Why Does TurtleMode Exist?

So far, I’ve covered the Who and What behind TurtleMode.  As the last part of the introductory set of blog posts, I’d like to talk about the Why behind starting this blog.

I started this blog so that I have a response when people ask me “What do you do for a living?”.

I told you I was direct.  Let me explain.

I’m close to being financially independent.  That means that soon I hope to no longer have a full-time job to report to everyday.  One of the aspects of not having a full-time job that I keep thinking about is how to respond to the question “So what do you do?” that inevitably comes up in social situations.  Nosey family members, friends, and dates often ask this seemingly innocent question when striking up small talk.  I’ve thought about how to appropriately handle this question when it comes up once I no longer have a full-time job.  I don’t want to come off as being ‘unemployed’.  But at the same time, I feel that saying “I’m financially independent and don’t have to work anymore bitches” as rather arrogant and could affect my relationship with the other person.  I’d rather practice ‘stealth wealth’ until that person gets inside my circle of trust.  So I figure this gives me a good response – “I own a website!”.

But that’s not the only reason I decided to start TurtleMode.  Here are some others:

  • As I mentioned, I’m close to being financially independent.  I want to share the methods I used to reach this point on this blog as I think it’s a freakin’ awesome way to live.
  • I have a few viewpoints about society that I’d like to share. I think my dog is tired of hearing me rant and rave to him about the media’s treatment of Trump.
  • I want to learn about creating a website first hand. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and finally just decided to jump in instead of continuing to day-dream about it. Since I do not intend to monetize this blog, I’m just looking at this as a learning opportunity that costs a few bucks in hosting fees.  I get to learn some new skills along the way and who knows what that could lead to in the future.
  • Over the last 2 years, I was able to loose 55 pounds and increase my strength and flexibility. I think health is something that is a key part of a stress free life.  There are methods that I use and will share that don’t necessarily get the proper coverage due to influence from large food and drug corporations.
  • Stress kills. I don’t want people to suffer unnecessarily so I’d like to share my approach to minimizing the stress in my life.
  • Cheap therapy. I’m a big believer in the power of talking (writing?) through your ideas.  Being able to talk through my ideas on this blog is much cheaper than talking to a therapist.  And my dog gets bored rather quickly.  Did I just mentioned talking to my dog twice in this post?  Maybe it’s time to get back to that therapist…

And here’s what I have no interest in doing:

  • Making any money off of this blog. I’ve developed my financial security in a much less stressful way that I’ll share.  Trying to monetize this blog just seems like a headache I don’t want to deal with. Remember, my focus here is to minimize stress, not add to it.
  • Having a huge community that I have to interact with regularly or risk losing readers. This is tied to my intent not to monetize.  I like the idea of having the freedom to interact only when I truly feel like it and not having the feeling that I’m losing money if I don’t.
  • Kowtowing and censoring myself because I might offend someone and loose readers. Same theme here, it’s freeing to not have to rely on income from this blog and that allows me to say whatever I want.  The added bonus for you will be when I recommend certain products, it’s not because I’m getting paid to, it’s because I genuinely like the product and probably use it.

Sound fair?  Sound crazy?  Doesn’t matter.  If I can help out just one person, even if it’s just me, it’s a win.