Ok, so that figure is in AUD. Which on 25th of January 2020 converts to 68,285 USD. The funny thing is, English is my second language and I'm not even a writer. I can sure prove though, writing has made me over 100k because it easily breaks down into 2 big buckets.

The first bucket is - getting out of debts, fees or being reimbursed - mainly by complaining. The beauty of keeping everything in writing via email is, you always have a history of exactly what happened in your inbox plus, everyone knows that something in writing is much easier to produce as evidence in the court of law.

I feel like I'm too early to write about this, seeing that I only got out of the debt yesterday - I signed off on it yesterday - but here's what happened. I managed to get out of a business debt a little over 50k without doing any damage to my credit file, business and personal, whatsoever. How did I do it? I wrote and complained to the authorities - a.k.a. the financial ombudsman about a bank's misconduct.

I believe they sensed they really dropped the ball on this one. I was not expecting this outcome at all, but they decided to forgive the entire loan. There's a bit more to the story than this, but I'm not prepared to disclose all my personal stories yet. There's a few other scenarios where I managed to get back a thousand, a few thousand here and there from banks and a telecommunications company.

The second bucket is, actual income. I reference this life event quite a lot throughout my blog writing, which is going #1 on Hacker News for nearly 24 hours. I wrote about web scraping / automation and this got translated to other language(s) and gave my blog a lot of high quality backlinks.

My site started ranking above the big companies especially here in Australia and to this date, since quitting my 9 to 5 at the end of 2016, all of my work has been inbound - meaning I did not have to go out there to find work. I did try outbound, but it actually failed really badly.

So the 100k that I made from writing is actually a very, very low estimate. Do you think I could have survived off 50k since the end of 2016 as a sole earner in the family with a wife and a son? Even 200k seems low.

I feel good about writing. I'm an introvert and I speak my mind a lot better when I'm typing on the keyboard. I'm actually enjoying every keystroke and now, I need to get back to work.