If you follow me on Twitter or we're friends on Facebook or Myspace you've seen the Ken Carr Payday Countdown. It is the most asked about / commented on thing I do online. If you haven't seen it, about 3-4 days before each payday I post updates listing the number of hours and minutes left until my next payday and the tragedy that an empty wallet may be causing at that moment. There's a story behind it.
Every status post I write has a little bit of humor and a little bit of truth. That also applies to the payday countdown.
I was affected as were many at my company by a significant pay cut earlier this year. The company had to do it to stay healthy in an awful economy. I am not bitter about it. It is what it is. I am grateful to be working.
It has made making it to the next paycheck much more challenging. I've cut a lot of expenses in my own life to reflect less income. I'm in the same boat as many people these days.
I started the payday countdown one pay period after budget cuts when I was out of money. It was a way to make myself feel better through some humor and created some entertainment for everyone who reads my updates on the social networking sites.
Its fascinating how something born of a little tragedy ended up taking on a life of its own. I actually get crap from people now if I don't do it. A lot of people aren't sure if I make up what I say when I do the countdown. Like I said before, its a little bit of humor and a little bit of truth. As I write this I have 3 cheese slices and nearly empty bottle of ketchup in my refrigerator. But I get paid in a couple of days and life goes on.
I hope you find the humor in the payday countdowns. And, I accept cash. Right before every other Thursday!