September 2018 Monthly Recap and Income Report

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Blogging Income Report

Time for another monthly recap and blogging income report. This is where I share what’s new in the world of Desk to Dirtbag over the past month and offer a bit of transparency behind the the life of a travel blogger.

On to this month’s report…


Road Trip to Austin

In mid September we hit the road from Seattle for the long drive down to Austin, Texas for a conference. It was a whirlwind trip, but it was so nice to be on the road again, particularly getting back to Southern Utah — such a beautiful part of the country.

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While the road trip down was pretty quick, we had more time after Austin (more on that in a minute), so we could explore a bit more, whether it was Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas or just soaking in the beautiful fall colors in Colorado.

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We drove down to Austin so I could attend TravelCon, a first year conference put on by the uber-successful blogger Nomadic Matt. There were about 600 people in attendance, as well as some awesome speakers by such folks as Pat Flynn, The Blonde Abroad, Ryan Holiday, and Rolf Potts (one of the authors that originally inspired me to travel).

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While I didn’t have a ton of time to explore Austin, I did get a taste of it during the four days I was there, and I really enjoyed the city. It’s hip, cool, green, fun, and I could definitely imagine myself living there, but too bad it is so far from any mountains…

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TravelCon itself was pretty awesome, and I already bought my ticket for next year’s conference in Boston in June.

Colorado Rockies

While I lived briefly in SW Colorado when I first started these traveling adventures, I’ve never had the chance to explore the heart of Colorado… I was happy to finally get to see even just a little bit of this famous landscape…

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The fall colors were particularly incredible in parts of the drive through the Rockies as the trees turn bright yellow at high altitudes.



TravelCon was a great experience, but at the same time it was kind of rough for a shy introvert like me. Despite the fact that I share a lot here on the blog, I generally find it hard to be outgoing and social, particularly in massive events like this. I much prefer connecting in small groups or chatting one-on-one with people.

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I’m not good at conferences at all. It kind of reminded me of my old days in D.C., to be honest, but from that experience, I know I *can* do it… I’m just out of practice for like five years.

Most Popular New Article of the Month

3 Days in Medellin, Colombia – A Suggested Itinerary of the Coolest Things to Do

My ultimate guide of things to do in Medellin is quite popular, but it isn’t really organized into any sort of optimized approach. This article prioritizes what I think are the must visit places in a few short days.

Other New Articles

Most Popular Instagram Photo

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This shot from Arches National Park on our recent road trip to Austin was by far the most liked photo of the month. I haven’t posted too many shots from the trip (haven’t had time to even download them to my computer!) but I will be soon.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more photos of my adventures.

What I Read

September 2018 Monthly Recap and Income Report location-independence, income-reportsSeptember 2018 Monthly Recap and Income Report location-independence, income-reportsProfit First by Mike Michalowicz 

I wish I would have read this book sooner. I heard about this book from a fellow blogger and was immediately intrigued… SO glad I read it. If you have any sort of small business, I think this no-nonsense system for accounting really makes sense for prioritizing business profitability from the get-go.

While I know things have been profitable, business-wise, for a long time, I don’t really have a clear picture like I could have with this multi bank account approach.

As I mentioned last month, I’m getting things officially set up for my legal business structure, so I’m in the process of making the new bank accounts and implementing

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I know many of you are just curious about how much I’m making and how I do it, but first, here’s a quick rundown of my story:

I used to be a desk jockey working in Washington DC but then lost my job when my boss retired, so I set out to travel the USA and live in my truck. I started this blog to simply hold myself accountable with my travel dreams. I had NO idea what I was doing at the beginning and had no intention of turning this into a business.

And yet, here I am. I now run a pretty awesome online business and basically have found my passion in life.

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A lot of you have wanted to start your own blogs after seeing the success that I’ve had, and I highly recommend it. If I hadn’t taken a shot with D2D, I would most definitely have returned to a similar sort of desk job and be stuck doing work I didn’t really enjoy very much.

First of all, fair warning – blogging (or any online business for that matter) isn’t easy in any way or for the faint of heart. It is definitely not something you should immediately quit your day job for. Making a living with a blog is a long slow road, but it is also incredibly rewarding.

Take a look at my free blog setup tutorial: you’ll have your own blog set up in just 10-15 minutes, and will receive some pretty sweet discounts since you’re a D2D reader when you use my exclusive link.

Have you taken my free blogging course yet?

Even if you are just thinking about starting a blog or want to figure out how to get more traffic to the one you already have, this will be useful for you.

Basically, if you want to learn the foundational elements of how I went from a desk jockey drop out to a dirtbag living in his truck to a now “successful” blogger earning enough to travel all over the place – you’ll want to check this out:

Onto this month’s income report breakdown…

TOTAL = $3,006.68
GOAL = $3,750 per month
80% of goal covered

All-in-all, September was kind of a rough month in terms of website traffic (down like 20% since the August Google algorithm update), and earnings overall have dipped down as a result.

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The above figures do not include income from freelance writing which is another significant source of income and my primary side hustle.

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That’s all I got for you this month. Are you following along on Instagram or Facebook? Be sure to do so, if you want to get the latest. As always questions, comments, and feedback are extremely welcome.

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Head Writer and Adventurer at Desk to Dirtbag
Ryan is an author, adventurer, perpetual wanderer, and self-proclaimed dirtbag (but that might not mean what you think). Originally from Seattle, he headed to Washington D.C. where he spent five years working for Congress before heeding the call of the wild. He set out truck camping to road trip across the American West, and then across all of Central America and South America. When he isn't on the move, you can find him living as an expat in Colombia. He is also the author of the best selling book: Big Travel, Small Budget that will help you travel more for less. Follow the adventures on social media or read more.

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  1. That’s a pretty awesome September. Interesting to hear about TravelCon. I hadn’t heard of the conference before, but glad to know it was good. Might have to check it out myself next year. It’s great to see a fellow blogger doing well. Keep up the great work! If there is anything we can ever collaborate on, that would be cool too

  2. If you can have time, you should cruise up to New Hampshire, Maine or Vermont after Boston. Ideally all 3. I can recommend some great free camp sites and killer hikes.

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      I would love to head up that way, if possible. I’ve been to the White Mountains a couple times, but never been to Maine or Vermont. I’ve heard such good things too, so believe me, it’s high on my list.

  3. I agree, Travel Con was a blast but the events and ALL the networking can get super overwhelming, introvert or not! I loved every moment of it but networking is definitely a lot of work. I need to get my ticket for Boston’s ASAP!

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