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Reevaluation of my goals

Having trouble with my router and sitting home without Internet for 2 days really made me realize I miss writing in my blog! It’s been awfully hot here, so I was very thankful for an opportunity to spend three days outside by a lake with my fam. I still worked some, but not half as much as I usually do. And then, when we returned home on the third day, we found out that our router apparently suffered a heat stroke :-(
However, it gave me time to reevaluate some of the things that I've been doing, including blogging. I realized that I never shared my goals with you.

WHY did I start blogging? – Well, as you know, I’ve been working as a freelance translator since March 2007. At the beginning, when I was leaving my job (I loved it by the way! But I realized that I needed to make a change for the sake of my family) other translators in the company weren’t optimistic about the career I chose. They thought freelancing would be absolutely a waste of my time, energy and money. So I made a goal to become one of the BEST translators in my spheres of expertise. Now, 3 years after that, I can say that I haven’t achieved this goal yet, but I’ve learned some really useful lessons and have fallen in love with freelancing. That’s when those other translators started asking me what’s it all about, how to earn money being a freelancer, how to discern scam and tons of other questions. So I decided to share my experience with other freelancers who, like me, strive for perfection and want to be successful.

And now, what are my TARGETS for this blog? – I realize that freelance translating is quite a narrow niche and there are quite a few excellent blogs of my more experienced colleagues with lots of readers. But when I’m reading those blogs I often feel there’s a vast difference between those super-experienced freelancers and me, who is continuing to learn and just being in the process of building my own translation business. So, my very modest goal is to attract 100 people to my blog in 2010. If you are interested in the stuff I write and would like to show your support please join me and become my reader =) It will make it easier for you to learn about new topics, and it will help me feel good about what I am doing =) I also welcome questions and comments because they will help me be more focused and consequently will make my blog more interesting to you. I really want to share my past and present experiences with you, so you and I can grow in translation business together. We’ll investigate linguistic, marketing, financial issues regarding translation and freelancing.
And my second target (not just for the blog, but for my life) is to be able to earn enough money to provide for all needs of my family and to be able to fulfil my dream... Hope you'll excuse me if I don't share it just now. I promise to do it a bit later, when I see it start becoming a reality. I promise!
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Time for another update about guest posts, business, blogging and more!

Hi everybody! First of all, thank you for reading my blog. I love to see that the number of my subscribers is growing every week. That's so inspiring!
I've got some news for you. I am amazed with the way my work and business are developing. Life is getting more and more interesting and, hopefully, these changes will be good for you, too! So, here are my news: