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Urban Life

Unemployment Follow Up, Self Improvement, And Urban Living

Recently on Facebook, one of my awesome urban living followers requested that I give an update on my current situation.


After much thought, I decided that it was a fantastic idea. After-all, my loyal urbanite followers are always interested in what I’m doing. Plus, they deserve to read top-notch content.


This is something that I always strive to offer because my readers are very important to me. Plus, I don’t want them feeling disappointed. One of the ways I find content to write about is to post about real events from my life.


Urban living can be both fun and challenging. Meaning, urban life can be hectic, expensive, and at times very noisy.


This Urban Living Blog Writing Machine Has Learned To Adapt And Conquer Impossible Odds

Don’t panic, I’m not going to tell you to pack your bags and move out of Rochester, New York. This post isn’t really about Rochester, New York. It’s about the daily hassles of urban living that I’ve recently overcome despite all odds.


When I started this urban living blog, it resembled nothing that you see now. It was supposed to be an Art Gallery, to show off all my amazing work. From there it transformed into a Photo Blog, featuring unique and forgotten areas throughout Rochester, New York.


This urban living blog has changed dramatically since its humble beginnings. There’s a reason why this phenomenon happened.


Contrary to what many people may think, a blog is an extension of our lives. As we evolve, so does our blog. Whenever we write with deep emotions and feelings, our readers can feel them. They can tell whether we’re happy or angry. Depending upon the situation this can be a good or bad thing.


It’s ok to write when were angry as long as it doesn’t create a hostile environment. A perfect example of this is a post I wrote earlier this year called “Writing The Next Chapter Of My Life”.


I was very angry at the time over what happened at my former job. The emotions and feelings that I felt while writing it took over completely.


Despite all this anger, I still expressed how I feel others should be treated. I’m a huge believer in ethics and morals. I believe that others should be treated with the utmost respect.


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As An Urban Living Blogger I Have The Power To Reach Thousands Of Readers, And Influence There Lives In A Positive Way

With the power granted to me to reach thousands of visitors, I have a huge responsibility. I like my readers a lot, and want to give a positive learning experience to them.


Every post that I publish, I do my best to offer content that’s meaningful. It has to solve a problem that my readers are experiencing.


To carry out this task, it takes an immense amount of work. It takes hours to type, edit, and proofread each post. My smart readers expect easy to read posts that are free of grammar and spelling errors.


This requires truckloads of dedication and commitment. As much as I love this urban blog, there’s days I lack motivation to write.  I’d rather cover up in a blanket, eat, and watch my favorite television program.


Whenever I get these lazy days, I have to remember that anything worth doing doesn’t come easy. Blogs are like any other type of business. It requires sacrifice to be successful.


Many bloggers quit within three months, because they find out it requires more work than they expected. The blog doesn’t grow or make income as fast as they’d like, and they assume there’s no money to be made.


I’ve had these same feelings myself. There’s been many times when I felt like giving up. I asked myself if all the time spent working was worth with. I’m here to tell you that it is. Many bloggers don’t know anything about blogs when they first start.


It usually starts as a hobby, and as they get better at it, it turns into a business. When I started, I knew nothing about blogging.


On my About page I discuss how I knew a lot about technology, such as robotics and computers. Yet, I knew nothing about conducting business online.


This Urban Living Blog Is A Prime Example Of How Anyone Can Be Successful

The very first blog that I started, failed miserably. It wasn’t due to lacking passion or being afraid of hard work. It came from a shortage of dedication and patience. Every day I would check my traffic and get discouraged because it wasn’t increasing fast enough.


At one point I became obsessed with it. I wanted hundreds of visitors and comments. What I failed to realize is that it takes time to grow a blog. Traffic grows slow and steady. Loyal followers need time to trust you.


Just like everything else in life, it takes hard work to get what you want because no one is going to give it to you for free. A very positive and encouraging actor known as Denzel Washington, talks about this topic in great detail in this awesome video I provided below.


I urge you to watch it, because it shows that anyone can carry out their goals with enough dedication and positive thinking.

I love the positive wisdom he provides. Everyone is good at something. Some are great at making money. Others are spectacular at motivating people to improve themselves. We just fail to realize this because we tend to listen to the negative words of those around us.


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This Urban Living Blog Started Small, Just Like Every Other One That Grew To Monstrous Proportions

A friend of mine that I featured in an older post called “The Face Of Trials And Triumphs While Living In Rochester, New York”, was considering starting a blog.


She’s very smart and talented, and I’m confident that she has the traits required to start a successful blog. Her concerns were that she didn’t know if she’d be good enough at writing, or that her blog would be as interesting as mine.


That’s when I told her that my writing wasn’t all that great at one time either. It’s more important to just get started, and as you get better so will your blog. You will learn a lot by making mistakes, but that’s perfectly okay.


As a person you will not only find out stuff about yourself that you never noticed before, but also how to succeed in the online world. Terms such as Social Media, Guest Blogging and SEO will sound scary at first. I was frightened of them also.


These are things that you shouldn’t worry about at the beginning. Focus on establishing the basics first. Pick a simple blog theme that requires no technical knowledge. Write about topics that interest you, even if they don’t solve any problems.


As you get better at writing, find your voice, and learn to connect with your target audience, your blog will grow. Over time your blog will become more focused and visually appealing. Everyone has to start small, even giants such as Amazon and Apple. Now look at them!


