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Where the rubber meets the road

This is the quandary that I have been in these last few months:  Time, as they say, is money.  The end product might not seem like it, however, this blog takes up a goodly amount of time.  There is the writing, research, taking pictures, editing, and what not.  Then there is back end stuff, updating software, plugins, etc.

Then there is actual money expended: domain registration and web site hosting.

In short, it is not free, at least not for me anyway.

I did place a few Google Ads in line with some of the content to offset the money part, which they have met that goal, but not much else.

While it is nice to have a hobby, and fun to tell stories about radio engineering, in the end, it really does not help me earn more money, support my family, advance my carrier or my standing in the community.  The children are young, but that will not stay that way for long.  Before I know it there will be braces to pay for, a car or two, college education and whatever comes after that.  Not to mention my own superannuation to look forward to, with such considerations as adding to the retirement account.

There is another shift in my status coming up, with my wife off to work again as a school teacher.  I find there are not enough hours in the day to work the part time radio engineering gig and meet the school bus to off load the children.  Therefore, something has to give, that being the part time radio engineering gig.

I am, therefore, looking for ways to make money at home.  Developing this blog or turning it into a full fledged radio engineering news website might fun, but it would be much more work, and there is the rub.  I can’t do more work on this site without seeing some return.  I don’t mind working, in fact, I enjoy working, but I can’t do it for free.

So, I am open to ideas on how to monitize this blog or develop it into something else that will make some money.  The third option is to let it go…  I’d rather not do that.

Axiom


A pessimist sees the glass as half empty. An optimist sees the glass as half full. The engineer sees the glass as twice the size it needs to be.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
~1st amendment to the United States Constitution

Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.
~Benjamin Franklin

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. To be your own man is hard business. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.
~Rudyard Kipling

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes the freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers
~Universal Declaration Of Human Rights, Article 19

...radio was discovered, and not invented, and that these frequencies and principles were always in existence long before man was aware of them. Therefore, no one owns them. They are there as free as sunlight, which is a higher frequency form of the same energy.
~Alan Weiner

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