Today is the official one month blogiversary of Save Splurge Deny Debt. After buying my domain a couple of months prior, I finally grew the courage to hit the button that opened this site to the world. It is a bit scary to start a blog, but there have been many things I have learned and want to share.
I won’t post a lot of these type of posts, but if there are others wondering what a real look at a blog after one month maybe this will help. I had no real connections other than reading other blogs that I really enjoyed. Late one night, I decided I would start a blog and just did it. Luckily I have a supportive wife that lets me do this without too much fuss. The rest of what I have learned has come from google searches and experimentation.
The first things I wanted to share were the page views. I have no idea if they are ‘good’ or not but I feel happy with them. To know others have come to read my articles is really awesome. Thank you all to have read, commented, and sent me kind messages along the way.
Google tells me I have 1,101 Page Views since I started. My mother doesn’t even know about this site so I know they all aren’t her! That is awesome to me and I really am just looking for more consistent growth in the coming months.
Here are a few things that I have learned along the way. There are so many things you can get stuck in trying to learn or get frustrated and give up. Pushing through and creating great content will ultimately come, and it will be so worthwhile.
Don’t be a perfectionist
I bought my domain in December of 2016 hoping to have my blog up in January. That is a great time for finance blogs and I was excited. I had some working knowledge of HTML code and figured it would be a breeze.
Two months later, and two different themes later, I accepted it for what it was and starting posting. I don’t think my site is the most appealing, but I don’t think it is the worst either. A lot of blogs pay a good amount to make their site look amazing, but I am not near that point yet. Hopefully one day!
I really try to focus now on the content and providing some value in every post. That is where I spend a lot of time being a perfectionist, the site layout will improve over time.
It really is easy to start a blog:
Starting a blog is really easy. It is a fantastic business/hobby idea. Sure, it may cost a few bucks a month, but that is cheaper than hobbies like golf or drinking beer. I can also do this after everyone else in the house is in bed. It is some good alone time to decompress.
You can put together a blog and start writing articles in an hour or so, but personalizing and getting everything figured out can take a little while. If you can take it all in stride and have fun with it, then it is super rewarding to see your site on the internet and page views start trickling in!
If you have ANY questions about starting a blog, please contact me. I would be more than happy to help anyone!
Google has ALL the answers:
I will someday want to take a class or two about how to optimize my site and monetize. For me in the beginning I didn’t have the time or extra money to do this. I have no doubt there are many classes worth every penny to help in the future.
For now, google has had nearly every answer I needed. I have found free quality photos, advice for new blogs, and tips to writing posts for internet users. There are so many quality sites for information, and many blogs willing to help and share their knowledge.
I have leaned on this quite a bit, and hope to pay this forward in the future. If anyone needs any help from me, please ask and I will do my best to answer, or at least point you in the right direction!
Be Consistent with Writing Schedule
I read multiple blogs that all said a consistent schedule is important to blog growth. I have even now started to see some small spikes in traffic on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays when I post. Hopefully people appreciate my consistency in the future.
I am hoping to get past that inevitable burnout point in writing. For now, I have a lot of ideas jotted on a notepad and lots of articles I want to get out there. I know there will be a point that it will be harder, but I hope it is still far down the road.
I have been reading content on a lot of blogs, and admiring their quality and writing. This has kept me motivated and excited to keep going!
Things I need to work on:
This is by no means a comprehensive list. I didn’t figure a list of 168 things that I need to do better about would be all that exciting. These are just things I am wanting to prioritize to help bring readers to the site. I know that a lot of it will come in time, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t always be pushing to get better every day.
Finding my ‘voice’
This one has been the biggest challenge for me. I enjoy that on here I can be myself and just write. Truly, I think it has been a bit jumbled and messy. It’s like I had all of these great ideas and just threw them up all over this blog.
I have been trying to get better at planning out articles and trying to bring my personal style to all of them. In time, I hope this gets better and that practicing my writing will lead to better posts.
I am not the best in real life at creating a network or being a part of a group. Small talk comes easy, but connecting deeper and creating friendships is very tough for me. I have found this to be the same on the internet world, and possibly even more difficult. There seems to be a different set of people skills involved with the internet. I envy those that this comes naturally to.
I enjoy so many blogs and have tried to post valuable comments on blogs I enjoy. Also, I only comment on articles I truly enjoy or feel I can add value to. Hopefully this leads to growing relationships with others, as I find so many others smarter than me, and also enjoyable people.
I have done well enough on twitter and enjoy the platform. Pinterest looks to be an awesome avenue to grow the site that I want to dive into. I have made a few pins and starting to see some things work, so I will leverage that further.
The viral nature of Pinterest looks really promising for growth, but again it all leads back to great content and providing value. I will continue my study into this platform and hope to create better pins to gain readers. Check out my Pinterest Profile!
This will come over time but I feel like in the coming months I will try some different things. I have been scared to screw something up and not be able to fix it, but I guess I will just have to take the plunge. I don’t want the site to ever be overcomplicated or confusing, but a little more pizzazz would be nice.
Final Shout Outs:
I read a lot of blogs before starting this one. There have been many people I enjoyed reading, but I wanted to point out a few that I really gained inspiration from when I was starting SSDD. There are so many others I could mention so please if I commented at all on your site, I am a fan!
Financial Samurai: Sam is so smart with finance, and I am jealous of his financial knowledge. I learn so much on this blog and love how the site is all about content. Truly how I would love my site to end up like with the awesome community. One can dream!
Making Sense of Cents: She is like the queen of affiliate marketing, and also was a big inspiration with her monthly progress reports. Also, fun to go waaaay back and read her first articles.
Millennial Money Man: Great story. From a band teacher to a kick ass blogger. So cool to read about and see how his site has progressed.
Dollar Habits: New blog, but Cody seems like he is a natural and will be big in no time. He has a great writing style and a clean looking blog. I look forward to see how this blog evolves!
Get Rich Quickish: Another Awesome story of single income family making realistic sacrifices to live an awesome life. I am jealous of how he has accomplished all this and learn a lot from his site.
Bitches Get Riches: These two are awesome. Thought provoking posts from a viewpoint I can learn from. I love their topics and their unique take.
I have had an absolute blast with this new adventure. It is crazy to think I have been doing it a whole month already! I hope to keep getting better and be around for a long time doing this!
I hope people learn and can get a different take on finance with this site. Please comment below and tell me other ways I can improve, or what to talk about! Thanks again for reading!