Hi, there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning here in Lithia, Florida (a smallish city in the Tampa Bay area that is home to a sprawling planned community called Fish Hawk Ranches), and even though I’ve been up and about for almost two hours, I’m sleepy and tired. I had another restless night in which I couldn’t fall asleep at a decent time, and I woke up only slightly after my usual 6:30-7:00 AM window; I think I managed to get almost four hours’ worth of shuteye, so I’m not exactly at my best now.
I do have some good news, though!
After 11 years,1,404 blog posts, 795,670 pageviews (and counting), and even an unfair ban from Facebook, my challenging work on the original Blogger version of A Certain Point of View has finally borne fruit.
Yesterday, I noticed that Google AdSense had electronically deposited my first-ever payout of revenue generated from ads on my blog – $104.47, to be exact.
I had been keeping my eye on my AdSense account since the beginning of June, which is when I noticed that I was getting close to the $100 payout threshold (bloggers don’t get ad revenue until their AdSense balance is $100 or more). In August, it was hovering close to the $95 level, so I had a feeling in the back of my mind that I’d get paid – barring issues with Google – either this month or in October.
After I stared at my AdSense balance – it’s now back to $0.00 – for a while, I decided to check my bank account – thank the Force for online banking! – to make sure my eyes were not playing tricks on me.
Sure enough, I saw that the payment from Google was being processed, and even though the $104.47 was not in my account, it was included in my projected balance, so as I write this the transaction should be complete and the money I’ve worked hard to earn is there.
And even though I am not posting on A Certain Point of View as regularly as I do on this blog, I have noticed an uptick in my pageviews on Blogger. So far today, I’ve received 2,701 pageviews, which means that by 7 PM Eastern, which is when the “day” begins as far as pageview counts go, I’ll exceed yesterday’s “hit” count of 2,936.
Of course, pageviews aren’t the only criteria that determine ad revenue; people must click on ads on the posts to trigger some of the income. But the increase in traffic – most of it from the United States – is a welcome sight, especially since most of my hits came from Facebook until Trump supporters (taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic and Facebook’s overreliance on artificial intelligence to cope with “Community Standards” complaints) got the “Social Network” to ban A Certain Point of View in March of 2020.
I don’t know when I will see another payday from Blogger/Google AdSense. I started blogging in 2011, but I didn’t do it regularly until Epinions closed its doors in 2014 and my mother passed away in July 2015. And if it wasn’t for that stupid and arbitrary ban on Facebook…well, I would be writing a daily post on my original (and at one time, only) blog, and you would not be reading this here.
Oh, and I also received a small royalty payment from Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. It has not been processed yet (KDP payments sometimes take a while to kick in, so to speak), so I don’t know how much I earned. It certainly is not a $1,000,000 Stephen King-type royalties check, but hey, I wrote something (Reunion: A Story) that someone found worth the time to buy (and hopefully enjoyed). Since that was my dream ever since I was 12 or so – to be an honest-to-goodness paid writer – I am happy.
(Of course, I would be over the moon if more people bought copies of Reunion, read it, liked it, and then told their friends about it, thus increasing the story’s popularity and adding a few bucks to my bank account. Ah, maybe it’s a pipe dream, but a fellow can dream, right?)
I don’t have much else to share; I am still tired, foggy-brained, and a bit annoyed with myself for not being able to relax and go to sleep at a more decent time than 3 AM. I’m hoping that I’ll feel a bit better after I take a shower and get into “street clothes,” cos feeling exhausted at noon is not a pleasant experience.
So, until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.