If you don't want to learn it as your primary career, but rather to supplement whatever else you're doing, my genuine recommendation would actually be to learn web dev. It's easy and thus mocked, but it's basically never not in demand.
Other than that, you could take advice from >>39
and learn an easier language like Python. I'm not sure what archiving is going to involve, but I've found learning a scripting language to automate tasks is also a highly rewarding experience.
What does archiving involve? That might help.
I wouldn't recommend anything more masochistic than the above, unless you're either interested, or are making it a career.