What I Learned from Blogging for a Month and My Goals

One Month Anniversary

It’s been about a month since starting my blog on May 30th 2016 and I can say that starting and maintaining a blog is fun! I’ve been wanting to start a blog for about 6 months since the fall semester of my senior year and I can say, it has been rewarding to say the least.

I knew I was deeply interested in personal finance from daily my choices that I make and the blogs that I follow (the very first one I followed that changed my life was FinancialSamurai) so I knew I wanted to start a personal finance blog to detail my journey and learn from others. It’s amazing to find out that browsing the internet on a random afternoon actually changed my life for the better, but hey, I’m not complaining at all!

Even though I started a blog 6 months later than when I wanted to, I think it was better late than never. Just like investing, the key was to just be involved and to not worry about timing. I learned a lot of things, met phenomenal people, and am only getting started. I’m very excited to experience the future. So what did I learn in the first month?

1. Bloggers are Extremely Helpful

The number one thing that I learned from blogging was how friendly everyone is in the blogging community. They were all very helpful and nice to interact with as they hold each other accountable to reach their dreams of early retirement, financial independence goals, or to earn more.

It’s been fantastic getting to know them and their unique stories. It’s amazing but reading someone’s posts and interacting with them in the comments allows you to learn a lot about the person.

Everyone’s story is different and that’s what I love about it. No matter what someone’s story is, everyone can achieve the end result to have freedom.

As The Green Swan says, like minds attract like results! I’m sure by interacting with other motivated individuals, even if it’s online and not face-to-face, we can all collectively reach great results. There’s no telling how many generations we will influence with our blogs and ideas in just a couple of years.

2. There’s a Ton to Learn

I am happy to say that I’ve been learning social networking in Twitter and Facebook! As a millennial, I should be savvy with these tools but hey.. The idea is to be better late than never right?

Not just social networking but learning SEO (nowhere near calling myself even medium skilled at it), various plugins for my blog, changing some of the looks of my blog, and an endless list that I can’t even name. Great part is, I didn’t pay anything to learn because of Google and Youtube. Ah Google, what would life be without you.

3. Writing is Fun

I’m going to be honest here. English was my worst subject in college and high school. I received a B in my english community college class, which I took to get out of taking english at my state school. It’s my second B that is on my transcript (the rest with A- and A’s with few B+’s, not to brag but state what it meant for me to get a B) and I would dread having to write essays that synthesizes the important points of a literature book and would stay up until the early hours in the morning because I would procrastinate here and there with fun cat Youtube videos.

That made me regret it the next day when I woke up feeling the dread of having only a few hours of sleep. However, I’ve never regretted it when I was writing on my blog! I absolutely love blogging, hopefully providing value to my readers.

Personal finance is a topic that I am passionate about and as I write, more ideas pop up that leads to future posts. So far, I’ve written about various topics including interviews, how I lived on two dollars a day, and understanding how budgets function.

Writing consistently 2x a week has increased not just my written communication skills but verbal communication skills as well as I think through what I write and hear the my speaking voice in my head. I am very thankful for my readers who are following!

The Goal

Now that I’ve outlined some of the things that I learned above with starting a blog, I want to go over my goals and stats with the blog with my viewers for transparency. I’m going to be transparent with my blog statistics and my personal finances so if you think that this information is value-adding, I will continue to update.

First, the stats.

Site Stats

I’ve just started out and even though my stats are nothing to earn a trophy about, I’m happy with where I am and where I think I am going. If I can influence just one reader for the better, I will be very content.

In the very first month (which is May) there was only a couple of days that led to the low count of 15 because I’ve started it late May and the views were all comprised of my own looking at my first post (man was I popular).

In the actual first month that counts, June, as you can see there were 217 views and 75 visitors. I didn’t think I would even get 1 view in the vast world wide web! I had no particular goals for my first month, but just that I wanted to consistently write and network with other bloggers along the way. Goals are important in guiding me, so from now, I will set goals for the blog, that I detail below.


First, the number one goal that I have with this blog is to influence at least one reader for the better in reaching their financial goals. The secondary goal is that I want to increase the number of people that I reach.

I want to get to at least 800 page views in the month of July. I also want to join the Yakezie Challenge and Modest Money as well. I also have a list of endless small tasks to accomplish, which is what I love about blogging.


