So you may have been wondering what all this creation, ads and such is about. Well, I’ve realized that if I want to make my dreams a reality — have a family with K in a house of our choice — I’ll need more income than I get. Since geeking is what I do best, it seemed natural to tie in my cigar hobby and see if I can make a few bucks on the side with it. Ultimately, I’d like the blogs to be able to support themselves but if it can make more than that (and perhaps open the door for self-employment in the long run), that’s even better. I suspect the CigarNewbie site will do well on it’s own as I add more reviews, commentary, etc. to it over time, particularly when I compare it to the existing domains I own — msmittens.com and syrlinus.com.
As a lark I went to dnScoop.com, a site that values domains based on a variety of factors. I was rather surprised to see my two main existing domains valued, combined, over $8,000! It was impressive to me. A site I moderate is valued at over $230,000 and is only a year older. Granted it has a user base in the thousands so that helps. What really surprised me was that butch-femme.com was valued at just over half of the attributed value of msmittens.com, even though they are the same age (roughly). To me, the success of a site isn’t the monetary value but rather what I can give out as value to others and if they find it of help. If they do, then the site is a success. If not, it’s better to close doors. That’s what really surprised me about msmittens.com. I had been rather lazy with it lately and haven’t put up as many blog entries as I used to (although I will be working to change that and add more security/computer related articles to it).
I think it does show how one person’s treasure is another person’s junk. Either way, it’s all been a great learning experience to me as to how blog success can vary. This site has a varied audience and only has a limited few repeat regulars. The same goes for msmittens.com. And I really don’t mind. It does allow me to post what I feel comfortable with and how I want. That ability to have editorial control is rather crucial to me.
Anyways, it’ll be interesting to see where things are a year from now and how the cigarnewbie.com site fares at that point. Perhaps it will be a treasure. Then again..