Time to write

They say there is a time for everything. I started this blog several years ago with the intention of it being a life long journey. I’ve stopped several times with my entries for various reasons. But now, it is my time to pursue my writing. To let it all hang out each day.

My goal is to develop content for a book. A collection of thoughts about life.

How To Drive Traffic to Your Blog Litmus Test (Day 1)

Have you ever wondered if the articles published on the web actually work? I plan on setting the record straight with daily results from two blogs I recently started. My blogs will act as a lab test against some of the recommendations on building web traffic. As of right now, both my blogs, My Wealth Building Story and The Naked Network Marketing Business are at ZERO hits.

The first article, How to Drive More Traffic To Your Blog I will put to the litmus test.


Eric P. Martin’s How to Make Money Diary – 1-18-2014

I’m starting this blog project as a way to take out the mystery of making money. After 49 years, I think I’ve figured it out. So, I want to create this series of blog post as a platform to document my knowledge and test my theories.

This first chart is a graphic picture of how much I’ve earned trading the Forex for the last two weeks of 2014 with a principle amount in the account of $400.00 as of today.



My goal for next week is to exceed (not from the Forex) the amount I earned from other sources other than the Forex.  As you can see, on average, I earned about $20.00 per week. Not a lot of money. Especially, when your weekly expenses exceed your weekly income.

 Income Sources

Here is a list of sources I would like believe I can earn money from.

  • Find odd jobs found on Craigslist
  • Selling something
  • Selling Paintings
  • GigWalk
  • TaskRabbit


Action Step

Now that I’ve listed five items, I’m going to create action steps to take to complete them.

  1. Find odd jobs on Craigslist


  • Look and identify odd jobs from the previous week.

Looking on Craigslist. I found a lot of opportunities listed under ECT were market research surveys. I looked at the entire week, and found nothing I was qualified to participate in. I then went to look under part-time.

I found one position which requires me to fill out a resume. This requires an action step. Complete a resume.

Action Step: Complete Resume (9:55 a.m.)



Daily Blog – 1-17-2014

Two Types of People

There seems to be two worlds. The first is labor. The second world is enterprise. It appears you are working for someone, where you time is exchange for labor. Or, you invest time into launching a business idea and it compensates you for that idea, if successful.


Anything can be learned. And that requires time too. Today I learned about Affiliate marketing from an article online. As I sat there reading, I realized tis guy knew what he was talking about.

Example of Learning

I want to learn to put graphs of my income online. I found a website called Online Chart Tool

I created this graph just on my knowledge base at the time.

20140117045804So with a  little bit more reading and learning, I was able to change my chart to reflex more of what I want. What did I learn? About the X axis and Y axis.

Here’s the new chart.


At last, I was finally able to get the look of what I needed. I changed the title


Analysis of a sentence

I’ve set the goal to write. But, with all the books I’ve accumulated on writing, it still hasn’t made me a better writer. So, I figured I start from the beginning. And this is my self-taught version of becoming a writer.

The Analysis of a Sentence

The first place I thought I should start if I want to write a book is with the book I’m already reading. It’s called, Capitalism 4.0 by Anatole Kaletsky.

Chapter Two.

“In the Winter of 2008-09, twenty years after the collapse of communism, capitalism is also seemed on the brink of collapse.”

Taking the first word “In” has a classification in English as is Preposition. 

Here is Merriam-Webster’s definition of Preposition. Being that a preposition is a word that shows a relationship, (time, location, or direction) to a noun or pronoun or noun phrase, then what is that object?

The next word is “The”. The is classified as an definite article.

Here is Merriam-Webster’s definition of Definite Article.

“The” is in reference to a person, place or thing. That thing, in my opinion, is the word (noun) Winter.

The next word is “Winter”.

Winter is classified as a noun. I’ve mastered this concept!

The next word is “Of”.

Of is also a preposition.

The noun (Proper) is showing a relationship to is the proper noun “2008-2009” in my opinion.

And lastly, we have the proper noun, “2008-2009”.


Parts of the Sentence.

