Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The January 2018 Goals and Plans Reaction

toy room organization
The Batcave Toy Room is beginning to take a new shape with plenty of Star Wars and Batman toys to come.
Oh, he's not dead. Not yet anyway.

I'm alive...alive! I have not posted this regularly since 2015 and more than likely those that have followed me in past, haven't even noticed that I am back. Recently, Brian over at Cool and Collected, did a post on how the great toy bloggers of the past have closed shop and left the planet.

I'd like to think that I am included in that list of bloggers, who gave up the ghost. In my case, and not
necessarily speaking for anyone else, but we took the quick and easy path. Becoming slaves to Facebook, Instagram, and other social media. I know this because I am friends with many of them on social media and I can see they fell into the same old dull routine too.

So, I picked a pen and some paper and made personal plan. Not writing strictly of toys, but changing the format instead. So, I wrote on my blog again and felt the idea wasn't half bad.

If you hadn't noticed the Toy Room now has a financial theme behind it, which my finance background provides me with my other passion...money. This has given me a fresh perspective and at least for me, has sparked a new interest in writing. It is also helped me get back in gear with other areas of my life as seen below. 

What I committed to for 2018:

  • I committed to writing at least one post a week on this site and by golly gee I've done just that. Every Wednesday in January, I did a post, which included the format for the blog. February continues with that goal as this the first post of the new month.
  • I committed to completing one new Cosplay costume every six months. This site does have paid advertising on it and I received a check for $100.22 in advertising revenue this month. I put that money to use by buying a new component for my next costume.
  • I committed to getting the rest of my crap cleaned and the new toy room ready for display. This had already started at the end of 2017, but people can now walk in the room (actually the toy room is now a loft) without getting killed. Displays of Pop Culture goodness is in full swing.
  • I committed to reading at least one new book a month. Didn't quite make this one yet.
  • I committed to losing ten pounds by March 1st. I lost 6 pounds in the month of January. If the pace keeps up I expect to achieve or even surpass by goal.
  • I committed to staying away from people who suck the life out me. 2018 has started off to a great start as I have been re-connecting with old friends. We've decided to get together for a movie night with a Mystery Science Theatre flavor to it once a month and just have fun.
What do you think about the new format? Money is often taboo with most people, but I feel I can pass some of my financial knowledge to my fellow pop culture enthusiast. If you have any toy or financial questions, shoot me an email.

About the author: John Sholtz is an avid toy collector and the interim editor of the Batcave Toy Room due to the abrupt death of Bruce Wayne. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter at, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.


  1. When I started reading the first financial post, I was a little worried your blog got hijacked. Glad to see it's you posting again though.

    I'm digging those shelves too. They definitely have an air of sophistication to them.

    If you don't mind me asking, which ad program are you using? Adsense? I don't know that I'd ever get enough hits to actually make any money, but it never hurts to ask.

    1. Hey Chris, it's great to hear from you. It's been refreshing getting back into the swing of things. Thank you for stopping by.

      The shelves are from Ikea and I will be doing a post regarding Geek Room decorating on a budget as soon as I'm finished. They do come in various colors and you can customize them with glass shelves and various glass doors to your liking.

      I do use Adsense and I also use affiliate advertising with eBay and Amazon. I also have placed banners for paid advertisers on the site as well.


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