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My Journey to Make an Income by Blogging 


My affinity for blogging started over a decade ago while working a late night hospital shift. The small-town hospital afforded me plenty of "downtime" in between patients, usually between midnight and 6 am. My usual routine was to complete homework for whatever program I was in at the time. But on occasion, I would be caught up on homework and looking for creative ways to stay busy while passing the time.

Wifey and I will still be kayaking as much as possible
Enter the world of blogging. I had built websites for several years and dabbled heavily with eBay and bulletin board services even earlier. I actually started with a class in Basic programming that my mom enrolled me into at the young age of 12. I knew then that I had an affinity for these new computer things and looked forward to using them as much as possible.

It's About the Connections You Make, Stupid


The real purpose of writing this post isn't about earning income while blogging. It is to tell all the people I have met in the blogosphere what I am up to and to say hello. The journey I have had on this Blogspot blog alone is noteworthy. The dozens of online friends I made a decade ago who I still talk to today is heartwarming.

I spent some time yesterday looking back at all the posts. I deleted over 1,000 spam comments from all over the globe. Surprisingly, I found a brand new set of 24 from one Arabic spammer just now as I came here to pen this post. These guys should know by now that backlink spamming is going to get them ranked negatively by Google. Google is well aware of these old tactics and already has it plugged into their algorithm to shun the cheater. But hey, it got the blog 24 advertisement views on my Adsense account so...

How to Make an Income with a Blog


This blog actually has made money, believe it or not. I've never been clever enough to create my own product an sell it like Patrice over at Rural Revolution. She had a plan, executed it and to this day is still plugging along with her opinionated blog. I am really proud of her and all of her accomplishments. Successfully raising a family while handling the farm life and all her animals. She has shared her craft of writing with many people and even encouraged me with a NanoWriMo challenge. She is a great example of how to be self-sufficient and work from home at the same time.

Still enjoying the Orange Jeep too!
Of course, Captain Rawles has lead the pack in a way. His blog reaches millions and has gained worldwide notoriety. I have had the honor of writing and publishing two blog posts on his blog over the years. Because of his blogging notoriety, his blog gets attacked on a regular basis by haters. They have successfully taken his site down a few times but he has always managed to overcome with redundancy.

These are just two of the individuals I've met over the years through the hobby of blogging. The overwhelming support my family received during our house fire was amazing. My local church did a great job helping us with clothes and food but the internet friends I made just blew me away. The donations and letters of support were amazing. I still have a manilla envelope filled with all the cards and letters that came after the fire. I get it out about once a year and read through it. Truly amazing what people will do for a stranger they met through a blog.

Blogging isn't Always About the Money


I admit to starting a blog with the intent of making a little extra income on the side. I had heard it could be done and set out on my quiet night shift to accomplish just that. But in reality, it was an outlet to share my affinity for writing and chronicle my life so that it might benefit others. When I look back at this blog now, there were virtually no advertisements at all in the first year. How was I expecting to make an income with no adverts?

The answer: it didn't really matter if I made an income or not. I enjoyed writing and sharing my quirky sense of humor. In a way, I'm sure that was some validation searching in there somewhere. Was my humor funny? Could I elicit a comment of approval? Yes, that was definitely a factor. But the overarching was just to release my desire to write. I can't explain it really. Perhaps I just think that I am really funny and like to read my own stuff. (read: huge dork)

The ability to connect with other bloggers and share ideas was fantastic. I had a nice list on the right side of my blog that linked to all my internet friends. We bounced back and forth commenting on each other's posts. It was comforting to share links with people of similar interests. I appear to have lost my sidebar links now, unfortunately. I'll have to dig around this template and see if I can find them somewhere.

Top Three Methods to Making Money on a Blog


If you landed here by some chance that a search engine actually picked up my title, I'll share with you the three top ways that I have found to make an income by blogging. Some I have done myself but some are what I've seen my friends around the internet accomplish.

1. Banner advertising - 


The simplest, and most well known is Google's Adsense. Although I've been a customer/member for over a decade, I can't say I've made a ton of money with this revenue generator. But that's because I didn't try super hard. In this area, it is all about the amount of traffic your blog gets. If you have 50,000 pageviews a month or more, Adsense could be a decent income producer. I have another blog that I have been focusing on for the past few months (hence no posts regularly here) and I've managed to reach 12,000 page views in one month. On Adsense, it earned me about $20. Definitely not equal to the amount of time that I have put into the blog. But, the main purpose of that blog is to write material once and walk away after 3-6 months. If I do it right, it should continue to trickle in revenue for a few decades.

The Orange Jeep with Two Swify Kayaks
But, if you ARE hitting more than 10,000 page views per month, you should be switching from Adsense to Ezoic ads. Ezoic is still owned by Google but they seem to put a lot more effort into the advertisements and their placements on your site. Since your blog has to be older than four months, I do not qualify yet but have already tried to apply in vain,. With Ezoic, the revenue should be 3-4 times what you would get from Adsense. I look forward to proving that right.

