Happy Monday everyone! I am going to let you off easy today with a non-finance or frugality-related post. Why, you ask? Today is my six month Blogiversary! It’s hard to believe that Frugal Rules went live six months ago. What I thought was going to be something that would take up just a little of my free time has shown me what happens when you make assumptions about things.
To say that I underestimated the time that would be needed to write, promote and share in blogging would be putting it very lightly. What I have also learned is that it is possible to be part of a community of like-minded individuals who strive to make wise decisions with their finances so they can better themselves for the future, whatever that future is. We all make mistakes, some of us too many (like me), and I find that those mistakes can be great teaching tools to see how we can improve our approach in life. Towards that end, I’d like to share some things I have learned plus some numbers.
What I’ve Learned in Six Months of Blogging:
You do not need to be Bill Gates to run a blog. As long as you have a computer and minimal skills it can be done.
Write what you like and believe in and the rest will come. There is ongoing debate on SEO vs. good content. While SEO has its place, good content is king…in my humble opinion.
Share, share, and then share some more. The first six months need to be filled with networking and meeting other bloggers. Let’s face it, no one is perfect and by sharing others’ thoughts the goodwill returns in spades.
There are a lot of great people out there who run their own blogs and that I have developed some good relationships with even though I have never “met” them.
This is not a get rich quick scheme. If you’re in blogging to make the fast buck, let me tell you, it’s not there. While it is possible to make a little off it, if that’s your desire, don’t expect to become Scrooge McDuck anytime soon.
I’ve also learned that readers LOVE giveaways! In light of that, I am doing a $100 cash giveaway as a thank you to all of my readers. It’s payable in either PayPal cash or Amazon gift card, which ever you prefer. It will run for the next two weeks, ending on March 23rd. Enter by following the Rafflecopter instructions at the bottom of the post.
What About the Numbers?
To be honest, when I installed the Alexa bar I was somewhere north of 15,000,000. Today I am fluctuating around the 43-44k mark.
My Page Rank went from 0 to 4.
I went from 733 unique visitors and 2,450 page views during the month of September to 14,856 unique visitors and 28, 080 page views in February.
Thanks to everyone who’s made the past six months a great ride. I look forward to many, many more months. To that end, if you’d like to see me cover a particular topic, have post suggestions, or if there’s anything you’d like to see me change please let me know in the comments below. Good luck to everyone!
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