Reality Blog: What Price Do We Place on Convenience?


“Maybe I should wrap up a whole series of related posts and sell them as e-books. Nah, why would they buy it when they can get it for free?”

If my wife Peta hears me say this one more time, I’m pretty sure she’ll kill me… slowly and painfully!

However, I’ve changed my mind again. I think it might actually work. Here’s why.

A Lesson from Deep Space

We’re back at home during the pandemic, sharing four walls with our youngest son Ben. He’s a qualified chef and a musician… not exactly an ideal skill set right now!

Not surprisingly, he’s out of work and has plenty of spare time. He’s decided to devote some of his time to learning.

At school, he was one of those lazy students (imagine that!)… extremely bright, but totally disinterested in school. Somehow, Ben has developed an interest in outer space. Black holes, time as a fourth dimension, relativity, and mind-bending concepts like space-time.

All those concepts that can drive you crazy if you think about them for too long.

He’s now at the point where he’s coming up against some pretty heavy math. And guess what? After spending much of his senior school life deriding the pointlessness of math, he now understands what all the fuss was about!

So he’s decided to learn math… properly this time. Fortunately, Peta and I both have solid backgrounds in university level math, so we can help him out.

The thing is, he’s having trouble finding a suitable online math course. Sure, he can find endless math topics online.

But they’re all fractured, broken up, and spread across multiple websites.

Ben’s searching for the online equivalent of a math textbook. Sure, he could continue to use bits and pieces of information from different sources. In fact, a handful of websites cover most of what he needs.

The problem is, they’re not set out in a logical sequence.

In Ben’s words, “I just want one site, where everything’s set out logically. I don’t want to be searching every time I need something. And I don’t care if I have to pay for it.”

A-ha! A lightbulb illuminated inside my head…

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Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray

Andrew has traded the daily grind for a life on the road. He loves the lure of Australia’s wide-open spaces, solitude and isolation. Andrew and his wife Peta are experienced remote travelers, living the simple life on the road. They travel, work and live in their 4x4 truck camper. Andrew plans to build his Money-Making Website Top Wire Traveller to the point where it provides a regular income... enough to sustain their lifestyle on the road.

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