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 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 down right 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.
One thing I’m learning in life is things never stay the same. This week I have two major milestones, one personal and one over on the blog. On Facebook it is now popular to celebrate and congratulate friends on your “friendaversary” and this week, I have my sixth-month blogaversary. Seriously, I can’t believe I have been at it for six months. Eh em, I want to first thank my fans…Okay, I won’t go there! However, I will share with your my second milestone. My baby boy is turning three. He is such a joy in my life and I can’t believe how big he is getting. I want to slow down time for a moment and keep him young, but I know that is not possible, so I will be joyful with him as he grows. He is seriously my little angel.
All Moms out there feel my pain. Watching your kids grow is bittersweet. You want them to learn and go forward, but in the same sense wouldn’t it be nice if we could keep them little and snuggle them for evermore? I know I would love to rock my almost five-year-old to sleep one last time. Don’t get me wrong, it is nice when they can do things for themselves. I won’t miss sleepless nights, diapers and tantrums, but I wouldn’t trade the last three years for the world. These milestones just remind us to hug our dear ones closer and always tell them and remind them how special they are.
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