by Niall Doherty

I’ve been writing on this blog for almost a year now, and I think it’s about time I defined my audience. I want to make it easy for you to know if my writing is aimed at you, or not.

First, let me remind you of the kind of life I’m trying to build for myself: This November I will be quitting my nice-and-steady 9-to-5 web design job, leaving New Orleans and heading back to Ireland. There I will set up my own business and spend a few months figuring out how to make a living online without working crazy hours. I’ll be working on projects I’m passionate about, building my audience and reputation, and setting myself up for location independence.

Before the calendar flips to May 2011, I will quickly and easily relocate to Spain and spend a maximum of six months there, learning the language from scratch. I will be fluent by the time I leave in the Autumn.

Beyond that, I’m not sure. I will probably travel on through Europe, experience several different cultures en route to Southeast Asia, and I intend to be back in the USA in 2013 for an epic 3-month road trip.

All along the way, my aim will be to help and inspire people to live the life of their dreams. I figure I’ll be somewhat of an authority on the subject, since I’ll be living mine.

So where do you fit in?

I will be pouring my heart and soul into this blog in the hopes of inspiring you to be the best person you can be. I don’t want you to live vicariously through me, reading about my adventures and thinking “Wow, I could never do that.”

No, I want you to go write your own script and live it, too. I want you on this journey with me.

If you read this blog regularly for the next twelve months and your life ends up looking exactly the same, then I’ll have failed you. I’d rather not waste your time like that. Hence this post.

The kind of people I’ll be writing for

  • Action-oriented people
  • Goal-oriented people
  • Open-minded people
  • Passionate people
  • Heretics
  • Change-makers
  • Risk takers
  • Positive people
  • People who love learning
  • People who want to change, and want to make change
  • People who want to be part of the solution
  • People who want to help others

If the above sounds like you, or the person you’re aiming to become, stick around. I think we’ll get along great. In fact, I’d love to get to know you better. Send me a message via e-mail, Facebook or Twitter.

The kind of people who are wasting their time here

  • Folks who spend hours watching TV or playing video games each day
  • People who expect life to be easy
  • Destructive critics
  • Pessimists, doomsayers and energy vampires
  • People who settle for mediocrity
  • People who think material possessions will make them happy
  • Anyone who thinks one person can’t make a difference
  • Anyone who thinks they don’t have a choice
  • People who run from their fears
  • People who project their own limitations onto others
  • Disrespectful people

(A special message for the last crowd on the above list: I’m fine with you disagreeing with my viewpoints, but you must be respectful. One person left two disrespectful comments on my last post, and I promptly deleted both of them. Sorry, but I’m not going to spend any time or energy arguing with trolls. I’d rather spend that time and energy writing a new post that will help and inspire respectful people.)

If you find you identified more with that second list, well then this is where we part ways. Don’t worry, there are plenty of other blogs out there that you can read instead of mine. No hard feelings. Have a nice life.

If you’re still with me, great. I really appreciate you taking the time to read my blog. I’ll keep trying hard to add value to your life and help you be the best you can be. I’m just getting started on this journey of mine, and I’m looking forward to your company.

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