I don’t really do new years resolutions, but I do recall in early 2013 saying to myself that this would be the year I actually make some money from the internet.
For as long as I’ve done this web development thing I’ve been working on projects that were set to earn millions. But then, isn’t everything? The sad fact, repeated over and over the past 10 years is that, no, the majority of stuff you work on amounts to nothing.
However, if you keep going regardless of the failures, at least you keep your chances alive of landing on something that does make some money. So, with that in mind I set out at the start of the year to turn my fortunes around and make some money. Instead of trying to do something cutting edge and bla bla bla, I went for something far more ordinary. I built some themes! The back story you can read here: Leaping frogs.
How did I do?
I ended the year with five themes, the newest Controlfrog, released at the beginning of December. My earnings haven’t swelled my bank account to bursting, but I have actually earned some money from the internet! In fact, since the first theme went on sale back in May, I’ve pretty much increased my earnings month on month.
- The pursuit of money can become addictively unfulfilling.
- Creating, what I would deem, useful themes is hard.
- Selling something on a marketplace is hard. You have no direct communication with your customers.
2014: The year of the… ?
I don’t know what 2014 will be the year of. Obviously, I hope my themes continue to sell well and I’ll probably create a few more. Whatever else 2014 might bring, it will most likely be ordinary, non ground breaking and driven by myself.
After all, it’s that combination that has seen me well through 2013, the year I actually made some money from the internet!