Hotels.com

For the past 2 years, I have been fortunate enough to be able to travel the country. Whenever I did travel I have been using Hotels.com to book nights because of their rewards program. Being able to get a portion of my hotel paid for just for booking a hotel is a great thing for my wallet.
Coming soon I plan to post some reviews of the different hotels and places I have been in the past couple of years.
Between TripAdvisor and Hotels.com it is easy to find a great hotel for a good price.

E3 Tickets

E3 tickets were opened up for the public this year. While attending E3 is on my bucket list, this year I will not be trying to get tickets.

With the Xbox’s Project Scorpio being released Holiday 2017, already being announced the biggest reveal for Microsoft is already announced.

Nintendo is already releasing a console before the event, so I also don’t expect anything huge from them.

Sony just released the Playstation Pro recently as well.

I will hedge my bets on nothing major happening this year and wait for another year before trying to get tickets.

Blog Revenue

Since this blog was created, I have tried a few different ways to monetize some of the content. While I don’t expect to make a load of money off this blog, I am using different techniques to learn more about the process of monetization for future projects.

Currently, I am using Google Adsense to ran ads on this blog. Granted most of the visitors to this blog will probably be using an adblocker on their browser and won’t see them.

Another way I am using Amazon Affiliate links. I am linking products that I am writing about so it is easier to for visitors to purchase them.

Referral links on posts is another way I am experimenting with. As I learn more, I will adapt the methods and go from there.

Reading Books

As a kid, I hated reading books for some reason. But as I grow older, I am starting to get more into reading. To help me I went and purchased an Amazon Kindle. In my experience whenever I try to read physical books I end up getting bored easily and lose interest and have to come back to the book later. This makes reading unenjoyable for me and takes me forever to read books normally. The logic behind the kindle purchase was I can spend hours on a computer and read articles on a screen so the kindle could simulate that.

With my desire to read more books, I have started using Goodreads.com, as a way to track the books and get recommendations for other books to read.

Editorial Calendar – Plugin Review

As stated in a previous post, I have a goal of posting almost every day on this blog. To help me achieve this goal I am using a WordPress plugin to help me aid in this along with my Google Calendar. The plugin I am using is Editorial Calendar. I am able to map out the plan for my blog days to weeks in advance. This plugin has even helped me plan some of my monthly posts I have coming.

Being able to visually see what is coming up for the week is helping me plan what to release for the blog.

Pokémon Go

I have been playing this app on and off since its release date on July 6th. I even bought the Pokémon Go Plus on release day to help me play the game. I have even bought some of its items through the store using the free Google Play money I earned.

Having been a fan of the Pokémon series since its release in the United States, I was excited when this game was first announced. While it hasn’t fully lived up to expectation, it still is a fun game to play when I am traveling.

With the valentines event happening, I am starting to play the game again and look forward to any other events they are going to release.

Hearthstone

Hearthstone is a game I am been getting into more and more recently. While I am not big into the lore of Warcraft, I enjoy playing as the many different characters the game has to offer. Currently, my main deck is using Jaina Proudmoore. I have yet to purchase any of the expansion packs yet, but I will most likely purchase them in the future.

In the past, I used to play World of Warcraft after a generous Christmas gift of the battle pack with every expansion pack to date. Currently, I am only missing Legion, as I have let my subscription lapse. In the future, I wish to get more into the lore of Warcraft and play more World of Warcraft to accompany my Hearthstone playing.

When I was younger I played the Pokémon Trading Card Game on the Game Boy Color, so this is part of the reason I like playing Hearthstone. I also reacquired the game on the Nintendo 3DS to relive part of my childhood, but more on that later.

Early Retirement?

“There are thousands and thousands of people out there leading lives of quiet, screaming desperation, where they work long, hard hours at jobs they hate to enable them to buy things they don’t need to impress people they don’t like.”

I recently came across this quote by Nigel Marsh. He is known for his work-life balance work. Work-life balance is one of my goals for the next few years. Along with having a fulfilling retirement. As someone in their twenties, I currently don’t have a set retirement age but in time, I will be able to develop a plan to a better life.

Recently I have been doing more and more research and math behind early retirement. Part of this was to cut the cord for television service to stop wasting money.

Currently, another area I am working on is my video game collection habit. Before I had the desire to obtain as many games as possible. More recently I have slowed down my buying of games until I am able to complete more that I have even yet to start.

Super Bowl LI

This will be the first Super Bowl that I will be watching without cable. Luckily, more and more options to watch television without a cable subscription are being created. For this year I am trying out the Fox Sports Go app on the Xbox One.

This Super Bowl, I will be rooting for the Atlanta Falcons over the New England Patriots. 24-21 is my prediction for the score.

Go Falcons!

 

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