2. Affiliate marketing - 


The most popular here is Amazon Associates. You all know what it is by now so I don't need to explain. But you should know that there are several other companies out there like Share-a-sale, Commission Junction (which I think is called something else now) and just about every other website has an affiliate membership program.

Of course, the plan here is that you somehow drive traffic to their "store" and if the visitor buys something you will get a percentage of the sale. Pretty straight forward. I have only done Amazon affiliates and I think the most I made in one month (when I blogged nearly every day) was about $120 in that month. You can definitely produce some good income with this method. But you have to stay on top of your links to make sure they remain valid over time. Dead links = no dinero.

3. Direct sales - 


Either create your own products like Patrice does with ebook and tankards or buy someone else's stuff and sell it directly on your website. eBooks have been around since the start of the internet and believe it or not, people are still buying them. If you can figure out a way to create your own informational booklet, odds are there is someone in the world looking for that information.

This is where you will make the most income because you are the captain of your own ship. Thanks to the internet and the speed of shipping packages around the world, the sky is the limit on what you can make, sell, and where you can ship it to.

Mixing Up the Blog Topics


It wasn't my intention. My intention a few months ago was to capitalize on this established blog and see if I couldn't' revive some revenue out of it with some new posts about kayaking. I really like kayaking and there's sage old advice that you should only blog about what you love or it will become taxing and unenjoyable. So I switched the topic on this blog to kayaking and changed the template of how it looked to give it a more modern feel.

Then I realized, that just isn't what this blog was for. This blog was a means to express the current events in my life and share with like-minded individuals. So I reverted the blog back to its original template design. Unfortunately, it seems I destroyed some of the modules I used to have like linking to the blogroll of other bloggers who I used to follow religiously.

If you've read this far, maybe you are one of those blog authors that I used to follow. I would be happy to reconnect with a new widget on the sidebar if you could leave me a comment below. I suspect there aren't many out there anymore. Like Granny Miller, did she retire? Pioneer Preppy, Warlock Sundance, Leigh, Jay Ater, Kim, Milo, MaribethKC, well...the list is quite long. I have to jump on a conference call so I'll have to say farewell.

If you are interested, my new site is allowing me to blog about my career in radiology. In the next few months, I will probably pull the kayaking posts off this site and put them on a dedicated site just for kayaking and return this blog back to its original platform for posterity. And I'll drop by from time to time to was poetic because...who else is going to listen :-)

Ron
aka OJD

Edit: couldn't remember Granny Miller's name and called her Granny Smith, LOL. Corrected!

How to Keep Kayaking Fun for Kids




This page has been moved to our new dedicated kayaking website:


The Dangers of Kayaking - Is Kayaking Safe ?


This page has been moved to our new dedicated kayaking website:

OJD is BACK for a Yak Attack! Returning to the Blogosphere...Can It Be Done?


Hello Blogosphere my old friend... I've come to talk to you again...


Hello everyone! Long time, no blog for sure. Some of you are going to get an update on the sidebar of your blog and be like...what the...? Is that...? Yep.

I've been crazy busy with life just like everybody else. Somewhere along the line, my wife talked me into trying to kayak here in southern Idaho. Turns out... I really dig it! She's been talking about it for a few years now. Finally, over the 4th of July last year, we bit the bullet and bought four kayaks from the local sporting goods store. The Swifty Perception 9.5' fits us perfectly.  I'll talk more about the gear we picked up in another post.

Edit: We have started a dedicated blog for our kayaking adventures. This old blog has really just come to be a place for me to put down my thoughts on anything and everything. I decided to keep it the way it is and not try to make it a kayaking blog. If you are interested in see our kayak adventures, come visit us at

Kayak-101.com


Now, back to our regularly scheduled rambling...

The Snake River in Twin Falls is an unbelievable natural paradise and I live about ten minutes from it. I can load up the van with gear and be at the dock in under 20 minutes. For sure, it is a new found hobby that I plan to exploit for recreation and relaxation.

Just as enjoyable as the kayaking itself is the amazing (to me anyway) photographs that I have captured during paddle time. A couple have even been auctioned off at local charities! Boy, what I wouldn't give to be able to figure out how to make a living selling my photographs. I'll post a few on here to give you an idea of what I've captured. But over the past year, I've collected hundreds and there simply isn't enough room on this post to even share my top ten. I'll have to create a tab up top of the page here to send you to an album, should you so desire.


Over the past year, wifey and I have adopted a ketogenic (low carb) way of eating. Mixed with last summer's kayak endeavors, we've lost a combined 100 pounds. She 40 and me 60. We feel much more energetic now that it makes us want to be outdoors even more. We have goals to improve our health, even more, this year. It just takes so darn long for the cold weather to leave...

