Are you curious about a one-year delay? I explained it in my first income report.
I dedicated the beginning of January 2017 to summarizing my goals from the previous year and setting goals for the new year.
They were quite similar to my goals from previous years. However, this time my family and prayer took first place.
I wrote a few blog posts, including the two about goals. I kept writing Quora answers and broadcasts to my email list.
So nothing groundbreaking. But I got one surprise: when at the end of the month I summed up my word count, I discovered that I beat my previous writing record by exactly 1 word! I wrote 35,212 words in January 2017.
Networking and Coaching
My friend and host of an amazing podcast, Engel Jones, tried to start a community around the idea of regularly conversing with different people. I helped him with that a bit. In the end the project failed, but I made several conversations with interesting people from all over the world.
I got again one or two new coaching clients. I finally obtained Coach.me digital certification. My coaching profile was finished to a T.
I consciously decided to focus on my family and step back even further away from publishing.
I finally had time to tackle a few minor projects.
I updated a landing page of my main email list. I finally included information, that I’m sending weekly updates to my subscribers.
I cleaned my inbox and kept it that way for most of January 2017.
I opened an account on NoiseTrade, another platform for sharing my free works in exchange for email address.
My blog got hacked. I painstakingly cleaned the blog file by file. Then I changed passwords and updated all my security measures.
All to no avail.
My blog had been attacked again.
This kind of attack was possible only in two cases: someone knew my credentials or my hosting provider was hopeless in maintaining security.
I started working with them again on restoring my blog, but in parallel, I bought hosting from Bluehost and started the procedure of migrating my websites to their servers.
By the way, I warn everybody against iPage hosting. They are either criminals who hack your blog to blackmail you into buying additional services, or they are criminally stupid and leave their servers wide open for hackers.
I earned loads of money in December.
I earned even more in January. I sold over 1,000 Kindle copies with no promo whatsoever.
The amounts I earned were starting to affect my wife’s mindset.
We created a code. Every time my royalties crossed $100 a day, I was reporting “boredom” – it was so predictable that it was boring. She even declared that if I kept earning such sums from my side hustle, she would reconsider quitting her full-time job (which she simply hated).
That was a big shift in her thinking. I was positively surprised.
The Income Report Breakdown
Amazon royalties: €464.25 ($496.74)
CreateSpace royalties: €3421.66 ($3661.18)
Coach.me fees: $168.61
Draft2Digital royalties: $10.42
Affiliate income: $98.5
$36.9, View From the Top Community fee
$58, Aweber fee
$20, InstaFreebie fee
$265, Business on Purpose mastermind
$253.51, royalties split with co-author
$998.82, Amazon ads
$81.5, RA’s (RA = Real Assistant; my son 😉 ) remuneration
$50.25, my editor’s income share
Net Result: $2672.37