Every now and again I like to fantasize about the future of this blog. Will I write a book (and by book I mean 10 page guide that is mostly stick figures and has very little to do with personal finance)? Will I start freelancing and writing articles for major news outlets? Will I begin generating enough income from PDITF that I decide to go full-time? Or, the most likely scenario, will I eventually burn out and throw in the blogging towel?
It’s really odd to write this blog, having no end goal in mind. Very few things I do in my life are so up in the air. When I went to college, I knew I would spend four years working towards achieving a degree. Heck, even though I have no plans to quit my current job, I’m at least working hard now so it will pay off in the future (retirement, building my resume, etc). But with PDITF it’s a whole different experience. It’s kinda like my flavor of the week I guess. Yeah, my 2.8 year flavor of the week.
But this can’t be forever, right? I mean, don’t take this personally, but I don’t want to be writing this blog five years from now (maybe even one year from now). Hopefully my circumstances become so awesome that I sacrifice this hobby for a better one. Maybe MANteresting takes off and requires all of my available attention. Or perhaps my future children will poop, cry, and eat so much (click that link for a good laugh) that the last thing I’ll want to do with my free time is sit down and write a blog post.
I like to pretend that I will go out in an epic blaze of glory, maybe a TV show appearance or an amazing job offer, but in reality I’ll probably just randomly quit one day. (doesn’t that make things more exciting for you? poof, I could be gone in the blink of an eye forever).
The most likely of all scenarios, is that I will eventually sell my blog to someone else. I’ve unintentionally managed to make this more than just a blog. It’s an asset really. I should probably start putting it in my net worth updates ’cause I’m guessing I could fetch at least $13,000 (what I made last year) for it, but might even get closer to $20,000-$30,000. Do you know how awesome an extra $30,000 in my pocket would be? Pretty freakin’ awesome, and not something I’d pass up lightly.
Don’t worry. This isn’t a warning, well not an imminent one at least. I still plan on writing for many months (years?) to come. To be honest, I even kind of want to buy a house or pop a couple babies out just so I can expand my content arsenal. Yup, you’ll still have to put up with my shenanigans and poor grammar for at least a while longer.
I suppose I’m writing all this as a means of thinking out loud, and possibly to stir a little dialogue in the comments section below. If you have a blog (or generate side income in any capacity), what is your end goal? I don’t seem to have one, but I’d sure like to, I work better when I’m aiming for something.