This past week I started to do freelance editing for a company that provides a wide range of material for companies with an online presence.
I copy edit short how-to articles and fact sheets—a few hundred words or so. It takes me about 15 minutes to knock one off. The very simple ones can be done in less than that. I get paid per completed article; the money is sent to my PayPal account .
This work has altered how I view the use of my time. Should I watch a Seinfeld episode or make a few bucks? Should I get together with friends or make some grocery money?
In "Romeo Is Bleeding," Gary Oldman plays a corrupt cop who gets paid a lot of money by mobsters to provide them with inside information. He takes his ill-gotten gains and, as he puts it, "feeds the hole"—his "bank" under a sewer grate in his backyard.
Should I stop blogging now and feed the hole? Tick-tock tick-tock.