These results are encouraging.** If I take the midpoint values of the votes (giving a value of $300 to "the moon"), then the average value is about $100 per voter per year. If I extrapolate $100 times the thousand subscribers here (the number of subscribers is down to 400 or so due to a periodic error at Feedburner), then the blog has a value of about $100,000! (Even at half that number, I'm doing ok.)
Of course, people are unlikely to pay their value (consumer surplus!), but it's good to put a number on this, if I ever have to go for a job review :)
As most of you know, I do this because I enjoy it, but it's great to know that it's useful/valuable to you :)
Bottom Line: You're "productive" if you add more value than you consume. I'm working on it!
* I was planning to go to Montana in 2 wks. Silly migration rules mean that Anne (NL) and I are going to Central America first. Guess we will have to stimulate a different economy...
** What's up with the $0 people? Why are they reading this blog at all? Nothing better to do? Nothing worth $0.01 more?