It’s the first of month… that’s usually the time I go back and look at my alternative income from the previous month. As a refresher my definition alternative income encompasses some kind of passive component to it. It may be completely passive, like earnings from interest and dividends. Or it may be very active, but potentially passive, like blogging income. For instance, if I stopped writing tomorrow, I’d still be making some residual income from the previous days of blogging.
It was very much a banner month in alternative income. If I look at the blogging side for a minute. I managed to have over 97,000 page views between this site and Lazy Man and Health. That’s more than 30% higher than my previous record high. That amazes me because Internet traffic in the summer time is usually quite low with people enjoying the weather and going on vacations. Thinking how much traffic it might translate to in November gives me a bit of a head rush.
In the end it translated to an after-tax revenue of $2,246.60. I am still amortizing some expenses from previous month (the current logo design as well a theme I had developed a year ago that I no longer use). I’m looking forward to getting some of these one-time costs off the books. After those costs, I still end with $1,839.94 in gains for the month.
When I look at the $1839.94 number it really seems low. Sure compared to some, it’s probably quite good. However, as of now, this is very much my full-time job. Even if I look at the before tax numbers with no expenses, it’s $36,000 a year. According to Salary.com this would put me below the 25% percentile for the average teacher in the United States. On the plus side, I have much more control over the hours I spend. I also love what I’m doing.