Hi, I’m Mike. I’m Unemployed and I Live With My Parents.

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Okay – I don’t really live with my parents, but as of November 29th, I am officially unemployed (more on that in a minute).

Don’t worry, I’m not here to ask for money, at least not yet.

What I am here for is to officially introduce myself and tell you what’s in store for Text Mechanic™.

Who the Heck Am I?

My name is Mike and I’m the creator of Text Mechanic™. You can read more about me here.

For starters, I’d like to apologize for that pop-up that you’ve been seeing for the past few weeks on here – it’ll be gone by the time you read this, but I did want to let you know that it was there for a reason.

For the past 10+ years, things have been kept as simple as humanly possible on here so that you can stop by, do what you need to do, and get the hell out.

I get it.

I’m a tool and I’m just here to get used and abused – no hard feelings.

With that being said, I am a strong believer that if you’re not moving forward, you’re moving backwards, so what I needed to do was get a little bit of input from you guys during that time to learn more about what type of tools/resources you wanted to see more of on here.

After all, nobody likes stale bread.

Your feedback and support has been overwhelmingly awesome, and I really thank you for that!

I’ve got enough ideas to keep me busy for a while, and with that whole unemployment thing being so hot right now, it kinda works out.

What Getting Canned Has Taught Me

To be honest though, I’m actually kind of glad I got laid off.

Sure, it wasn’t the best timing right before the holidays and all (sorry kiddos, Wal-Mart this year), but it’s opened my eyes to a few things:

  1. It made me realize that regardless of the amount of hard work or time you clock in at a company, the only person that will truly know and appreciate their own true value is you.
  2. I’m finally going to have more time to focus on the 2 things I really love – developing more cool stuff that people want while spending more time with my wife and 3 kids.
  3. I’m going to get a crash course on learning what it takes to build a business online – the hard way.

An Idea to Make Things Mo’ Betta

Now in order for all of this to come together nicely, I have to create a win-win deal with you guys.

A deal that makes you happy as well as making me not homeless at the same time.

Here’s what I’m thinking.

  • What You Get – I’m going to be working my white ass off developing as many FREE tools for you as I can. You tell me what you want, I’ll tally up the votes, and pick the winners – no strings attached.
  • What I (Could) Get – My win has a little bit more to do with reality, and that reality is, free doesn’t necessarily put food on the table. I figured that a little support through a company my friend told me about called Patreon would help me keep doing what I do best. By no means do you have to help out, but it would mean a lot and will me continue to improve the tools on here.

I think this is a pretty good deal for everyone, but hey, only time will tell, right?

It’s not like I intend to get rich off this website, but since I have had it for a while, I do want to do the best I can to make it work…especially now more than ever.

Who knows what will happen, but what I do know is that for over a decade, I would always get a 🙂 on my face each time I would get an email telling me how helpful the tools are.

It just so happens that now I can dedicate all of my time into making Text Mechanic™ an even better resource for everyone, and that’s what I plan on doing regardless of how things play out.

Well, I think that wraps up my first official blog post.

I’m a much better dev than writer so if I didn’t make sense, left anything out, or you just want to tell me “hi” for the first time, just drop a comment below.

Thanks for reading, guys!

PS – How’s that for an introduction after being just being a wall of text for over 10 years? 🙂