It was a year ago today, on August 31, 2016, when we finally completed emptying out our downtown storefront office. It was where we had published a weekly community newspaper since February 2004. The paper I had bought from my former boss and it meant both my wife, Brenda, and I had essentially bought jobs for ourselves.
Technology eventually ate away at our small town business but before we started to close the business I had turned to the new technology to help. One of the first things I did was write and publish a handful of eBooks. The third title was “The Foodie Guide to Farming Insects for Protein” which went live in October 2015.
By the time we closed our business, less than a year later, I had no idea what significance insect protein would have in my life. As it turns out, I can partially credit that little eBook as encouraging me to build a full-time freelance writing business. I had been dabbling in it for a couple years before we shut down the newspaper.
The eBook sales for what I have affectionately called my “cricket eBook” has been consistent since the day it was released. It is still, to this day, my most popular title and I have written and released three more since then. The interest in finding – or at least looking into – alternative protein sources keeps selling my information eBook.
I am far from an expert on the subject of insect protein but I have studied enough about it to understand there is some solid evidence to back up the benefits. I have also been interested enough to try a couple of products featuring cricket flour as an ingredient. But what exactly has that got to do with the anniversary of vacating our former storefront?
Well, now that I write full-time from home I have discovered that I have found my niche. Just like the “cricket eBook” is about a specific niche. In a way I feed off of that knowledge and it helps me see that writing will continue to play a vital role in my life and if some of that writing is educational, then all the better for everyone.
I’m not proposing that insect protein is the one and only answer. However, I do believe it does have a great deal of merit as an alternate source of protein. Just like my freelance writing become an alternate source of income for me that has since transitioned into a main source. I see several parallels between them and find it fitting to write about them today.
To find out more about my “cricket eBook” all you have to do is click “The Foodie Guide to Farming Insects for Protein” to find it. If you have an interest in finding a different protein source, you may discover that insect protein is the niche that fills that need. I know you will find it interesting and possibly something worth exploring further.
My name is George Elliott. I have been in the Media Industry since 1978. I spent 23 years in Broadcasting and worked in a total of six different radio stations located in southern British Columbia Canada during my career. In 2000 I switched gears and moved into the Print Media Industry at a small town, local weekly newspaper. In 2004 I bought the paper and operated it with my wife, Brenda until July 2016 when we closed it. I launched a freelance web content and article writing business from my home in January 2014.