Ever wonder why you get up each day and go to the same job you’ve been going to for the last 25 years and wonder how you are going to have any kind of retirement when you can’t really afford to invest in the 401k? Yeah, that’s where I’m at. Pushing 50, standing on my feet for 40-50 hours a week with no opportunity for advancement in sight. So, what do I do about it?
I have always wanted to be a writer (as well as a cartoonist and a bass lure tester). So why not? I’m reading how bloggers are making full time income from blogging. I also have a book in me. I’m not under the misconception that I’m going to get rich from sitting down and typing, but I think I can build some supplemental and even residual income.
So one of the resolutions I came up with this year is to come up with five blog ideas a day. They don’t have to be good ones. I’m hoping that this practice will help me get into the habit of looking for ideas in everyday life. This is a lot harder than it sounds, especially when you spend so much time in a job that requires no thought and discourages interaction with others.
Seeing how I’m finding it so hard to just pull blog ideas out of thin air, I have descided to start what I am calling a Brain Dump. I am creating a note in my Evernote and just typing whatever I am thinking and whatever is going on around me. I’m hoping that somewhere within the piles of garbage that comes flying out of my finger tips, a useable piece of something might be salvageable. Who knows, there might even be a gem in there somewhere.
I’m also hoping that in doing a random Brain Dump, I might come across some forgotten memories. I have a lot of trouble remembering my childhood. If I could do that, it would be very therapeutic for me as well as adding embarrassing stories from my past that I can blog about.
If you have ever tried anything like this, please let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear how it helped you, what mistakes you made and how you fixed them, and what the results of your Brain Dumps have been.