A little history about my road to IM...
I had my first brush with it at 17 when I invested over $1000 in a website and merchant account just to have no traffic to my site. I had no idea what I was doing. That was when people tried banner exchanges to drive traffic. What a joke!
Anyway after it failed I gave up the idea. But later I started designing sites as a hobby. Due to certain life events I ended up on the other side of the country with no job and little hope. I applied to a startup company as a webmaster (though I still didn't know much). IT was really desperation that drove me to apply. I called them daily for 2 weeks to see if they would hire me. Finally (I believe to be done with me) they hired me!
Well I learned a few things there but in another years time I was working at another job. I still remembered how to do a few things with websites that I had learned though.
Well I struggle with depression and anxiety. It is so bad that I have had a hard time keeping jobs and sadly had some thoughts of ending it all. But like it or not it takes a miracle to get on disability. So I knew I had to do something. I knew I couldn't keep things going because in time I would be out of yet another job.
So I had to come up with something I could do on my own terms so that when I hit those hard times I could still have money to support myself and my wife. It was then that I thought I would start a website to see if I could make it in IM.
I wasn't willing to fail. I took a lot of time working on the site and began to see real traffic come to it. After 3 years I decided that my niche wasn't a well paying one. So I got into other areas of IM.
It turned out to bring in my first $100! I was happy but understandably I knew I needed more. So I kept working at it. During that time I had gone through a couple other jobs and was applying for disability. But before I got to the judge I ended up making a good income. So I had a choice. Live off the Government or struggle through my mental illness and fight it out in the IM world.
I have been fighting it out and now am planning on having a record year in IM.
I don't know why I said all of that except to encourage others who may see no way out and be in the same place I was. Don't give up! Do what it takes to live for now...go from job to job, get a hand out, whatever it takes, but keep your eyes on the horizon and keep pushing.