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Thoughts on Two Years of Blogging

two years of blogginThat’s right, today Eyes on the Dollar turns 2. What a wild ride the past two years have been! I am so grateful for your support, comments, subscriptions, criticisms, and for caring about what I have to say. I hope you might have even learned a thing or two from my successes and failures over the years. I guess two years is a pretty short amount of time, but I feel like so much has happened. Since I decided to start a blog in 2012, just look at some of the crazy things we’ve done.

Paid Off $30,000 in Credit Card Debt

Sold a Business

Bought A Rental House and and Office Building

Narrowly Avoided a House Flipping Disaster

Saw My Baby Start School

Changed Careers

Left Full Time Work Behind

Got Chewed Out By Yahoo Trolls

Saw Net Worth Rise Dramatically

I’m not saying all that happened because of blogging, but my laptop was certainly the best $20 investment I’ve ever made. Here are some of my thoughts from two years of blogging for those who might be considering starting a blog themselves.

Don’t Let Fear of the Unknown Stop You

I think this holds true for most things in life. I’m not sure why it was so important for me to start a blog. I hoped it might make money one day, but I never really counted on that. In real life, it’s often hard to find those who think like you do, especially if your thinking goes outside what is mainstream acceptable. Being able to connect and find your people is so motivating. When I started Eyes on the Dollar, I barely knew the difference between a domain or a host. I had never even looked at Twitter, and I had no idea how to fix anything that went wrong with the site. If you wait until you know everything, you’ll still be waiting when AARP starts sending you sign up information.

You Can Google Anything

I have Googled things that would make a seasoned techie LOL. I’ve had to search for how to make a no follow link, how to change authorship on a post, even how to install WordPress. There is still lots I don’t know, but I now have Grayson as an awesome blogging partner. He usually does have all the answers, so I highly recommend his service if Google can’t help you.

You Don’t Have Time To Do Everything

You could blog 24 hours a day and still never be done. Between writing, editing, emails, dealing with technical stuff, keeping track of income and expenses, commenting, social media, and reading tons of posts, there are not enough hours in the day. When you first start, commenting is a huge part of your blogging day. Plus you go out of your way to thank anyone who read or shared something you wrote. That is still important, but I just don’t have time to comment on hundreds of blog posts every week, respond to every single comment, or thank everyone who tweeted my posts. I wish I did, but you have to put your energy where it’s most effective and not feel bad about it.

I Heart PF Bloggers

While there are tons of trolls out to cut down your every thought or action, almost all the personal finance bloggers I’ve met in person or online are more than helpful and really do want to see you succeed. Even in the optometry profession, you don’t generally see this sort of good will most of the time. It’s sad that the world often looks to the negative first, but I almost never feel that in this community. While I do need a break from time to time, I always miss the interaction if I’m gone for more than a few days.

Thanks

So thanks again to everyone for sharing these past two years with me. If I can ever help or offer advice, please feel free to ask!

About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.

46 comments

  1. That’s awesome. Happy two years to you!

    The trolls part made me cringe – I’ve had just two negative comments in my blogging time and if shrugged them off after I pondered over them a while. I can only imagine how it will be if I ever have trolls. Yuck.

    • It’s funny how it makes you kind of sad, then you just sort of feel sorry for people who are so upset with their situation they’d rather lash out at you than deal with it. I always welcome debate and constructive criticism, but just being mean and calling me names doesn’t do anyone any good.

  2. Congratulations! I guess I thought you had been blogging for longer, so congratulations that you’ve come this far in only two years! Here’s to 2 more awesome years!

  3. Happy blogiversary, Kim!!! I just have to thank you for starting your blog. You have been such an inspiration and support to us, and we appreciate it so much. You are making a difference in the pf world – thank you!

    • That is so nice of you to say and exactly why I love blogging. You are making a huge difference as well and you’re kids are going to be super money smart because of all you and Rick have done to get your financial house in order.

  4. Huge congrats Kim! I hit mine in about six weeks and can relate a lot to your thoughts. Thank you for being an inspiration and it’s so cool to look back and see what has changed over that time. As for Googling how to make a no-follow link…I totally did that to. 🙂

    • I am always in awe of your success and now you practically own the whole internet. Not bad for some 40 year olds!

