I am trying to come back from about a month-long hiatus from the page. As regular visitors are aware, I started a job that has proved to be a great opportunity, but also a great time consumer. Thus, my blogging efforts have really suffered. Something else happened that should benefit the blog at the same time. I must admit that when I started the site, I was hoping to make some money from it as a side income. After getting further into the blogging world and reevaluating what I want from the blog, I’ve found other benefits than a side income.
Speak the Truth
For those that are not aware, the primary ways to make money on a site are through pay-per-click ads like Google’s AdSense and affiliate programs in which you get paid if someone purchases something from a site that you direct them to. From the get go, I found it hard to balance these advertisements with advice for saving and investing money. I’ve opted to stay away from these programs, although I haven’t found the time to clean up the site just yet to get rid of these, it is on my to-do list. Breaking away from this will help me to focus on just the content and help make sure that readers know I don’t have any ulterior motives.
All About the Community
What I didn’t realize when I started this site is the best thing I would gain is the sense of community with other bloggers and regular readers. Already, I’ve shared and received great insights from like-minded people. It helps to keep me motivated to continue looking for ways to make smart money choices and to share any and all tips I find. I was thrilled and humbled to receive outreaches from multiple people during this time that I couldn’t get any new articles onto the site.
It Allows Me to Rant
I know that my favorite posts from other people and the best feedback I get are typically from posts where myself or others go off on a tangent about a certain financial issue. Just like my first point, shedding any worry about making money or even pleasing everybody, I think that the tone of my posts might change for the better. In short, there would be no need for personal finance advice if there were not many personal finance pitfalls. My general reaction to these pitfalls and the people behind them are frustration and, sometimes, even anger. My writing tends to be more entertaining when I focus on subjects that frustrate me.
The Audience Can Keep Me Honest
Again, I discovered a great community of people. An update on my financial journey, my wife and I put down a sizeable chunk of money as a kickoff to aggressively paying off her med school loans. I’ve laid out a plan to have it paid off in 2 years and I know that continuing to interact with the people I have through the site will be motivating and supportive.
Thanks to those that have outreached wondering where I have gone. I really will try to do better and am excited to begin interacting with you all again!