Near the end of January, I’d decided that I’d be removing hard numbers from my net worth reviews because I felt that it was nothing more than chest-thumping that added nothing to the discussion. I know some of you mentioned that you enjoyed watching the progress of one of your peers or that you wanted to see whether the personal finance stuff I believed in were actually working, unfortunately neither argument (or any of the others presented) were strong enough to convince me that listing a dollar figure was better than not listing one. The plan now is that after a few months of not even discussing the net worth numbers, I’ll move towards percentages (that way none of you math wizards can figure out the hard numbers).
That being said, I have to say that January was another strong month financially for various reasons:
- My fiancee was promoted again (it’s like her second promotion in six months, I’ve actually never been promoted). Her meteoric rise from a “technician” (I don’t really know their job titles but this was essentially a temp job) working second shift to project manager of that product line took little more than a year. While I don’t talk much about what she does, I figure this is as good a place as any to celebrate!
- Blogging income is still growing, thank you everyone for reading and commenting (I just went full feeds too). It was exciting seeing this site mentioned in the New York Times this past weekend, I always get excited when cool things like that happen.
- I began dabbling in PPC (I spent less than $10 in January) so affiliate income may become a more significant source of revenue in the future once I get my tracking down.
Some things on the horizon that I might be talking more about in the near future:
- Taxes naturally, specifically all the taxes I’ll need to pay on the self-employment income. I’ll also be investigating the use of a tax professional in the area so that will make for some thrilling reading if you’re into taxes.
- While I won’t blog much about the wedding planning, it’s certainly on the brain. While expensive, everything seems to be priced within reason with the exception of freaking photographers. Why does it cost $3000+ to get someone to spend 4-6 hours taking photos and the end product being a 24 page book and some blown up shots? $3000 for a really nice reception hall rent, sure I’ll buy it (you have all sorts of costs), but getting me to shell out three large for the photographer is going to be a little tough.