Belated Birthday Giveaway

by Joe Plemon on July 7, 2010

Personal Finance by the Book  is a partner in GRABBBR, that is Giveaway Reaching All Bible Based Blog Readers.  This is my featured GRABBBR blog post.  By leaving a comment on this post, you will gain 5 ENTRY POINTS and may win cash or prizes.

Discussion is encouraged!  However, only 1 comment per person will be counted towards GRABBBR, so please, no spam.  For more information about GRABBBR, including how to gain additional entry points, visit the official GRABBBR page.

OK. I lured you with the Giveaway, but what is this belated birthday stuff?  Confession:  Personal Finance by the Book was one year old on July 1!  Knowing it was sometime in July, I had been planning to mention it this month.  However, when I checked it a couple of days ago, I learned that it had come and gone.  Oh well, not to worry.  I had already scheduled my featured GRABBBR post on July 7, so this is an opportune time for me to celebrate my belated birthday by being part of a giveaway.

So What Are My Reflections on One Year of Blogging?

Getting started

I would never have taken the initiative to start my own blog.  Never.  But my friend Jeff Rose at Good Financial Cents took me under his wing and patiently mentored me and patiently encouraged me and patiently walked me through the maze of getting a blog started.  Did I mention that Jeff has lots of patience?  Thank you Jeff.

It is a lot of work.

Some people can probably just write something and post it.  Not me.  My first draft is always atrocious.  I need to let it season overnight, look at it with fresh eyes and dig in again.  By the time something is ready to post, I have worked it over several times.  This being said, I really do enjoy the writing process.  Good thing…I wouldn’t keep it up if I didn’t.

Running a blog is not easy.

I am far from a techie anyway, so the mechanics of operating a blog site are a total stretch for me.  I am a work in progress and often feel intimidated and overwhelmed with the technical aspect of blogging.

The blogging community is amazingly supportive.

First, understand that I am not an extrovert.  I don’t consider myself an introvert either, but, when surrounded by strangers, I am not the type of person who will introduce myself.  Therefore, getting to know fellow bloggers has been a challenge for me.  This being said, I have met numerous amazing people via blogging.  It seems that once the ice gets broken, I am able to loosen up and simply be myself.  After all, fellow bloggers have much in common.  I still am backward when it comes to asking for help, but I have been amazed at the willingness of the community to reach out and help each other.  The blogoshere is a great place.

Blogging is very satisfying.

I have heard it said that nothing worthwhile comes easy.  I believe it.  I already said that blogging is hard work, but that hard work is what makes it worthwhile and satisfying.   My goal has always been to help others navigate their their financial and spiritual journeys, so the feed back lets me know that others appreciate my efforts.  Just yesterday, I received this comment, “Thank God we have the real and indisputable EXPERT and his name is Jesus Christ. His book is the Bible. Thanks Joe for working to share these basic principles with your readers.”   A comment like that will keep me energized for weeks!

My high points

  • The offer to be a staff writer for Christian PF has been the high point of this year.    The request was a real shot in the arm at a time (the six month mark) when my blog seemed to be stagnating.   I still have the email printout request on my desk, as a reminder that good things often come just at the right time.
  • Another high point was coming in runner up in Free Money Finance‘s March Money Madness contest with Debt Free in One Year: A True Story.
  • Showing up on Page One of Wise Bread’s Top 100 Most Popular Personal Finance Blogs was exciting.  Thank you Yakezie community!
  • Other high points come sporadically when one of my posts is chosen for Best of Money Carnival or Best of the Best in Money and Finance Carnival.

What is next?

I wish I could say that I have a clearly strategized plan for Personal Finance by the Book, but I don’t.  I like to plan in time segments; checking and evaluating at stops along the way.  Right now my number one goal is to get more viewers.  A bit of monetizing would be nice too.  Timewise, I will check with myself again in six more months.


I want to thank every one of you for taking the time to read Personal Finance by the Book.  To know that what I write is worthy of your time is a huge honor.  Thank you.

