Thought I'd pop in and let you know that this thread did get me off dead center a couple of years ago. I still don't monetize my sites, but I did decide to stop being just a blogger and start running a business.
After running my own business management consultancy for several years, I (and the wife) got tired of me spending 6 months + on the road every year. So I took the plunge, and "retired" early.
Naturally, the day after I did that, the economy devoured our life savings, and I realized I either had to go back to work or live a lot fewer years than planned.
So I decided that instead of going back on the road, I'd try taking advantage of my publishing background and transition it to an online business. That meant I had to learn a good bit about SEO, coding and internet marketing.
I was already hanging around SEO and marketing forums quite a bit when I joined NetBuilders, and was just starting to learn more than very basic HTML. Reading some of the success stories in this thread got me thinking about doing something serious online, and in Sept. of 2010, I bought a domain name, built a WordPress site, and dug in.
That business slowly built up until about a year later, I was having to turn down business because I was working 7 days per week, 16 hrs per day. I decided to take on a partner, and by November, we had made enough progress that we were BOTH working 7 days per week, 16 hrs per day. Not the sort of progress I had in mind.
About that time, we decided to expand both our staff and our offering, and we founded a new agency together, with twelve other writers to carry some of the load. That business continues to flourish, and aside from my fantastic partner and some really great clients, I also owe YOU my thanks for helping me get focused.
To the others out there that haven't yet gotten off their cans, I'd say... if THIS old phart can do it, so can YOU.