Friday, July 03, 2009

Ad-ons to the Blog

I added a couple of features to the sidebar yesterday, and I thought they deserved a little light being shined their way.

First is the AdSense ads. Yes, I sold out. I not trying to get rich off of this blog, but I hope that the ads can bring in enough small change to pay for the hosting costs of this site, which are $10 for the domain name, and $20 for the extra storage I need in my Picasaweb account for the photos I'm going to post on this blog. So, yes I sold my soul to Google, but only for $30 a year, I think that's fair.

The next one is important to me. I added a little pie chart called "Homestead Land Fund". I have set myself a definitive goal as to how much money I want to have to buy land with. For now I'm keeping my goal total private, but I think it is a reasonable amount to be able to buy a 30-60 acre piece of land like I mention in point 6 of my first post. I'm not sure when I want to reveal what the total is, but I think I'll use it as a surprise for many people about how much you can do with very little money. As I write this post, that beautiful little blue slice of the pie chart is 10% of my goal, so I'm on my way to being a bonafide land owner.

The last nifty gadget I added is a countdown timer to the day I start my internship. It's not precise yet, because the application period for the internship isn't even open yet, and I therefore don't know what day I'll be arriving. I started the timer from the first of June, which was the day I definitively decided to pursue the internship and jump headfirst into homesteading. And speaking of this internship, I know there aren't many of you that are reading this that don't know where I want to go, but if anyone stumbles across this and is wondering, I plan on talking about the internship and the homestead that it's on in a future post.

I like visual representations of goals, so expect more pie charts or timers to pop up here and there. I'm not sure what they'll be about, except that I'm going to start a GOTu Seattle fund and/or timer. GOTu stands for Get Out of Tucson, and is pronounced "go to". And of course, the Seattle area is where I want to go to. Clever, I know. Thanks for reading!


  1. Hey kyle, Fun to read about your plan! Sounds good to me.

    Take care,

  2. Thanks Adam,

    Please feel free to come back and share whatever insights or inputs you might have for me. No man is an island, and I would love to hear everyone's ideas on how I might make this homestead something that could inspire them in some way.