This post was written on July 28, 2018.
Good afternoon from a damp and dreary Dublin. The weather here is shocking today, which is most definitely a good thing. As I’m sure you know, Ireland isn’t known for its beautiful weather, but we’ve had a solid two months of very warm and very sunny weather. There have been days here and there when it hasn’t been great, but it’s mostly been amazing. I absolutely love warm weather, but it’s a little bit worrying that it has been so nice lately. There’s something wrong when we get such nice weather in Ireland.
It definitely shows that things are changing in the world. I saw that quite a lot of places around the world broke their temperature record this year, and that’s worrying. We definitely needed a bit of rain here, as we’re struggling for water. It’s a bad mad that a bit of nice weather leaves us struggling, but that’s how things are here!
Anyway, I thought I would explain myself a little bit today. Nothing happened yesterday that I want to go really in-depth about today, and this is a post that I’ve wanted to write for a while, so here we go.
Creating a website and talking about football is something that first came into my head about three years ago. I was kinda half thinking about it and deciding what I wanted to do for about a year. Then I decided that I would write about the Premier League, and then I spent about a year figuring out how to set things up and all the rest. I probably could have done it quicker than that, but I really wanted to make sure I had everything right before I jumped in. I then started writing on the first day of last season, and have been writing ever since.
I love writing and I love football, so I thought I might as well go for it. I’m definitely not the best writer in the world, but I’m improving every day. Even when I look back at some of my early posts I realise how far I’ve come. Some of them weren’t written very well at all, with paragraphs being all over the place and that sort of thing. I still have a long way to go but I know I’ll keep improving.
I have a full-time job, which pays me an OK wage. The wage is enough to keep me going, and it will get me through once I’m still living at home. But with the way Ireland is today, I’ll never be paid enough to get a mortgage or even rent a house. I’ve known this for a few years now, and that’s when I decided I’d start a website. I’m obviously not looking for it to turn me into a millionaire, but if it can help pay some bills and give me a little bit more money than I have now, I’ll be over the moon.
I’ve spoken about my fiancée before, which obviously means I’m engaged. We don’t live together, because as I said, we can’t afford to. I’m on a mission to make sure we’re OK for money in life and aren’t struggling from week to week. I didn’t go to college after school because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. It took me longer to decide what I wanted to do with my life than most people. I’ve decided that I want to be a writer.
I was half thinking at one stage that I would do a course in finance or I.T. or something like that. I’m not passionate about those things so I would have just done it for the money. That’s not what I want from my life either; I don’t want to be doing a job that I don’t like just because I’m paid well. I don’t think it would be worth it. That works for some people, but it doesn’t interest me.
I’ve been writing for a year now and I haven’t received any payment from it. Passion for writing is what is getting me through it. I absolutely love writing this blog and I’m not disheartened in the slightest that I haven’t made any money. But there’s going to come a time that I’ll have to start making money or I’ll have to stop it. Keeping the website going is also costing me quite a bit of money. I have to pay for hosting and security and a few other bits, but I don’t mind that.
I have worked extremely hard over the last year. The two years of research was OK because I wasn’t putting all that much time into it. But since I have started writing, I don’t stop. I get up two hours earlier than I have to every morning to write the blog. Then I spend an hour commuting to work, and then I spend eight hours in work. I then spend another hour getting home from work, and I’ll watch any football that’s on and write about that too. I also have to fit my life in as well, because there’s no point in just working and not doing other stuff.
At the weekend, I spend all day watching football and writing about it. That’s mostly on a Saturday, because there’s usually only two games on Sunday and that’s a bit easier. I’ve obviously had a break from that over the last couple of months, but when the season starts back in two weeks’ time I’ll be back to that. I’m not complaining about it either, but I’m just providing a bit of context. Some mornings I don’t wake up in time and I don’t get to write the blog. You may find this disappointing, and trust me, I do be disappointed in myself, but I think it’s because I’m doing so much and I’m not giving my body enough rest.
So, why am I writing this post? I’m writing it because I want to let you know that you’ll likely be seeing ads on the site soon. I treated last season as a season of learning, but I really want to kick on now this season. I’m going to be looking for sponsorship and that sort of thing. But don’t worry, because I’m not going to ruin the site with that either. There won’t be any pop-ups, or pop-unders, or auto-playing ads, or anything that covers the content and makes you do something to remove it. When I get ads, they’ll be in a decent position and won’t take away from the quality of the site. I don’t want to annoy you in any way.
As I said, if I can make a bit of extra money from this that’ll help me, I’ll be delighted. My end goal is to make a living from this site, and I can leave work to concentrate on it. If that time does come, the site won’t be like it is now. There’ll be a lot more going on, as eventually I would like to do podcasts and write a lot more than I do now. I would put a lot of time into it and I wouldn’t be just writing one post a day. I hope to write more over the next few months anyway, whether I’m making money or not. I’ll have the blog up in the mornings as normal, but I hope to get a lot more news posts in there as well. I have it all planned out.
There may come a time in the future when I launch on Patreon. Basically, it’s me asking people to donate money towards the running of the site. This won’t be a requirement, and people won’t have to do it if they don’t want to, but if you wanted to support the site by giving €5 per month, that would be great. There would also be some extra content for people that donate. That’s not something that I’m close to doing now anyway, so I won’t talk about that now. There’ll be more details on that if it does happen.
I’m going on holiday in September, so I won’t be around for a week then. But when I come back, I want to really kick on. That’s when I’ll be looking into ads and all the rest. I’ll write another post with information about that when that’s going ahead too.
This isn’t a sob-story either, by the way. It’s not a ‘boo-hoo, look at me and my struggles’ or anything like that. I’m a very positive person, and I realise that I’m extremely lucky in life. There are people that are struggling a lot more than I am, and I’m grateful that I’m even in a position to write about football. Things could always be a lot worse than they are, and I always have the attitude that I’m lucky. I’m not looking for sympathy from anyone or anything like that. I’m just providing a bit of a story about me and letting you know why I’m doing what I’m doing.
Anyway, that’s it from me. I probably forgot a couple of points that I wanted to talk about, and I’ll update this article if I realise that happened. Thank you so much for coming to read what I have to say every morning. I really appreciate that people care what I have to say. I hope to make the morning blog extremely consistent, and I would love if hundreds, or even thousands, of people made reading my thoughts part of their morning routine. If people come to PremPlace to read what I have to say while they’re having their coffee or commuting to/from work every day, I’ll be extremely happy.
If you do like reading what I have to say, please let your friends and family know about the site if they’re into the Premier League. The more people that are reading, the better!
Anyway, that’s it from me for now. I’ll be back tomorrow with some actual football talk. Thank you again for your support.