A reader asks why I prefer to have my own blog. I’ve worked for team blogs before. I’ve even been paid to do it, and I know an editor or two who would probably give me a job right now, if I wanted it. I just can’t handle the stress. Having Bipolar Disorder and Asperger makes it difficult for me to follow instructions from editors on a professional level, and dealing with someone else’s needs besides just my own and my kids is far too overwhelming for me, mentally and emotionally. The money I would make wouldn’t cover the extra doctor bills.
I was reading some jokes about editors. This one is the funniest, I think, that kind of demonstrates my point.
Three men: an editor, a photographer, and a journalist are covering a political convention in Johannesburg. They decide to walk up and down the beach during their lunch hour. Halfway up the beach, they stumbled upon a lamp. As they rub the lamp a genie appears and says “Normally I would grant you three wishes, but since there are three of you, I will grant you each one wish.”
The photographer went first. “I would like to spend the rest of my life living in a huge house in St. Thomas with no money worries.” The genie granted him his wish and sent him on off to St. Thomas.
The journalist went next. “I would like to spend the rest of my life living on a huge yacht cruising the Mediterranean with no money worries.” The genie granted him his wish and sent him off to the Mediterranean.
Last, but not least, it was the editor’s turn. “And what would your wish be?” asked the genie.
“I want them both back after lunch” replied the editor, “the deadline for tomorrow’s newspaper is in about ten hours.
It’s much better for my health to stick to my own blog. The drawback is that I have to work for tips. I just bought four of the cheapest tires I could find to put on my car, which was barefoot. They cost $424. If you’d like to help replenish my tip jar, the kids and I would most appreciate it. Just five dollars per regular visitor would cover it pretty quickly.