Yes, Personal Finance by the Book is now two years old. Like many bloggers, I entered into this adventure with little concept of what I was getting into. I knew it would be a “lot of work”, but that phrase carries little meaning until it is experienced. My biggest surprise, however, has been all I have received from my blog.
Here are a few of those blessings
Understand that I am not a chatty guy. I seldom post a status on Facebook; I do little text messaging and I don’t write many letters or emails. This being said, I am not an introvert…I love visiting people face to face. I suppose you could call me an online introvert…a very strange attribute for a blogger, and one that makes my new found blogging friends all the more amazing. I have encountered many talented and gracious people…fellow bloggers who give of themselves and ask little in return…who inspire me, encourage me and challenge me. And, in spite of my social reluctance, I am proud to claim some of these as friends. If my entire blogging experience was to end tomorrow, these friends make it all worthwhile.
My blogging goal is to serve my readers by giving them tools which lead to both financial and spiritual well being. Therefore, when I hear from a reader such as this one, “Absolutely true post! This is one way the Holy Spirit has showed me in the past to operate my finances and it’s such a blessing. Thank you for the encouragement!” , I feel a satisfaction that inspires me to not only continue my course, but to strive for improvement as I do.
No, not much. But starting a blog that brings extra funds into our household is always a good thing.
The long haul approach
About midway through this second year, I realized that blogging was becoming my master. Being a guy who depends on structure as a method of self discipline, I had become overly anal about my posting schedule. Result? The entire process had transitioned from fun to work. Was I suffering burn out? Probably… I realized that I had to either make some major changes or quit blogging altogether. Obviously I didn’t quit, but I cut back on my posting schedule, hired a staff writer, decided not to take the whole thing so seriously and see if I could start having fun again. How is it going? Pretty well. I am once again having fun. And, although my Alexa rating and Google PR have both suffered, my traffic is continuing to sloooowly inch upward. Hopefully, I have found a long haul approach.
A Staff Writer
Tim Fratacelli, who runs Faith and Finance, began writing a weekly staff post for me in January of this year. I am sure that you, like me, enjoy Tim’s upbeat and practical approach to helping us better manage our money the way God wants us to. Thank you Tim!
What is next?
I am undoubtedly a disappointment to those of you who are great goal setters, but right now I refraining from establishing any clearly defined goals (traffic, income, etc). After experiencing a bout with burnout, my goal is simply to continue to provide a service as long as I believe that service is needed and as long as I am having fun providing it. I will monitor that status in six months. Hopefully, if all goes well, I will be celebrating my third birthday next year.
Fellow bloggers and faithful readers: I thank you for your support and encouragement over these past two years. The fact that you take the time to read my ramblings never ceases to amaze and inspire me. You are appreciated more than you will ever know. Thank you!