I have been going back to work on and off (more off than on to be honest) for the past month, to try and finish off The Last Mediocre Paper, and I’m feeling rather pissed off about it. If my motivation levels could sink any lower they would be subterranean. Rationally I know that, since most of the work is actually done, I should really do this last push and get it published. The Pavlovian Reflex of ‘publish or perish’ acquired after more than a decade of postdoccing really makes it impossible to just shrug and leave the stuff there. Continue reading
I was looking today at a question I had answered on WebAnswers, about having truly passive income from online websites. The person was asking about whether it was possible to just put something online, slap some Adsense on it and then leave it there. Now, traditionally writing articles, static websites etc. were considered to fit that bill, however I pointed out that articles aren’t really such completely passive ways of earning money. Various people on HubPages forum have been pointing out that, unless they keep publishing new hubs, their traffic dies. Continue reading
Something rather strange is happening with my HubPages according to Google Analytics. Traffic appears to be really up. I know that for people running successful websites my excitement/worry will appear rather quaint, but I feel happy when I look at analytics realtime and see one visitor reading my hubs (especially when that visitor is not me!). Continue reading
The fateful day has arrived! I have left the lab for the last time (as an official employee at least). I managed to sneak out without much pomp and ceremony but left this goodbye poster on a couple noticeboards, and went to the pub next to the Institute with friends for some redundancy beer.
I came, I mapped, I left defeated
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So May, my first month of being redundant is over. Time to have a look at the paltry earnings from my online activities for the month, panic, and start looking for a real job. Continue reading