It’s been a little bit more than a year since I started declaring my online income. The idea behind that successful series was to share how I’m able to make money online and to help you to do the same. As you can see, it’s been over a year that I have been disclosing a lot of interesting information about how you can improve your blog or websites and make a side business out of it. I’m pretty open about my sites and actually pretty open about my personal situation as well. Each month, I disclose my net worth and each year, I do a total income summary.
Why Money is Such a Taboo?
I have never understood why money is the biggest taboo ever. You could almost have a sex discussion at work during lunch time but it is strictly forbidden to share your salary with your co-workers. During parties with friends and family, people are almost shy to tell how much they paid for their new car or how much it cost renovated their house, etc. Why can’t we talk about money as we talk about anything else?
I’m a very open person. I’m sharing everything on my blog, but I’m also sharing everything in real life. When someone asks me how much I make per year or how much I paid for something. I tell them upfront. I don’t see the problem with it. It’s not like I’ve been stealing money! But then again, people are surprised to see how open I can be. To me, it’s just a matter of offering the right information to the right question. What’s the point of giving a vague answer? What does it matter to you if I make 20K, 200K or 2M$ a year? It doesn’t affect your life, so why would you care so much?
Because People are Evil and Jealous
I have faith in human beings. In fact, you can tell that I’m a bit naïve. I think that people can be good. In fact, I expect people to be good and hope the best for others around me. Unfortunately, I am regularly with regards to this premise. Over time, I’ve found that some people are evil and jealous. If you make money or are successful in something and you tell people, most people that truly like you will be happy. However, a handful of people will hate and envy you. These people, as little as the number can be, can hurt you big time. It seems that because they haven’t made it, they must drag everybody down to their level.
And This is Why I’ll Shut my Mouth from Now On
Yeah… I know, it’s pretty sad. While I’m trying to help people and give them hope, I’m under the impression that I could be attacked. I’ve seen a lot of weird things happening lately in the PF blogosphere (it is not a coincidence that I’ve wrote how to survive Google  last week!).
I haven’t seen any backlash on my site but I will certainly not wait until it happens. This business is one of my true passions in life and I don’t want to see it destroyed by a few evil doers. I’ll keep reporting my net worth because there is nothing to attack on this one (I’m not rich anyways!) but I might stop the day that I become richer… it’s crazy isn’t?
I’ll do Things Differently
I’m still going to be pretty open about a lot of things that I do (so don’t cancel my blog yet 😉 ). However, I’ll become more cautious about getting specific on the sites I own and how much money I make. My monthly income report will be transformed into an “empire update” where I’ll do a round-up of what goes well and what doesn’t and about my upcoming projects. Unfortunately, there will be a few blank spaces here and there as I can’t take the risk to see my business going bust because of evilness in the world.
What do you think of all this? Have you regretted disclosing personal information with regards to your income or net worth?
I’m still shocked… now it’s time to go back to the drawing board… once again!