This isn't an easy thing to start. Oh, the technology of it is pretty easy. Signing up on ChipIn only takes a few minutes, and I've already got a blog, MobyD's Soundings on blogger.com.
hard part is acknowledging I'm scraping bottom and need to get some
money to prevent a total personal disaster by asking for help.
a job!" you might be thinking. Easier said than done when you're about
to turn 66 (April 27, 2012). I apply for jobs and get an interview here
and there, but after interviews either I get an email saying I didn't
get the job or more often there's no response at all.
over 100 pages at Squidoo.com. For a while I really thought things
might take off enough to at least supplement my Social Security (which I
started early at 63), but it never really has. I'm really not the sales
type and to really make Squidoo work, you really have to be
sales-oriented. I've created pages that have won awards on Squidoo, so I
know I can create good stuff, but that's only half the battle.
tried answering surveys to make some money, but that turned out to be
not such a great way for someone in my demographic. For most surveys I'd
go through the beginning and get told I wasn't qualified. The only good
to come out of that experience was when I signed up for a depression
study at a clinic in Portland.
At the clinic they said, yes,
you're depressed and I thought things would be good and I'd make some
money for taking part in the study. Then someone from the clinic's
headquarters in Boston wanted to talk to me. I was told the call might
last 45 minutes to an hour. It lasted 20 minutes and a few hours later
the doctor I'd been talking to called and said they'd kicked me out. He
was pretty upset on my behalf, I was thinking getting involved in a
depression study isn't supposed to make it worse, but I did get six
months of visits in after-care and I'm taking an inexpensive
anti-depressant. Is it helping? I hope so, because I don't dare quit to
So here I am, about a year later. Still no job after
all the applications and some interviews. I'm out of money - well, less
than $50 right now - and I signed up for the SNAP program (food stamps
but it's an EBT card these days). The credit cards are maxed or close
enough as makes no difference.
My car's battery died just before
Christmas. I sold some US Mint proof sets to a coin dealer for just
about enough to buy a battery. Then I discovered I'd missed a car
insurance payment and it was canceled. I'd been driving for over a month
with no insurance. The car's in my parking spot and I've been getting
around by MAX light rail and buses. I'm still undecided about selling
the car, but leaning that way.
The goal I've put on the ChipIn
widget is just something so I have a goal and see how it goes. Maybe
it'll be something to keep me going until I can land a job.
As I mentioned, my birthday is April 27, so if you'd like to chip in as a birthday present, I would definitely appreciate it!
those of you who know me from Faerieworlds, I'd sure love to be there
this year (July 27-29), but right now it's not looking to great for that
I've got some books and stuff I'm looking to put up
on Yardsellr.com, so be on the lookout for that. I have some really rare
and signed books by Spider Robinson. It's been nice to have them, but I
need the money more than being able to say I have something few others
have. I also have a few musical instruments, a couple of very good
coats, and a lot of books I may also put on Yardsellr. I'm going to have
to take a lot of pictures to make all that happen. Yardsellr is known
as "eBay for Facebook."
If you can help, go to the ChipIn widget at the top right of this page. This works by paying me through my PayPal account. Click on the ChipIn button and you'll be taken to a PayPal page. You can either pay through your own PayPal account or by using a credit or debit card. I've been using PayPal for my Squidoo payments and a few other things and have never had a problem.
Thanks in advance!