Steve Pavlina has been writing an entire series on passive income lately, and although he hasn’t exactly got to the how-to aspects yet, his posts are pretty enlightening on this subject. First, he is trying to weed out the pretenders, the people who are considered self-help junkies, those who consume vigorous amounts of material, but never do anything meaningful with it. I am truly enjoying the posts he’s written so far, and it has helped me really see the mindset of someone who earns passive income, rather than active income. The series starts here. So far, there’s been around 8 or so posts on the ideas of passive income, and these will help you build a foundation to figure out if you are the kind of person who wants to earn passive income. I’ll definitely be following along myself, and even attempting some of the passive income streams on this website if I can figure out how to implement them.
This blog has had its successes when it comes to traffic, but it has also had its lulls in traffic. It is partially my fault for not shamelessly marketing myself constantly. I’m sure if I got my blog in the hands of more people, it would pick up steam. I could make a million excuses for why I haven’t marketed myself as much as I could, but the truth of is that having a blog is easy, but running a business is hard work, and it requires a ton of work that I don’t even know about. There’s a lot of behind-the-scenes work that goes on that is barely noticeable to anyone who doesn’t run a business. That, and the fact that I’m not the most apt when it comes to HTML and other programming languages. I’ve thought about joining SBI!, but I’ve gone through their tutorials, and I don’t think I’ll be able to create a website based on some niche topic that I would easily get bored with quickly. The best ideas I have for a website involve the concepts of comedy, subjective reality, and personal development. I could create a website that encompasses all three of those things, but I don’t want to be limited by those things.
My writing is very stream of consciousness, and it has to do with whatever is on my mind at that particular time. Sometimes I’ll just start writing with a blank slate and see what comes to mind. One example of this is the post Prison Reform. I had no idea I was going to write about how horrible prisons are and how that system isn’t working until I took a look at what my biggest fears are. And that’s when I realized that my biggest fear is going to prison. Above all else. And it’s fucked up that prisons are filled with violence and rape, among other things, where you are stripped of all your individual rights and pretty much a slave. And most of those people are not beyond redemption. Most of those people can change for the better, if they change their environment and the people who surround them. Most people in prison were born into that way of life, living in places where there are no jobs, no way to escape the turmoil of a life below the poverty line. But those in power try to keep those people down, in order to maintain power over. What those in power fear the most is a truly equal society.
Like I said, I have so many ideas floating around in my head, and so many statements to make about the culture we live in that all I really need to do is find a way to put it all under one umbrella and then I could start a website that actually makes sense from a passive income standpoint. If I could earn a couple thousand dollars a month from this website, or another, then I could really start to save some real money and get myself financially abundant. I just need help in achieving that goal. I need to learn from others’ mistakes and my own mistakes as well. It’s all about creating a brand that is uniquely me. I’ve seen it done on numerous websites and blogs. The woman who used to write on Violent Acres turned her abusive childhood and unique sense of humor into a very popular and profitable site. Steve Pavlina created a website based on his hobby of personal growth. Leo Babauta created a wonderful site called Zen Habits simply by writing about his passion of simplicity and fulfillment. He’s made enough money so that he doesn’t have to work anymore, except on his blog and whatever ebooks he wishes to create. There are a wide variety of ways to create an income-generating website, and I just have to figure out the formula and learn all the hidden tricks for high web traffic and I’ll be golden.
I love to write about a variety of topics, and my small audience seems to appreciate it as well. I write for myself as much as I write for anyone else, as it allows me to create something that otherwise would not exist. I’m at least throwing myself out there to an extent. But I know deep down that if I am to earn any kind of living from this kind of work, I need to figure out a way to build traffic and monetize this website to the point where I’m making enough to cover all my expenses and then some. Sure, it will be a lot of work up front, but once I have the traffic rolling in, I’ll be pretty much on autopilot.
Anyway, check out Steve Pavlina’s Passive Income Series and see if you also would like to create some passive income in one way or another. It certainly beats active income, where you only get paid while you are working. It could be the best thing you’ve ever done for yourself, and the downside is pretty limited. The upside is almost unlimited, so where is the risk really? If it doesn’t work out, it’s not like you’ve risked anything but a little of your time. Until next time…
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