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.
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!