From now on, I will be posting site updates over the weekend. Call me a super-nerd, but sometimes I like to talk about blogging. I don’t want to write posts about blogging during the week (unless it’s about how to generate income via blogging, which is a fantastic personal finance topic that I’m really not qualified to write about at the moment).

Speaking of making money blogging, I haven’t forgotten about my promise to give away half of my advertising revenue during 2011 to my readers. I have one more giveaway that will cover all the money I’ve made from Oct-Dec, so you can probably expect the giveaway in January. Here’s the bad news for you giveaway lovers; I haven’t made very much money in the last two months.

You guys know that I don’t like to assault you with ads and affiliate marketing. You have to look really hard to find any ads on my site at all. I will post affiliate links when it’s a product I believe in and would recommend anyway, but I’m not going to promote a product to you if I don’t believe in it. My readers deserve better than that. For that reason, I turn down a lot of advertising opportunities.

Here’s what I’ve made over the last two months:


Half of that is $280, which pales in comparison to the almost $700 I gave away last time. I guess that’s just how the cookie crumbles. I think with the stock market tanking quite a bit over the last few months, advertisers are holding back a bit.

So while it’s not as big as my last giveaway, you can at least look forward to a decent sized giveaway in January. And who knows, maybe I’ll sell a lot in December and make it more lucrative.

One thing I know for sure, the next giveaway is going to be “winner takes all”. You’d be surprised how much work it is to track down a bunch of different people and make sure they get the right prize. I’d rather spend my time blogging and making music videos.

Speaking of Music Videos…

Just a heads up, I’m going to do my best to get you a new video this week. It’s going to be a shorter song than usual, and is going to be a very simple (think acoustic style but without me actually playing an instrument) video. It’s going to be a sad song about a topic that I’m sure a lot of working people can relate to. Stay tuned.

Carnivals This Week

Carnival of Personal Finance at Compounding Returns
Yakezie Carnival at The Saved Quarter
Carnival of Financial Camaraderie at My University Money
Totally Money at Retire by 40
Canadian Finance Carnival at Canadian Finance Blog
Carnival of Wealth at Control Your Cash
Personal Finance Whiz Carnival at Personal Finance Whiz

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