Welcome!

Welcome to The Anonymous Blog. My name is Kris. I’m not trying to be anonymous for any mysterious reason. It’s simply part of an experiment. You see, I’ve had some bad luck in the job market, despite an excellent education and excellent qualifications. Right now, I live in poverty. Not the kind of poverty where I can only buy two pairs of pants instead of three, but real, stomach-growling, shivering, terrifying poverty. I didn’t grow up poor, and I never expected I would be. It has been rough for a long time. But, at the beginning of the year, something changed…

I decided to work from home.

You’ve probably seen all those “Work from Home” ads, where you can make $3,000 a week doing apparently nothing. I’ve seen hundreds, and never followed a single link. I still have no idea what they are about. They sound too good to be true, and I don’t want to end up on a mailing list that never lets me go. Any job requiring me to spam Facebook is a job I want nothing to do with. And, even if I wanted to put money into selling something like Tupperware, I wouldn’t have the money to get started.

But, I know it can be done. Even before “the internet”, my aunt made her way as a successful freelance journalist. I’ve watched her career over the years with mild interest. I never thought it was the job for me, but she has a lot of freedom, and she seems financially secure. Friends I’ve made here and there, too, have established, successful online careers. Some work for themselves, some don’t. Acquaintances without half the qualifications I have are killing it in their chosen online fields. So clearly it can be done.

But how?

I’ve decided to become a blogger and a writer. My background is in liberal arts, I have a few style guides on hand, and that’s about it. Beyond that, I’m going to learn as I go. I’m not going to pay anyone $37 for a scummy ebook. I’ve done that before, and will not make the same mistake again. I’m not signing up for survey sites, or sites guaranteeing leads, followers and fame, or even a temp service. Instead, I am going to stumble around and make mistakes. I’m going to talk to people. I plan to utilize plenty of free resources in this undertaking. And of course I will share it all with you.

Right now, I’m overwhelmed, intimidated and scared. I’m reading, writing, and absolutely devouring all the information I can find. Already, I know writing and blogging is not a job for everyone. It can be mysterious and frightening and overwhelming and stressful. Fortunately, I know it’s the right job for me. I’m a strong writer, and I’ve honed my skills through years of education and practice, both personally and professionally. I’ve been online and building websites since 1995.

I’ve already spent some time working from home, especially as a product tester. I haven’t earned any money yet, but it’s been satisfying. Today, though, I got my first paying gig through a site called Upwork. I created a profile there about 24 hours ago, so I know very little about it. But, getting that contract was a sign that it’s time to start documenting to journey.

I want to take you on this journey with me.

I’m going to share my thoughts, hopes, and fears with you as I become a writer. I’m going to tell you all the tips and tricks I’ve learned. I’m going to share my successes and failures with you. I’m going to post everything. Not because I love sharing everything about my life, but because I’m skeptical.

Yes, I’m skeptical. I still feel like working from home is too good to be true. And that’s where my anonymity comes in. I don’t want this blog linked to my other writing projects, or my Amazon profile, or my former career. Instead, I’m going to build it organically. No advertising, no paying for followers, no ghostwriters. Everything you see here will be built through reading, writing and commenting on other blogs and social media sites.

If you’re reading this, I’ve already been successful.

You found my little place on the internet, and you want to know what it’s all about. I hope you’ll stick around to find out. Over the coming weeks, months and years, this site will become a valuable resource for others who want to start careers as bloggers or writers. This site is starting from scratch, as a free WordPress site with no budget. My career is starting from scratch, too. I have $8 in my bank account, so there’s really nowhere to go but up. Wherever my career goes from here, it’s going to develop naturally, without me taking a single masterclass or paying for any information.

Thanks for joining me. I look forward to seeing you soon.

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5 thoughts on “Welcome!

  1. Anh Le says:

    Hi there, I also always want to become my own boss and work for myself. while working as a waitress to save enough money to completely devote my time to working from home, I am trying to build and monetize Amazon Affiliate niche sites. I am following you now and looking forward to reading more about your process and progress. It is always great to see somebody on the same boat 🙂 Cheers!

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    1. Thanks. I really appreciate the comment; it’s nice to meet other people in the same position as me. I don’t know much about Amazon affiliates. That’s a subject I’ll look into down the road a bit. I have a lot to write about here, but I got a short-term labor-intensive gig on Upwork. (I am the person writing the blog. I can’t figure out this gravatar stuff.) When I’ve finished that up tomorrow, I’ll be writing more here. Nice to meet you!

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    2. You live in Finland?!! I can’t wait to read every word of your blog. I lived in Helsinki for a couple years, and I still miss it desperately every day. If I’d known about freelancing back then, I probably would have stayed.

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      1. Anh Le says:

        Yes I know, it is super challenging to find a job here especially for foreigners. It is one of the main reasons why I decided to become self employed instead of waiting for somebody to employ me 🙂

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      2. I will be sure to post everything I learn, to give you as much help as possible. I know exactly what you are dealing with! It was startling to realize I wasn’t qualified to work at McDonald’s, while I wouldn’t consider working there in the USA. I technically had an advantage because I am an EU citizen (and USA) and I’m white. So I didn’t have racism or immigration to deal with on top of everything else. But, even though everyone speaks “a little” (more like fluent in) English, not knowing AT LEAST Finnish and Swedish made it impossible. Nokia was killing it when I lived there, and I couldn’t get a foot in the door no matter how hard I tried. And, none of my Finnish friends who owned companies were any help. I was devastated for many years after moving back to the US in 2006. The experience still feels like yesterday.

        Now that I’m married, I doubt I’ll be able to move back to Helsinki. But I definitely will be back from time to time, working from a short-term rental apartment. 🙂

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