Time flew by and I’m excited to issue a second monthly blog report! A lot of things happened in July and since my last blog update. It’s been rewarding and even tiring at times but the thought that I’m helping just one person out in the internet world with their finances keeps me going as I am passionate about finance. I also want to be transparent as much as possible with my blog so here goes.
- How I saved $75 with one phone call
- Rule for buying depreciating and expensive stuff
- Dow Jones reaches all time high
- Pass these tests to build wealth
Here are some of the things I learned:
#1. Passion is Needed for Blogging
I am obsessed with personal finance. I would score my obsession to be at 110 out of 100 when I started this website. However, there’s only so much personal finance that I can write. After writing ~20 posts at an average of 1000+ words, commenting on other blogs after coming home from work, and spending a lot of time on the weekends trying to tweak and make my blog better, it can get tiring.
The only thing that’s keeping me going is the fact that I like personal finance.
#2. Goals for Guidance is Essential
Without writing down my goals and making them public, it would be hard to know what direction that I’m going towards. Goals are absolutely essential if I want to make my site to be a successful one and I detail whether I met goals that I set last month.
Some of the goals that I had:
July Blog Report
I failed goal #1 as I reached only 643 views in July. I was foolish in thinking that my first day view will continue on every day till the end of the month, but that cannot be the case. I’m a little behind in writing this blog update so this month’s progress is included in the screenshot below. I wanted to set a goal of 1500 views in August because I wanted to do close to 2.5x my views in July but I’ve met and exceeded my goal in August because of my post being generously featured on Rockstarfinance. Time for a new goal!
I also failed goal #2 because I didn’t get a chance to get on the Yakezie challenge. I’ve been too preoccupied with trying to write posts and comment on other blogs to get to know them and see other people’s perspectives. This is an excuse that I don’t want to use and will set this goal again for August.
I passed goal #3 because I got on Modest Money! I think I was even behind some blogs that weren’t even active for a year when I first got on the list but now I’ve moved up the ranks to be below #500 as of the time of writing this post. My SEO score really could use some work and I’m going to learn about it more extensively as time passes.
Goals for August
Goal #1. Reach 5,250 views in August
As a result of being featured on Rockstar finance, I so far reached 4,552 views in August. I can’t thank J Money enough for being given the opportunity to be featured. I’m a little scared in that I won’t be able to replicate the success next month, but I want to cross one bridge at a time.
Goal #2 Reach 3,750 followers on Twitter.
Stefan at the Millennial Budget had a fantastic guide on how to use Twitter. As a millennial, I should have been already familiar with Twitter but I haven’t set up an account until June of this year. Better late than never right?! Before I read his guide, I had about 300 followers if I remember correctly. Now I have ~1,850 as of the time of writing this post. Stefan is a fantastic blogger who’s willing to help out others and has a lot of great content on his website. Shoot him a note and follow his blog!
Goal #3 Consistently Write 2x a Week
I finally found a schedule that I think works for me. I want to post every Wednesday and Saturday as I think those days have the best schedule for me to write and crank out posts. I’ve slipped in July where I only wrote once in a given week so I want to make sure that I am improving. I want to raise this number in the upcoming months but this is where I will start.
Goal #4 Join the Yakezie Challenge!
I slipped on this goal as well but I shouldn’t be slipping on goals that I set out for myself. This month, I will finally join the challenge and grow my blog accordingly. Can’t fail a second time around right?
Goal #5 be below #425 on Modest Money
Right now, I am #448th blog in Modest Money. I attribute that to increasing my social media following and will continue to do better on social media. Next month is when I’ll learn other attributes of the blog and learning one thing new a month and learning them well I think is a great goal when it comes to blogging.
I’ve met and interacted with a ton of friendly people as a result of starting this blog. I learned a ton of things blogging and have a lot of work to do. It has been difficult to focus on my blog while still working a full time job but that’s no excuse because a lot of bloggers that I interact with work a lot more hours than me in their job and have a family.
I’ve failed 2 out of 3 goals I set for myself in July but can’t let that hold me back from moving forward. Can’t be lazy as I know hard work gets rewarded while laziness does not!
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