Six years and 7 months.
That’s not the age of my second oldest (step) grandson although it’s close enough. No, it’s the current age of this venerable old DYI blog of mine, a fact that never had much impact on me until the other day when I received, of all things, a check from Google for the amount of $101.80. The entire earnings from the AdSense ads I’ve had on Just Thinkin’ since the day it went live back in February of 2006. I remember calling it the “obligatory AdSense ads” at the time. And to be honest about it, I had completely forgotten that I had these AdSense ads on the blog in the first place. I blame AdBlock Plus for Firefox for that, by the way.
Google first sent it to an address I hadn’t lived at for nearly 7 years, that’s how long it’s slipped my mind.
So, there it was–$101.80 I’ve earned for 6 years and 7 months of wracking my wee brain for subjects to post to my rather obscure little corner of blogdom. I couldn’t help but chuckle about this since, when you look at it, it’s damn funny. So I sat down and did a bit of math–which always gives me a headache but I thought it worth it for this post. Working everything out down to dollars per month over a period of 79 months (more or less) divided by 12 gives me a grand total of yearly earnings of $15.46. This got me to wondering just long it would take to save up to buy certain things available today, gadgets and the like, at this annual rate of income. So, in no particular order, here’s a very short list:
- Kindle Fire HD (wireless type): 12.9 years
- iPad 4—top of the line model (not that I’d have one): 46.6 years
- 32″ LCD TV (for when our 31 year old TV finally quits): 25.9 years
- The new camera I want–again (never by used from eBay): 21.3 years
- Latest version of my favorite Linux distro: 0.0 years (Ha! Something I can afford!)
Makes one grateful for other sources of income now doesn’t it? Guess I won’t have to worry about the IRS coming after me for “Other sources of income not listed.” will I?
So here’s to another 6 years and 7 months of waiting for my next check from Google. No telling what I won’t be able to buy at that point.