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Can’t believe it’s been a month already. It has flown by. With the holidays and a vacation in there it probably wasn’t the best time to start a blog but I believe the best time to start anything is right now. Anything worthwhile in life is never convenient. So, on December 27,2016 I spent the entire afternoon pounding away on my computer keys. It didn’t take long and I was hooked.
So far I like the content that I have created. I try to make it fresh and not just the same old personal finance advice that you hear everywhere else. However, that is a challenge. I have about 30 drafts that I have started and hope to come back to at some point. I have started to get into a groove and am still in the process of finding my exact voice on this blog and within the PF blogosphere.
The learning curve for someone who knows nothing about blogging, like seriously nothing, is steep. Getting this blog off the ground was a huge undertaking. I read and studied and tweaked my site and then did it again and again and again. My site is still nowhere close to where I want it to be but it functions and does the basic things that I want. I haven’t even started researching SEO. Yes, I know I need to do it, but for right now I am focusing on generating quality content and learning the ropes.
Monetizing my blog is definitely on my to do list. I’ve had some offers for sponsored posts but don’t really want to go that route at the moment or maybe ever. I do have affiliate relationships with Bluehost and ConvertKit only because I have used their services, had a good experience and can justify recommending them to others. I don’t want to go overboard in this department, especially early on but if I have a good relationship with a business I will consider a mutually beneficial business relationship.
I like transparency in about every way imaginable. I love it in my politics, I like it at my workplace and I like it in my personal life. So with that said, I am going to give you some transparency. Here is a snapshot and some numbers from my first month blogging. Not real sure if I would call it a success but I feel like I’ve got started on building a good foundation.
Page Views: 570
Not great but in just the last couple days my page views have started to spike. Not really sure why this has happened but hopefully it is a trend that will continue.
Blog Comments: 24
I think this is awesome! Roughly half of these comments are mine responding to basically every single person that comments but I was very excited to see some people making comments. I know this can be very challenging for some new bloggers to get going.
Twitter Followers: 630
I have put a fair amount of effort into twitter. Really, it is the only social media that I have utilized to any extent thus far. I use buffer to automate some posts throughout the day just to keep my content out there in front of people. I do try to get on Twitter and interact with folks as often as I can.
Facebook likes: 1
I have put zero effort into Facebook so far. But if you want to help me out that would be great! Click here. This will be the next social media platform that I tackle. Facebook is a little harder nut to crack because you can’t just follow a bunch of people and hope that they follow you back. It’s especially difficult when you are blogging using only your first name and not really promoting your blog to friends and family.
Money made: ROFLOL!!!
SOME OF MY FAVORITES
There are so many personal finance bloggers out there and some very good ones I might add. I will list for you a few of my favorites. Some of these folks have personally helped me which I am very grateful for and others have been an inspiration to me and they probably don’t even know it.
Julie at millennialboss.com – If you are a woman looking to get it done, this is the place to go. Julie is killing it in her career and her blog. She has also been generous enough to answer some questions for me and give me some guidance. Thanks Julie.
Ms. Montana at montanamoneyadventures.com – I can relate with Ms. Montana in many ways and absolutely love her approach to life. This is a very unique blog that covers a wide array of financial and life issues.
Alexander at cashflowdiaries.com – If you are looking to get into cash flowing rental real estate this is the place to go. I started reading Alexander’s blog over a year ago and after reading it then I almost started my own blog. Wish I would have. I would be so much further along by now.
Kyle at dollardiligence.com – Kyle and I have quite a few things in common. His blog and writing style are a joy to read. This guy will not lead you astray, he knows his stuff.
I have 8 posts in my first month which is a huge success in my opinion. 2 posts a week is what I am shooting for and I am right on track so far. I have not had problems coming up with content yet but I imagine that will be more challenging as we go.
The greatest benefit for me personally is not only having an outlet to write and share but also keeping myself accountable. It’s one thing to think a certain way or want to do something with your finances but when you write it down it adds a whole new dimension of accountability. If I tell you that I am going to save 30% of my income then that puts a lot of pressure on me to follow through, which is a good thing. I have no idea where this blog will take me but for now I am just going to keep plugging away and learning as much as I can. Thanks for reading.
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