The blog started in 2011 (it actually just turned five last month) and I applied to add ads late that year and noticed that they'd finally went active (because I earned a penny) on December 29th.
Today I was informed that I finally had earned enough money for them to pay me (the threshold is 100 USD.) In fact, I earned more than enough by 49 cents.
This allows us to do some math. $100.49 per 1759 days equals 5.7 cents per day. That's actually way better than I would have thought because usually I'm lucky to earn a penny or two, but then again there are some days when the stars align and . . . I'm not totally sure but I think what happens is that someone clicks an add and then browses the site in a way that the site logs as "potential customer" and on those days I've been known to earn as much as a dollar, so days like that have obviously brought the average up.
So, you know, become a blogger and you could earn between five and six cents a day.
It almost goes without saying, but doesn't quite, that being a beggar/busker is way more lucrative. That's basically what the donations are: they're the money thrown in my open guitar case on the subway while I regale you with my rendition of . . . what's the guitar equivalent of Twilight/Narnia/Left Behind?
That got my boiler fixed, which I still think of as a furnace because that's what we always called it, thus saving me from going homeless in the dead of winter in Maine. To afford that on my ad revenue would take 288 years, 72 days, 14 hours, 20 minutes, 58 seconds, and one tenth of a second.
Oh, also, programming note: I went back through my disqus log to dig up any things to be posted and came up with four things on Trump, two of which have already gone up. I'm trying to write some lighter, or at least less Trumpish, posts to break up that string of Trump Trump Trump Trump.