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. Congratulations! My blog is only one month old. I only hope that I can be as successful as you have been in building it up. You’re right about the time involved. I severely underestimated the amount of time you have to put into it. But on the bright side, I’m doing something interesting, learning new things everyday, and am meeting (virtually) a great group of people!

  2. You have done amazingly well Kim. I really enjoy most of your blog posts and find that your writing style is so easy to read.

    I am sure your blog will continue to grow and I think you should be really proud of your achievements and how far you have come in such a short period of time.

  3. That is an awesome growth in 6 months! Congrats! You will see a jump after 1 and 2 yrs as well. All good things ahead. Keep up the great work!

  4. Congrats on the milestone! What you mentioned is great advice to anyone wanting to start a blog. You are doing great and I have enjoyed the posts that I have read here. Like you, I am pretty new to this and don’t have as much time to put into this as I would like. I’m only able to post several times a week so sometimes I feel like I’m missing out. But it is a process that takes time and like you said, generosity and patience will eventually pay off. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    1. I just have to accept that I can’t do it all. If I had time, I could read and comment on 100 blogs a day, but there are only so many hours in the day and I don’t want to spend them all on the computer.

  5. Congratulations on your 6 month anniversary, Kim! You seem like a pro to me! I don’t post as frequently as you do, but I agree that blogging is a time-consuming, but worthwhile endeavor. For me, it’s visiting all of you guys that eats up my time. There are so many great blogs to visit that it’s easy to get sucked in and spend the day reading and commenting. But it’s so much fun!

    1. I hear you there. I start reading and then it’s been two or three hours. I wish I could hit everyone every time, but you can only do so much.

  6. Wowee! Well done Kim. You’re blog is really rockin, and kickin’ the socks off mine, all your success is definitely deserved! Excited to see it continue to grow and to follow your journey to financial independence 🙂

  7. Happy anniversary! I don’t think I can be giving you any tips…the fact that you have 5 pageviews per visitor is unbelievable! Your bounce rate must be unbelievably low.

    I almost averaged 2 pageviews/visitor this past month and I was STOKED! lol.

    Keep up the great work and there is little doubt you’ll see those numbers increase. Congrats on making it this far, Kim!

  8. Wow, those are fantastic stats! Well done. 🙂 You’ve certainly got me beat. It does take So Much Time. My spouse always tells me that I work for pennies an hour, haha. (Don’t worry, it’s understood that I enjoy it.)

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