Living the dream…

For many years, if anyone asked what I wanted to do when I grew up, I’d say I wanted to “build websites”.

As I kept reinventing the job I did for the company I spent my adult life with, my coworkers would kid me on occasion. I would tell them I was letting the company teach me everything I needed to know…To build websites. Since that wasn’t the business we were in it would usually get a laugh.

I was being given training in databases, graphics, animation…3D visualizations…communicating with people from around the world…

As the years added up, I quit making the joke…Mainly because the folks who would get it…Were no longer there. Then, all of a sudden, neither was I.

After the anger at the way my career was ended with a company I spent 35 years with…I came to terms with the fact I was moving on a little earlier than I had planned…

So I began to think and plan towards the “dream” my wife and I had started to share about moving to the mountains of North Carolina or Virginia…My original blog…North Carolina Mountain Dreams, was a place to revisit. I begin to rethink what I wanted that blog/domain to be. I had added a second domain to include Virgina. A new “Mountain Dream” for that state also. Through the spring I worked on those two sites…Call it “Mountain Dreams 1.01”. I was inching my way toward something…Not always sure what I was trying to move toward…But there was an idea percolating in the recesses of my mind.

The economic situation leaves me with little hope of finding a new job in my old field that will come anywhere close to being anything more than a stopgap…So I started really looking at how I could turn that old joke I used to tell into something real…

Which is a long drawn out way of saying that I am spending most of my time studying. Studying how WordPress works…Studying the way some people make a living doing this thing we call blogging. Will I be able to turn the corner? I don’t know. Will I be able to monetize my online “dreams”? We’ll have to wait and see. But, if you drop by and it seems I am otherwise occupied for the next few weeks, know that I am working toward an end…I have a ‘mountain dream” and I am working to make it real…Come what may…keep an eye out for “Mountain Dreams 1.2”, it could just mark the beginning of what I’ll do now that I’m grown up. I’m sure it won’t mark  end the learning…

And in the process, I’ll be cleaning up this blog and my other online presences…But, the muses over morning coffee will keep showing up right here…

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