Not the reason I expected.
Alas, I recently became aware of something that may spell the doom of Total Drek once and for all. Courtesy of Brad Wright I have become aware of a website that can supposedly estimate the worth of your blog. As in, tell you how many dollars your blog would go for on the open market. Brad reports that my blog is worth a considerable sum but, just to be safe, I decided to go for a second opinion. That opinion was, in a word, shocking:
Yes folks, that's right: my blog is worth in excess of thirty-seven million dollars! Holy shit! I should charge admission!** Doubtless my shareholders will be excited by this revelation but I find that I am somewhat melancholy at the news. Why? Simply this: if the IRS gets wind of this, I am screwed. I mean, seriously, the capital gains tax on something that I "bought" when it was worth zero dollars and now have valued at over thirty-seven million will be a tad... harsh. And by "harsh" I mean "a tax bill in excess of my earnings for the past decade."
Of all the things I expected this blog to become, my financial ruin was not among them.***
* That payoff being little more than the pleasure of blogging. Okay, really, I've also come to know some really awesome people which HAS made the whole thing worth it, but still...
** It goes without saying that nobody could possibly be willing to PAY for this crap.
*** I suppose it's possible that this valuation is a result of the increasingly weak dollar. If that's the case, however, I expect that a loaf of bread probably costs ten or twenty thousand dollars by now. Yay.