Momentos: September 15th – September 30th, 2019

These are my Momentos, short personal diary entries I write daily – since 2013 – and publish twice a month. Patrons see the newest batch a few days before everyone else.

16

I wonder, is it a rare thing to live a hundred years in this world and never experience war? Or at least feel the effects of one? Myself, my parents and grandparents have never had to go through it. How lucky we are. Imagine how it would be, there just minding your own business, living your life, and war comes along and rips everything to shreds.

17

Watched Ben's documentary about human trafficking, how he went off in search of two Vietnamese girls who had been smuggled across the border and sold as brides in China. I appreciate the nuance. You'd think it'd be a simple case of good vs. evil, but that's not how the world works.

18

And now we're sitting down with Ben for dinner at a nice open-air restaurant on the outskirts of Ubud. Imagine that: you watch a powerful documentary one night, and dine with the filmmaker the next. The conversation flows from big topic to big topic. Much to discuss.

19

Home stretch now with the website upgrade stuff, will be getting back to content creation next week. Aiming to become a content machine for the rest of the year. The challenge for me will be to not go overboard on quality, which I'm prone to do. Quantity is more important right now methinks.

20

I think about survivorship bias every now and then. Successful people tell you that hard work and persistence will eventually get you where you want to go, but there are plenty of "unsuccessful" people who work just as hard and persist just as much. The volume gets turned down on their stories.

21

Visiting waterfalls. Several right beside each other here, a short hike to get to them. One is apparently Bali's only triple waterfall. Step back a bit from it and you see gorgeous rice fields above, mountains beyond, jungle all around.

22

Met an old Italian man with wild hair out by the rice fields, walking his dog. We talked for a while. He's been in this country 25 years, retired to Bali, lives on a pension, probably alone. His life seems simple, and he seems content. All at once, I'm anxious and reassured.

23

A solid seven hours today going through another affiliate marketing course, racked up 120 pages of notes and screenshots. Will have to condense that down to a 4000-word review, aiming to get it published by the end of the week. Cranking that machine up to speed.

24

“The eyes of all future generations are upon you. And if you choose to fail us I say we will never forgive you. We will not let you get away with this. Right here, right now is where we draw the line.” – Greta Thunberg

Not sure there's anyone doing more important work in the world right now than that young lady.

25

I'll keep doing the finance reports, but there's definitely a downside to them. Showing my earnings publicly every month makes me prone to shorter-term thinking. I find myself trying to maximize income one month, at the expense of the next.

26

Been going through Google's guidelines for search quality evaluators, a 167-page document outlining what distinguishes good webpages from bad. My site covers what they call a "Your Money or Your Life" topic. As per the doc:

We have very high Page Quality rating standards for YMYL pages because low quality YMYL pages could potentially negatively impact a person’s happiness, health, financial stability, or safety.

27

Seth Godin says good marketing is just telling a good story, compelling and authentic. My no-fly trip was a good story. Might be time to tell another. The new one could also be about a journey. Not to circumnavigate the globe, but to earn $1K per day from my site.

28

Exploring the outskirts of Ubud, come across a circle of men. Seen this kind of thing once before from a distance and had suspicions. Now they're confirmed as I watch them tie blades to the feet of roosters and start taking bets.

29

Exploring another waterfall. Bali's gone a bit nuts with the "selfie spot" concept. They're everywhere now, several here. They've got a bird cage, a bird's nest, angel wings, heart shapes. As a result, every visitor ends up with the same few photos.

30

Training up a chap from Croatia to add content to WordPress. Took me several hours to add the content for my Wealthy Affiliate review. Can't be spending so much time on that kind of thing going forward. Got a big hairy audacious goal to strive for.

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