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
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!
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.
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!
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.