I've been reading about debt elimination and how to change ones attitude regarding money in an effort to curb my consumerist habits. I've learned some new takes on the old 80/20 rule and how to apply them to various aspects of my life.
And it really struck me just how little output I create, and how I've focused my life around input. And the things which do create output, such as singing and writing/blogging, I am not using to further myself. My writing style is also suffering because I primarily do stream-of-consciousness blogging. It's been awhile since I considered writing for money. I gave it up long ago as a hopeless endeavor.
Yet it didn't stop me blogging. Until now, I'd never considered it to be worth the hassle of setting up ads and having a target audience. I blog for myself. Yet I could be doing the exact same thing for profit, and even if I don't make a dime I wouldn't be losing much past the initial setup time and the cost of a couple of domain names. So it's stupid for me not to have some kind of income generating weblog.
The long and short of it is, I'm breaking this hodgepodge LJ of mine into at least three separate blogs. I'll still have my online journal here, with fun stuff and wacky links and all my personal thoughts and comments. I might even go meta and start blogging about how difficult it is to quadruple-blog.
Within the next week I will have three additional, very targeted weblogs and hope to have my first of many posts on each. I'm not done exploring wordpress or google adsense yet, but it has been much quicker and less painless than anticipated so far, so I'll introduce you to the first of my new blogs now:
Eco-ordinary.com -- a blog devoted to small, eco-friendly things people can do which don't require a lifestyle overhaul
Reasonable Activist.com -- a blog devoted to all my views on politics, my advocacy of sexual freedom and support of alternative lifestyles, etc.
I'm also looking for a title for the third weblog, which will deal with simple steps to a healthier, happier you. This blog may include healthier recipes, although I might also break that into yet another blog.
I'm very exciting about this reorganization of my current projects into something more profitable for me in the long-term. I will try it for a year, and if it doesn't look to be panning out in any way (which is not to say that I'll be generating ad-hits, but only that I have a consistent readership), I can scrap the extra blogs without too much harm done.
Wish me luck, everyone!