Reality Blog: Confusing Signals in This Year of Uncertainty


Three quarters of this strange year are over… it’s a year I imagine we’ll all be glad to see the back of.

As we roll down the hill towards 2021, it’s time to check in and see where I’m at regarding my 2020 Reality Blogger goal of building an email list of at least 1,000 subscribers.

First, a recap.

A Quick Look Back

Here are the key takeaways from my midyear update.

A change in mindset

I reflected on how we’d had a change in mindset. With the madness of COVID-19, I decided to give myself a break.

The priority shifted from getting 1,000 email subscribers come hell or high water, to the bigger picture… Peta and I living the lifestyle we chose a few years ago. A lifestyle where happiness is more important than a self-appointed goal.

This is especially important now, when the world seems to be going mad all around us.

So, where are we at?

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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.


  • Oh, for sure this year’s been all over the map. I’ve had a steady stream of well paying web clients, but the WordPress class, which I usually teach twice a year, has been crazy. I almost didn’t run it in the spring because I thought with lockdown nobody would sign up. Instead, I had the largest and most engaged class I’ve ever had. This fall, I didn’t have enough signups to run it. . . All I can conclude is that, at least in the US where we’re letting the pandemic rage out of control and we have a nasty election coming up, the level of uncertainty in people’s lives is just not allowing them to plan ahead. But that’s just a hunch and I could be totally wrong.

    FWIW, my email list has been fairly stagnant, too. . .

    • Hi Susanna,

      Interesting observations, thanks. I think you’re spot-on about the uncertainty and its effects, especially in the US. It seems like we’ll have to roll with the punches for a while yet.

  • Andrew, thank you for writing such a transparent and honest article. Heather, thank you for posting it! I am writing this response on October 25th (my first comment, I just joined). It is a grey looking Sunday and a day for some sobering observations.
    Andrew, you are keen in noting the confusing signals, they are indeed everywhere. With only 8 days until the U.S. elections, and increasing (again) shutdowns, our country hangs in a kind of psychological suspension of time – or so it seems. You are not alone in your thought process. I am hearing it from all points on the globe.
    As a parallel to consider: I listened this morning to a historian, who in 2014, discovered some “writings” in the basement of a courthouse, from the 1800’s. These writings chronicled the first hand experiences of some who had lived through the 1812 earthquakes in the U.S. (writings over 200 years old!)
    Moral of my story: Maybe we are in a most unique position, in our place in time. A time to write and write, observe, observe, write some more. Not only could our efforts be very useful for future generations, writing serves to produce, in us, a certain internal calm, useful for the now, wonderful for the soul. I am grateful for being able to hang with like-minded writing warriors such as yourselves.
    Here’s to longer-lasting ink pens!!

    • Hi Rebecca,

      Welcome to Wealthy Web Writer! I’m glad this article hit a chord with you.

      A “psychological suspension of time”… I love this, an elegant description of the world right now. The uncertainty is certainly wearing and even overwhelming at times.

      And I’d agree… we’re in a unique position to chronicle our thoughts and observations. There’s no doubt it’s both valuable for future generations and good for our souls. I guess our responsibility is to record what we observe during these times.


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