Hi, again, everybody. This is a long post. Please read it all the way to the end.
We’re going to talk about the future of this blog… and monetary matters.
Kofi, Paypal, Amazon — Oh My D: !
As some of you already know, I made a Kofi page last week. I also set up a Paypal.Me page. And just yesterday, February 28, I sent in my application to become an Amazon Associate so that I could use affiliate links to generate income (if you don’t know how that works, I recommend reading this article on it).
And in light of those three things, I bet I can predict what you guys are thinking:
“Kaleiyah, no! Don’t become a sellout! Don’t make us pay for your content D:> ! Please!”
If you aren’t thinking any of those things, great. You and I are on the same page.
If you are thinking something along these lines, I understand where you’re coming from. I’ve been rolling out changes pretty quickly in the past couple of weeks and haven’t been saying a whole lot. So, in part, I blame myself.
In either case, it’s time, dear readers, for us to have a talk.
Thanks to the efforts of my parents and the AP exam credits that transferred over from high school toward my degree requirements, I not only graduated from college early, but also graduated from college debt-free. In this day and age where the price of a college education has skyrocketed and students are racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loan debt, I admit that I truly lucked out in this regard and am eternally grateful for the support of my family.
But now that it’s been a year since I’ve graduated, how unproductive and inactive I’ve been in regards to my own life has finally hit me.
Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been productive in other areas. After deciding not to attend either of the two MFA programs that accepted me so as to avoid going into debt, I decided to make writing a more serious commitment of mine by reviving this blog. I also decided to apply to become an ALT for the JET Program.
But doing those two things aren’t enough — not when I’ll be kicked off my mother’s health insurance policy in three years, not when my generalized anxiety disorder makes me doubt my ability as a writer and prevents me from submitting any short stories to magazines in order to get more traction (and some income), and certainly not when I watch anime every day and don’t bother to take a walk outside for the sake of my physical health.
Blogging isn’t enough. Applying for a job and waiting two months for the result isn’t enough, either.
Which is why I need to do more. I need to stand up for myself and take charge of my life.
I need to hustle.
I don’t have any student loan debt or medical bills, and I’m grateful for that. But I need to learn how to make money, not keep spending it.
I need to hustle.
I currently live with my parents, and I’m not ashamed of it. Many post-graduates my age do, these days. But I can’t live with them forever.
I need to hustle.
And if hustling means getting a job in Japan, getting a job across the street, setting up a Kofi page, blogging my heart out, regularly exercising again, becoming an Amazon Associate, submitting short stories to magazines, donating old clothes and toys to Goodwill, and/or selling music on Bandcamp, then so be it. I will do it. I will do all of it. I have to. I can’t sit back and let the waves ride over me. I need to get my boogie board and dive.
But I can’t do it alone, dear readers.
I can’t do it without your support.
Bridges, Not Walls
I promise you that I’m not a sellout nor will I ever become one. I am still the same Kaleiyah-P you all knew five years ago. I would never vouch for a product that I have never used or did not think would help you become a better writer or reader.
And if it’s not too much trouble, I’d like to ask for your thoughts moving forward. Using the contact form below, please tell me how I can help you through this blog. In other words, are there any topics regarding writing you’d like me to cover in more depth? Are there any types of posts you wish I’d post more of less of? Any aspects of the blog you really enjoy or think could be improved? Is there anything at all that I can do to improve your own writing/life journey?
I mean it. If there is anything that you would like me to know, please do not hesitate to tell me. I will not ask for your name, your email address, or website. I will not ask you to write a certain length. I only ask for your honest opinions regarding this blog and how you believe I can best serve you in the future.
And if you are able, please consider buying me a coffee, donating whatever amount you see fit, or purchasing a book from my Amazon Associate store to help you on your own quest. Whether or a comment or whatever change you can spare, I promise every little bit will help me become a better writer, blogger, and human being so that in turn, I can help you.
From now on, let’s work together and help each other hustle.
And as always, see you next post.