I’ve blogged for around 15 months now and I am so happy to announce this is my 100th post! As a new blogger, this used to be a goal of mine. In fact, I thought I needed 100 posts in my quest to be a better blogger and gave myself a timeline of one year to achieve this goal. Now I realize setting a number of posts for yourself isn’t helping anyone. Why? Well, quality content always wins over quantity. Yet, meeting the 100 mark on my blog feels like such an accomplishment and I am so happy to have you along for the ride!
Since it is the New Year, it is time to set some blogging goals. As I mentioned in my Goal Setting Post, one major aspect of goal setting is writing down what you want to achieve. Also, doing a checkup after a set time will help you adjust and revamp your goals as needed.
My blog had its first birthday on October 19, 2017, and that was my last blogging check-in. It is true, I learned a lot in my first year of blogging, but as an experienced blogger knows, I still have a long way to go. Blogging takes a lot of hard work but having a wealth of content on my site feels amazing!
One year of blogging has come and gone! It has been an amazing ride and I have learned so much along the way! As I move forward, I am really focused and ready and I want to thank all you for joining me thus far!
Blogging is such an amazing journey! I mean, I get to write about a subject I love, SAVING MONEY and make a real connection with people by helping them with budgeting. Nonetheless, I chose personal finance because I have always loved budgeting and bargain shopping and have been pretty smart with my money thus far! (I think Suzie Orman would give my husband and me an A.) We have paid off over $100,000 combined worth of debt (mostly being student loans) because we believe in the value of living debt-free and being smart with our money! Finding a hubby with similar money values was a win-win for me (love ya, hubby).
Blogging is also an awesome side hustle for me since I am a stay-at-home (well I guess I can now be called a work-at-home) mom of two young boys, ages five and three! It has given me a hobby, I can call my own (instead of always being M-O-M – picture someone yelling that loudly about every five minutes – ha!) and I have made a little extra income with my blog, so for that, I am thankful!
If you are interested in starting a blog, check out my free tutorial! Do some soul-searching and find your passion! Then start writing! Honestly, I was so nervous about starting a blog but I am so glad I did! It has been a fun way to stay busy and I love learning about all the fun, creative things you can do with blogging! I would have to say my favorite thing about blogging is creating pins in Canva and writing, of course!
Being in the personal finance niche, I always consider all of my options before buying anything. After considering whether to invest in the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit from Ultimate Bundles a book I read called “Eat that Frog” by Brian Tracey came to mind. You see, this book gave me some amazing insight about staying productive and running a business. One HUGE lesson Brian teaches is that once you have found your passion (like blogging), continue to learn as much as you can to become the best at what you do.
Do You Have Enough Time in Your Life?
My time is valuable. I want to soak up every second with my two little boys. They just started school so I don’t see them as much. Yet, I used to spend countless hours searching for answers to my blogging questions. However, I learned EVERY second I waste scrolling through and reading articles that don’t help is time I could have spent with my amazing family. Nonetheless, I am living and learning like all of you – so when I found out a new Genius Blogger’s Toolkit was going to become available through Ultimate Bundles, I jumped at the chance to invest in my blog, knowing I was buying a high-quality product that would truly help me and save time – no more searching the vast Internet for my blogging answers – and money!
Since I was disappointed I missed the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit last year, I was super excited to see it was coming back and even better than before! However, the only kicker is, this bundle is only on sale for eight days (Oct. 2-9). So if you are interested, keep reading my review to help you make up your mind. Furthermore, you will see the pros and cons of this bundle and why I ultimately decided to buy it myself and have been super happy!
Yes, it is true Pinterest is more like a search engine than an actual social media platform such as Facebook or Instagram. Yet, one of the reasons I love Pinterest is it has increased traffic to my blog and I haven’t paid a dime. It is free traffic so get excited! One of my favorite quotes from teaching states, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” – Benjamin Franklin. This holds true with your Pinterest followers and pinning strategy.
I’m going to start this post by telling you, I am not a Pinterest expert by any means. You can pay $100-200 for a course and learn a lot more than what I am going to tell you! However, my information is free and I will explain how I gained over 5,000 Pinterest followers (update 5900 as of Jan. 2018) and reach anywhere from 50-200 page views a day from Pinterest. These are strategies I have tested, but I continue to learn about this awesome tool that is a must for all bloggers.
Pinterest is downright frustrating. It is overwhelming and time-consuming, especially when you are new. Yet, if you put in the time, just like anything else, your hard work will pay off. I’m not going to feed your fluff and tell you I gained 5000 followers in a week. This was a solid strategy that took around eight months total. Nonetheless, if you stay with me I will teach you how I did it and how to follow the 80/20 rule, when to pin manually, and how to find your audience. Also, my post will give you some ideas of what you should be pinning!
I’ve blogged for nine months and it is time to check in on my goals and blogging progress! So far it has been a great journey. I have learned so much along the way! When I started, I had no idea what SEO meant, let alone what a widget is! (For those non-bloggers it means search engine optimization and a widget is a tool to add different aspects to your blog without having to know coding). Whew! I’m glad to be done with those beginning stages. Now I am ready to focus on blog improvement and thank you for joining me on this ride!
When I started, I had no idea what SEO meant, let alone what a widget is! (For those non-bloggers it means search engine optimization and a widget is a tool to add different aspects to your blog without having to know coding). Whew! I’m glad to be done with those beginning stages. Now I am ready to focus on blog improvement and thank you for joining me on this ride!
Not that I consider myself an expert, but I am gaining knowledge and my goals for this year are looking good. As I reflect on the past nine months, I will take a look at my goals which include social media, page views, and posts.
I woke up this morning and as always, I checked the stats of my blog (it has become an obsession but don’t judge me), and I was pleasantly surprised to find a blogger recognition award nomination in my comments. I was so excited, I immediately texted my husband! Being recognized by a fellow blogger really means the world to me and made my day – or should I say, my past six months of blogging!
It feels amazing to have someone recognize you for all of your hard work, and all of my fellow bloggers out there know exactly what I mean. Not to mention, I was nominated by someone in my blogging niche, saving money. I am honored that a fellow personal finance blogger would recognize my passion for helping my readers save money. Thank you, Lorna! For more money-saving posts and tips, check out my blogging friend Lorna Ye’s amazing website, Savingschamps.