6 Months of Blogging!

file851348626627Today is my 6 month Blogiversary! Apparently that is a milestone because many give up before reaching a mere half year as a blogger. I understand why. I think I knew it would take time because I read and studied for months before working up the nerve to get started. I underestimated how much that amount of time actually meant in units of your day. It’s a good thing I’m a mom. You get used to not needing as much sleep!

Having my own blog has given me a place where I can talk write as much as I want. I see people everyday who are making mistakes with their money. I know ,because I’ve made most of them myself. While it isn’t appropriate to run up to a complete stranger and tell them not to buy that because it is a rip off, I can write about it all day long.

I’ve also found a great community of like minded people who keep me up to date with the latest strategies to find good deals, pay off debt, and achieve financial independence. I know they have my back and would crank out a guest post if I needed it. I’d do the same for them.

Things I’ve Learned

Consistency is Key-You have to regularly post relevant and interesting content if you want people to read and come back. I’m not the best writer, but some of you must like what you see or get a laugh out of my attempts.

Give More Than You Get-The first six months are all about reaching out to other blogs by commenting, creating well written guest posts, and interacting with you fellow bloggers. If you are generous, it is usually comes back around

Don’t Expect to Get Rich– For the time put in, the amount of money paid back is pitifully low. I expect it to grow, and I know there are some Rock Star bloggers who have done really well within a very short time frame. I am not a Rock Star, maybe more like the guy who carries the guitars. I get to hang around the scene, but am not the one being driven around in a limo. I never expected to make much money, so anything that comes in is like icing on the cake.

You Don’t Have to Be a Computer Geek to Get Started– I still know next to nothing about technical components, which you might be able to tell if you are a computer geek. With WordPress, you can pretty much get started without knowing much. I hope to continue to learn as I go. If you want to start a blog, you can learn tons from other bloggers like Jeremy at Modest Money or Andrea at Nuts and Bolts Media. I also used How I Make Money Blogging and still refer back to it quite frequently.

Fun Stats

Since I installed the Alexa toolbar, I’ve gone from over 11,000,000 to 75,499 at this writing.

My page rank went from 0 to 3.

For the month of August 2012, I had 104 unique visitors and 599 pageviews. For the past month, I had 3043 unique visitors and and 15,136 pageviews, a pretty good increase!

I went from never having a Twitter account to 877 followers. I have 623 Facebook likes, but only 2 who ever read a post!

I have gotten to do some pretty fun things like guest post for the Debt Movement and get added to the Money Crashers Top Personal Finance Blogs list.

Since I’ve been blogging, I’ve paid off all my credit card debt, gotten on a budget, and switched to part time work. It’s been a very eventful 6 months. Thanks to those who have read, commented, subscribed, followed, liked, and been a better audience than I could have ever expected. I look forward for many more milestones down the road.

Do you have any suggestions for posts, format, or anything in general you would like to see me do differently?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sydney White is a Texas-born stay at home mom who enjoys spending time with her family, bargain hunting and, hiking.

62 Comments

  1. Happy six months! I know what you mean about feeling like the band roadie instead of being in the band. I feel like I’m more advanced than just a hobby blogger, but not near an income earning blogger yet. Just on the cusp…I hope! Good luck with the next six months! I’ll be one year in May! Do I get a chip or something? 🙂

  2. Congrats Kim! I am about 4 weeks behind you and I can relate to many of your thoughts. It can take a ton of time and if I can do some of the technical aspects of it then anyone can. I think you’re doing a great job and would not change a thing. Keep at it Kim, you’re doing awesome! 🙂

  3. Congratulations on your 6 months. I’ve been blogging 1 month and its such an interesting, immersive experience. I’m not in any position to give advice, but I think focussing on just writing great content tailored is ultimately all that matters. If you can do that consistently people will keep coming. Also sharing as much of your personal story as you can, because people want something to relate to (which I think you are doing a great job of!)

    1. Thanks for commenting. I am not the foremost finance expert in all topics, but I can share what I know and hope it helps someone.

  4. I think you are doing a GREAT job! Congrats on the six months, and I have enjoyed reading your posts and commenting. I started about the same time so we pretty much have the same experiences. My only suggestion is stick with it, idk what I’d do without your daily posts!

  5. Congrats Kim! Those are some amazing accomplishments in just 6 months! I have yet to make it to the 200k mark with Alexa but its due to my inconsistency with reaching out to other sites and utilizing the yakezie community. Keep up the good work!

  6. Well Done! This gives me hope too, I’ve been blogging since October, about as long as John over at FrugalRules.com (I think he’s a rockstar blogger), and I appreciate how hard it is to post regularly with everything else going on in your life.
    I wouldn’t pay too much attention to page rank unless you’re bothered about ranking in google for certain search terms, (I do SEO for a living). I barely come up in google search terms at all, but I’m still getting traffic, most of it from twitter and commenting. It’s funny how it all builds up isn’t it?

    1. I can certainly tell a difference if I can’t get around to comment as much. It takes lots of time, but is worth it for many reasons. Traffic is great, but I also really enjoy what everyone has to say.

  7. Outstanding job Kim! In my first 6 months I still had yet to have a single reader. So to do everything you have already is pretty amazing.

    I’d love to tell you I have some good advice for the back-end of your blog with SEO and setup improvements. But as you’ll see in a post tomorrow, I think I may have screwed a few things up on my blog in terms of those things. Maybe you can learn from my mistakes! 🙂

    Your next goal: Let the income start rolling in!

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