretty cool, and I can’t help but believe that this is a good thing for personal websites in general, for people who want to make a living by publishing themselves. This means that you don’t have to be a gadget-freak or political junkie to turn your online writing into a livelihood. Maybe your website about Monarch Butterfly migration patterns will one day pay for your kid’s college education. COULD HAPPEN.” – dooce.com
I wish them the best of luck and I agree that this means good things for the rest of us and our blogs in the future.