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31 December 2006 — The Year I Became a Professional Blogger (2)

It's been an unusual year for me. Instead of just dreaming, I've taken action. I've pursued something I love — writing — and I've made money at it. This is the year I became a professional blogger.

On the 4th of March, I took the first steps to "monetizing" my web sites. Since then, I have earned $9000 from blogging. In December alone, I earned $2327. These numbers probably shock some of you. They shock me. I had no idea that it was possible to make money from something I loved so much, and yet it's not only possible to earn money from this, it's likely that I could make this my full-time job.

I know that foldedspace suffered for several months, but I hope you all understand why I opted to pursue other priorities. I've made an effort to return to my old posting habits recently. I'm not back to my old pace yet, but I probably won't ever return to that until I make the leap to full-time blogger. (Well, I already work full-time hours at this, but most of those are at night and on weekends. Here it is, New Years Eve, and I've already written three entries for the coming week.)

In past years, I've written capsule summaries of what has come before (2002, 2003). My life was full of statistics: books I'd read, movies I'd seen, and music I'd heard. I still generated plenty of stats to track my progress this year — could I do anything else? — but my focus shifted in a big way. Still, here are some comparitive numbers:

 200220032006
Books read5643~40
Mariners games400
Expensive toyiBookGamecubeWii
Photography expense<$100>$1000$0!
Weight Dec. 31st198199195
Weblog entries203329214*
Weblog comments23224011754*

* These numbers are for foldedspace only. The numbers for all my active weblogs (some of which are more active than others):

Animal Intelligence: 30 posts, 23 comments
Get Rich Slowly: 670 posts, 4279 comments
Four Color Comics: 166 posts, 85 comments
Foldedspace: 214 posts, 1754 comments
Total: 1080 posts, 6141 comments

This has been a wonderful year. I feel fulfilled for the first time in ages. My Depression has receded to a background buzz. I attribute this to my newfound purpose in life, and to the assistance of Lauren Muney, my wellness coach. Lauren helped me to confront my self-destructive behavior, and to see that I could make smart choices. The change has been remarkable.

2006 hasn't been without regrets, however. Kris and I spent less time with friends than in past years, and I feel the lack of companionship keenly. I'll work to change this in 2007. Also, I feel like the house and yard are beginning ot show ragged edges. I want to spend a little more time maintaining the place. (I always feel this way in winter, though.)

Thanks to all of you who have stuck with foldedspace through the years. I know it's probably been hard — the content here varies widely depending on my current obsession and my mood. Believe me, though, that it's readers this worth the effort.

Happy new year and best wishes for 2007.

On this day at foldedspace.org

2005Tips For Writers   In which I post Billy Wilder's tips for writers.


Comments
On 01 January 2007 (11:38 AM), Lauren Muney said:

Thank you, JD - your acceptance to look at yourself and make changes has been the whole turn-key to the rest of your life. You are a model client -- not obsessive, but curious and interested. You experimented. You listened. You made your own suggestions... and you followed them. Very well accomplished -- and I look forward to great reports on your progress!


On 01 January 2007 (04:32 PM), John said:

Happy new year, and *congratulations*, J.D.!