Sometimes life changes happen suddenly.
Back in March I took all the MacTips I (and a handful of others) had written between 01 January 2012 and 28 February 2013 and compiled them into a book I optimistically named A MacTips Sparkler, Volume 1, March 2013. Buy a copy for yourself.
When I chose that title I was expecting to follow up over the next few years with Volumes 2, 3 4 and so on. I launched the book around 27 March 2013, a day or so before the Easter break.
After a few days off, offline and at the beach, I sat down to work on Tuesday 02 April and thought
Nooo, I really don’t want to write another MacTip.
Then I considered the idea of stopping MacTips, of never writing another one again, and a feeling of utter relief washed over me. After 13-some years of writing weekly (sometimes twice-weekly) Tips for users of Apple products it was time to change direction.
Decision made I took action, informed subscribers and readers and set the site up to be sold, as explained in TidBITS: MacTips.info Web Site Goes Up for Auction:
Miraz Jordan is auctioning off her 13-year-old MacTips.info Web site, complete with nearly 1,000 posts. As of this writing, the price is at $3,400, which doesn’t seem bad at all for that amount of content and a site that averages 30,000 unique visitors per month (with a peak of 105,000 visitors in January 2012), along with 350 email subscribers, 600 Twitter followers, 2,100 RSS readers, 400 YouTube channel subscribers, and 500 Facebook “likes.” The Flippa auction is slated to end on 7 May 2013.
I’ve never sold a website before, though I’ve sold plenty of items on New Zealand’s local auction website, TradeMe. It turns out the principles are the same: give it a clean, establish relevant data points, list with plenty of helpful information.
The first bid came in almost immediately, meeting the reserve price, and as I write several bidders are slowly ratcheting up the price. With a week to go I’m optimistic of earning a bit of very welcome cash. My budget’s been extremely tight for quite a few years now and I’m looking forward to things easing.
And with the 4 to 6 hours per week I’m gaining by not writing MacTips and looking after the site? My partner says I should take it easy and relax for a while, so I’m doing that.
I’m also putting a bit more energy into another informational website I set up a couple of years ago: Run Spot Run is a site for people in Wellington, New Zealand who have dogs. It reviews local off-leash areas (and some enjoyable on-leash walks), and carries bits of news of interest to its target audience.
Meanwhile, I continue to write my Tech Universe column for the NZHerald Online, 5 days per week. I am available though for part-time, casual and short-term jobs writing or training. Let me know if there’s something I can do for you.