I just read a post from http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/ about how he decided to drop Google Adsense Ads and basically drop $100k of income a year while doing it. Wow.
This guys sounds right up my alley and I am going to explore his site. I just started following him so really haven't read much of his content. But I like what I see so far.
My goal in blogging truly is to come up with an income. I used to make quite a nice income when I was in marketing working for Dell, Inc. I stopped being a marketer not quite four years ago and started being a mommy. It was such a scary time for me, basically changing identities midstream and Jeff and I lost over half our income in the process and added two babies at the same time. Being a fulltime mommy was one of the best and most difficult decisions I ever had to make. I love that I did and I think that in time my creativity and entreprenurial spirit will replace at least part of that income. But for Steve Pavlina to say that he dropped $100k a year income and feels totally at peace with it, that is awesome!
I do hope that at some point I have to make the decision on whether or not to drop $100k in advertising income because that will mean that first of all I am generating that much in ads and second that I have some sort of revenue stream to fall back on. A book, product recommendations, free lance writing on other blogs or for online sites all of these are ways that a person could make money and there are plenty of other ways that me being a newbie blogger have no idea about.
Right now, I make no money at this. Would I like to have income from blogging and writing in general, absolutely. Everytime someone clicks on one of the ads on the blog I make a few cents. I only get paid from google when I reach $100, needless to say I haven't been paid by Google yet.
But readership is up and there is literally a constant stream of opportunities out there to generate more visits to my blog. How exciting, I really am only limited by my own time constraints.
Check out Steve's site, he sounds like quite the self actualized guru (his diet is 100% raw vegan, yowser).
Let me know what inspires you to do this blogging thing and what sites you aspire to.