It’s been almost a month since I’ve written a post and I should be embarrassed. I’m not. This is what it means to be financially independent. To do whatever, whenever and however I want it. I quit my job to get away from deadlines, I don’t want to self-impose them again by means of this blog.
Will millionin10 survive?
Will it hurt the ranking of my blog? Yes, probably, but since I’m not trying to sell you anything, nothing lost. For those of you who are wondering what ranking has to do with anything (or even what it means)? For most of us bloggers, higher ranking means more visitors which means more people clicking on ads, which means more advertising revenue. If we’re selling books or T-shirts then more visitors means more revenue again. Btw, I do sell a book so if you want to make up for my month of absence feel free to check it out here. In case you’re interested, I’m also an Amazon affiliate so when you click on that “here” I also get a piece of the pie from anything you buy in that Amazon session.
If you don’t, that’s okay. I’ll never say no to a little extra money but I’ll survive without it. That is what it means to be financially independent.
One of the reasons I haven’t posted in a month is the fact we’re still grappling with the new(ish) diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes with our youngest child. We just got back from a long weekend camp at Marrakesh at Wisconsin Lions Camp where the ADA (American Diabetes Association) hosted us, along with some 20 other newly diagnosed families. When I should have been shaking hands and spreading inspiration at FINCON16 in San Diego, I was dealing with other stuff. Is that good for business? No, but then again, I’m not blogging as a business. I started this blog to inspire others, not to stack another million on top of the one I already have. Millionin10 will survive, as long as I want it to. This is what it means to be financially independent.
Why I really have been absent
The real reason for my absence has been my preoccupation with building a new 3D printer. I already built one last year (see below) and really enjoyed the process. I want to do it again, bigger better and different.
For the last month I’ve been teaching myself AutoDesk Fusion 360, which is an awesomely powerful CAD system, one I might add, freely available to hobbyists. Although I was never trained officially in CAD, it’s always been somewhat of a passion for mine. I started out in the earliest days of 3DS Max (back to 1990) and every couple of years I pick it up again. There’s been TurboCAD, AutoCad, 123 Design, SCAD and today it’s Fusion 360. Here’s where I am today:
This is something it will end up like :
Along with designing the printer, I’ve been searching the planet for cheap parts (I’m kidding, it’s pretty much China only) and have purchased enough aluminum extrusion to build 5 new printers. I’ve bought gears, timing belts and hex nuts from Amazon, extruders from Alieexpress, guide screws with nema 23 motors from the local science and surplus store.
I probably lost you there but in a nutshell all of this brings together my passion for designing, building and programming. Many of the things I used to do for the big banks and pharmaceuticals, today I’m doing for myself. Not to make quarterly numbers but because I love it. As you maybe can tell, I’m passionate about this and today I can give in to this passion. This is what it means to be financially independent.
What this means for you
I realize you probably don’t give a hoot about 3D printers and I probably sidetracked way too much. It means I will keep posting to this blog when I have something interesting to say (next time probably about finance again). If you’ve subscribed, it probably means you’ll see fewer emails of mine (I’m sure you don’t mind). I hope it doesn’t mean I will lose you as a reader as I still hope to spark that flame of inspiration in you.
It doesn’t mean you should drop whatever you’re doing to follow your passion. I prepared for this, many years to be exact. You should do the same. I can do all of this because I’m already financially independent. Imagine what you could do when you are there, being able to do what it is you want to do. I did it, I’m sure you can too.
Good luck reaching your financial goals.