About Me

Hi, I’m Dave and I run the place. Welcome!

It used to be called “Mauder’s Money Matters” around here. That was back when I was pretty focused on personal finance, debt-reduction, and investing. I even wrote a monthly column by the same name in a nationally syndicated trade publication.

Um, ya… I’m a nationally syndicated writer. Well, OK, I used to be one. 🙂

These days, I’m a partner at Carefree Cabins, LLC which is a vacation log cabin rental business in Hocking Hills, Ohio. We have three cabins now and plan to build at least one or two more over the next 2-3 years. Possibly even a treehouse cabin.

I’m also a SAN Engineer for a multi-billion dollar cloud services/software company based in San Francisco. I don’t live there though. I’m fortunate enough to work from a home office in beautiful Hocking Hills, Ohio.

My professional career has always been in the world of Information Technology. Yup, I’m an IT guy. For at least the past 28+ years, my life has been about computers and technology in some way, shape, or form. About 15 years ago, I got interested in SAN technology and that pretty much became my professional niche from that point on. I still dabble in virtualization, networking, and various other aspects of IT, but the focus is always around storage.

Oh, sorry… “SAN” – That’s Storage Area Network for the non-techies in the room. It just means I manage lots and lots of disk drives that store lots and lots of data for lots and lots of companies.

Anyway, back to Mauder.com. So, over the years, I’ve been involved in quite a few side hustles. Various small business ventures, network marketing, and affiliate marketing. Needless to say, with varying levels of success (and failure).

Most of the offline small business ventures, like gumball machines for instance, were pretty successful. And about, oh…100% of my forays into network marketing were epic failures. I just don’t think I’m cut out for it.

By far, the most success has been in affiliate marketing. If you’re not familiar with that term, it’s basically recommending the products and services of other people and/or companies, and getting paid a small commission for doing so.

It would be like you going to see a really awesome movie, and then telling all your family and friends about it. Each time one of them went to see that same movie, and possibly any other movie at the same theatre, you’d get a cut of their ticket price. Pretty cool, huh? The movie wouldn’t cost them any extra, but the theatre would share a small slice of their revenue pie with you.

Speaking of movies, here’s a very relevant example. Amazon.com has one of the largest Affiliate Marketing programs on the planet, and they sell movies. If you were to sign up for Amazon Prime through my link to stream movies, or even if you just went and purchased a DVD/Blu-Ray movie directly, I would earn a piece of the Amazon pie for referring you.

OK, with that out of the way…

What is Mauder.com about today? Great question… When I think of a good answer I’ll let you know. That probably won’t happen until I figure out what I want to be when I grow up. I don’t see that happening anytime soon.

For now, this site is going to be a bit of a playground for me. Almost anything is fair game. I have a lot of interests, and I love sharing great information when I have it to offer.

So, to give you a hint at what to expect, here’s a list of the “shiny objects” I will likely be blogging about:

  • Personal Finance & Budgeting
  • Investing
  • Managing & Eliminating Debt
  • Early Retirement
  • Nutrition / Natural Health
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Buying & Using American made products
  • Digital security / privacy
  • Productivity
  • Coffee
  • Barefoot / minimalist shoes, running, hiking
  • Reading
  • Watching Movies
  • And of course, Affiliate Marketing (aka. Making Money Online)

I know, it’s a pretty diverse list. But hey, what can I tell ya’. I’m interested in a lot of different stuff. You might find a tid-bit or two that interests you. Take what you like, and ignore the rest.

Oh, almost forgot… Here’s a pic of me with my better half, Michele, and a pic of my buddy Bailey. Ain’t he cute?

I have two adult children and two grandchildren as well, but I’m not sure if I should post any of their pictures without asking first.



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