So far there are three entries to the blog about this effort:
http://www.craigsfire.com/?p=449 (links to #1 and #2 also)....
I think this series of posts (I will do at least one more) may help some newbies to get their new sites off the ground quicker. Another subject which will be in the next post is the potential income stream from such a starter site. Can it pay for itself? Could it possibly do more?
As a prelude, let me share some of the effort to date.
I have spent a decent amount of money buying the domain and original articles as well as XF and some add-ons. I also am going to spend money on a Grand Opening as well as future hosting, etc.
Of course, I spent a lot of TIME on it - something that any budding web person should expect to do!
Although I promised myself I would not try hard to monetize the site until 2014, curiosity got the better of me and I started a few experiments to see if the site would be able to help pay for itself (or more!). This involved a small amount of adsense banners as well as some Amazon links - the Amazon links pointing to products which 100% have to do with the content.
Although it started out very slowly, I'm being surprised by the action in the month of May. It appears that the Amazon earnings will easily pass $120 for the month while the adsense will likely be about $25-$30.
Summary so far....it seems that is is still possible for the average joe or jane to create a niche internet site and create content as well as get paid for some of their efforts.
More later....and I hope these experiences help others! I'm not sure that I want to continually develop the site in the far future, but the effort is keeping me on my toes and I am learning something in the process.