2011 Goal Update (January)

This is my first monthly report on how I’m doing with my goals for 2011:

  • Read the Book of Mormon again. This is going well. I’m using my Standard Works webpage to get emails that keep me on track with my studying.
  • Earn as much from my side business as I do from my day job. January has been an awful month for my revenue. Looking at my historic earnings, this is pretty normal for me for January. It isn’t all bad though. I’ve started making a tiny bit of money by selling access to the Fake Name Generator API. I’m going to expand the FNG API offering, and add a paid API for ABA Number Lookup.
  • Build a dining room table. Due to some problems finding appropriate wood and concerns with the difficulty in building nice chairs to go with the table (or finding matching chairs at a store), I’ve decided to change this goal to “Build a desk for our piano keyboard”. I’m currently sketching out plans for this piece of furniture, and hope to start on the actual construction of it soon.
  • Launch twelve new websites. I’ve launched MEID Converter, which is my first new site this year. I’ve also added a Smiley Generator to the Fake Name Generator. I’m not counting this as a new site, but it was fun to put together.

I’ve also been working on a few goals that I didn’t originally blog about:

  • Max out my 401k and Roth IRA contributions. I’ve been contributing the maximum allowed to my Roth IRA for a few years, but want to start saving more aggressively for retirement so I’m going to start maxing out my 401k, too. I’ve mailed in the paperwork to get the 401k started.
  • Get out of debt. My wife owes a tiny amount in student loans, and I’d like to get them paid off this year so we can be 100% out of debt. We’ve created a new spreadsheet that shows our assets and liabilities, and we are going to update it once a week to help us better see what we owe and what we have.
  • Start an email newsletter. There is big money in email newsletters. I haven’t settled on a topic yet, but I’d like to start an email newsletter and get 1,000 subscribers before the end of the year.
  • Create a game for mobile phones. I haven’t had a chance to play too much with mobile phone programming, but I’d like to take the time to create a basic game. Right now I’m settling on which language I’d like to use.

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