September 20, 2012

Investing 10$ for the future

It's hard to start something new, such as the first sentence for a new blog. Well, that was one way to do it. I work as a software developer in Finland. My job security has been getting worse for the last couple of years and is very uncertain at the moment. To my surprise, it's not such a bad thing. More and more often I have compelling feeling that I should be doing something else. I daydream about having more time, freedom and independence, in short about being more indie. Eventually this drove me to pay 10$ for a domain name and set up a new blog. I hope it helps me to clarify my goals and work towards them. With the blog I have a way to measure my progress and keep track of it. Hopefully it will also produce a few words worth reading to others.

I'm not going to give up the day job at this point. It still pays the bills and in fact I have recently managed to make it more tolerable. The way I see it now is that each salary is bringing me closer to my goals. Savings and investments are slowly starting to generate a small extra income. I'm not a big fan of sports, but I still find sports betting quite interesting. I am not a winning bettor, but I do believe that it is possible with some help and hard work.

While investing and sports betting have both brought excitement and fun to the weekly routine, they are just a little more than means to an end. I have witnessed my work content gradually turn less and less creative. As this was happening, I really grew to appreciate people who were able to bring their vision to life using any form of art. It took a while to realize that it was the very thing I was missing, the artist mentality that used to be there at the start of my career.

As an enthusiastic gaming veteran, I have been following the rise of indie games with interest. The Internet seems to be a great equalizer in terms of sales and marketing, giving a lot of small development teams real success opportunities. The mobile devices create market for smaller projects and the indie games are thriving. I will surely write about indie games one way or another, just for a desire to be part of the indie phenomenon, at least as a supporting, enlightened consumer if nothing more.

With age I've come to like writing. That helps if you have a blog to update. So, I'm at the starting point of my new quest of finding my indie path. I want to take my job less seriously, make time for things I have passion for, and have fun while doing it. I don't want to turn this into another dull project.

Let's take a bored engineer with spare time, a network connection and a search engine. Sooner or later he will end up reading about passive income. Assuming that my writing gains any followers, I will try to monetize. This is a humble and early warning. The first goal then would be to get back that 10$ I paid for the domain.

To avoid the most pointless blog posts, I've set up an Indie Objective Twitter account. That's all for now.

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