Today's picture of the day, is also my theme for the coming year: focus

A couple of things some of you may not know about me ...

  • I just went over 20 year in the Air Force

  • My wife Ana and I are having another little girl in May

What do these two things mean?

Well, technically, I'm eligible to "retire" from the Air Force. But, with a still growing family, it doesn't look to be in the cards just yet. Basically, not only do I have to keep going with my military career, but I also need to make sure my "extra" income streams continue to grow ... plus, I really really really need to set aside enough time to enjoy and tend to my family.

Basically, I need to examine my priorities, and come up with a good plan.

One thing I've already determined (actually, Ana determined it for me) is that I'm going to have to try to figure out how to grow my business, and do my online fun stuff, squeezed into no more than about an hour a day on the computer.

The first thing to go ...

A whole bunch of "niche" websites. (if you are in the business of picking up pre-owned domains, I'm going to be letting some expire over the coming year)

The concept of building 100's or even 1000s of simple little niche websites that each make a dollar or two a day, sound great in theory. And in practice, it even "works" to some extent. The only problem is, it takes a butt load of time; something that I just don't have much of to spare right about now. So basically, I'm ditching the "Vic model" of business building, and going back to what I know.

A couple years back, before I learned about the wonderful world of blogging, I used to "work" about 5-10 hours a week building my candle business. I wasn't getting "rich", but most months, I was earning way more per hour than I could have with a part-time job.

For the past couple of years, I've concentrated much more on "other" endeavors. The home business is still there, and still producing a nice leveraged income ... but not near the level that it should/could be had I been more focused.

That's #1 ... concentrate on a business model that I know puts money in my bank account.

Second thing ... social networking ... what a potential time waster ... but also what a potential opportunity to meet new people, and interact with those I already know. I need to pick one area of social networking, and figure out how to use it effectively, within the time constraints that I've set for myself. At this point in time, I'm thinking Facebook is where I need to concentrate. Truth be told, I don't get much enjoyment or usefulness out of Twitter, but I like reading about what people are doing on Facebook, and all-in-all is seems like the best way to potentially "connect" with people I meet out here in cyberspace.

Last but not least, what the heck am I going to do about this blog?

I think/hope that I've found a solution with the project 365 idea. I really do enjoy taking pictures. And on the flip side, I really do despise trying to come up with topics to write about on my blogs. If I can keep up with this project (and for those who know me, that could be a big IF) it might just kill two birds with one stone ...

Rather than just post a random picture here everyday, I'd like to use the image I choose as inspiration to actually write a couple hundred (hopefully interesting and useful) words at the same time.

Ok, so that's my plan. Here's where you can expect to find Todd during his 1 hour a day online in 2010:

  1. Working my Candle Business

  2. Figuring out how get the most out of Facebook, without letting it become a time drain

  3. Taking lots of pictures, and using them as inspiration for new blog posts

And with all the extra time I'm not online ... doing the really important stuff ... spending quality time with Ana and the Kids.





  1. I like plan number 3 - taking pictures and using them as inspiration for new posts. That way, I can still enjoy reading your blog. All the best with your plans... :)
    .-= SHZ´s last blog ..The vampire's assistant did not disappoint. =-.

  2. Todd,

    I wish I could remember where I read something along the lines of how people can make money online with their own photos by selling the rights to them. I don't know if that is going on at Flickr or what, but it crossed my mind when I read your post. Heck, if you can make a few bucks from the pictures you're taking...why not?

    As per the new goals...go for you. Focus is one of my goals for 2010 as well, but incorporated into several different areas.

    "Ana determined it for me"....regarding the changes kinda woman. ;)
    .-= Grandma´s last blog ..New Year’s Eve Songs, Traditions and Celebrations =-.

  3. Right after reading your post about the importance of Focus, I came across Michael Martine's newest post that is very closely related to what you're saying here.

    I think for many of us with blogs, 2010 will be all about finding out how to focus in on achieving the goals we've set for ourselves and our blogs, whether they be personal blogs or business blogs.

    I don't think you'd mind me sharing the link to Michael's post here:
    .-= Lin´s last blog ..The Bachelor Contestants – Bachelor Season 14 Jake Pavelka On The Wings of Love =-.

  4. Focus is key, knowing exactly what you want and by when is a major part of success. You are right the Vic model is quite time intensive and is not easy with a lack of time to spend on the model.

    I wish you lucky with the candle site and think that having a couple flagship sites is another perfect way to make a living online.

    Congrats on the 20+ years. Being an Air Force Brat myself I know what it takes to dedicate that much to our country. Thank you for your service.
    .-= Josh´s last blog ..Step by Step Guide on How to Make Money With Twitter =-.

  5. Hi Shz,

    Thanks my friend ... that's the plan ... shoot pictures and write.

  6. Yes, it's possible to make money with pictures ... but that would make it "work" ... and therefore not as much "fun" ... which would make it "harder" ... lol, at least for me :-D

  7. Hi Lin,

    I don't mind you sharing the link ... in fact, I'm pretty sure he's in my feed reader ... I'll give it a read a little later when things slow down at work. Thanks.

  8. Yes, that's what it's going to have to be ... a couple of "flagship" sites that can actually find the time to tend to. The niche site thing just never really "fit" for me. I can set them up, I can get traffic, I can make money from adsense/affiliate clicks ... but I can never quite shake the feeling that I'm somehow contributing to the "pollution" of the Internet.

    lol, the marketer and the consumer in me are always in a state of conflict.

  9. First, congrats on the 20 year Air Force career. I offer you my sincere appreciation for what you and others like you do so that we may live so well and so free in this great country.

    20 years means you were in during the first shit storm in Iraq.

    Side note: I have an uncle who is a Lt. Col. in the Air Force. Nothing is cooler than walking around an Air Force base when you are a kid. Every time we walked past anyone they would stop dead in their tracks and salute him. When you are a kid it is really cool to see everyone do that. He also used to get us kick ass seats at airshows that were right near the runway. That was a long time ago though (decades). Things are probably different now.

    Anyways, I agree that focus is absolutely key to finding success in any endeavor whether it is a business pursuit or even something like trying to lose weight. If you find it easier to focus on building your candle business, then maybe you should dedicate more time for it. Just look for ways to inject leverage into that candle business somehow so that you can earn dividends many times over for each hour you dedicate to it.
    .-= Buffalo Dave´s last blog ..Remembering How American Politics Fundamentally Changed in 2009 =-.


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