Friday, January 07, 2005

First post

I’ve started a blog. I had heard about these things for a while, but I never really got into it. I think 90% of it is that I had no real reason. A lot of the stuff I’ve seen out there has some topic, like the writer’s cat or a presidential candidate. What could I possible write that would be so interesting? The only thing I can think of is my search for a job.

I was reading in Time magazine that you can get money off of blogs, but that’s assuming anyone reads mine. Even a big readership no promise of success. I have a pretty successful Web page poking fun at Florida’s drivers’ test, putting a Miami spin on it. ( I have yet to see any money from it, but half of that is waiting for the minimum payout. The one pop-up ad site I have going for me is getting me maybe a dollar or two per month and I’m not going to reach Commission Junction’s payout any time soon. Why should I expect this to be any different?

I have to figure that there are enough unemployed people out there that would relate to my story that I could get a few steady readers. I’ve been to so many scams and pyramid schemes that I can pretty much spot them on site now. I’ve tried a few temp agencies; the one that looked promising didn’t bother to return my calls. I guess that’s not going to happen.

I’ve also tried some agencies that specialize in helping people. One agency didn’t work out, but I am going to one place that looks promising. First let me explain that I have Asperger Syndrome. It’s related to autism, but differs slightly. There’s no delayed onset of language skills, but there are other traits like awkward social skills. It’s because of that diagnosis that I am able to get help through the Center for Autism and Related Disorders.

I figure that I might as well mention Asperger Syndrome now. I figure that it will give me something to write about when I find a job, and I have to remain optimistic that I will find something soon. I’m going to turn 29 next month. It’s funny to hear about people my age living with my parents until you’re 29 and living with your parents and you realize that the joke is about you.

I do have two things going on right now. I am trying to sell books on, but that’s not working out too well. My main sources are the dollar store and yard sales. I have to admit that a book that’s been sitting in the dollar store for three months isn’t going to do too well online. I have found a few books that do well, but those tend to go quickly at the dollar store, too. Right now, I’ve been trying to sell down my inventory. is bringing in maybe $10 per month. (If you’re looking to buy something, I’ve got a pretty good rating. You can look at my inventory by going to

The other thing I have going on is Epinions, a site where people write consumer reviews. (You can see my stuff at I seem to be doing all right there, but I have to have $10 to cash out and I’m at the point where I can expect that to be about every three or four months. It’s annoying because I know that there are people that probably cash out every other month. I know that I can be making a little more. Epinions lists the most popular reviews and the most popular authors. It’s frustrating to see people that write less and get more hits. What does it say when someone hasn’t written something in several years and still manages to get more hits than me? I’m on the top-thousand list for several categories and I do have one review that’s on the top-thousand list, but the overall top-thousand list eludes me. (If you go to the link above, you can see how I’m doing.)

I figure that one of three things will happen. First, I might find a job; this is what I’m banking on. Second, I might be able to do something with either or Epinions or even both, but I’m not holding my breath. Third, I might be able to do something with this, although I’m not counting on it. I’m not even sure how to set up the advertising yet or if I even can until I get a large enough readership. I’ll have to see how it goes.

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