Now: make some comments, sign up for my RSS feed and Newsletter feed and follow me on Twitter!  You might just win one of the GRABBBR prizes!
Creative Commons License photo credit: Indy Charlie


{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Rakesh July 7, 2010 at 7:41 am

Found out about your blog through the GRABBBR contest at PFJ and was pleasantly surprised to see good, informative posts at your blog! Congrats on your blog anniversary! Am sure it’s a lot of work in maintaining the blogs, writing posts, and so forth, especially given the low payout in the beginning.

Best wishes!


Mami2jcn July 7, 2010 at 7:56 am

Congratulations on your 1 year blog anniversary! I started blogging a few months ago, and I still have a lot to learn. It’s great that you’ve found support in the blogging community to help you out.


joeplemon July 7, 2010 at 8:00 am

Thanks for the encouraging words. Being “pleasantly surprised” is a good thing!

Nothing wrong with having a lot to learn. Me too!


rachel crisman July 7, 2010 at 9:07 am

Hey, Happy one year blogiversary!!!That is terrific!! Keep up the great work!! Many happy blogging years to you!!


Charity Lyman July 7, 2010 at 9:49 am

Happy One Year!! I have been going for a little bit, probably around a year myself. It definitely is more work than you realize:) Keep up the good work!
I would like to be entered in the GRABBBR giveaway please.
I became a follower on Twitter-kingsdaughter24
I subscribed to your RSS Feed through MyYahoo.
I also subscribed to your email newsletter-esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com


Kirsten H. July 7, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Happy one year anniversary! I am a big fan of personal finance blogs and added yours to my list of regular reads some time ago. Congrats again and keep up the good work!


joeplemon July 7, 2010 at 3:46 pm

Thanks. I am honored that you added my site to your regular read some time ago. Feel free to comment any time…I am always interested in knowing my readers’ thoughts!


Ace July 7, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Congratulations Joe! As a much newer blogger than you I appreciate you sharing your thoughts and lessons over the past year! Like many of your readers stated above, I’ve been a fairly long time reader of Personal Finance by the Book well before I started blogging myself! Keep up the great work!


Jeff rose July 7, 2010 at 5:44 pm

Happy blog B’day Joe! Although you think I did the hard stuff by getting the blog started, it’s your amazing stories and writing that keep this blog growing. I look forward to seeing how much more you’ve progressed by your next b’day.


Evan July 7, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Congrats on hitting your 1 year. I don’t remember how I found your blog but I am glad I did.


Financial Samurai July 8, 2010 at 1:09 am

Congrats Joe on making it to one year! It’s a great milestone!




joeplemon July 8, 2010 at 11:22 am

Thanks for the encouraging words. I always appreciate Ace of Wealth…keep up the well written thoughtful posts!

I too hope this site continues to progress, but I will still be leaning on you occasionally.

Interesting how we stumble on things we enjoy reading. I can say the same for My Journey to Millions.



Darren July 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Congrats on making it to the one-year mark! You seem to have accomplished a good amount over this time.

I’m a bit over the 6-month mark myself, and can attest that it is a lot of work. Like you, I’m not a technie, and I need to write and edit many times because my writing skills aren’t the best.

Good to know I’m not alone. Best of luck to you going forward!


Craig Ford July 8, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I can completely relate to your high points and I guess it is occasionally at lot of hard work :).
I really like who you are as a person (even though I’ve never met you) and that makes me like your blog and your writing even better.
I’m praying God will bless you with another fantastic year at Personal Finance By the Book.


joeplemon July 8, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Good to hear from another non-techie who does a lot of re-writing. You are not alone! Thanks for the encouraging words.

Thanks for the kind words. No, we have never met, but I still feel like I know you. Next time I am in PNG, I will make sure to stop by for a face to face visit. In the meantime, keep your great writing flowing.


Financial bondage July 10, 2010 at 7:53 am

Happy one year! 🙂

You are doing a good job, I like reading your posts.


joeplemon July 10, 2010 at 8:07 am

Thanks Arthur. I always appreciate your support.


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