Lisa and I after losing 100 lbs total (#LoveKeto)
We're finally hitting 61 degrees today and I'm making my plans to drop into the water in about an hour.  I'll need to quickly clean out some cobwebs from the yaks but it shouldn't take long. Then wifey and I will head down to Centennial Park in Twin Falls. That public dock allows us to drop in and paddle up to Pillar Falls. All total, it will be about three hours of paddle time depending on how much nature ogling we do :-) It is not uncommon to see various animals down there from deer to woodchucks, waterfowl and other small critters.

I just wanted to say hello to everyone still out there (all three of you!) and see if anybody has time to say hello back. I'm curious who is still blogging and who isn't. I can see by the links on my sidebar that many have retired from the hobby. This blog needs a facelift as well so I'll be tweaking it a little here and there. But I don't intend to change the look and feel much.

I'm going to post reviews of my kayaking gear, places to go kayaking and anything else I can find around this fascinating sport. And if any of you are ever in the area, drop me a line. I would love to take you on a personal kayaking tour of the Snake River Gorge.

Cheers!

OJD

PS., I forgot to mention the crazy bridge jumpers here too. The Perrine Bridge is the last bridge people base jump from legally in America so we see them every time we go kayaking. I post an article about that too. Simply amazing!



Merry Christmas to All! Happy 2018!



Merry Christmas to all! It's been a terrific year and I have accomplished many things. My job has allowed me to foray into many different roles:

Santa Claus
Pink Michellan Man for breast cancer awareness
just to name a few.

As for accomplishments, here's the short list:

Work

Bring 3D Breast Tomosynthesis to my community for early cancer detection.
Design the layout of a new outpatient imaging center and creating 15 new imaging jobs.
Expand services to a nearby town via a newly built physician clinic.
Built a brand new Interventional Radiology suite inside my hospital. State of the art stuff.
Acquired a new mobile mammography RV to take to rural Idaho and offer diagnostic breast exams.
Numerous tv appearances.

Family

Six months shy of my 20th wedding anniversary and still going strong.
Two daughters successfully attending college (and nearby too, yay!)
One daughter six months from starting her high school year and doing great.
Three daughters in middle school, loving 4H, sports and lots of friends.

How to Prep Your Jeep for Going Off-Road



So, you’ve just become the proud owner of a Jeep — congratulations! Jeeps are some of the world’s most capable off-road vehicles, so you’ll probably be excited to throw your new ride in four-wheel and tackle some trails. Before you do, however, there are a few things to think about.
What kind of off-road driving will you be doing with your Jeep? Does it have to be a daily driver as well, or do you want to transform your vehicle into an all-out rock-crawler? If you’re not sure just yet, that’s alright. Here are a few suggestions about ways to improve your Jeep’s off-road capability without sacrificing too much in the road manners department.
Wheels and Tires
During my recent trip to Virginia, I had the opportunity to test Firestone’s new Destination MT2 off-road tire. The trip really left an impression about what the right tire can bring to an off-road vehicle. Compared to the stock rubber, the new Firestones slipped less and dug our Jeep Rubicons out of sloppy terrain with remarkable ease.
A new set of tires for your Jeep can enhance traction and looks, and even give you a slight increase in ride height. Make sure to check with your tire supplier to see if you can fit the new tires on your factory wheels.
Body Armor
Protective plating is an essential addition to any serious off-roader. Often referred to as “skid plates,” these armor pieces defend your Jeep’s oil pan and other soft elements from sharp rocks on the trail. That means you have a better chance of driving away from an impact, instead of getting towed out and spending all night getting home.
For additional protection, you can add rock sliders to the side of your vehicle. These are similar to running boards, but are more substantial and attach to your Jeep’s frame, deflecting impacts that would otherwise hit sheet metal.
Winch and Compressor
Another great addition to any trail-ready Jeep is a winch. A winch mounted to your bumper allows you to attach to something sturdy near the trail and pull yourself out of a difficult situation. It can be essential to getting over technical obstacles.
Similarly convenient, an air compressor mounted to your Jeep will allow you to air down your tires when you hit the trail, and then air them up again for the drive home.

When the Dust Settles
Even with all the preparation in the world, taking your Jeep off-road has its risks. You should always be sure to clean your Jeep well after a day on the trail. This will reveal anything you might miss, such as chips or cracks to your windshield, and keep your Jeep’s finish looking good. Also, examine your tires to be sure they did not tear.

As you learn more about your local terrain, you might choose to install a snorkel or sand tires on your Jeep to maximize its potential, but you’ll be pretty impressed with what these trucks will do with just a few modifications. It’s no wonder they’ve been America’s favorite off-highway vehicle since the ‘50s.