When Jason Paul recently graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in communication, he says he attempted to pursue what he calls a more “convential” writing job — applying to a grand total of 180 publications throughout the country.

Jason Paul, LivingCraigslist

But as J-School grads like myself are all too often aware, journalism jobs are quite few and far between (and yes, I am still quite thankful to the journalism powers-that-be that I’m one of the lucky ones — for now).

So Jason apparently decided to screw it all and go out on his own adventure, which I’m guessing will probably bring him a hefty book contract somewhere in the near future and more publicity than he expected. Jason decided to live his life entirely off Craigslist, the Web site that allows people to post jobs, sell their old wares and find romance, among thousands of other uses.

On his blog,  LivingCraigslist.com — which is cutely designed to look exactly like Craigslist itself —  Jason posts several updates each week about his adventures traveling all over the country, finding jobs, housing, food, friends, dates and other necessities exclusive through Craigslist.

The rules he sets out for himself:

“>    I will start with $2,500 that I’ve saved during college
>    I will have a car, a phone, a computer and cameras to document the trip
>    I am not allowed to live out of my car
>    I am not allowed to live with someone I know for longer than a week at the beginning of each city
>    I am allowed one large bag containing clothes and a few staple foods
>    I am not allowed to initiate contact with someone unless it is through an online interaction”

Oh and by the way, we have confirmation that this guy is, in fact, Jewish, as documented in his first foray into the world of Southern Baptism.

“I never expected to sit in the front row of an all-black Baptist church, but I just couldn’t say no,” he writes. “I should say, I have never been to church—not unless you count touristy experiences or the one time I played my violin at someone’s wedding. I am Jewish and proud of my religion.”

I look forward to speaking to Jason further and intend to write a more detailed article about his project in an upcoming issue of The Jewish Week. Stay tuned!

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Sharon Udasin is a staff writer at The Jewish Week. Follow her on Twitter or e-mail her at sharon@sharonudasin.com.

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