Every now and again, I begin to doubt my success as blogger. In a some ways I’m successful, but sometimes it’s not so obvious to me. For instance, I make some money from advertisements, but I could probaly make more at a Starbucks. I have around 600 readers of my RSS feed, but how many of them robots indexing it instead of people reading it? I don’t know. I seem to have about 800 people visit my site each day, but how many are really getting the information they are looking for? How many are just accidentally passing by on a cyber-surfing mission? I get a number of comments (and many from regular readers) – this may be the best measure of success. I love getting comments.
The only thing better than the comments is when bloggers emulate me. It makes me feel that I’m doing something right. If nothing else I’ll know I’ve contributed to something. It seems that I’ve contributed to at least two bloggers out there with my focus on alternative income streams.
The other example is Tight Fisted Miser’s Alternative Streams of Income. He didn’t have a job when he started. You can track his progress, including one year where he made an extra $11,000, with this link.