I imported this article from my blog, Stories of an Unschooling Family: The Raw Files. When I created this blog, I had big hopes of using it as a behind-the-scenes blog, a place where I could jot down my raw thoughts, somewhere where I could post things that didn’t quite belong on my main blog. It was a good idea which didn’t work because of lack of time. So I’ve closed the Raw Files blog and imported the posts into this one.
I seem to be building a Stories of an Unschooling Family empire. Is empire the right word? Do you ever use words and then wonder if you’ve got the meaning exactly right? If I’m not sure, I change the word. I choose a safer one. A less interesting one.
Wouldn’t it be good to have a finance department? To make some money while blogging? Not that I mind telling the unschooling story for free. But sometimes money is useful. I could use it to pay for podcast host subscription fees and blog templates and video software and other equipment. I could buy coffee for me and my husband to make up for all those times I say, “Just a minute… I won’t be long… I just want to finish this blog post.”
I’ve been reading about making money from blogs. There are some podcasts on this topic too. I’m tuning into and reading Smart Passive Income and ProBlogger. A few days ago, I staggered home from the library with a huge stack of books some of which are on the topic of creating an online source of income.
My daughter Sophie would also like to earn some money online. She’s created a photography blog called The Techno Maid Photography. It has a store. At the moment, she only has a few photos to sell. But that will change.
No one would buy my photos. I’m getting better at photography, but I’m still far from professional. So I can’t sell photos. So what do I have to offer? Well, I have my children’s novel, The Angels of Abbey Creek. I’ve sold a few copies of that, and readers have said they enjoyed it very much. But I’m not very good at promoting my book. It sits in my sidebar unnoticed. Passive income? A bit too passive, I think.
But how about an unschooling book? I’ve been thinking about writing one forever. Perhaps I should stop thinking and start doing. Have you ever noticed how thinking is so much easier than doing? It’s easy to say, “I’m thinking about writing a book,” and everyone says great things like, “What a wonderful idea!” That’s happened to me. I collect all the enthusiastic responses but go no further. I need to move onto the next stage: I need to get down to the hard work of writing. But if I did make a bit more effort and write the book, I might end up with a finance department in my store… or empire.
Empire… I’m going to look up the definition of that word. I’ll be right back.
Empire: an extensive sphere of activity controlled by one person or group
How extensive is extensive?
Extensive: covering or affecting a large area
I have friends in all parts of the world. The world is a large area.
And I’m only one person.
I guess I have an empire.
Now I just need some money.
Is it wrong to think in terms of money? What do you think? Would you like to earn a bit of passive income?
Image: We could buy a few more coffees and milkshakes if I earned a little bit of passive income.