I've been on BPL for barely a year, and it's changing my life in unexpected ways.
BPL is helping me me lighten my load, spend more money, and go backpacking more often. I kind of expected that.
More importantly, BPL is an outlet for my writing. I tried blogging, and I thank all eight of my readers :-)
Writing the satellite communications articles (1, 2, 3) has really changed my life.
During a routine weekly meeting with my boss last spring, I casually mentioned these articles. Much to my surprise, she suggested a career change into communications, including sending me back to school.
Wow. So far, I'm enjoying my new job, and I might be a full time student next September!
I'm continuing to write for BPL, both in forum posts and articles. I enjoy the interaction with an engaged community. Writing management summaries, press releases, and web pages, isn't quite as satisfying.
So thanks to Ryan and everyone at BPL for giving a newbie writer a new career direction and a place to express myself.