I am a liar.
OK, now that I have that out of the way! 😉
Yes, that was a bit of a provocative header, but let me explain. Firstly, let me say, I am not a liar.
Last week, one of my affiliates posted an article on his blog, the article was a review of one of my books. To promote the article, a link was placed on Facebook. Somebody got a bit huffy on FB, though, and started going on the attack. What is the attraction to being a troll? I don’t understand it.
Anyway, this fellow said that the book was all well and fine, if you wanted to be a slave to your computer, and spend all of your time working. Well, I replied to his post and told him that I generally only work 2 to 3 hours per day, and that I did not consider myself a slave to my computer. Actually, I feel completely the opposite, I feel that by spending a few hours per day at my computer, it allows me the freedom to not need to have a “real job” and thus to be able to enjoy life. I am not a retiree (the troll is retired), but I was able to leave the work world at the age of 38, move to the tropics and enjoy life. Working only a few hours per day affords me that opportunity, by producing a nice income that sustains me and my family.
Well, the troll simply could not accept that. He started ranting again. One thing he said was that I was being dishonest, and he knew that spent many hours every day in front of my computer. Sorry, my “friend” but you are wrong on that. He said that by simply looking at the time stamps on my website, and the times when I would reply to comments that readers left, that was proof that I was sitting in front of my computer. Well, my retired friend obviously is not aware of some of the technology that is available today.
If I leave a comment on my site at, say, noon, then I leave another comment at 4pm, that does not mean that I have been sitting in front of my computer for 4 hours! In fact, I may not have even been at my computer at the times when I made those blog comments. You see, much of the comment responding that I do is done using my Android phone! There are times when I might be on a boat, out on the water enjoying nature, but I can still reply immediately if somebody asks a question on one of my blogs, or sends me an e-mail inquiry. So, I am out there enjoying a day on the water and I take 30 seconds to make a quick reply. That is not really work, in my view.
Also, I did say that I “generally” work 2 or 3 hours per day. Generally. That means that I don’t always work only 2 or 3 hours. Some days I work 6 or 8 hours, but it is rare. Some days I work 30 minutes just to check on my businesses and then I do something else. It depends on what I need to get done, and also what I feel like doing that day.
If I have a new project in the works – maybe a new website, or a new set of books that I am writing, I will generally work a longer day. But, that is not often. This year, and also last year, I came out with 30+ new eBooks. But, in each case, I wrote those 30+ books in a month or less. The rest of the year, I did not work on writing books. So, you see, that one month, I did work more hours, and that is what afforded me the ability to work a short day for the rest of the year!
But, I have to say, I don’t understand why somebody would call another person a liar when it is on a topic that the name caller knows nothing about.
I am honest about what I do, and I am transparent. The troll needs to update his knowledge about how technology works, and then he might understand how you can use technology to improve your productivity and to decrease your need to sit in front of your work tools.
Enough said! 🙂