Blogging: I expect my advertising income from blogging to increase throughout 2006. I hope that by the end of 2006 I’ll be earning somewhere in the region of $800+ per month from blogvertising. For a niche blog like noodlepie, that’s not unrealistic, given current trends.
Journalism: Living in Vietnam, I’m happy doing a couple of features per month along with my regulars. But, what with hitting Europe by September, I want to at least double the feature end of my work. Or, do less, but better, and for more cash.
Corporate writing work: I need to up the corporate work prior to moving to Europe. I need three or four more regular clients to commission me to do their promotional material, brochures, manuals, websites, blogs, newsletters, advertorial and the like on an ongoing basis. I’m targeting UK, mainly Scottish, outlets for this.
Micro-global journalism projects: Since learning about Lives in Focus I’m thinking increasingly this is the way I want to run more of my freelance work in the future. If I can self fund projects like this, all well and good. If they’re sufficiently niche and sufficiently interesting, they’ll end up paying for themselves in the long term through advertising, paid commissions etc. However, if I can’t fund projects myself, I’ll look at going down a similar donation driven path to Sandeep. As for the micro-global name – self explanatory – miniscule, unreported niche story with a global impact published on a blog.
Beekeeping: Not a big money spinner, but it’s something I’d like to get into somewhere in Europe.
Weekend market stall: Sell duck curry one week, paella the next, fish soup the week after etc., (don’t snigger) A year or so back, I met an Argentine film maker in Toulouse. He earns his money this way. Makes a fuck off great Paella every weekend, flogs it and funds his film making. OK. He doesn’t fund all his film making, but a reasonable enough chunk of it. It’s another piece in the income jigsaw. Plus I make a mean duck curry.
Foraging: There’s money in mushrooms, but I’m not thinking of selling. Gathering, cooking, learning and blogging.
Teaching: In a previous life I was a teacher. I may do a bit on the side again. I doubt it, but I’m open to the possibility.
Blog building: I’m over familiar with how blogs and blogging works. Many organisations aren’t. I can help them. I talked to one big organisation in the summer. All very interested etc. etc., but there was resistance from higher up. I’ll wager they won’t all want be so resistant in 2006.
OK – so there it is. Not so much a plan as a fairly loose bunch of ideas, some semi-formed, others still in the pupae stage.