I’ve completed the analysis of the first group of words. This leads me to another topic. There is one thing to classify words in English, but then there is another portion which is to classify the parts of a sentence. And this is where I am now in the process.

Here are links to understanding prepositional phases.

I included more than just the definition because it is of my belief that different sources provide different viewpoints to enhance the learning experience to mastering any topic. This is why I feel the school model is flawed by using only one book. But that is another discussion.

If a prepositional phase begins with a preposition, in this case, the word “In” and ends with a noun (to include proper) or a pronoun, which would be “2008-2009”, this would verify to be correct.




Daily Blog 1-12-2014

This is yet another experiment to blog again. My life has taken another major turn. Rather than go into it… Maybe I will. The cab company that I leased my cab from is trying to charge me $500.00 because a passenger put a coffee cup filled with coffee underneath the seat which in turned spilled on electrical equipment that operates the credit card machine.

So, here’s my experiment. I figured out that I need to make $33.00 per day for 30 days in order to meet my monthly expenses. With that said, I need to do something to turn my energy into money. Here’s my experiment. I plan on documenting what I do each hour, what action steps I take to turn my time into money. And so, here is the first hour.


6:00 a.m. 


  • Start submitting resumes posted on Craigslist.


  1. Blogged 
  2. Deleted emails
  3. Responded to emails for The Farm Network Project
  4. Journal Writing


7:00 a.m.


  1. Ate breakfast ( 2 oranges)
  2. Blogged on Spark People

8:00 a.m


  1. Researching on internet (B.D.)
  2. Word Study


Why am I not setting goals for the hour? It seems the last two hours have not been targeted towards specific goals for the day. I need to set those before I start my day.

Goals for the Day

  1. Complete Resume
  2. Build team (recruit) for The Farm Network Project
  3. Complete Acting Resume

9:00 a.m.


  1. Responded to email for The Farm Network Project (set up Google Hangout Meeting for tomorrow.

10:00 a.m.


  1. Rested

11:00 a.m


  1.  Legal Study

12:00 p.m.


  1. Watching Face The Nation
  2. Emailed Google Hangout Invitations

1:00 p.m.


  1. Grocery Shopping

2:00 p.m


  1. Cooking

3:00 p.m


  1. Blogging

4:00 p.m.


  1. Blogging.


5:00 p.m.


  1. Watched Movie


6:00 p.m.


  1. Watched Movie

7:00 p.m.


  1. Watched Movie

8:00 p.m.


  1. Watched Movie






A Realty look at a Chicago Cab Driver’s Economics

I had to go back to driving a cab today. I made a total of $62.00. Here a breakdown of today income & expenses.

  • Paprika – $0.99
  • 12oz Teriyaki sauce -$2.78
  • Onion Powder – $0.99
  • 3 cans of tuna – $2.97
  • Curry powder – $0.99
  • Energy Drink – $2.57
  • Subway sandwich – $3.29
  • Bagel Twist – $1.42
  • Sausage, Egg & Cheese breakfast sandwich – $5.35
  • Candy Bar – $1.30

Total Daily Food Expense -$22.65

Income for 12 Hours Work – $62.00

Per hour earned – $5.16 (before taxes)

Hours worked for Food – 4.38 hours


Former Alderman Dorothy Tillman witnesses racial tension during Django screening.

Chicago’s former 3rd Ward Alderman, Dorothy Tillman was a guest at Columbia College’s free monthly movie screening Thursday evening.

Around 7:30 p.m, twenty minutes, after Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained film had started, a group consisting of three African-American males and one African-American female arrived late and seated themselves in the back of the theatre. One male in the group began talking so loud that people in the theatre began to “shush” him.

At one point, a older, white gentleman, which appeared to be in his late 50’s got up and told the guy to “Shut the fuck up”. A  fight broke out, the movie was stopped, and both the white male and the young African-American group were asked to leave Columbia College’s building.

One of the goals for screening Tarantino’s controversial movie was to create a healthy dialog afterwards with guest Dorothy Tillman, Columbia College facility member, Dan Rybicky, and the audience. Mission Accomplished.