Flying High: Making a Living Blogging about Model Airplanes

Guest Post by Albuquerque WordCamp Speaker Carlos Reyes

My web pages and videos are now getting about 40,000 views a month. I’m told that this number puts me out of the amateur blogger category and into the “major leagues”, whatever that means!

I started my website ( for a simple reason: I’m not getting any younger, and I had never held a job that I truly loved. I do now. Using WordPress and other open source tools, I run a web server that was 100% configured by me. In fact, the only part of my entire website that I did not do myself was my logo. I cannot draw, otherwise I would have done that myself, too (grin).

My web server can handle 200 web page hits a second and easily send out 10,000 emails in an hour. My incoming email handler lets maybe one spam email get through a week. In other words, this is a state of the art web server. Thanks to WordPress and the other software packages I used, I paid zero dollars in software licensing fees.

Intrigued? Come to my presentation at the Albuquerque WordCamp to learn more about how I did it and what lessons I learned along the way.

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