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Day 100: My Location Independent Lifestyle, Completely Dependent on Laptop

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Day 100: A frantic, stressed mess on a rainy Sunday.

Day 100: A frantic, stressed mess on a rainy Sunday when my computer broke.

The earlier days of 2011 were ones of me putting forward personal goals, and one of those involved building a sustainable location independent lifestyle. At that time, I was making a chunk of change with blogging, but it wasn’t really enough to be living in Sydney on my own, but the long-term was in mind. I wanted to build myself up to the point where I could potentially live anywhere and be financially stable from my independent ventures.

The key words are “stable” and “anywhere”.

Sure, I could have hopped over the pond to Southeast Asia and lived there, but that’s not all I want. I want savings and security.

It was also around this time that I blogged about two truths and a lie, a lie being how much money I make each month by blogging. Since then, however, I can definitely say that there are 3 truths because I have vamped up my working life to the point of being somewhat successful, and it took more work than you can imagine to get there.

People immediately think that they are going to make money from their travel blog, and some people do. For me, though, I make a bit of money from Brooke vs. the World, but it would probably be a very long time before my blog on its own could support me. Personally, I limit myself on this front by the way I write, what I choose to write about and how I don’t accept guest posts. I’m not someone out there doing something amazing or unheard of before; I don’t try to write about places I’ve never been, unless I’m planning to go there. I don’t have a product to sell… maybe someday I will. This site is not a resource; it is only interesting to people that are interested in reading about me, me, me. Look, I’m pretty cool, but so are a lot of other people.

I’m not into changing these factors, so making money from blogging was going to have to come from other sources: blogging and writing for other sites and magazines. After what feels like months of whoring myself out to blogging, I am now whoring myself out to blogging and getting money for it. I am actually feeling like an official freelancer. Higher paying work is starting to enter my door, and even though I’m still working away like a crazy person with 20 things on my plate at once and not at my target “sustainable” monthly income, I am seeing returns for my hard work.

So the key to making money from blogging for me was to work my ASS OFF. Clear and simple. That’s like full-time hours plus.

>> My friend, Lauren, talks about her journey with freelance writing.

And that brings us to the harsh reality that location independent doesn’t mean work independent. To continue making money, I will have to continue putting in the hours, and that may be conducive to living abroad, but it’s not conducive to travel life. And, working on the road is not easy; I felt like I put in quite a few hours while on my trip in Perth and still didn’t get that much done.

But wait, there’s more.

There’s also the harsh reality that doing all of this means I am pretty much dependent on my laptop, a fact that has put a really big damper on my work life this week. See, yesterday, my power cable stopped working, and I realized this just as the battery was close to dead. I barely had enough time to transfer some important docs to my bf’s computer (I still missed some that are due soon), and it may not be several days until my replacement arrives. It’s just so annoying to be without my email client with my schedule, and it is especially annoying to be without some of the articles I should be working on. We’re just lucky that my boyfriend has a computer here; if it had happened on the road, I would probably be down for a little longer.

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9 Responses to Day 100: My Location Independent Lifestyle, Completely Dependent on Laptop

  1. ayngelina April 11, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

    Congrats Brooke, I’m on a similar path and fingers crossed I’ll be one step closer this week.

    • Brooke April 15, 2011 at 7:30 pm #

      Thanks, Ayngelina. Good luck to you this week!

  2. bethany April 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    oh what a bummer. Sometimes you forget how tethered you are until you lose it. I know I take mine for granted all the time – i better knock on wood right now. But man I am psyched for you! I know it’s a long, long road and I’m happy you’re seeing the fruits of your labor. Exciting!!

  3. Tijmen April 12, 2011 at 9:16 pm #

    2011 is hopefully the year that I’m able to quite my desk job and start living the location independent livestyle as well. I have only just started with my websites, and it will take a lot of work, but in the end it should be more then worth it 🙂 Pretty much anything beats a normal office job 🙂

    • Brooke April 15, 2011 at 7:31 pm #

      This is true! Good luck, Tijmen! It’s a long road, but a good one when you start to get it all together!

  4. MaryAroundtheWorld April 13, 2011 at 9:54 am #

    Hey Brooke,

    I totally understand how you feel. I’m a freelance writer and make the most of my chump change from client projects – unlike most other travel bloggers though, I don’t dedicate as much time to my blog as I would like to (haven’t even bothered to get my own domain name yet!) so it hasn’t become a consistent revenue stream for me. I just use it to blab on about my little trips and what-not, and most of all just keep me writing consistently! 🙂 Either way, kudos on your success and I look forward to reading more stuff from you!

    • Brooke April 15, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

      Cheers, Mary! It’s a tough road to go down, but I just had to realize that my blog alone is not the vehicle that is most conducive to good money in the realm of travel.

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