What I have learned
I have learned a ton of stuff about personal finance, I have learned more about budgeting, about the personal aspect of personal finance, about money and relationships, about leadership.
In these two years, I have learned more than I would ever want to know about wordpress and plug ins and PHP, about social media and twitter (yes, I must admit I’m addicted to twitter now!), and about “pillar posts” I still have a LOT to learn (still need to fix that commenting thing where the threaded comments don’t show up). I’m planning to redesign my blog and make it look somewhat more professional but I will need to get the guts to do that.
I have seen many blogs come and go, and have learned to support the new blogs (especially new blogs I see that are really good) because I would have liked this when I first started out Most blogs don’t make it past the 6 month mark and now I am way beyond the “critical point” so perhaps you’ll see me for another 10 years LOL.
I have also learned to time manage (I think) but I think I have my hectic school schedule to thank for this as well.
What I am thankful for
I am thankful for all the new PF blogging friends I have made in these two years. The Canadian ones and the Yakezie ones. Although I haven’t met you guys, I look forward to your comments on my blog, I look forward to reading your blogs, and I look forward to bantering on twitter. I really enjoy the conversation, even though its not face to face.
I am thankful for the Yakezie who gave me this chance 1.5 years ago to expand my blog.
I think I have become a different person since starting this blog. I am more accountable, I am more driven, more edumacated (thanks to other personal finance blogs), and I don’t procrastinate as much as I used to. I am thankful for this blog because it gives me an outlet from my regular job and I really enjoy expressing myself on here.
I am thankful for the media coverage this humble little blog has generated, from being in the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and very soon, Glow Magazine. I am also thankful to all the publishers to send me books to review! And I get to give them away, which is the best part.
I am thankful for the success of this blog that has allowed me to hire a staff writer from My University Money.
Of course, last but definitely not least, I am SO THANKFUL for the readers. Thank you for reading my blog, thank you thank you thank you! I look forward to the conversation that this blog generates and I look forward to reading your thoughts on my ramblings and on my journey with personal finance. Thank you for reading via email subscription, via RSS, via facebook, via twitter, and directly!
When I first started
I remember when I first started, my family and BF laughed at me when I said I was going to start a personal finance blog. They thought I was silly for thinking I could start a personal finance blog and have it be somewhat successful. I admit, my thoughts were the same and at some points in the early months, and I had thought about quitting many times, but I slugged through and I’m here 2 years later. I had never ever thought that I could be mentioned by Million Dollar Journey in his round up posts (he was my blogging idol when I first started), never thought I would be mentioned in newspapers, or be voted as one of the finalists for a Plutus Award.
I remember when I first started, the sadness of writing a post and have no one comment and I used to think “who am I really talking to? Myself??”
I remember the distinct moment when the Adsense started picking up (it was at $0.06 per month for a while) and I would be SO excited if I made $0.49 in a week. I was checking my Adsense on crappy internet connection while I was in Nepal (that was about a year ago) and was elated to find that I was getting $3 in clicks a day. It made my trip even better knowing that some sort of passive (??) income was being generated while I was backpacking.
So with two years of youngandthrifty.ca, what has this resulted in?
- 329 posts
- almost 20,000 visits a
daya month!! (sorry this is what happens when you are sleep deprived-sorry!!)
- almost 35,000 page views a
day(haha sorry I meant a MONTH!)
- 324 pages of comments (love those comments) Continue Reading →