Duncan Riley> Oh My God! I’m a Problogger. That’s the realisation I made this morning when I woke up after having received notice yesterday afternoon that I have been “restructured” out of my full time job in the non-blogging world. Merry Christmas one may well say, but as they say you never let the bastards (or in this case, the bastard) get you down. I can remember too well b5media’s Jeremy Wright being in a similar situation at the beginning of the year, and how he used that opportunity to earn a living for himself (and yes, I’ve discussed this with him briefly). It’s a fine example that I intend on following, and join the other 3 b5media directors who don’t work full time jobs. Sure, I might need to pick up some Part Time work in the non-blogging world in the new year to cover things for a while, but its blogging and more blogging for me from now on.
It may be of little surprise to some, but I don’t make a huge amount of money online, although having said this its still a lot more than many people (low 4 figures). Blogging about blogging still pretty much sucks in terms of advertising rates on Google and the like. If The Blog Herald was a blog with the same stats and PR as a blog about…say Britney Spears (my new b5media blog), I’d be sitting very pretty at the moment. The wife still works, so I’ve set myself a few financial goals to reach in the coming months to measure my success as a now full time Problogger.
1. Pay the mortgage
Not quite there yet (and I have a very big mortgage). Immediately need to double my income to cover it
2. Pay the bills
After the first goal I want to be able to cover our bills. There’s no Pay TV in this house (Foxtel is toooooo expensive) but there is the phone (its strange that Telstra’s line connection fee is actually higher than the cost of the actual phone calls I make…I use Skype a lot), gas, power, and naturally ADSL.
After this I should be sitting pretty, and we can start to afford the extra’s again, like food :-)…seriously though the wife will cover the food part just fine, but I may still need to go on a diet. Extra’s include the luxuries, like the holiday I haven’t had in 10 years.
So here’s to Problogging. I’ll be updating the progress a bit as I go along, although given how many blog posts I now need to write to cover these things it may take some time to getting around to. Naturally, I’m open to offers of writing gigs, although nothing that conflicts with b5media’s work.
Update: just a thought, am I Western Australia’s first ever Problogger? probably, like everthing in WA its a Wait Awhile proposition :-)