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My First Blogiversary

One year ago today my very first blog post went live. I was ridiculously nervous, which is hilarious because no one was actually reading my blog at that point. After a year I have to say I’m insanely proud of myself with all I’ve learned.

I’ve come a long way learning about coding, posting, and working with the amazing community of bloggers. I can’t wait to meet so many of the bloggers I’ve looked up to at FinCon next month.

I also never would have guessed how much of an impact blogging would have on my life as it has opened up an entirely new world to me. A world where striving to be debt free against tough odds is normal, where retirement at a young age isn’t all that strange, and there is a never-ending list of ideas on saving and making more money to help me reach my goals. It is a world of financial possibility and it is truly inspiring.

I would like to commend and thank all of the other personal finance bloggers that helped to create this world. I love that there are so many people out there striving to help others with their finances by sharing their own stories, it is what got me started sharing my own.

Blogging isn’t always easy

It hasn’t always been easy to keep up with the blog and I’ve hit some bumps along the way. I’ve cried from frustration, of trying to get coding right and it just. not. working. I’ve at times wanted to throw my computer out the window when trying to figure out Photoshop (it can be so frustrating!). But I always managed to eventually put on my big girl pants and keep going.

It is true what they say, anything worth doing is worth working hard for, and this blog is no exception. All the frustrations pale in comparisons to the rewards of being part of this community and sparking someone else’s interest in their own finances. Not to mention what having this blog has done for me.

Since I starting this blog:

  • I’ve learned all about budgeting, even more about paying off debt, and new ways to side hustle.
  • I’ve paid off all of my credit card debt, that at this time last year stood at $6,177.41
  • While I still have a way to go on my other loans, I’ve paid off over $10k in debt,  $10,520.73 to be exact. The two years prior I’d only managed to pay off a little over $3k of my credit card debt. (seriously what was I doing those two years?!)
  • I moved from the Boston area to Raleigh, NC and took a pay cut with it but still managed to pay off over $10k in debt
  • Most importantly I’ve gotten to go along for the ride as other PF bloggers have reached their goals, whether it is being debt free (GoodNightDebt, DebtFreeJD, The Single Dollar), pursuing their dreams (The Finance Girl, Broke and Beautiful Life, Financially Blonde), or living a more simple life (Frugaling, Blonde On a Budget, Frugalwoods). A post about all of the amazing bloggers out there and their journeys could be a post in and of itself, so these are just a few of my favorites. I love that they too are willing to share their perspectives and insights. Seeing them reach their goals is a never-ending source of motivation for me to reach mine.

I wanted to also say a very special thanks to some of the first blogs that mentioned my little ole blog in one way or another. Thank you, Sunburnt Saver, Dear Debt, and Paying My Law School Debt. One last thank you to Dream Beyond Debt for nominating me for a Sunshine Blogger Award.

So what are my goals for year two?

  • Continue to grow the site, to help people get started conquering their finances
  • Grow my side hustle income to a consistent $1k per month
  • Learn the correct spelling for Blogiversary (I have no idea if this is right)

Thank you all for reading, supporting, and keeping me going my first year of blogging, I look forward to many more.

Blog tools & resources I recommend

Convertkit (for email marketing) I started with MailChimp, quickly left, went to Aweber, and finally settled on Convertkit. I love how easy it is to use. It makes confirming opt-ins and delivering content upgrades (like worksheets) a snap. I use the WordPress plugin and then just choose what form I want on each post and page. One thing that makes Convertkit stand out from other email marketing services is that they don't count subscribers twice. Most other email marketing tools count subscribers on each form, so if a subscriber subscribed to more than one form, they are counted more than once. 

Making sense of affiliate marketing (for monetizing your blog) Michelle is an affiliate marketing maven. She regularly makes over $50k a month from affiliate marketing. I bought her course at the end of Nov. 2016 and mid-December 2016 while I'm still working to implement everything I've learned, I've already seen an increase in my affiliate marketing income. She really knows what she is talking about and the Facebook community that accompanies the course is a terrific resource. Learn more about Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing

Tailwind (for automating pinterest) Tailwind had been a game changer for me, I went from 10,000 impressions on Pinterest to over 100,000 impressions and have seen traffic to my site grow as well as email subscribers. The ease of use to schedule pins and track analytics has been awesome. Learn more about Tailwind.

SmarterQueue (for automating other social media) SmarterQueue is a lower cost alternative to meet Edgar, SmarterQueue does pretty much the same thing but it costs about $20/mo for up to 4 social media accounts. They have a free 14 day trial but if you use my referral link you get a 30 day free trial.

Thrive Themes Membership (for theme, opt-ins, and tons of other stuff)I got the Thrive Themes Membership when I decided to redesign LDMW and it’s been fantastic. It replaces Leadpages which was costing me over $400 a year. It also produced a much cleaner design with so many great tools I’m still working to implement and get the most out of everything. Just to note, Thrive Themes only works on WordPress.org sites. But if you have a WordPress site I highly recommend using Thrive Theme, I love it and have become a bit obsessed with everything it can do.

Today is my blogiversary, I've officially been blogging for one year. I must say it flew by, read on to see how my first year of blogging went
Liz

Liz is a blogger helping people with personal finance and working for themselves. She shares her own journey to debt freedom and helps graduates dealing with above average student loan debt on her site, Less Debt More Wine. She currently resides in NC after calling Massachusetts home for nearly a decade.

  • Yay! I’m so glad to see you here 🙂

    • fnsfridaynightshenanigans@gmail.com says:

      Thanks! Time flies, I can’t believe it has been a year already.

  • Congrats on the Blogiversary… er Blog Anniversary… er Happy 1 year!! On to year 2!

    You’ve got a big mountain ahead of you but you’re laying the foundation to conquer it. You can do this.

    • fnsfridaynightshenanigans@gmail.com says:

      Thanks Kate! I’ll have to continue to keep an eye on the small everyday things, but I think the only big things left for me to do are to make more money and give it time. If only I wasn’t so impatient. lol.

  • Jessica says:

    Haha I know exactly what you mean about feeling nervous about the first post even though no one was reading at the time! Good luck with year two and paying down those law school loans!

    • fnsfridaynightshenanigans@gmail.com says:

      Thanks!

  • DebtFreeJD says:

    Happy birthday to you!

    • fnsfridaynightshenanigans@gmail.com says:

      Thank you!

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