Confessions of a Laid-off Lawyer

Just Your Average Joe Blogging Away His Debt—In One Year or Less

19 Days Left

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Total Black: $4,565.28
Total Red: $270,599.27

Today was the first time I noticed that the countdown timer I set-up months back on the website has counted itself down to double digits. That startled me for a second. Not that I’m upset or distraught that debt elimination looks unlikely in the next eighteen days. But more so because I’m unsure what to do when it counts down to zero.

I like blogging. I think I’m “hooked.” So I don’t discount the possibility of granting myself a continuance to continue my efforts to bring down my debt and eliminate it, especially since I’m only now getting on a regular cycle. I did set out go do everything I could to eliminate my debt in a year. The irony is that it will have taken nearly this entire year just to get myself to a steady, predictable paycheck. But debt elimination was keynote that. The year, however, was online test. And now with a steady paycheck in place, I can more efficiently pay down my debts each month. And a part-time job will eventually turn up.

But do I want to commit myself to another year, for example, of daily blogging? It has been a bit of a weight posting daily—and then batch updating those posts where I fell behind over the past few months as my stamina slowed and my hours increased at the contract attorney and theatre positions.

And then there’s the question would anyone continue along? Part of the appeal—at least I assume—was the time constraint I placed on my efforts. I wouldn’t leave it open-ended, but I’m unsure whether readers would stick around for another six months or year. But then again, this blog was a journey to learn more about myself. So perhaps I could role this blog into debt elimination from Paradise?

Something to think about. After all, I have eighteen more days.

Written by Laid-off Lawyer

July 21, 2010 at 21:18

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  1. You should just update sporadically. You’re a good writer and I’m sure most of your readers just like seeing how you navigate a difficult financial situation.

    Also, I don’t think anybody has been taking note of that time constraint for a while now.


    July 22, 2010 at 05:06

  2. I hope you continue the blog in some form. I like your writing style and the way you describe things.

    Is there any chance of using google ads or something comparable to generate revenue (I have no first hand knowledge of whether the ads actually produce any revenue, but since you have many readers, it might be worth exploring).


    July 22, 2010 at 07:20

  3. Eh, I think we realized along time ago that there was no way in hell you’d ever get close to paying off your debt in the time you allotted. That said, I hope you continue blogging.


    July 22, 2010 at 08:22

  4. I’d opt for a weekend update if I were you. Jot notes of anything interesting that occurs/happens to you during the week and pick a relaxing time on Saturday or Sunday to do the update…

    I’m actually surprised you were able to get down so much material every day over the past year–pretty impressive…but also pretty indicative that settling down to “island speed” will be good for you.

    Whatever you do, don’t spend your extra time on the scam-blogs–immersing yourself in that kind of negativity on a regular basis definitely does not jive with your time in paradise!



    July 22, 2010 at 08:31

  5. Please continue to blog. I havent forgotten about that cocktail you promised me 🙂


    July 22, 2010 at 09:43

  6. I hope you keep writing. Your new job and where you’ve found yourself are really fascinating and I hope to be able to keep reading about them.

    Jim in Chicago

    July 22, 2010 at 10:08

  7. @Dreamer: you just gotta make your way from that 9-to-5 down to the Virgin Islands, British or U.S. Your pick. 😉

    @T-Bag: yeah, the scambloggers have points, but that’s not my focus here. I support them in their efforts to shed light on the problem. But bitching won’t help me get out of debt.

    As to the frequency of posting, see, the problem for me is that if I let it “build up,” so to speak, it will take a while to write a post on the weekend. And weekends are typically the time when I least want to write. If I opt instead to just post whenever the muses move me, then I’m vulnerable to not posting all that often. I do believe in the expression “work expands to fit the time alloted.” Give yourself two days to get a task completed and it’ll take two days. Allot two weeks and it’ll take two weeks. So if I just post whenver, then it’ll be whenever when I post. I need structure. I’ll have to think more about it.

    As for content, I too am surprised at the amount of material I came up with. I did want to become a writer when I was a child. My first book title was “Her Secrets; Their Motive.” Then I found out Agatha Christie had already written it. 😛 Writing has dragged a bit since leaving New York only because New York gave me so much to write about, especially my job and other contract attorneys. Landing that casino gig could have also been good material. Working in a warehouse by myself; not so much. So I’m gonna need to increase my involvement here if only to increase the material I can draw upon—should I continue daily posting.

    @everyone else: Thanks for the thumbs up / votes of confidence in my blogging abilities.

    Laid-off Lawyer

    July 22, 2010 at 12:06

  8. T-Bag

    July 22, 2010 at 13:14

  9. Yes, please keep writing.

    The legal job market in my area has been flooded and nightmarish for about 10 years. For a long time I blamed myself for not being able to find a job – that I wasn’t trying, I was stupid, I came across as a complete psycho, etc… I felt really alone for a long time with that. It is a horrible feeling!

    I wish I had found you back then so I could see that someone smart and seemingly sane shared in my strife. As I am certain there are a number of people in the same boat I was then, I think you have a great testimony.

    While I find bemoaning of the legal industry somewhat entertaining in small doses, I also appreciate that you seem to be owning your situation.


    July 22, 2010 at 15:32

  10. I enjoy the writing. Hopefully you’ll continue.
    @ Frankie – The legal job market has more or less been like this for a long while (longer than 10 years). If you want a date, just graph the accreditation of all the TTT schools.

    set me up

    July 22, 2010 at 16:15

  11. @ set me up – To be more specific, it has gone from “You mean I’m NOT going to make six figures???” to “I’m going to have to moonlight at the stripclub”


    July 22, 2010 at 17:46

  12. Please continue blogging on whatever schedule YOU choose.


    July 22, 2010 at 19:10

  13. @Donnelly: Thought you were off on vacation or something. You’ve been quiet these past few weeks.

    Laid-off Lawyer

    July 22, 2010 at 19:48

  14. No vacation. Various family members sick with various degrees of illness.


    July 23, 2010 at 17:05

  15. Sorry to hear that. I hope it’s just passing illnesses like a summer cold.

    Laid-off Lawyer

    July 24, 2010 at 11:12

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