December 8, 2021

4 thoughts on “Blogging, Paypal and Amazon a Big Zero

  1. Hi John,

    I was a bit sad that I missed the Nicolas Cage movie. I planned to watch that one but I did not realize thah my satiliite load was due to expire that day. By the time I turned on the TV it was too late to reload it that day. I guess this will motivate me to get it set up on a auto debit program. I have been working hard installing a wood fired oven in our bakery to reduce the high cost of cooking gas. After researching what it would take to build a masonary version I decided to fabricate one from steel. I got really lucky because I saw one already built at a welding shop and it almost matched my design. The only change that I made was to insert fire bricks inside the wall cavities instead of fiberglass. Today will be the initial baking trial. I did fire it up yesterday and it stayed hot for several hours so I am thinking it will be good. The reason that we worked for the wood oven is two fold. Gas is too expensive and it will increase capacity. The items sold from the display case puts us at the break even point profit wise after salaries. We will use the wood oven to make simple pandasal that will be packaged and delivered to the numerous sari sari stores for resale. A bakery is only profitable will sufficient sales volume so we will create a higher volume with our deliveries. thought this might interest you since you have mentioned starting a bakery.

    1. Tom thanks for the info. Although I will not be the one making the decisions for the bakery, I can add my 2 cents or in this case it’d be 1 cent from me and 1 cent from you. I believe that he plans on a wood fire stove and never considered a gas stove anyway. I’ll mention the steel vs. masonry thing to him. It’s Titing’s project and he is an Engineer so he probably has a good idea of what to do.
      I definitely will mention the re-sale of the pandesal and maybe a few of other items too.
      Don’t worry about that movie “The Season of the Witch”. I’m sure it will be around for awhile for you to watch. It was a good movie, but not fantastic.

  2. I can certainly understand the need for more money. There is never enough, and when there is, we all NEED more. One of the main reasons I have decided to ‘retire’ early is for the exact opposite reason of needing more money. Life for me here has become hum drum, working for the next almighty dollar, only to lose it or spend it on things we really don’t need. From time to time, I reel in my common sense and analyse the how’s and whys, and it never really registers on my quality of life meter. We work, we earn, we spend….and in many cases it’s simply not healthy, IMO. I have also found blogging to be self satisfying, to a point, and it becomes obligatory after time. I got to a point in my online presence that I became saturated with these obligations until I realized that it was not returning $$ commensurate with the amount of time I was spending to crank out all this superfluous garb. After many years of building my online presence, I have slowly begun to dis-assemble. And I’m enjoying the equivalent satisfaction of winding down. So I have chosen the path to more relaxation and less work. I simply don’t need more than I need to be content. Being content with working hard at something with only the expectation of success is pure insanity. To me, contentment is not in the material things that we can accumulate in life, hell, it takes work to keep up with it all. These days, I’m mostly content with giving advice for free. I might as well, as I’m not using it anymore!

    1. If it was just me, I have plenty to do with what I want. There would be no need to work anymore. Actually if I just have what I do have now and I could just update a blog 2 or 3 times per week, you know, something easy to do. It wouldn’t seem like work at all.
      Like an e-book. If I had one of those and it was selling, I wouldn’t have to do anything else, just let it sell. I just have to get it to the right place first.
      I think we could make it on what we have now, if we didn’t have bills. That is my next goal to accomplish. We shouldn’t have any, but stupidity got in the way.
      By this time next year, we hope to have made a couple of trips out of here, not counting our trip to Texas this April.
      I agree that everything you said should be true.
      Wind down, not up. That’s a good motto to live by when you are ready to retire.

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