New Year, New Day

A new year, a new day and a new something that I can’t quite get to coalesce out of the ether. A time for making resolutions that will be as swiftly broken as they are dreamed up. Ah, that’s it, an excuse to write something in here! Incidentally, this is an original article written by me for www.terrydidcott.com and is therefore protected by copyright laws, so no copying! New year’s day is supposed to instill us with a sense of rebirth, drawing towards us the new ideas that will propel us forward into the year with revitalised enthusiasm for our great new sense of change. But does it?

I wonder sometimes if the start of a new year is really nothing more than the dawn of a new day, which realistically it is after all. Its something to be grateful for, being able to watch the sun rise and thank whatever your preferred deity is for giving you another day of life on this Earth. The alternative does not bear thinking about…

So what am I going to do with my new day, which happens to fall on what our modern calender says is the first day of the year 2010? Am I going to proclaim a list of new year’s resolutions that will presumably give the impression that they will make me a better person? Nope.

To me, each new day is a gift to be used as best I can and not wasted. I hate waste, so even to waste time is something that I don’t like to do. That doesn’t mean I don’t like to take a break and have an afternoon siesta – I do! That’s not wasting time, its using it wisely to rejuvenate the old brain cells so that I can carry on doing what I’m doing with renewed vitality when I get back to it. In fact, not having that siesta leaves me feeling over tired in the afternoons and I find I am very unproductive in that state, so its actually wasteful to skip the afternoon nap! Try telling that to your boss who catches you asleep at your desk at 3 in the afternoon!

So I go into my new day with good intentions to achieve something with my work online, to make sure I get some exercise and to make sure I spend plenty of time with my new daughter. Oh, didn’t I mention it before? Yep, I’m a dad now to a beautiful 1 month old little girl so life has altered beyond all recognition. Will I be posting photos of her on Facebook and other crap sites like that? Absolutely not.

Those places are for those people who have nothing better to do with their time, or too much time on their hands to waste (ah, that word again) without realising that everything they write and every picture they post on that stupid site is being seen, read and potentially abused by other people, tax inspectors, policemen, government officials, secret service personnel and probably foreign (or local) criminals who might be looking to do some identity theft. And all those idiots who go posting their family photos and writing about all their personal stuff on Facebook and sites like it are giving it all to them for free!

Ok, enough of venting my intense dislike for big social sites and Facebook in particular. I have better things to do with my time. While I’m online, I’m working in one guise or another. I may be writing articles, building websites, working SEO on those websites or promoting them that, combined, make me my living. It consumes a lot of time, but its time well spent.

When I start my day and have a quick check around at a few of my main sites and see that one or more of them have gained a better position in Google’s search results, then I know the previous day’s (or week’s) work was a success and I achieved what I set out to do. When that better position results in greater search traffic to my websites, which converts into more sales or ad clicks which convert into cash, then I am happy with the work I’ve done and I know that what I’m doing is right and is bringing me the success that I am working towards. The bigger and better the revenue generating ability of those sites gets, the happier I get!

So will today, being the first day of a new year, be any different for me? Not really. It’s just another day to be spent doing the work that is building my online business. It’s setting in motion and giving more momentum to the flywheel of the money generating engine that will keep on turning even when I take my foot off the gas for a few days or weeks at a time if I want to. Not that I’m likely to do that yet, as I want that engine spinning at top speed making maximum revenue before I contemplate leaving it for any length of time.

To me, that’s a nice goal to aim for and one that I don’t really need a new year’s resolution to put in place. That’s because its been my goal for a while now and every day is a new day to work towards that goal, bringing it closer and realising the reality of the situation that even now allows me to say, “I make my living from the Internet.”

Happy new year to you all and may it be a happy and prosperous one!

Terry Didcott