This is a story about writing...
To date, I have written and published 1,357,076 words on this blog. Today is the 5 year anniversary of me starting this blog. I have published 1,086 blog posts, which is an average of 4 per week. I think many writers would be pleased to write and publish something at least 4 days a week. I'm quite proud of my achievement.
Here are some facts about the past 5 years, in chronological order:
- I was homeless when I started, on September 6th, 2015
- I was £21,000 in debt when I started
- I rented a super cool apartment by the River Thames in late September, 2015
- I was locked up for a week - voluntarily - on a secure psych ward in October 2015
- I flew to San Francisco to visit the Golden Gate Bridge, at the end of October 2015
- Hospitalised for a few weeks with kidney failure, caused by DVT, January 2017
- Moved to Manchester in July 2017
- Suicide attempt on September 9th, 2017. Hospitalised in a coma in intensive care
- Sectioned and held involuntarily on a psych ward, waiting for an appeal for 12 days
- Won my appeal, but stayed on the psych ward voluntarily for another two weeks
- Became homeless again
- Moved to Swansea in October 2017, still homeless
- Lived in a load of AirBnBs in London midweeek, due to work
- Debt reached its peak of £54,000. I only had £23 left to spend.
- Rented an apartment in Swansea with lovely panoramic sea views, in March 2018
- Moved to Cardiff in March 2019
- Suicide attempt on December 18th, 2019
- Hospitalised with kidney failure for almost 3 weeks - discharged January 2020
- August 2020 my peak of £54,000 debt is fully repaid. I am debt free.
- I have £300 of savings, having subtracted all taxes and other monies owed
Here are some other interesting facts about the last 5 years:
- I've worked 44 months out of 60 (73% of the time)
- I've earned £530,000
- I've paid £240,000 in tax
- I've paid £83,000 in rent
- I've paid £50,000 interest on debt
The numbers are actually pretty impressive, for somebody who's been so sick, homeless and generally suffering a very chaotic stressful life. I'm surprised I've been such a generous contributor to the economy, actually. I've philantropically handed out vast sums of money to banks, governments and landlords. I am, truly, a ragged-trousered philanthropist.