Where did the year go?

I’m sitting here at my desk, flipping through personal finance blogs, when it hits me: I completely overlooked my blog’s first birthday! Yep, on February 17th, 2013, I officially published my first blog post. Awe!

I think part of the reason I missed the big day is because I mentally lumped it together with the start of the new year. I did a recap of 2013 at the start of January. It seems a little redundant to write about how I did in 2013, and then turn around and write about reaching the 1 year mark, when both things happen so closely together.

So, how has the first year of blogging gone? Overall, not too bad! In one year’s time, I wrote ~120 blog posts. My daily page views are slowly starting to creep up into the double digits. Obviously I’m not anywhere near the big blogs, but I figure there’s 20-30 people who are checking in with me on a regular basis. Not bad for accountability! I’m not going to get rich blogging, having made $0 to date. But I also accept the fact that I haven’t really put time and effort into monetizing this blog. Sure, I’d love to have some extra cash rolling in. But for right now, I’m focusing my attention on other things. Like selling the house.

All in all, I think blogging about my financial life has been a great choice. I feel like I’m so much more in tune with my money, now that I’m focusing on it at some point almost every day. It’s been great for accountability. In one year’s time, I grew my net worth by $5,389. I’m finally out of the negatives! For the first time in my life, I’m dreaming of a better future that actually seems attainable!

Slowly, people are starting to comment on my posts. I love that. Good or bad, I like hearing what people think. We may not always agree with each other, and that’s fine. It gets me thinking more about what I’m doing, and looking at things from different angles.

One year in, and I’m celebrating my little successes with blogging. Here’s hoping year two is even better!

– Cindy W.

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