Millennial Budget Turns Six Months!

It is crazy to think that I have been blogging for six months!

When I began blogging I set some goals. I wanted to get 1,000 views by the end of the year and by December I wanted to get 250 views in a month. It is safe to say that these goals have been happily blown out the park!

First and foremost, I want to thank the 22,000+ unique viewers who have visited this website in the past six months and those that continue to follow my journey on a weekly basis! Without your continued support and outreach I probably would have stopped this site a long time ago.

The website has gotten well over 60,000 views with the bulk of these coming in the last 4 months. This has truly exceeded any expectations I had of this blog.

The purpose of this update is to reflect on my past six months of blogging and share with you a little bit about my vision for The Millennial Budget going forward.

The Past Six Months

The past six months have been a rollercoaster of emotions. When I discovered blogging it took me roughly less than two days to put this crazy idea into action. At first I had doubts about whether anybody would read my blog, as displayed in my goals above. However I saw this as an opportunity to have my very own brand, something I wanted for a while.

The first six months were basically trial and error. In the first two weeks of blogging I managed to crash my blog. From there I had to learn how to write “blog” rather than an MBA paper. When writing university papers you usually have a word quota to fill. If you cannot fill the minimum amount of words you usually resort to the good ole repeat the same idea a few more times in a different context until the paper is done.

Blogging is far different. It is interactive and people want you get straight to the point. I realized that if I hate reading a long paper why would I put anyone else through this torture? This is why my writing style has significantly changed and people are recognizing that. I keep some of my old posts rather than deleting them as a way for me to look back and see how far I have come.

The most rewarding part about the last six months has been the people I have met. From readers who sent me emails indicating that I have encouraged them to get serious with their money to bloggers I speak with on a daily basis, it has been a blast. Never would I have imagined starting a blog and have an entire community of like-minded people supporting me through this journey. I have been able to learn more about personal finance and money in the last six months thanks to their ideas than I had in my previous life. Thank you to the bloggers for not only the content you put out but the friendships we have made. It has been a heck of a journey so far.

Looking Forward

Luckily the journey is not over. In fact, it is far from over.

I have spent the last three weeks reworking the website and thinking about the direction I want the blog to move in. I have realized that personal finance is so broad that I simply cannot cover it all. After talking to some other bloggers and thinking about my past experiences I believe I may have found my niche within personal finance. Something that should become clear to you, my reader, in the coming months.

I am also in the process of having a logo designed. I think the logo captures everything I want my blog to be about. GRIND TODAY, RELAX TOMORROW. This logo, and my new tagline, not only reflects my lifestyle, but the lifestyle I hope my readers can adopt. It is crucial to develop good money habits straight out of college. They say that if you have any knowledge about money you are better off than 90% of the population.

Last but not least is an idea I have been toying with for a while. This idea may not start until next year but if you have been following my journey you know that I have had above average success early on in my blogging career. I have been able to gain a growing reader base and create a profitable blog. Now I want to help other people achieve the same. This is why I will be offering blog coaching to help you avoid the mistakes I made early on and make huge strides in the blogging world.

Some ways I plan on helping is by starting your site, helping you pick a web design (I will not design the website but can point you in the right direction), teach you to make a profitable blog, increase your social media following and much more. If you are interested in this idea, send me an email via the Blog Coaching Services Page I just launched!

With all that said, I’d again like to thank you, all of my readers! I hope you continue to find value in the content I provide and are realizing that you do not have to work the next 40-50 years. I hope you will consider sharing this blog with friends and family so we can all live a financially prosperous life!

Cheers,

Stefan

 

34 comments… add one
  • The Green Swan Oct 20, 2016, 6:20 am

    Congrats on a great 6 months, Stefan! I can tell you’ve been working on it hard and I’ve enjoyed following your journey.

    • Stefan Sharpe Oct 20, 2016, 11:49 am

      Thanks JW! It has been a great journey so far. Thanks for the continued support

  • Matt @ Optimize Your Life Oct 20, 2016, 8:14 am

    Congrats on the blogiversary!

    • Stefan Sharpe Oct 20, 2016, 11:51 am

      Thanks Matt!

  • Amanda @ centsiblyrich Oct 20, 2016, 8:44 am

    Congrats, Stefan! You have hit those goals right out of the park and have done an amazing job! I started right around the same time and, I understand, there are so many ups/downs in the beginning (plus so much to learn), it’s hard to know which way to go. I think the best thing to do in the beginning is to be consistent, persistent, and learn as much as you can. You’re a great example of that!

    • Stefan Sharpe Oct 20, 2016, 11:52 am

      Thanks Amanda! Everyday is a learning opportunity with blogging. I am always learning something which is great and sometimes annoying haha. Appreciate the constant support

  • MrSLM Oct 20, 2016, 1:13 pm

    Congrats on an amazing first 6 months, really looking forward to where you take this blog in the future.

    • Stefan Sharpe Oct 20, 2016, 10:37 pm

      Appreciate it! Hoping it continues to grow 🙂

  • Steph Oct 20, 2016, 1:34 pm

    Congratulations Stefan! I really enjoy your content, especially for someone that is new to these topics. Keep up the good work! :)))

    • Stefan Sharpe Oct 20, 2016, 4:34 pm

      Thanks Steph appreciate the support!