Connecting With Smart, Caring People Has Helped This Urban Living Blog Become Successful

Icons such as Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs realized one thing. To improve as a person, you have to constantly be learning. Keep your eyes open, and listen carefully. And above all, surround yourself with smart, successful people. We all are exceptional at something, but not at everything.


Finding people who can fill in the gaps where we are weak, can actually make us stronger. It allows us to focus on what we’re good at, and improve in the areas we aren’t.


This also allows us to teach others what we know and motivate them to succeed with us. As I’ve stated many times, blogs are an extension of our lives. But above all, it’s about affecting as many people around us as possible in a positive way.


My Urban Blog Isn’t The Only One That’s Providing Positive Content, And The Reason Why I’m Going To Mention Some That I Admire

In the blogging world it’s easy to become a solo act. Many bloggers tend to cut themselves off from the rest of the world. They spend countless hours creating blog posts, but spend no time promoting.


As I’ve mentioned many times in the past, you can have the best bog in the world, but if no one knows about it, it’s all for nothing.


This is the sad result of thinking of other bloggers as the enemy. The mentality of not wanting to send traffic to other blogs with the fear that they will steal your traffic is silly.


Other bloggers are going to know stuff that you don’t know, and by sending traffic to them you’re helping your visitors. Not only will your visitors respect you for it, so will other bloggers. So without further ado, here are some of my favorite bloggers that I respect for everything they do to help others.

Making Sense Of Cents

The first blog I’m going to mention is called Making Sense Of Cents. It was started in 2011 by a young woman named Michelle, to improve her finances and pay off $38,000 in student loans in 7 months. Michelle is currently earning over $100,000 a month from affiliate links on her blog, and traveling around the world in a sail boat.


To find out more about this impressive blogger, check out her blog MakingSenseOfCents.Com.

My Early Retirement Journey

This is a blog that I absolutely love reading . The woman who owns it is very entertaining and writes exceptionally well. Here’s a description from her about page.


Welcome! Welcome to My Early Retirement Journey.

About Me: Today is Feb 20, 2018 and as of today, I am a single 30-something, openly Christian human woman. I love watching TV while eating takeout, and I want to retire early. I currently work as a consultant in a tele-health call center making around $40/hr.

I started my professional life in 2015 at the ripe ole age of 31 after a few false starts. I spent 2016 paying off about $10,000 worth of credit card debt. I spent 2017 paying off about $20,000 in private student loans; I still have about $300,000 in federal student loans for which I am currently on an income-based repayment plan for the next 25 years, give or take.

I started really getting into savings and investing late 2017 when I stumbled upon the FIRE (financial independence, retire early) community.  In 2018, I made the decision to try to save for a sabbatical and maybe if all goes well continue the journey to early retirement.


There was no need to write a description about her blog, because I love her about page so much.


Go see for yourself at, MyEarlyRetirementJourney.Com. I guarantee that you will find her blog very entertaining, and full of useful information.


The Savvy Couple

Recently I had the pleasure of contacting this couple, and they are just as nice as smart. They project a very positive message on their blog.


This super team named Kelan & Brittany, found their purpose after God called out to them. They now help families manage their finances, improve their lifestyle, and most importantly find their FREEDOM!


Find out about the difficult struggles that they had to overcome before they found their true purpose at, TheSavvyCouple.Com.


Bombas Socks Was Recently Featured On This Urban Living Blog

Two pairs of Bombas men’s socks.
Two pairs of Bombas men’s socks.

No urban living blog would be complete without featuring, exceptional products that make a positive impact in the communities we live in.


Bombas was founded, when they discovered that socks were the most requested clothing item at homeless shelters.


Bombas obsessively set out to rethink a product that was an afterthought in the marketplace. Two years of research & development led to seven material improvements to the design, performance and comfort of the everyday sock. And they continue to innovate with each successive production run.


I can confirm  that Bombas socks are the best socks you’re ever going to wear, because I tested them and wrote a review at, YAY, I’m Excited About Bombas Socks!!!!


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What Has This Urban Living Blogger Been Up To Lately

Adidas Sackpack, Gage Rain Jacket, and umbrella on bench while doing some urban living traveling.
Adidas Sackpack, Gage Rain Jacket, and umbrella on bench while doing some urban living traveling.

To answer the question that my awesome urbanite follower asked me on Facebook, I’ve been working part-time doing office support and financing.


This allows me to put more time into my urban living blog, so that I can keep providing you urbanites with incredible content.


As I’ve stated many times, I don’t want to become rich to buy a bunch of material possessions or a huge mansion. What drives me is to become wealthy enough to take care of the ones that I love.


The moment I become rich, I’m going to start spending more time with them. Make sure that they always have a place to live, and never have to struggle to survive again.


I’d also like to give back to the community, just like Bombas does, and to my loyal urbanite followers. Without you, this blog would never be as successful as it is now, and I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart.


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  • My Early Retirement Journey Blog

    Hey there! Thank you so much for featuring me. It means a lot. And if I’m on a list with Making Sense of Cents, I’d say I’m in with good company. Thank you for mentioning my About Me page.. it takes me so long to write summaries sometimes. How can one sum up their person in three paragraphs, you know?
    Glad you are enjoying my posts!!
    You also provide a fresh take of things that are new to me!

    • Andy Thousand

      About me pages can be challenging because we have to describe ourselves, instead of writing about topics. I usually don’t worry about length, but instead focus on providing clear descriptions. I like your about page. It’s unique and interesting. And I’m glad you enjoy my blog. Yours gives me a different twist on topics also. It’s a win-win situation by being able to help each other out.

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