UPDATE (November 8, 2011, about 10:15pm eastern): Sincere thanks to the blog hosts who have provided links here; to those who have spent the time to read my post; to those who have shared their humor, thoughts, suggestions, experiences, and well-wishes, all of which will be considered and drawn upon as I continue my search; and to those who have contributed to the tip jar.
Sorry that I have not replied to your comments, but rest assured they have all been read and will be considered many times in the coming weeks and months. Also, I have managed, up to now, to keep my personal information from becoming general internet information, and I will attempt to continue to do so, so the requests for my email address or copies of my résumé will go unanswered. Thank you for the interest, though.
The traffic here has been unbelievable. It’s been less than 12 hours since Anthony Watts linked to this post, and the referrals to it from WattsUpWithThat are, in that ½ day, about 10 times my normal daily page views for all pages at both of my websites. Amazing. The links to this post from blogs other than WUWT have provided twice my normal volume. Remarkable.
Again, thanks to all.
Nope. I’m not looking for ideas for blog posts. I’ve got enough of a backlog of those to last for months. I’m coming out of retirement and, hopefully, going to go back to work, that nasty old four-letter word. I’ll be joining the millions looking for full-time gainful employment, and I’m considering it as an exciting opportunity. Who knows what the future brings?
Let me first say that I’m not going to stop blogging about the multiyear impacts of the El Niño-Southern Oscillation, or the shortcomings of coupled climate models, or the recent flattening of Ocean Heat Content, and the like. And I still intend to provide the monthly Sea Surface Temperature anomaly updates.I’m also not in a hurry to start something; things aren’t critical financially yet. I’m looking for ideas about what to do next that will generate some income. But isn’t everybody.
My recent history:
I have had the distinct pleasure for the past seven years of serving as caregiver for both of my parents. One passed away a number of years ago, the other one a number of months ago. In some respects, it was a 24/7 job. Due to their unsteadiness while walking and other factors, my time away from them was limited to one or two hours at a time. As long as I could hear them, I could respond. I’ve been married and divorced, no kids. So the past seven years allowed me to serve, in some respects, in a reversed-parenting role—well some of the responsibilities were the same. If circumstances and personalities permit, it is a job I would recommend to anyone. And when I’m talking about circumstances, make sure your retirement savings and pension can handle that load indefinitely. Pharmaceuticals and pacemaker-defibrillators can extent life much longer than you and your parents assumed and planned for. Much longer.
Housework, meal preparation, yard work, sorting meds, chauffeuring to the grocery store, doctors, etc., didn’t eat up the entire day, and that left me enough time to research and prepare blog posts. The work that goes into preparing many of my posts is actually very similar to a job I held early in my working career, back in the days when I worked at the headquarters of a Fortune 500 company. Then I wrote in-house reports and manuals and served as in-house consultant (the expert from far away) to their offices globally in a very specific, highly technical field. So preparing blog posts that discuss faults in the hypothesis of anthropogenic global warming as I do from time to time, with lots of illustrations and descriptions, is something I’m very familiar with and enjoy.
Just in case you’re thinking that blogging pays the bills, it doesn’t. Here are the specifics for my blogs: I’ve written over 400 posts since April 2008 that have included multiple thousands of graphs, maybe 100 .gif animations, and 32 YouTube videos. On a good day, I get 1000 hits at my blogs, on average about 500 per day. (Yup, blogs, plural. The original blogspot version is still getting hits.) Obviously, most of my exposure comes from Anthony Watts cross posting my posts at Watts Up With That?. (As always, thanks, Anthony.) Like many other bloggers on both sides of climate change, I have my Paypal link for tips. And I’m extremely grateful to the generous souls who have found that link. But, the total deposits to my tip jar over the years have come to less than $1.00 per post. That’s the reality of skeptical climate change blogging. As far as I know, there are no bloggers skeptical of climate change who blog for the money. And I can’t see how I could change that here, especially when one considers that some of my posts have taken weeks to prepare. There are no deep-pocket organizations that fund us. But just in case you’re from a deep-pocket organization, or you’re someone with oodles of money you like to give away, and you’re looking for me to continue writing posts skeptical of climate change on a full-time basis, now is the time to make that gazillion-dollar donation. Just click on Bob’s Paypal link for gazillion-dollar donations. (It’s worth a shot.)
I could try to increase traffic here by preparing posts more often, like daily, and run some ads. And I could present papers that I found interesting: Messié & Chavez, 2011: Global Modes of Sea Surface Temperature Variability in Relation to Regional Climate Indices,for example. I don’t disagree with their findings, based solely on the abstract, because they confirm that the PDO is an aftereffect of ENSO. But the paper is based on EOF analysis of a Sea Surface Temperature dataset (ERSST.v3b) that is infilled using a combination of EOF and EOT analyses. And I believe that observational data is not reinserted with ERSST.v3b. So how much of Messié & Chavez is an analysis of the infilling methods and not the actual source data itself? Wouldn’t HADSST2 or HADSST3, which are not infilled, have been better datasets to use? Posts like that would be relatively easy to prepare, but many papers are paywalled and in order to comment properly on them, I’d have to purchase the papers at $9.00 to $30.00 a pop. Now it’s a money-losing endeavor.
Write a book, you say? There’s no money in books on the subjects I present, especially when you consider the limited number of people interested in the multiyear impacts of ENSO or how poorly climate models hindcast surface temperatures and natural variables. They are few and far between. As a reference, my YouTube video with the most hits has been viewed 4800 times, and the reason for that is, it was the first illustration of my post and was displayed above the “Continue reading” break on the home page at WUWT for a few days. More than 3000 of those views came the first day at WUWT.
One of my options is to continue being a caregiver but for someone outside my family. Know anyone with limited mobility in need of that type of 24/7 (not nursing) service? It would be nice to be back up in the Northeast U.S., but I’m open to anywhere in the contiguous U.S.
And I’m open to other avenues, so if you have an idea, please leave a comment, or if you have a job opening you think might fit me, please provide a link. (Or if you’re one of those oil companies we hear so much about that fund climate skeptics, please make a donation.)
Now it’s time to go out and look for work the good old-fashioned way.