  • Financial Panther Oct 20, 2016, 1:39 pm

    Congrats on the six month anniversary! Great to see the growth you’ve had. You definitely underestimated yourself!

    • Stefan Sharpe Oct 20, 2016, 4:34 pm

      Thanks! I sure did but I am glad things worked out for the best.

  • Dennis @ NestEggRx Oct 20, 2016, 3:35 pm

    Congrats on 6 months Stefan! Great success for a great blogger. Keep it up!

    • Stefan Sharpe Oct 20, 2016, 4:33 pm

      Thanks Dennis!

  • Investment Hunting Oct 20, 2016, 6:02 pm

    Congrats on hitting the 6-month mark. It seems like you’ve been around a lot longer. Congrats on the great work so far. I cannot wait to see where you are at 1-year.

    • Stefan Sharpe Oct 20, 2016, 6:28 pm

      Thanks IH! Will be exciting to see how the blog fares once I begin work.

  • Aliyyah @RichAndHappyBlog Oct 20, 2016, 11:06 pm

    Congrats on hitting the mark that most bloggers never pass. I’m sure many great things are to come from you!

    • Stefan Sharpe Oct 21, 2016, 10:34 am

      Thanks Aliyyah, you are having great success as well!

  • Ten Factorial Rocks Oct 21, 2016, 10:45 am

    Congrats Stefan. I just discovered your blog through Green Swan and I must say I am very impressed by what you are doing here. I look forward to understanding the millennial budget in detail soon!

    • Stefan Sharpe Oct 21, 2016, 1:51 pm

      Glad you found this blog! Let me know if you have any questions.

  • Graham @ Reverse The Crush Oct 21, 2016, 1:36 pm

    Congrats on reaching 6 months of blogging Stefan!
    You’ve done an amazing job in your short time and I’ve enjoyed following your journey.
    Looking forward to seeing what you do with the logo and future plans… The site is looking great. Keep it up 🙂

    • Stefan Sharpe Oct 21, 2016, 1:52 pm

      Thanks Graham! Site has taken a lot of work but it is slowly getting into shape!

  • Réjean Campeau Oct 21, 2016, 4:17 pm

    Congratulations Stefan, I have tried to share as many stories from your blog on Facebook and Twitter because your posts are interesting and I’m sure my readers appreciate. I’m also trying to get my blog going on my site, it’s bilingual, that is a challenge …

    • Stefan Sharpe Oct 21, 2016, 4:45 pm

      Thanks Rejean I have certainly recognized you tweeting at me on Twitter. Thanks for sharing all the content on Facebook and Twitter, really appreciate the support. What are you finding challenging?

  • Dividends Down Under Oct 21, 2016, 10:22 pm

    “Grind today, relax tomorrow” – you’ve summed it up in 4 simple words exactly the life Tristan and I are working on right now. The more we put in now, the more it will compound and set us off on a nice relaxing runway.

    Congratulations on a fantastic 6 months – I honestly can’t believe you’ve only been around 6 months! that blows my mind.

    Jasmin

    • Stefan Sharpe Oct 22, 2016, 12:21 pm

      Thanks Jasmin! It is pretty cool to think that I have been around for six months but for some it feels like forever. Thanks for the continued support.

  • The Developer Oct 22, 2016, 12:53 am

    Congrats on the first 6 months! It’s nice to hear that you are working a bit on the design of the blog, but I guess most of us are here just for the quality posts. Keep up the good work 🙂

    • Stefan Sharpe Oct 22, 2016, 12:22 pm

      Quality post are the most important! The design is more for easier viewing on the readers and really to get the blog look the way I want. Content is what drives traffic not the design 😉

  • Mustard Seed Money Oct 22, 2016, 5:40 pm

    Awesome job!!! Sounds like you are making a tremendous impact if you have had 22,000 unique visitors in only six months. That is AMAZING!!! Congrats on the awesome work and I look forward to reading about your success.

    • Stefan Sharpe Oct 24, 2016, 9:21 am

      Thanks man you are doing great stuff over on your side as well! Thanks for the support.

  • Dividend Diplomats Oct 23, 2016, 10:28 am

    Stefan,

    There you go! Making moves and pumped to see the new design. Bert and I have ran the dividend diplomats for 2.5 years and it’s wild how fast the time goes. Stay persistent and hungry.

    -Lanny

    • Stefan Sharpe Oct 24, 2016, 9:22 am

      Love your blog and still follow it every week! Great advice and I love the DGI community. Appreciate the support boys.

  • MoneyAhoy Nov 3, 2016, 8:42 am

    Congrats Stefan and a nice 6 months. Your numbers are impressive for a new blog! I love the tagline of Grind Today and Relax Tomorrow :-).

  • Millennial Money Nov 12, 2016, 5:23 pm

    Dude you are killing it! 22,000 uniques in 6 months is awesome. I have been trying to update the design of my blog as well. I agree that design doesn’t drive traffic, but increasingly user experience is impacting SEO. When I worked on making my posts easier to read and reduced the number of links of my homepage, my organic traffic started to increase. Keep up the great posts Stefan. It’s exciting to follow your progress.

Leave a Comment