When I first started blogging in August 2008 I never considered myself being an inspiration to anyone. I had always had a passion for writing, creative writing ironically and this came from my years of writing poetry and Dungeons and Dragons quests, stories and adventures. I had flirted with writing fantasy fiction books, but writing was always a secondary hobby to my true love of computers, gadgets, and anything tech and geeky.
In 2008 I was looking for a way to try and make a 2nd part time income without having to be one of those dads that really has to work 2 jobs and spend 70+ hours per week outside of the home never really getting a chance to be with the family because they spend all their time working. I did what many people do and that is “make money at home” type of searches to find out what options are possible and wave through the thousands of scam and spam promotions to find something that would legitimately allow me to make a 2nd income.
I found blogging, and I decided that I loved writing reviews of products, gadgets, software and enjoyed writing so why not give it a shot. I had NO CLUE how to make money blogging or begin to even start making money, I just knew I had to start a blog and write quality articles sharing my information and journeys into this new venture and see what came out of it.
I started DragonBlogger.com and after writing about 30 articles I decided to go see what options there were for monetization, within 90 days I had made my first $100 and primarily did this from programs like PayU2Blog, SocialSpark and PayPerPost back then. PayU2Blog eventually banned me because they didn’t allow their members to use IZEA network programs, and I felt IZEA had more potential earning offers and stuck by IZEA services instead. 4 years later, IZEA SocialSpark has netted me more than all the other paying blog opp programs combined. Only Google AdSense has earned me more income over the years than IZEA SocialSpark.
I always knew I would share not only my love of gadgets, movies, games but also my journeys as a blogger and each program I tested over the years to help other bloggers learn how to make money or give them ideas on what to try to see what may work for them.
I don’t claim to be a successful blogger, I don’t claim to own a successful blog but I can say that blogging part time 20-25 hours per week the last 4 years has enabled me to earn a secondary income that averages between $500 and $1000 per month and this is more than a minimum wage job and I can do the work from my house at night while the kids are sleeping without losing time with the family.
I stand for honesty and integrity in online blogging, I never deceive my readers and I share my feedback, reviews and never promote programs that I wouldn’t use myself. I don’t make as much as a good affiliate marketer because I don’t actively affiliate market very heavily nor do I intend to at this time, but I recognize that there is good money to be made if you do vest in affiliate marketing and choose a niche, product or service and make it a goal to believe in it and share your enthusiasm for it.
When I read a Tweet the other day by @kumar623 it really is amazing that others consider me their inspiration:
I don’t really consider myself a risk taker, I started blogging because the only investment was in a 1 year web hosting plan. This is minimal risk in my opinion, I do risk some income by giving away iPad’s, Tablets and a Laptop but my only risk is investing a moderate amount of my own blog earnings back into promotions, advertisement experimentations and other things. I really don’t consider myself a risk taker unless you consider that I just blindly upgraded my home PC from Windows 7 to Windows 7 without any backup or failback plan.
I try to lead by example in my professional life, blogging life and home life which is true and I am proud to be a continuous learner and lover of my work. It is true that a man who loves what he does, never works a day in his life.
Thanks to all the peers, bloggers, fans and anyone who considers me an inspiration. I just do what I enjoy doing and enjoy sharing information, things that I learn and helping others where I can.