It’s pretty amazing how quickly time flies. It’s been nearly a year since my last blog post, where I had all of these grand ideas of where I was heading next.
Sure enough, not much has happened with my online business. I’m still focused on my day job and other offline obligations in my life, but I continue to keep on eye on my return to blogging and building a business online.
It’s not really fair to say I’ve been working at this for years, because the truth is, it’s been a few years since I’ve really put in any effort here.
That’s not to say there haven’t been some exciting things going on, so if you’re still with me here, I’ll explain.
So, What’s New?
Although I haven’t been blogging or working on my online business in general, here are some of things that have happened in the past year:
1) Celebrated my first anniversary with my wife.
Married since November 2014, my wife and I recently celebrated our one year anniversary.
Married life has been great so far! I can’t really say a ton has changed, because we’ve lived together for quite awhile and, all in all, have been together for about 12 years now.
2) Got a new puppy (pictured above).
About 6 months ago, my wife and I adopted a puppy! His name is Oliver, he’s a beagle/lab mix, and is definitely a handful.
Even though I grew up with dogs most of my childhood, I never realized how much work they could be. Gone are my mornings before heading work, sipping coffee and playing around (sometimes working) online. Now I’m feeding Oliver, walking him, and playing with him a bit while I rush to get ready to go to work.
I guess the time management challenge is good practice for having a child…
3) Sold TheDailyInterview.com!
As some of you may remember, I spent nearly a year (a few years ago) building a site, The Daily Interview. I put a ton of work into it, ultimately completing and publishing over 100 interviews with some incredibly interesting and inspiring internet entrepreneurs.
While I never got to the point of monetizing the site before stopping my work on it, it remained a great collection of valuable content.
Late last year, I was approached by someone who was interested in purchasing the site and bringing it back to life. I’m happy to say, I successfully sold the site for a mid-4 figure amount.
As of this writing, they haven’t yet begun work on it, but all of the content I created is still live. Considering all the work I put into it, and the fact that I never made much money from it before, I was thrilled to be able to reap at least a little bit of a financial reward.
I’m confident that the team who purchased the site will be able to turn it into a great success if they are able to dedicate a bit more time and attention to it than I was able to.
4) Continued to earn $300-500/month passively.
Even though it’s been years since I’ve done any real work online, I still continue to earn up to $500/month from sites and content created a long time ago. It’s amazing that the work from a long time ago is still paying off today.
If you’re on the fence about starting a blog or building up some passive income streams, now is the time start. Even if you’re barely successful (like me), there’s still plenty of long term benefits for putting in hard work now.
I’m not going to make any specific “promises” about what’s coming next, because I have a tendency to announce projects before I’ve actually committed to working on them.
However, I am working on a new “authority” site in a very competitive niche that I think has a lot of potential if I’m able to put the time into it. I’ve got an initial plan to publish 100 pieces of content by the end of 2016.
It’s ambitious, but I’ve already made some progress:
- Mapped out 60 article titles
- Created 20 article outlines
- Began actually writing 5 of those articles
- Completed 2 articles, and published one.
It’s a long road, and I know my track record isn’t great when it comes to ambitious goals for my online business, but if I can achieve even 50% of my goal, it’ll be a great start.
If you still read this blog, what are you up to these days? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.
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