Blogging is a lot more rewarding than I have imagined it to be. I’m learning stuff that I never would have learned if I hadn’t started it. Some of the things that I still need to work on is SEO, maybe changing the look of my website, and writing slightly more frequently. I have about 50+ ideas on topics that I want to write about that is growing as I write more posts.

I’m learning SEO by reading a few articles here and there but that hasn’t been my primary focus nor has it been my strong point. My focus has been trying to get quality ideas out there with a different viewpoint.

I’m enjoying it so far and ready for more things to come. Let’s write some great posts!


Finance Solver

I grew my net worth to $40,000 as a college student through hard work, discipline, and a little bit of luck. I graduated college in 2016 and will be starting to plan for my retirement once I start working.I am planning on reaching financial independence by my early 30's and I will document my moments of inspiration all the way to desperation here.

My goal is to enable your success in personal finance so that you can realize the American dream. The first step is starting today!

Read more about me here.

Latest posts by Finance Solver (see all)

13 thoughts on “What I Learned from Blogging for a Month and My Goals

  1. Congrats on completing your first month! Blogging can be a lot of fun and incredibly beneficial. I know I have advanced my finances quite a bit by being part of this community! Excited to see where you take yours in the future.

    • Finance Solver says:

      Thank you so much! It’s been very rewarding trying to learn everything from scratch and getting to join the PF group. Endless learning is what I’m trying to strive for and I’m hoping to make my goals a reality. Will be following your blog as well to get to know your journey!

  2. I’m 3 1/2 months into blogging and I’ve learned many of the same things. I’ve also created a lot of accounabilty for my financial goals through my blog, so I’m doing better at saving/paying down debt. It’s great to hear that you are enjoying it! Congrats on your first month!

    • Finance Solver says:

      It’s fantastic to realize that just starting a blog would help someone get to their financial goals. Thank you! Will be writing for many more months to come!

  3. Good luck with the blog. Keep at it and it will keep growing. Blogging is a lot of fun at the start and once you have a few more readers, it will be even better.
    Great job with your net worth so far. You’re way ahead of your age group. 🙂

    • Finance Solver says:

      I will be writing consistently! My goal is to write 2x a week and the bloggers that I see are consistently keeping me updated. Hoping to stay at it for years to come. Thank you! I’m trying my best every day!

  4. Congrats on your first month! I would make a “pledge” to yourself to stick with it for at least another 11 months before quitting. So many bloggers quit way earlier than they should. It takes a long time to build up your site and there’s a lot that goes into it, as I’m sure you are realizing. And not that you asked for advice but…I would honestly say check your stats as sparingly as possible. Obsessing over them is just going to take away time and energy that you could be putting towards improving your blog.

    Looking forward to seeing where blogging takes you!

    • Finance Solver says:

      Thank you! I definitely made that pledge. I figured out that I passionately wanted to blog when that was all I could think about and told my friends that was my regret. That I didn’t start one in college. I’m definitely willing to put in the work to build my site and learn as much as I can.

      The advice definitely helps. I’m just starting out, so getting guidance on my blog is always helpful and I will try not to check my stats as much going forward to feel the change from before.

      Here’s to many more posts!

  5. Congrats on your very first month! It is definitely a lot of work but it is very rewarding when you look back and see the growth. Make sure you stay consistent and remember the end goal when you seem demotivated. I have learnt so much from the community so do not ever be afraid of reaching out for help! I am doing my very first income report on Sunday I think I have some tips regarding social media that will help you crush that 800 mark 🙂 remember, social media is the key for new and old bloggers so get established early. If you need help feel free to contact me, all the best! – Stefan

    • Finance Solver says:

      Thank you! It wasn’t easy trying to write consistently but I’m so passionate about personal finance that it kept me going. I will be doing some net worth updates as well when I have a paycheck going. Thank you so much for the offer! I definitely will contact you and reach out. I really like how open and friendly the PF community is.

  6. Congrats on the first month 🙂 Just be starting you’re on your way to getting a good following. Don’t get too disheartened if it’s not growing into the thousands as quick as you’d like, explore social media – that will help a lot.


    • Finance Solver says:

      Thank you! It’s been a great learning experience. I think I’m going to try and be more patient with my views and just going to try every day. Thank you for the advice! I’m trying to learn social media a little bit right now (I should already know how to use Twitter, being a millennial, but slowly learning it!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *