Monthly Happiness Report: Penny Doesn’t Amuse Herself To Death in July 2017

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Dear Rich,

Hello, again! I’m back online for today, and I have to tell you, I haven’t missed being online one bit. Granted, it’s only been 8 days, but not engaging with technology for those 8 days (aside from some essential and semi-essential text messages) has opened up spaces in my mind I never knew existed. It feels so freeing.

Catching back up online for the day has been a bit of a pain. I had 60 emails to sort through. In what would have taken minutes spread out over several days, has taken a chunk of time today.

Throughout the week, I had been keeping a list of things that I would need to check online when I got back to it (Sleep Styler tips, driving directions to various places, GoodReads, etc) and that took some time too, but overall I liked doing that better than checking the internet and using the computer everyday.

It created computer use with intention, rather than just random usage.

However, this week of limited technology did end up costing me $1.80. See, I usually get updates about when my library books are coming due through email. Since I didn’t check email, I didn’t realize that I had a library book that was overdue. It accrued fines, 30 cents a day, for 6 days. Oh, well, I guess that was the price I had to pay for this.

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During the week I read this book called Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman, which was basically about numbing ourselves through TV. It was written 30 years ago, but couldn’t be more relevant today. I loved it.

So, all of that being said, my happiness rating for this month is:

I’m happy. And, like I said before, I don’t think I’ll ever rate a month a 5.0 because that is just the type of person that I am, so a 4.5 is probably the top rating you’ll ever see from me.

Life is good.

I’m going to keep figuring out this balance between technology and not using technology, and make it work for me. I think I’ll aim for engaging with it one day a week, at least through the end of the summer, maybe for the rest of my life.

How is your summer going?


2 Replies to “Monthly Happiness Report: Penny Doesn’t Amuse Herself To Death in July 2017”

  1. Hi Penny,

    Noticed your post on Michelle’s blog making sense of cents. I just wanted to stop by to encourage you to keep doing what you’re doing in terms of consistent blogging and being your natural self. The good thing about the Internet is that affiliate marketing and blogging is here to stay. Michelle is an inspiration to all of us because she started back in 2011 when her blog was nothing more than a side hustle and a hobby while she held down a full-time day job as a finance analysis. Like yourself, I too know what it’s like to experience hardship and go through the struggle while striving for excellence to build a full-time content-based business from the ground floor up organically creating quality content in building sustainable relationships with people through blogs and social networks.

    Give yourself about a good 2 to 3 years before looking forward to full-time income. Don’t worry about making money right now, Penny. Get in the healthy and consistent mindset of creating at least one post a day with a minimum of 1000 to 1500 words. This is called “Evergreen content.” Evergreen content gets more preference and favor by search engines versus blog posts and webpages that have less than 1000 words. If you can find time to blog at least once a day and upload a video to you to at least twice weekly with links in your video description section pointing back to pages on your blog, you can see serious traffic and income in as little as 2 to 3 years. Keep doing what you’re doing as I see you’re on the rise to blogging greatness. 🙂

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