Am I Doing Too Much?

Following my last post Write On The Money, where I gave you some idea of the mountain of sites that I seem to have created over the past year or so, I’ll carry that theme on in some way with a shorter post asking the question “Am I doing too much?”

Well, if you count up the hours I spend in front of this thing every day – that’s seven days a week – it can seem overwhelming. I spend upwards of 12 hours a day constantly writing, building websites and populating them with all the things that they need to be populated with. Add to that the occasional battles with hackers, the more constant wrestling with spammers in the forum I run, not to mention keeping up a presence in there so the members know their forum is being run by someone and you have a recipe for a full schedule of work.

But that’s not all.

What about the freelance writing?

Oh yes, that. That’s the part that keeps my paypal account fluid so that I can keep buying more domains, pay for hosting and any other business related software or tools that I may need. It also pays the bills, which some may consider to have some importance in running a household. Mmm.

I’m currently in the middle of a 200 article job that is keeping me more than just a little busy, so that takes precedence over everything else. Whatever time I have left at the end of the day after completing my daily quota of freelance work is for building more sites, checking out the expired domains lists for anything interesting, writing some articles for SEO and in-links to my newer sites and finally, if there’s any time left at all – I’ll write a blog post in one of my established blogs.

Like this one tonight!

Now, many bloggers who poke their heads around the corner here and in some of my other older, established blogs might be forgiven for thinking that I’m letting these blogs go downhill by not updating them regularly. Well, that’s not the case.

I don’t judge my blogs’ performance on the number of feed readers I have or even the number of social visitors I get. While they are important as its good to have people read what you write. Or it gets pretty lonely writing to a audience of the dog sitting on my lap – and he can’t read! But of importance when it comes to earning an income online from these blogs, which is their prime reason for existing and why I’m paying for hosting rather than doing it on free blog platforms.

I have plenty of those too, which I write on just for the fun of writing. But what makes money online is attracting good numbers of organic search traffic from the search engines for certain keyword terms. They are the people that will generate the income by clicking on affiliate links etc, whereas social visitors tend not to.

I believe I’ve written about this ad nauseum in other blogs of mine, so I won’t labour the point here. Suffice it to say that I’ll make entries in my older blogs just to keep them current and updated in th eeyes of the search engines rather than those of the readers, because – hate to say it – the search engines provide my bread and butter visitors.

That’s why I’m putting so much effort into so many new websites, squidoo lenses, Hub Pages and blogs. They are all part of the master plan to raise the authority and traffic of my main sites, which can make money for me in the niches they occupy only by ranking highly enough to be attracting organic search traffic.

So back to my original question. “Am I doing too much?”

Probably.

But then I should follow that question with “Is it really necessary?”

The only answer to that, assuming I don’t want to go back to working 9 to 5 for some asshole boss who demands a “yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir” attitude, is a resounding YES!

Terry Didcott

Freedom Writers and Sedentary Lifestyle

As freedom writer’s posts go, this is quite a rapid turnaround for me after my last post Site Building, considering my work rate. But I came across this topic of freedom writers and sedentary lifestyle and it interested me enough to write my own take on it.

It appears that freedom writers and sedentary lifestyle they lead can have devastating effects on their health. More so if the freedom writers in question do not do any form of exercise to counteract the hours spent sitting in the chair!

This is no idle rambling so often produced by said freedom writer, either! It’s actually quite a disturbing thought. Here are some of the not so palatable facts:

  • In the US about 300,000 deaths occur every year due to inactivity and poor dietary habits
  • 60% of American adults do not engage in recommended amounts of exercise
  • Less affluent individuals tend to be less active than affluent individuals
  • Disabled people are less likely than people with no disabilities to engage in moderate physical activity
  • Women in the US tend to be more sedentary than men
  • By the age of 75, approximately 50% of women and 33% of men do no physical activity
  • Less active adults are at greater risk of dying of heart disease and developing chronic ailments such as colon cancer, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
  • Nearly 60 million Americans have a form of heart or blood vessel disease

That’s not very pleasant reading!

It has become common knowledge that it is so important to get regular exercise, on a daily basis in order to stave off health problems that can arise from doing too little or no exercise at all. Yet so many people ignore the warnings and carry on doing as little as possible regardless of the consequences.

That, unfortunately also includes many writers and sedentary lifestyles that literally “come with the job.”

Well, I’m not going to preach about what you and I should be doing to avoid the health problems that can occur due to belonging to the writers and sedentary lifestyle group! We already know and no amount of ear bashing will change anything.

The only person who can make that change in my case is, after all, only me.

Lucky for me then that I have two dogs that I walk twice a day and add to that the fact that I live in a very hilly area, so it means walking up and down some pretty steep hills! That is good exercise as it makes me work a lot harder than simply strolling along a flat road. And dogs don’t know the meaning of the word “stroll”either! They want to run everywhere and so its a tug of war all the way.

Exercise should be fun and I can’t think of anything more rewarding than walking the dogs. So despite falling into the category of writers and sedentary lifestyle, I’m getting some exercise daily, but I often wonder if its enough. Better than some.

That’s about it for this freedom writers and sedentary lifestyle post. I hope you’re all getting your daily dose of increased heart rate and limb movement!

Terry Didcott