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Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a good time during the first couple of days of 2009. The year 2008 has come to an end and unfortunately it wasn’t really a good year for me business wise. I was too lazy to finish most of the goals I set for this year, 2008 wasn’t a productive year for me and the economic crisis didn’t help much either.

Economic mess = lower income
When I compare my income figures from 2008 with those from 2007 I notice my income has dropped significantly. Advertisers are spending less this year due to the economic crisis, the summer months were pretty bad and last month my revenue was about 30 percent less than a year ago.

The next big thing..
Fortunately, I don’t have too many costs but I’m not satisfied with my current income level and will try hard to improve it this year so I can get it up again to a more comfortable level. My dream is to set new income records again but I’m afraid this will remain a dream for a while as I haven’t found my next big thing yet. I had a couple of fantastic months in 2006, but unfortunately those income streams dried up quickly and the average income I pulled in during 2007 and 2008 has been a lot lower than during those big months. Once in a while I try out a couple of new ideas but I haven’t found anything that sticks yet.

Stock market.. Ouch
I was also a bit too na├»ve this year, I ignored most of the doomsayers and didn’t expect the economy would get as bad as it did. I entered the stock market too early and unfortunately I lost quite a bit of money. It was a costly lesson.

Books and stuff
I also started reading again during the last couple of months of 2008. Last month I finished reading Dune and Darkly Dreaming Dexter, and currently I’m reading Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring. I’m about halfway in the first book of the trilogy and will read the other two books afterwards. I like the LOTR movie trilogy a lot and the book is even better, it’s well written and even if you’ve seen the movies several times the book won’t bore because they have a lot more content. The runtime of the LOTR movie trilogy is pretty long, more than 11 hours for the extended edition, but it still leaves out a lot of the events that happen in the book.

Currently I’m finishing a couple of reviews and next week should be pretty busy with lots of exciting news coming from CES 2009 in Las Vegas.

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