Wow, that Paypal donation thing really works! Question is, what on earth am I going to spend 9p on?? It’s a quandary of epic proportions…

It would be very easy to get caught up in trying to figure out how much money this blog could POSSIBLY make… 1p a week, from 200 visitors… multiply by 52, discount for weekend figures… etc etc… but the bottom line is that, unless you have an inordinate amount of traffic and traffic comprised largely of high-earners, the chances are the your blog will make you NO money. Sure you might pull in a little from adverts and donations but, comparatively you won’t even break even.

How much does it cost to run a blog?

Outlays included purchasing a domain [optional], hosting [optional], and time spent designed [optional] and creating content. The latter is the biggest cost factor in any blog, yet as it’s seen as a hobby it’s somehow OK to assign a zero pricing to that time. If I were to get paid on a par with the hourly rate I get from my day job… well that just wouldn’t work… after all.. who would be paying me??

In fact after that woeful, self-loathing post of a couple of days ago, the interest and emails sparked, and a couple of days of stepping back to re-assess things, I can happily say that I’m… well not exactly on top of the world but certainly feeling much better. Thank you very much.

This is nicely timed —and I’m not sure if this is a coincidence or one of those tricks your brain plays on you— as today and tomorrow I have to interview candidates to replace a recently departed co-worker (something else that was without doubt adding to my stress levels).

Now, if I can just remember HOW you conduct interviews I’ll be fine. It’s been a while since I did any (or been interviewed myself) so I’m off to scour the internet for ideas and the latest techniques. Suggestions are welcomed, and no, I don’t favour tests (but do ask for examples of previous work).

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Long time blogger, Father of Jack, geek of many things, random photographer and writer of nonsense.

Doing my best to find a balance.

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