09 Jan 2012
2013 is still very fresh and already I’ve clocked dozen’s of micro-victories with the hashtag #microvicotry (Mostly it has been on Google+ Join me there!) – Each day is another day to be victorious and not a day goes by that I don’t succeed at something. Small victories lead to big success. I believe that.
Even #microvictory Can Be Difficult
I won’t lie to you, it’s hard. I’ve set a difficult agenda for myself in 2013 and it’s all starting to become clear now that the year is underway. Not only did I set a rigorous new agenda and editorial calendar for Vagobond, but I’ve also taken on new writing projects, am completely re-editing several of my books at once, and continue to work to get approval for my wife (and thus our whole family) to the United States. And, until that happens, must continue to somehow earn our livelihood over a wonky internet connection from a small town in Morocco – incredibly frustrating.
Add to that, the recent changes in SEO and search rankings algorithms which have echoed through the entire web and caused travel marketing and advertising to change drastically as a result and suddenly, I find many of the gains that were made in 2012 have been stripped away. Not the least of which is revenue from affiliates, advertisers, and destination marketing organizations – ouch. I’m regretfully looking at the 50+ travel sites I purchased in 2012 but very glad that I saved enough to carry us through this dry period and with any luck, give us a fair start in the USA. Of course, that depends on just how tight the purse strings become and how long we have to wait for the visa approval.
I can tell you that the hardest part of all of this is living in a state of limbo. My hands are literally tied in terms of where I live, what work I can do, what jobs I can apply for, and what future I can build because I am waiting for that approval for us to go to the United States and while it is very likely she will get approved – there is no guarantee. That is the reason I haven’t found a job as an editor in Istanbul or a teacher in Malaysia. That is the reason I continue to live in a town that has nothing to offer me. That is the reason I haven’t started applying for jobs with cool travel start ups in Seattle or San Francisco, haven’t been able to put out feelers for a place to live, and haven’t moved to the beach here in Morocco. We can’t. We have to wait. It wouldn’t make any sense to move to Asilah or Turkey because we would have to resubmit all the paperwork with a new address and if the visa were approved…we would leave anyway. So, we are in limbo and it’s freaking hard.
Thankfully, I have these #microvictories to sustain me and thankfully I have the money to support us while I work on a bunch of projects that don’t pay anything right now but that offer the best bet for our future that I can imagine. At the very least, these books and websites are my legacy and something I can leave to my daughter even if nothing else is left when I vacate this earth…so, they are worthwhile. I know they are. And besides, they give me something to do while I sit in Sefrou…waiting….
I’m re-editing Douchebags, Fags, and Hags so I can enter it in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel contest. I’ve been doing a third edit of Smooth Living: Beyond the Life of a Vagabond and hope to have that ready to go by April. In my Vago Damitio email newsletter The Madman, I’ve done a complete rewrite of my first novel Slackville Road and a rewrite of my fairy tale The Princess and the Vagabond.
Those projects alone should be enough, but I’m also learning how to build an android app, trying to learn how to juggle, and re-editing and publishing all of my previous work from my recently re-acquired site ChrisDamitio.com. If you go there you can find my newspaper column ‘Ramblin’ Man’ being re-syndicated. I know there is a lot of re- going on in my life…the reason for that is that I re-alized I can do better than I’ve done in the past. I’m a better writer than I was in the past. I’m a better thinker than I was in the past. And, I’m a better person than I was in the past. All of those things are AWESOME.
Oh, there’s more. I hope you’ve been looking at Vagobond.com. I’m not positive I can sustain this workload…but each day feels like an awesome #microvictory.