Today marks the third year anniversary since my first ever post on this blog!
It’s certainly been a weird ride too. Originally I started out thinking I would be using this blog to chronicle my journey through law school and into the law profession, but unfortunately life has a tendency to poop all over my best laid plans, so instead of writing about adventures in law school and beyond, I found myself rambling about topics of no particular interest to anyone but me. My blog went for weeks without any updates, and my traffic was virtually nil. Then I started wrapping myself around the idea that I could turn my blog into a money making machine, getting my hands on whatever material I could find out there that could help me figure out how to turn this site into a magical land of milk and honey, from whence I could quit my job, retire, and live it up as a self made man with a pizza on one hand and a babe on the other.
Then I went from there to wailing about all my health problems, which really put a damper on my blogging spirits for a while. Then I went on a streak where I raged and ranted about dating sites and women and why they all sucked and disgusted me to no end, and not just them but people too, and they sucked and everybody sucks and the whole world sucks and why doesn’t everyone just explode and DIE????
Come to think of it I think I’m still on that streak. :-D
Under normal circumstances I probably would have closed this blog by now and moved on.
Only the thing is… this is the first time I’ve ever created a blog that provided a solid income stream for me. I won’t be retiring or quitting anytime soon of course, but then again, I don’t just throw away something that’s earning me $200 a month, even if I have nothing worth writing about these days. My feed count also surpassed 200 readers for the first time ever the other day, and it seems apparent that as I keep this site going and keep blogging, my audience and traffic will continue to expand, slowly, but surely. $200 a month might some day become $300 a month, then $500, and from there, who knows how high it could go. Love it or hate it, me and my blog, we’re stuck together for the long haul. And who knows, just because I haven’t been able to earn a living NOW doesn’t mean I can’t earn one down the road, even if that road turns out to be a long, winding one that takes years to cover. I know of one person who ran a math site since 1997, and it took her over ten years before she finally saw the fruits of her labor and was able to earning a living from her website alone. From what I learned about search engines like Google, the older your domain gets, the more trusted it becomes, resulting in higher rankings and more traffic. Some say the tipping point is 4 years, so by this time next year, I could end up seeing a dramatic difference that will boost my earnings potential even more.
In the meantime, this blog is still searching for an identity, a clear purpose, something to help focus my writing and truly make it blossom. It’s sad that I find myself in my early thirties and even after all these years, I still don’t know who I am or who I was meant to be, if I was meant to be anything at all. Am I destined to be a drifter, living a small life where I have no impact on anything, or am I meant for something bigger? Can I overcome my inner demons and become the man God wants me to be, and the man that a future wife could be worthy of, or will I slowly fade away into obscurity and failure?
The story continues…