There are lots of little things to talk about this week, so here’s another dose of Ramsay Ramblings!
May 5th was Children’s Day
Mami and I have a little boy, and this year was his first Children’s Day. Thomas wrote all about Koinobori, Japanese Carp Streamers, so I’ll skip the detail and get to the photos:
Our Koinobori – Japanese Carp Streamers
A Kintarou cake
Kawashi-mochi – rice cakes wrapped in oak leaves
Rikuto celebrates his first Children’s Day at the park
Those bloomin’ berks at Bloomberg published the suicide gas recipe
Of all the dumb things I’ve seen, Bloomberg published the “recipe” to the poisonous concoction of household cleaning chemicals that people have been using to kill themselves in Japan lately. Shane kicked up a storm and we all pitched in. In the end, Bloomberg edited the dangerous parts of the article, so hooray for us! 😀
Making a start on WritingWorkbooks.com
I had a good response to the post about my dot com lifestyle, and was encouraged to talk more about what I do for a living. It seems I’ve inspired a few people to earn some money online, including my mum, so I’ve started some behind-the-scenes work on a joint project with her, taking advantage of her experience as a primary school teacher.
The idea is to make a large number of handwriting practice workbooks for children, each book based on an elementary school subject, such as dinosaurs and weather. Each page of each book will have a traceable general knowledge fact about a chosen school subject, and the books will of course be for free.
I already have a website in the “handwriting” niche, so WritingWorkbooks.com should complement it well. My mum is the perfect partner since she knows so much about the curriculum and knows exactly what teachers and parents need for their children.
In picking this topic for a site, I considered:
- Do I know enough about the topic? – Including my mum, yes.
- Will people find it useful? – My mum thinks so.
- Will it cost me anything? – $10 for the domain name. I already have the $100 fonts.
- Will it need ongoing work? – Not after it’s finished.
- How will I monetize it? – Probably with Adsense. Decide later.
The beauty of a site like this is that it requires no maintenance. A blog always needs new material, but sites like this can be built and left alone. That leaves you free to build more and more. That’s why I don’t worry too much about its earnings potential. Once you’ve got your starting costs back, it’s pure, passive income.
Jason got hitched! Congratulations!
Jason Irwin, has tied the knot. He had a long-distance relationship for nearly two years with his bride-to-be, Reiko, but after a succession of trips between Canada and Japan, they finally live together as husband and wife in the same city as me, Kakamigahara. In a related post, Jason poses the interesting question, is the distinction between the online world and reality fading?
Ramsay, Mark 1 launches into cyberspace
Speaking of online relationships, my brother, Mark, has discovered the internet for the first time. He is a complete newbie, so I’m helping him learn all the basics (left-click, right-click, drag and drop) before he joins me on our joint project, VirtualTripping.com. He’s already taken to the net like a duck to water, managing to watch 652 YouTube videos in his first four days online! It should be fun blogging with him on VT, so swing by and join the Ramsay brothers as we send blog “post” cards from Google Earth.If you like, you can find me on Twitter at @nick_ramsay. I'd love to hear from you!