Q&A Round 1 :: The Answers

by derek on May 6, 2008 · 26 comments

Nicole Price asks:

Are you satisfied? Satisfied with what you have achieved, with what you own, or are you the restless sort who always needs more and more and is never really truly happy?
Derek: It depends on the day. Some days I am completely satisfied and others I feel like I am not anywhere near where I want to be. However, when I do feel unsatisfied, I have tried to remind myself to look back at all of the things that I have accomplished to keep things in the proper perspective.

Asia’h Epperson asks:

My question: Is your link to shoemoney broken? 🙂
Derek: Yes, it was broken but I have since corrected it. When I pasted the link into my editing window, it included a carriage return that I didn’t notice when publishing. Thanks!

Nicole Price asks:

Also, what is the one thing that you regret doing or not doing the most?
Derek: One thing that I regret doing is attending an expensive college that resulted in me graduating with considerable student loan debt. While I think things have worked out well as a result, I am not convinced that things would be any different had I attended a much cheaper state school.

Futon-Matt asks:

I have a question Derek. What kind of coffee do you drink?
(Maybe I should have waited until I was finished with my coffee) 🙂
Derek: I don’t really drink coffee at all. Maybe two or three times a year I will have a cup at work if I am cold in the morning. Our office uses packaged Starbucks coffee. Other than that, I indulge in a frappuccino from Starbucks every now and then but my real weakness is Diet Coke.

iphone guy asks:

How long have you been earning money online? How long did it take for you to start making a reasonable amount? Do you feel that the work you put in was worth it?
Sorry for 3 questions!
John
Derek: My first blog started in August of 2006. The records that I have handy start with January of 2007 when I made a whopping $5.96 from blogging, although I just ran an AdSense report that shows I made $9.05 in that very first month.
It depends on what you consider a reasonable amount but here is the general progression: $100+ in March 2007; $200+ in August 2007; $300+ in September 2007; $600+ in November 2007 (which still stands as my highest month.)
If I were to break down the true hourly rate, I’d probably cry – but I still think it is worth it as this is something that I am passionate about and would be doing even if there wasn’t any money. Don’t get me wrong, the money is nice, but I love the work that I do on the Interweb.

Home Recording Studio asks:

Derek, I have been having trouble with your server. I keep getting the message”Problem loading the page”
Derek: Thanks for the heads up, not sure what was going on but hopefully things are working better for you now. I thought I had read something about some power outages in the area where my host is located but I cannot say that was related.

Furniture Store asks:

Have a great time at the conference and hope you achieve all the goals and targets that you set yourself.
Derek: Thanks, I had a great time at the conference and met so many fascinating people. If you want to read about some of the people that I met, you can get an update here.

Eva White asks:

One question. What is your blogging routine?
Derek: That is a great question. Up until this weekend, I am not so sure that I had a true routine. I think about what I want to post throughout the day and then after arriving home from work and spending some time with my wife and kids, I sit down to start writing.
However, this weekend at SOBCon, Chris Garrett presented some great information that I think will allow me to provide much more structure around my blogging. Stay tuned for more details!

Ling asks:

I consider a blog to be an extension of a person’s real life, like an economics professor having a blog about economics. Question is, how credible is it to run a blog, without having any real life experience to back it up? Is it even right to call yourself an expert on whatever your blog is about, if you haven’t really done anything related in real life?
Derek: I think that really depends on the tone of the blog in question. If you’re trying to present yourself as an authority on the topic, I’d say that you should have some level of experience and knowledge. If you approach the blog from the standpoint that it is a vehicle to share your experiences while you learn, then I don’t think you necessarily have to be an expert – as you will become one over time.

Steve Elliott asks:

Simply question for you Derek…
Which of your commentator’s do you like the most (and which the least!)?
🙂
Derek: Ooh, looking to start some controversy huh Steve!
Since I appreciate the comments that everyone takes the time to share, I will say one thing that I would like to see different is to be able to put a name to some of the commentators. While I have allowed people to use keywords as their comment name, I feel it makes it hard to build a relationship with someone when you don’t know their name.
Being able to respond along the lines of, “Hey Steve…” just seems so much more personable than saying, “Hey Gadgets4Nowt…”. But the commentators that I like the least are the ones that leave spammy comments trying to capitalize on a linkback without leaving anything of value, which fortunately has really cut back here.

Home Recording Studio asks:

Why do you think that it is important for you to go outside your normal beat to try and make long lasting relationships. Why not from within your normal everyday circle?
Derek: Making long lasting relationships within your normal everyday circle is very important. However, going outside the normal beat is equally important in my opinion as it will present more diverse opinions and opportunities to connect with someone that you may not otherwise meet. This weekend at SOBCon is a good example, as I met people that have the potential to change my life but I otherwise may never have connected with.

pauletet asks:

I have a question for you. What inspired you to start blogging?
Derek: Two things inspired me to start blogging:
1) In an effort to move my life towards pursuing a passion of mine, I started blogging about personal finance with the desire to share tips and advice to help people eliminate their debt and build a strong financial future. Having lived through it myself, I knew how finding the right words at the right time could change your life and I thought that maybe I could provide that for at least one person out there.
2) After reading a post on John Chow’s blog about the top ten Google AdSense earners, I had dreams of building one or more blogs that could eventually replace my current income and allow me to do something that I am passionate about.

