YEAR 001

The Birth first appeared live on April 28 last year. I recall the ecstatic feeling I had as it flashed to life before my eyes on screen. I literally jumped with a matching jubilant cry and did a little victory dance (much like Steve Carell’s dance in the movie ‘Evan Almighty’). The commotion attracted the attention of my wife and 2 kids who rushed to the scene and caught a few seconds of the ending phase of my dance.

The ‘Hello World‘ default post is still here serving as the very first post. I had edited the contents and title but was so newbie to miss changing the permalink url.

The Purpose

I put up this blog to serve as my outlet to the world for whatever I have to say. Eventually, I learned a lot about blogging and came to know of matters like traffic, linking, commenting, seo, google, etc. These subjects soon became some of my favorite topics to write about, surpassing my original intent to write mostly about family experiences, fatherhood, etc. Thus I came out with the following:

Earning Money

About a couple of months of blogging exposure later, I learned about the dirty subject of monetization. There was Google’s adsense but I found that it demands that I concentrate on a particular niche and write according to some pattern in order to work well. This, of course, threatened to put a limit to what I can write in my blog. I put in a few weeks of practice into it but found it very limiting and contrary to my original goals. Luckily, I stumbled upon the warrior forum and got tips about earning from adsense, amazon, ebay, etc. This lead me to invest into buying new domains for this purpose and saw that I’m beginning to earn my very first dollars. The following posts give hints to what I’ve learned so far as well as my personal experiences in this area:

Post Count

With my day job, I was only able to allot a few hours to my blog, hence the poor post count (7 or 8 posts per month). With the additional load of attending to my business sites (the other sites I put up which earn through amazon and adsense), the time spent on my blog got even shorter. But what the heck, my blog is a personal one. I chose not to get tied up with:

  • the need to adjust my writing to satisfy optimization rules
  • the obligation to post daily
  • to stick to a single niche
  • the need to earn backlinks even from sites I don’t personally like
  • etc.

Optimization, backlinking, keyword density and structuring, etc are concepts and activities I focus and apply only on my business sites, not here. I sometimes do a little social bookmarking work for this blog though when I feel like doing it, and do some SEO work when I need to experiment and experience an seo idea first hand.

In short, this blog is not a money earner. However, should I bump into some method later on that can convert this blog into a money earner without curtailing my freedom too much, I just might give it a shot.


What’s with the links to Extreme John and Wassupblog in the sidebar? If you are familiar with the idea of ‘imprinting’, you’ll understand. It’s like, when I first opened my eyes after my cyber-birth, these were the two blogs that met my eyes. And I imprinted. 🙂 You’ll see that most of the ideas that these 2 great blogs advocate are used or incorporated here, e.g. dofollow, etc.

This blog by the way has undergone a facelift some time ago. I should have taken a snapshot of the old look so I could show my future grandkids (my eldest kid is still 11 years old as of this writing 🙂 ) a graphical history of the blog. I’m sure I’m going to be tweaking this same theme to come up with another facelift soon. Also, the possibility of a drastic change, e.g. a complete theme change, is not far-fetched.

I wish to thank all blogger friends who commented on my posts and made my posts better with their inputs. Of course, I give praise and all gratitude to the Lord of The Universe for all these. is now officially 1 year old.


  1. Hi Moralde
    Great summary of your first year.
    I’ll take a look at the posts under “Earning money”.
    I’m starting to build up a readership but still don’t have any clear ideas about earning money.

    Your posts may just nudge me forward.
    .-= Keith Davis´s latest blog ..Flying in formation =-.

    1. Thanks Keith. Posts in the area of earning money mostly center on adsense and amazon product sites which key phrases have been discovered through the use of tools like the Micro Niche Finder, Market Samurai, Traffic Travis, and of course Google’s Adwords Keywords Tool. My posts in this area are few and far in between and are based on personal experiences only. Like I said in this post, this blog is nicheless. I write whatever strikes my fancy.
      .-= james-mdeo´s latest blog ..Galaga Video Game =-.

  2. Congratulations! You’ve come this far in blogging and truly are one-of-a-kind. I’m sure a new theme would be a proclamation of a year older site. I’ll be looking forward to those changes!

    Thank you as well for being part of my site too. I really appreciate those bloggers who normally visits my site anytime even though I can’t always visit their site. It simply shows that there’s real blogging relationship going on and you’ve shown that! You not the type who expects something in return whenever you give something. A rare quality for a blogger.

    Thank you for the blogging friendship and I wish you all the best.

    James, I can’t always track my comments here, when are you going to install comment subscription plugin?
    .-= Mathdelane´s latest blog ..Will You Ever Consider Paying For Cheap Web Hosting? =-.

    1. OMG! The comment subscription plugin! (*cough*) I promise, as soon as I get home today, and if there’s no power outage, I’ll install it. Ha ha ha! Y’know, if I can successfully conquer my procrastination, I think this blog will blaze through towards my targeted goals. I promise, I won’t wait for a third reminder from Math. 🙂

      Thanks Math. Actually, every time I visit your site, I do gain new knowledge about a lot of things. So, I actually get something in return. 🙂

      When I started in this field, I thought I could consider myself a pro when I get to my first year. Thing is, I realized there’s a lot more to learn, and a lot more effort to exert, to attain that title. That’s why I look up to bloggers who are already there. You and a lot of other blogger friends out there. Perhaps success will rub off on me too in the long run. 🙂
      .-= james-mdeo´s latest blog ..MNF: Your Activation Status Cannot Be Verified At This Time =-.

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