It’s crazy to think that I’m not writing my 100th post on this blog. Who knows? Maybe one day I’ll reach 1,000. I’ve never been a fan of the whole reminiscing stuff, but I figured it would be fun to take a look back at everything that’s happened since last August when I first started this thing:
My first inspiration came from reading Budgets are Sexy. Although it took J Money years to decide he wanted to turn his blog into a business, I was pretty sure I was going to do it from the get-go. I poured hours and hours in every day, partially because I was so passionate about it and partially because I loathed my job and needed something to keep me from driving my car off a bridge. In January, however, I decided to take a hiatus to focus on some more personal things and now only do it on a hobby basis–that is, until I can get to a point where I’m writing full-time.
After just three months of blogging, I got an email from an investment company based in Israel asking me if I wanted to start writing for their blog. It started out with just one article a week, but quickly became four and for the past two months I’ve been running their German blog as well as an Instablog on Seeking Alpha. It’s been a ton of fun and I’ve earned more than I ever thought I would when I responded to that first email. I have also gotten a chance to write for the Deseret News, which is one of the top 25 online newspaper publications in the country. That has been a freaking dream come true. Next stop Forbes? 🙂
I’ve gotten to (virtually) meet some amazing people. J Money from Budgets are Sexy took some time to chat with me on the phone and give me some great tips about blogging and using it to build a business. Lisa from Lisa vs. the Loans has been a big supporter and has enjoyed rubbing it in that the Warriors beat the Jazz every time they played this season. And there have been so many others, like Tonya from Budget and the Beach, Kathleen from Frugal Portland, and Erin from Broke Millennial. Just great people. (And if I didn’t mention you, it’s because I don’t have a lot of time on my lunch hour)
I’ve learned that there may actually be something I want to do with my life: write! I don’t know why, but I’ve just loved doing this for the past 9 months. It feels like I’ve always been doing it, and part of me wonders why I haven’t always been doing it. Sure, I don’t really consider myself a great writer, but I love doing it, and the idea that I can get paid to do it is delicious.
I also got Kilee to start writing for a little side-hustling income. In fact, her first article for Family Share, the publication I made my freelancing start on, got more than twice as many views as my best article for them, and it’s still going strong. So it’s safe to say she’s a natural. Or people prefer articles about parenting over personal finance. The first one is true, but I’ll keep the second one in mind whenever I get depressed about it 🙂
There’s really so much more, but like I said, I’m pretty lame about this stuff, so it’s all your getting. But I’m grateful that you’ve been along for the ride, and I’m grateful for all the friends who have told me that they love reading my blog. I’m also grateful for all my friends who read every blog post but never mention it to me (Steve Peris). You’re pretty cool too.
Here’s to another million posts!