What does $10,000 and a trip to Korea have in common? Absolutely nothing, but if you follow me on twitter you’d have a pretty good idea why I bring these two topics up.
On September 30th, 2010 I wrote a post titled “I make money blogging.” According to that post I had made $2,100 in the first 9 months of 2010. I was totally stoked on the extra income seeing that my blogging expenses each year only run around $100. Towards the end of the post I made an ambitious goal to earn $10,000 in 2011.
Well, according to my calendar there are only a few weeks left in the year, which means it’s time I check in on my progress. Here’s a screenshot of my blogging income taken straight from Quicken…
So it’s not quite $10,000, what gives? Well, I have an Adsense balance of $145 ready to be paid to me before year’s end. That means I’ll gross at least $10,086 for the year! And hey, if I can swing another deal or two before we scream “Happy New Year” I can bump that up a couple hundred more.
Even though I turned a decent profit this go around, I make dirt compared to what other bloggers bring home. In fact, I could probably double my blog income if I took more time engaging with other bloggers, signed up for some affiliate programs, had someone manage my ads for me, and started SEOing the bajeezus out of my post.
This blog was never about, and will never be about, making money. You wont see me writing about credit card offers, you wont read lame posts titled “Live the dream and get rich blogging”, nor will you suddenly get spammed with sponsored posts and product reviews (bloggers who do that make me want to stab my eyeballs out).
J. Money from Budgets are Sexy is literally the only blogger I know that makes a full-time living off his blog, without sacrificing his voice or content. I’m not kidding, every other full-time PF blogger out there is pushing credit cards, polluting their page with advertisements, selling you crappy products and e-books you don’t really need, and publishing content they didn’t write (they pay people to write for them). Go to Wisebread’s top 100 personal finance bloggers list and look at the first 20 or so blogs on the chart. How many of them are you subscribed too? Probably not too many, wanna know why? They suck (yeah I said it).
Oh man, I didn’t mean for this to turn in to a rant about full-time bloggers, but I just couldn’t help myself. My apologies.
Okay, now let’s talk Korea.
I got an email from my agency the other day saying I was selected to go to Korea for eight weeks (Jan to March) for work. Exciting, right? But freakin’ scary too! Being the typical overthinker I am, I’ve made a list of the pros and cons about accepting the offer…
I’d take home an additional $5,400 on top of my base salary for going.
I would probably never travel to Korea on my own dollar.
I’d hopefully go sightseeing to some pretty cool cities/places.
I’ve never been to an Asian country.
It makes me look good at work for being willing to go abroad.
Did I mention I’d make a bunch more money while I was there?
My wife is hot and I’d miss the heck out of her.
I’m a pretty simple eater and Asian food scares me (is that kind of racist to say?).
Holy crap, I googled how to say “hi” in Korean and this is what came up “안녕하세요”, which apparently translates to “annyong haseyo”, which is obviously much more difficult to say than “hi”. I thought German was rough, I couldn’t imagine trying to decipher a bunch of squiggly lines.
Korea was definitely not in MY top 50 countries I’d like to visit in my life.
Working alone, living in a hotel room, and eating out by yourself for eight weeks gets old, lonely, and quasi-depressing.
Girl Ninja wouldn’t be able to come visit. Stupid teachers actually having to go to work and teach kids stuff.
Ahhh, making decisions sucks. I haven’t had a chance to talk things over much with Girl Ninja, but we have to make a decision here in the next few days. Just when things seem to be getting a little normal, life gets interesting.