Been Quilting instead of Writing – Got to Get a Job 

If you’ve been looking for the last 8 blog posts, they’re in this quilt.

It’s scraps of material I had on hand, and no pattern. It’s cut > Tetris > sew > repeat

Been deep in thought while doing so, I find sewing meditative. What I’ve been thinking about is:

I can’t figure out how to
make a blog make money.

Went for a drive yesterday afternoon in a 2015 BMW i8.

Instant torque never gets old eh.

Watching the scenery stream by, daydreaming still, thinking.

It’s not that I don’t have ideas to execute, one of which is genius – I dreamed up a way to 100% legally circumvent the tax system, while making it rain products and stuff every month. The problem is the execution; I need to hire help, but don’t have the money to do so.

The other problem are my principles. If I was okay bending them, life would be easier. I’d quietly write for the automakers like many do, or take money to promote a product I don’t believe in. But I don’t have that in me.

Remember when I quit the paper, and gave myself a set amount of time to figure it out?  That’s done around end of January. And what I’ve learned is: sure I can hustle enough to pay bills every month, but that’s it. There’s no real money this way.

And while yes, of course a blog can make money, each month it’s – a few hundred dollars per sponsored post, sell some Tweets, do a few freelance gigs, then my mortgage is paid, I’m in a press i8, life’s okay.

Problem is I cannot get excited about a few hundred bucks. Not for the amount of work going in. That’s not even close to a nice piece of jewellery.

My ideas and dreams are huge and have way more zeros… I want to pay down my mortgage in chunks, buy an i8. Make real money.

Drive over, back home, back to sewing-meditation.

Back to trying to figure out how to make a blog make money.  And I can’t.

‘Lack of Time’ is why a solo-run blog can’t make real money.

Advertising / banners forget it, and while yes sponsored posts pay, I don’t see it being a sustainable business model.

But even before that, take a step back.

Selling advertising it is easily a part-time job – the rate cards, emails, installing, maintaining and tracking the ads, running client reports – but with what time?

On top of being the producer, photographer, manager, PR, writer, publisher, stylist, video editor, IT department, run 3 social media channels, more. Moreover, I’m both the seller and the product, which is weird on the mind. And make sure to eat & sleep enough, no one wants to look at a haggard face. Also make sure to set aside imagination time, since that’s where ALL this comes from. Uh-huh.

I think there’s a tremendous amount of value in a blog – it opens a lot of doors, is good for discipline, and has greatly improved my writing and publishing skills. It got me the job at one of the largest newspapers in Canada. Many bloggers get sent lip gloss and sneakers, I get cars.

But I can’t find the amount of money,
that’s equal to the amount of work.

So here’s the conclusions:

  • I pushed the blog thing far as possible
  • it’s time to get a job. Not a bunch of freelance gigs, a job
  • the job will likely be in automotive
  • will act as the ‘World’s Most Elaborate Resume

And off we go.

>>> Look what I’ve done around here with nothing – no team, no resources or money – just me.  Imagine what I could do for your business. Hire me <<<

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The back of a quilt is almost cooler than the front.



Cleaning off my Phone

Things from the last few weeks.

Catchup with Casie xo

We built our blogs together. Are you reading hers? You ought to –, and her Twitter is consistently one of the best curated feeds.

My comforter project is almost complete.

And my fan finally arrived, look how beautiful! Look how excited I am about a fan?

Home-owning makes me excited about things I never thought I’d be. Blog tag = house

I track the planets and planetary alignments.

This security project kicks off this week, it’s very good.

Monthly steak with a BFF, a 5 year tradition.

And I’m trying, hard, to learn to make food.

This is actually good for me, plus I didn’t have to go to the store first or anything.

Caught up with an old friend over the holidays, “remember this?”, “remember that?” and “wait we documented it…”

Re: the masks – that’s the 1st time I’ve dressed up on Hallowe’en in 20 years, and I’m still paying for it.

I’m not guys, same answer as another organization, last line here.




Again, I know, I’m Sorry

Can you tell I am not into it? Probably.

Hi from the couch. It’s the grey days, plus the cold, a metaphorical sucker punch in the gut bahhh. So cheap, to sucker. I should tweet that line.

I’m drowning in newspaper deadlines, it’s business year end plus a drawer of Life Admin… sorry but taking the rest of the week off here, to get things in order to start a fresh year. Reminder that corporate taxes are due soon.

Back to regular daily updates on Monday… we’re off to Michigan next week for Ford’s annual Christmas party, and tomorrow’s column I’m trying something new, a sequel: Driving Tricks Part 2.

Still in the Civic, still loving the throw.

Been sewing.

I love sewing, specifically quilting. Here’s the first one I ever made #BenefitOfBlogging

In my mind, setting up my machine was a benchmark in the 4-month saga that was my house winterization project. A kind’ve finishing move, “kk when the renovation is complete, I get to just live in it and do things like sew” benchmark.

Achieved that Sunday, and it’s distracting me. Currently working on curtain tie-backs.

Modified this old piece using left-over curtain fabric, therefore all fabric in my house is exactly the same YES how’s that for plain.  Love plain.

You’ve seen this cabinet on my blog since 2007.  Best it’s ever looked.

Was introduced to this truck.. OKAY have you seen this thing in action – 2015 Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6

Something that big and heavy that can move like that PHFT… I’ll go find you a video link brb….. here, Top Gear, Richard Hammond drives in the dunes of Dubai.

And here’s me… curling my hair in a parking lot.

Another Animated Gif (34)

This time, Jeremy and I are having a coffee.

Mega Test Team Unite

You’ve met Jeremy before, we’ve tested together probably 6 vehicle launches, we have it down to a science, we’re Mega Test Team.

Here’s a couple videos from when we went off-roading with a Raptor in Alberta, and I lost control of my neck while Jeremy was driving.

Me recently.

And here’s me signing off till Monday TTY then XO





I Finally Built MegaCurtain

It’s been on my to-do list, since as I moved in mid-May (click here to see the ‘Before’)

MegaCurtain serves 4 purposes:

  1. draws the eye up, creating the illusion of height
  2. dampens noise
  3. hides the recycling
  4. adds beauty

I love sewing, always have.  That link leads to a quilt I made.

One time in university, I gave our living room a makeover; drapes, cushions, and re-covered the couch into a replica of Chairry, from ‘PeeWee’s Playhouse’.

Used the same sewing machine, seen above.

MegaCurtain was a lot of material to work with, no way did I hem it; not dedicating my limited spare time to that.