About three years ago, I had a dream of starting a personal finance blog. My family and my boyfriend laughed at my lofty idea. I thought- I’ll show them! I can be successful if I work hard at it. It was my dream to make it successful and show the world that a female voice could swing with the big boys in the personal finance blog realm (woot!).
After two and a half years, I think I have achieved this goal. Never in a million years did I think that my blogging idol, Million Dollar Journey would link to me in his blog round up. Never did I think my name would be mentioned inGlow Magazine. Never did I think my blog would be mentioned in the Globe and Mail. David Chilton from The Wealthy Barber even had email contact with me! I have enjoyed every single minute of it and most of all, I have enjoyed making friends around the world and across Canada through people connecting with me through this blog. I am deeply grateful for the opportunity that the Yakezie has given me- I remember thinking “yeah! I’ll join this! This might be my big break to actually have people notice me!” Since then, it has been an absolutely amazing ride.
I clearly remember when I started that I thought the only person reading my blog was myself (which is 100% true). I was so excited when I got one comment. I was so excited when I got my first $100 cheque from Google. I was so excited when people actually realized my blog existed in this vast internet cyberspace. I can remember each “milestone” and these precious memories will never escape me. I’ve learned so much more than I could even imagine about investing, about personal finance, and life balance and I have you to all thank.
Despite the amazing growth of youngandthrifty.ca, this blog has grown into something so much bigger than I could handle with my current life of school, work etc. The marketing, coding, html stuff, and advertising made me feel like I was in over my head. With school, work, and relationship obligations, I wasn’t able to put in the amount of time and energy that I thought you readers deserved. Every day I spent hours working on my blog and putting the blog’s priority over my relationship and it really pained me to not have time in the day to go on my blog on a daily basis because of school. I wonder if this is the answer to why there aren’t that many female personal finance bloggers going at it on a full-time basis. I had so many blog post ideas, but was so busy that I didn’t have time to write them. I was busy answering emails and busy trying to drive more traffic.
However, at the same time, I felt like I was being squished with my school and relationship obligations. I wanted to study more, learn more but had to commit to my blog. I felt pulled in all directions. I thought I could handle it but to be honest, it was difficult balancing everything without feeling like I was spreading too thin. I’m sure you’ve all read my constant
“weekend ramblings” whining updates on how stressed I was feeling
This blog is my baby and I don’t know how many hours I’ve poured into this blog. Probably thousands and thousands of hours…It was a seriously difficult decision to make and I wanted to make sure that the new owners would take care of this blog like it was their own. I wanted to make sure the new owners would keep my voice present in the blog (basically allow me to continue to write on here).
Never did I think that my own staff writer, Teacher Man, would be interested in taking care of my blog! When I saw My University Money appear on the personal finance blogosphere, I knew they were supremely talented. So now the tables have turned and I’m the new staff writer lol. As Alanis Morisette said (by the way random fact about me: I used to be a huge Alanis fan when I was 12) “Isn’t it ironic?”
I can’t think of a better transition to this story. I am so lucky to be able to hand over my blog to a group of talented guys that I trust and I’m so lucky to be able to continue writing on here and concentrate on my true passion!
So don’t worry my friends- I’m still here. Youngandthrifty.ca will be better than ever! You’ll see me post twice a month and share my weekend ramblings twice a month (because I know some of you like my weekend ramblings- I like them too since I get all philosophical on life and I know you like that lol). I think I’ll still continue my net worth updates since I like to keep accountable with my finances and y’all help me so much in that respect (unless you don’t want me to). I know how fun it is to look at net worth updates too. I’m also still on twitter. You’ll probably not even notice that I’m not around as much. I’m excited to work with the dynamic duo at My University Money and I know that they will take this blog to greater heights. This beautiful new beginning starts tomorrow! I’m excited to see what’s in store for youngandthrifty.ca.
Stay frugal my friends- with much much love, Y&T.