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8 Things: Multiple Income Stream Edition

ocho!One of my favorite improv warm-up games is 8 things. It’s a great way to get you “out of your head” and thinking acting creatively, yet adherent to a theme. I’m still incredibly overwhelmed with the possibilities sparked in my imagination by Trent’s post about multiple income streams on the Simple Dollar yesterday, that I’m going to do my own little 8 things exercise, dedicated to Trent.

JOHN, name 8 things you can do to generate more income beyond your day job:


  1. Start a more focused niche blog about food and cooking.
  2. Start a more focused niche blog about frugality and material detachment.
  3. Start a more focused niche blog about Jewish learning and Jewish community issues.
  4. Start a personal chef business.
  5. Create an information product about cheap, quick, and easy home cooking that I can market online with minimal follow-on work.
  6. Create a non-fiction book about divorce survival strategies for single dads that I can market online with minimal follow-on work.
  7. Take in freelance writing work via Craigslist and Elance.
  8. Create an information product about resume writing, job hunting, and interview skills that I can (you guessed it) market online with minimal follow-on work.

There. That wasn’t so hard.

Now it’s your turn.

BLOG READER, name 8 things you look for when you decide whether to add a blog to your RSS feed.



New blog (n00b-10g?)

Adding another blog to the universe, I might ask myself the same question people ask themselves when contemplating children:

There are already so many in the world that no one cares about, why should I create more?

( I should say here that the parallel ends in consideration of the several blogs that I’ve had die from lack of attention. That’s between me and social services, and is none of your business.)

My answer to the blogging question is the same as my answer to the breeding question:

Because I got good material. Hey-o! Up top!

Seriously, there ARE a lot of blogs out there. Some are so awesome that you look at your own blog and apologize for not being a better parent. Some blogs are merely annoying and easily ignored. Some are so heartbreakingly deformed that you don’t know whether to cradle them in your arms, weeping, or call animal control. I decided to start this blog because I read a lot of blogs and I think I have something to add to the conversation. If some of my ideas help a few people, then the endeavor will have been worth it.

I will be writing about things that are important to me: running & fitness, cooking & nutrition, family & parenting, work & personal finance, and the culture of information. Add me to your RSS reader, comment early and often, and most of all enjoy…just don’t try to get my blog into your van with promises of candy.