Many people started a blog usually with a purpose on sharing something which they are passionate about. Of course, there are many other reasons on why people blog. Some simply want to earn money which is absolutely correct too.
For me, there are many reason(s) on why I started blogging after quitting blogging for years in Dec 2014. Main reason is my son was born in 2015 and my work life was getting too busy at that time to continue blogging consistently. Haha, this is my last blog if you are interested. For those early Singapore finance bloggers who still remembered me, please say hi in the comments below 🙂
Objective 1&2: Finance Journey + Care Your Present
For my case, I would like to share my Finance Journey as well as how I learnt and grow on the path of “Care Your Present“. Take for example, I have moved on from understanding living the moment (see: Most Powerful Way to Live in the Moment) to really truly practicing it (see: Truly understand Living in the Moment now).
Objective 3: Reflection of Own Life Journey
Blogging also gives me a platform to reflect my own life journey (see: Portfolio Update: Feb 2023 and Reflection at half-life (hopefully) mark – 40 Years old) which I can refer back anytime, read and understand /reflect/reminisce how I felt that time when I wrote each article, especially months or years later.
Objective 4: As a Legacy
This site also allowed me to record my personal life story (see: Farewell Mum. You are always in my mind) that I can always go back and refer too or simply keep it as a legacy for my kids.
Maybe in future (hopefully decades later) when I passed on, this blog will be a legacy for my kids to read and understand how their father felt while they were growing up.
Hopefully also one day will be how their mother felt when they are growing up (I am still trying to chip in my wife’s help to write some articles on Care Your Present, hope that she will agree).
Practicality of Blogging
Of course, another objective which most bloggers have or those who plan to start a blog is to earn something – it can be referral fees from some services that they are using (Special thanks to those who have used my MoneyOwl Referral and Trust Bank Referral) or even simple advertisement fees. For me, ideally, I hope that it will at least cover my hosting and domain cost.
One of the users brought up a question on how much I am paying for my domain + website hosting in my last post on Side Hustle: Google Adsense finally approved!, I have shared in my reply that it cost me about SGD$135 for 4 years of hosting with Hottinger and SGD$14 per year for domain fees.
Of course, there are other options such as Bloggers.com, WordPress.com, but those are not ideal to me as I can’t have an unique domain name, which in my case is “Care Your Present”. I strongly believe in this motto, wanted to remind myself to practice and share how I did it. You can read more about my story via the About page. Furthermore, the functionality (e.g Plugins) are very limited for these free blogging options as compared to self-hosting via WordPress.org.
Google Adsense Earnings for the week
As shared in my previous article on Side Hustle: Google Adsense finally approved!, my Google adsense’s account was approved last Saturday on 18 Feb 2023. It has just nice been a week.
I noticed that we seldom have bloggers openly sharing their earnings in their blogs to the Public. Perhaps people are more conservative or would like to have more privacy. However, for me, I decided to be transparent and share it to the Public so that in case anyone want to start a blog or have already started a blog can really see if it is really worth it to cover the cost of blogging (monetary vs efforts put in).
Within 1 week since last Saturday, I have published 3 Articles.
- Side Hustle: Google Adsense finally approved! on 21 Feb 2023 (Tuesday)
- Keeping simple in Investing and in Life on 23 Feb 2023 (Thursday)
- SAVERs – How to maximize your interest and my Market Transaction/Updates on 24 Feb 2023 (Friday)
Below screenshot is how much I have earned from Google Adsense for this week – SGD$4.25! Barely enough for a meal in food court. For these three articles, I have put in about 4-5 hours. Worth it?
Judge for yourself 🙂
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