I’m not giving up on Brothers Whim. Quite the opposite. I’m in it for the long haul, which is precisely why I need a job. It may take years to build a large enough audience to make money. If it does, so be it. I’ll chug onward and upward because I believe in open publishing and great books.
Yesterday I updated my LinkedIn profile in preparation for the job hunt. A lot of mixed feelings doing that. On the one hand, I was bummed. I had failed. My attempt at a travel blog had only generated around$1,000, and monthly revenue had dried up. My attempts at a children’s YouTube channel had generated around $500, still bringing in a steady $40 per month. My attempts at children’s book publishing had just cost me $6,000, but after 2 weeks I had only $500 to show for it. Not very sustainable, unless you’re congress, which I’m not.
So yeah, I was bummed. I had failed. No doubt about it. But it wasn’t all bad. As I typed away on my LinkedIn profile, I had to admit that I had failed in style. I published a children’s book. I moved to Costa Rica and spoke Spanish. I lived among new cultures and friends that changed me as only that kind of vulnerability can. I learned web design, video, and photography and documented moments that have enriched us deeply as a family. I’ll have these moments forever. They’re a part of me now, and that’s pretty cool. It has been a good year.
I’m excited for what this next year might bring! Are you?
If you’re feeling sorry for me, you really don’t need to. I promise. I wouldn’t change a thing.
If you’re not feeling sorry for me, aren’t you human? Just kidding. But seriously, you can buy my books.