A Time To Give Back

The More You Give, The More You Get

I am a firm believer in you get what you give. Giving doesn’t have to be about money. It can be your time and experience. One of the reasons I created this blog was to give my knowledge and experience so I can help others be successful online. One of the ways I did that was by doing a case study to show how income on a blog is made.

The blog made $352.94 in September, $1,361.64 in October, and $2,139.93 in November. I have received $1,714.58 so far, which represents the income for September and October. Money from December will be received in the New Year. This blog was never intended to make any money and I have stated that I would donate what money it made to church and charities.

I have decided to donate the income from the blog to my church and other charities. John Chow dot Com is my personal blog and making a profit from it just seems strange to me. Please note, I am not downing anyone who makes money off his or her personal blog – I think that is great.

Today, I made good on that statement by donating $1,000 of the blog’s income to the Immanuel Christian Reformed Church. My wife and I attend this church. It is only a few blocks from our home and we have been going to this church since moving to our current location.

I am also making a $500 donation to the Union Gospel Mission. Union Gospel Mission exists to offer hope to the hungry, hurting and homeless. In 1940, the Mission began as a small soup kitchen. Since then it has grown dramatically to meet the needs surrounding us. Many people who have walked in the corridors of loneliness, hopelessness and despair have found UGM to be a place of new beginnings. In addition to helping those in need, the UGM provides a hot Christmas dinner for someone who is hungry. When I was told a complete dinner cost only $2.29 per person, I just couldn’t believe it (considering how much I spent on my last dining out trip). The blog’s $500 donation will help feed 218 people this Christmas.

Another $500 will be donated to UNICEF Canada. UNICEF was created by the UN General Assembly on December 11, 1946 as a temporary organization called the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund to respond to the suffering of children in European countries devastated by World War II. In 1953, UNICEF was made a permanent arm of the UN to address the plight of children in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. Its name was changed to the United Nations Children’s Fund.

Donations to other charities will be made on a case-by-case basis. If you would like to recommend a charity please do so in the comments.

Moving Forward

I have decided to handle the blog’s income a little differently from now on. Instead of giving all the money to charities, it will be divided between a trust fund for Sally and charities. Some would say that is a bit selfish of me but hey, as Ed has stated, I am the root of all evil. Besides, the blog donations are on top of what I already give to church and charities.

When I started this blog, I never dream it would help feed the hungry or help children around the world, or provide a secure future for my daughter. I have all you readers to thank for this.

Thank you.