I’m a fan of notebooks and journals—the pocket-sized, saddle stitched booklet kind. My favourites are made by Field Notes. When I discovered Kakeibo, a budgeting process that involves recording all expenses by hand, it really resonated with me. This concept originates in Japan and was created by Hani Motoko in 1904. Starting August 2020, (116 years after Kakeibo’s conception) I’ll be trying it out.
What has Kakeibo got to do with costs to run this blog? As part of the budgeting process, I’ll also need to document expenses for this website. Here’s a breakdown of the cost to publish the words you’re reading; including domain registration, web hosting and software.
I use Metaname to register and maintain all my domains. Metaname have an refined, minimalistic website and account management dashboard which I enjoy.
$Free on GitHub Pages with a custom domain name.
Content Delivery Network (CDN)
$Free on Cloudflare.
$Free with Jekyll and a theme and stylesheet I wrote myself.
$Free Jekyll plugins hosted on GitHub.
$Free tools used to build and maintain this website. Atom I use to write code and GitHub Desktop to push commits. Prose is a browser-based markdown writer I use to write blog posts on my mobile devices.
The most difficult expense to put a dollar-value on is time. Most of the time spent on this website is probably not even on the site itself, but on learning how to build and modify it. I’m not a web developer and I don’t play one on the internet—I’m learning (and thoroughly enjoying the process) as I go.
I use free and open source software when it makes sense. All items tallied up, the total costs comes to $93.15/year or $7.76/month. Compared to the price of coffee, for example, (perhaps coffee expenses be factored in!) the overhead for what is essentially a hobby is fairly negligible. These numbers should keep my Kakeibo journal happy.