Damien asks:

Cool, I am first … all the rest of you peeps, get in line (LOL)
How important is it to have friends. I’m not talking about internet friends. Flesh and bone, come over for dinner, go see a game at the field with friends. AND, how many of these do you have >:)
I’ve been asking myself this question lately is why. Have a great first night at SOBcon, I am freagin’ jealous dude.
Derek: As an FYI, I am answering the questions in random order thanks to a script from Shoemoney.
Now to your question, I think it is very important to have people in your life that you consider part of your close inner circle of friends. These are the kind of friends that you know that you can count on no matter what and they know they can expect the same of you. Whether it be helping someone move, rushing over to watch their kids due to an emergency, sharing good conversations over dinner, or whatever. These relationships are truly priceless in my opinion.
I’ve got five friends that I have known since I was a young child that are in this group. We all still live in the same area and see each other regularly. In addition, I would say there are another 10-20 people that are very close to this level and that includes neighbors, friends that I have met through work, etc.

dotster hosting asks:

My question is do you really like your blog and the post you write.
Derek: Yep, I love all of my blogs and most of the posts that I write – some turn out to be less than I pictured in my head.

Trouble Sleeping asks:

Meeting with people and interacting with them is definitely hard for me too. I’m more of the type of person who only speaks when I have something to say so people take my personality the wrong way. Good luck to ya man.
Derek: Thanks, I’m much the same and will usually not try to lead a conversation. I tend to choose my words carefully.

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Asia'h Epperson May 6, 2008 at 10:06 pm

Derek,
My apologies. Don’t meant to be a question. Just saw the link broken and thought it would be interesting to comment like a question…. 😛
Asia’h Epperson’s last blog post..What’s Next, Asia’h Epperson?

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derek May 6, 2008 at 10:21 pm

Lol, no worries. I thought it would be fun to just answer everything that came in on that post. 🙂

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Kelvin Kao May 7, 2008 at 12:23 am

That’s interesting. My sister both drink a lot of coffee, and I know a lot of people that just have to drink coffee every day, but I only drink coffee every now and then too. You know some people say they drink or smoke socially but not regularly? For me that seems to be the case with coffee. And even when I’m at a coffee shop, sometimes I’d opt for hot chocolate instead of coffee as well.
Kelvin Kao’s last blog post..The Most Amazing Worms in the World!

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derek May 7, 2008 at 12:07 pm

We’re in the same boat there. There are quite a few people that I know that cannot function without their coffee fix but it just has never really appealed to me.

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Ling May 7, 2008 at 5:05 am

Very informative thread, this. You have an alternate career waiting for you as an anony aunt. 🙂
Ling’s last blog post..Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, Vallejo – Camel Slapper Arrested

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derek May 7, 2008 at 12:08 pm

Ok, I have to ask but what in the heck is an anony aunt?

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Ling May 8, 2008 at 3:11 am

🙂 Sorry. That was a spellig mistake. Agony aunt. You know, people ask you questions and you answer them.

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wholesale jewelry May 7, 2008 at 6:51 am

Interesting post. I have never thought any style of such kind of post. Surely the blogs are giving me some nice ideas.

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Home Recording Studio May 7, 2008 at 8:36 am

Derek, I have been visiting your blog for a while now and am quite impressed with your posts. This Q&A blog has been the best so far as, a lot more of you has come out in your answers.

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Furniture Store May 7, 2008 at 10:49 am

I really enjoy personal, conversational posts such as this one. And although mine wasn’t a question at all, i like that you bothered to answer that one too.

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iphone guy May 7, 2008 at 11:42 am

This is a great post. Good idea doing a Q&A session Derek.
I like how yo usay you are not doing this because of the money but because it is something you are passionate about.
Readers will see that you are writing about something you are actually interested in. This helps form a bond between the reader and the blogger.
Thanks for answering my question Derek,
John
iphone guy’s last blog post..Use your Xbox 360 with your PC monitor

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Cesar May 7, 2008 at 12:00 pm

This is new and I like it. I just missed the question of round 1 but I will definitely ask you something next time.
Cesar’s last blog post..Video – Discovery Channel: I Love The World

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derek May 7, 2008 at 1:36 pm

@WJ :: Glad you liked it, as I mentioned in the questions, I got the idea from Shoemoney but have seen others do it as well.
@HRS :: Thank you very much for that feedback, I am happy to hear that you liked this post.
@FS :: Lol, I felt each comment deserved a response and I am glad that you liked this style of post.
@John :: You’re quite welcome, thanks for participating! The money is nice and I would love to build this to the point where it could be my profession, but I would be doing it regardless.
@Cesar :: There will be more to come, I promise.
A question for everyone, how often would you like to see a Q&A series like this? Monthly? Is that too often or not often enough?

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Futon-Matt May 7, 2008 at 2:09 pm

I like the open format Derek.

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Steve Elliott May 8, 2008 at 1:34 am

I’m another one the the “must have coffee to function” crew. The stronger the better for me, double espresso being my current favourite!
Red Bull also comes in very handy when you need a boost to stay awake.
I think an “anony Aunt” is supposed to be “agony Aunt” by the way.

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Nicole Price May 14, 2008 at 8:32 am

Thanks for the straight-form-the-heart answers. All this lets us get to know you much better.
Nicole Price’s last blog post..The Six Word Memoir

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Johnnie@Auto Insurance June 26, 2008 at 5:58 pm

As for all of you who are a member of the elite “morning coffee” club, have you ever thought about the negative aspects of drinking too much coffee? Especially you Steve, who drinks coffee AND red bull. I’m always seeing something on tv or online about why people should not drink too much coffee and energy drinks.

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kouji@haiku poems examples October 12, 2008 at 5:21 am

interesting. i too blog about something that i enjoy, so even if monetization hasn’t kicked in at all yet, i’m still good.
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