  5. OMG Kim. I can relate with the “googling” of things. I look up things I really should know all the time. Haha!!!

  6. Congratulations on 2 years! You’ve accomplished a lot in the last 2 years. While the Trolls are horrible, it seems to be a sure sign that you’ve made it!

  7. Happy blogiversary! You’ve accomplished a lot over the last two years. Congratulations.

  8. Congratulations on two years! I’ve just found your blog but just the run down of accomplishments over the past two years look amazing and will have to check out more! I actually just started blogging this week so I definitely have a lot to learn but some of the quick tips you mentioned will be helpful! Congrats on two and looking forward to more!

  9. Happy Blogiversary!!! I still have to google things in my own profession! Thank god google exists, despite the fact that they haven’t updated their PR in forever! I digress! I’m really glad we got to know each other IRL as well. It’s such a great community!

    • I am really happy that we got to meet and I’m sure we’ll get to do it again at some point. I had to Google the word for when the whites of your eyes turn yellow from jaundice yesterday, so thank goodness for the big G, at least when I need to know something. That word is icterus if you were dying to know.

  10. Happy Blogiversary Kim!!! One of the best things the blog does for you is chronicles your life over the time you are blogging, and it’s amazing what you can accomplish in a year or two in your case. I am glad that you decided to partner with Grayson and stick with the blog, I love following you and your family. 🙂

    • Thanks Shannon. I enjoy your family as well. That’s what is so amazing about blogging. You are near NYC and I live in BFE, but we can still feel like we know each other and see how our lives are similar and different.

  11. Congrats! I didn’t realize how much you’ve accomplish in what is relatively a short period of time. The one piece I’m learning as I’ve surpassed 1 year of blogging is that I don’t have to do everything either.

  12. Congratulations Kim! I hit my two year in 20 days and it has surely been a journey! I am happy to be partnered with you and thank you for the service shout out! I really appreciate it. We are slowly growing each and every month, so who knows where we will go. You have a great story and one that brings a lot of people inspiration. I always say the haters are simply jealous of your successes.

    • Just think where I’d be if I’d had your technical expertise from the beginning, but who even knew anyone would read EOTD. I guess our financial stupidity did pay off in one way.

  13. Sometimes I forget that we started our sites at about the same time. Congrats on two years of blogging! This is definitely true, but I think it’s true of any small business -> “You could blog 24 hours a day and still never be done.”

  14. Congrats on two great years, Kim! For some reason I thought you had been blogging longer! 🙂 It is an amazing journey and I feel blessed to have meet (sort of) so many great people. And I agree – you can’t do everything. Have a great weekend!

  15. Wow congrats…2 years! Time flies doesn’t it. I’ve been at it just over a year. I definitely think the pf community is wonderful…I’m pretty sure I would have quit if it wasn’t for that.

  16. Happy 2 years! I love PF bloggers as well. We are a great group 🙂

  17. Congrats on two years of blogging Kim!

  18. Happy two years, and I wish you many more!

  19. Happy anniversary to your blog Kim! I have been one of your followers ever since I started reading PF blogs.

  20. I love PF bloggers! Being a college student and living on a low income, PF bloggers have given me so much advice and tips especially for when I get out of college.

  21. Congrats Kim! It’s a great achievement to stick at anything for 2 years, let alone running a successful blog! Thanks for setting a great example for us newer bloggers, and I hope you continue to grow and experience success – and most of all that you continue to enjoy it!

  22. I have just discovered your blog but have really been enjoying it! Congratulations on your two years of bogging and hope you will be enjoying many more years of bogging success!

  23. These are some great truths. I’m still fairly new at blogging and I do spend the majority of my blogging time on reading, commenting, responding to comments and just networking with others. Even now that I’ve started getting the ball rolling with freelance work online, along-side my IRL jobs and activities, I can see how eventually you have to change your priorities and let some of the smaller things slide.

  24. Congrats on your 2 year blogoversary, Kim!!!! It’s amazing what a dedicated and motivated person accomplishes in 2 short years when you sit down and really list it out!

  25. The PF community is awesome. I am constantly amazed at the support and openness everyone has online with their personal finances, debts and investments. Congrats on 2 years. Time sure flies by fast. Keep writing and inspiring myself and other.

  26. Happy 2 year birthday. This was a great motivational post exactly what I needed. Best of luck in the future.

  27. Happy Two year Bloggaversary Kim! Some comforting advice since I’m struggling a bit to keep up and feeling guilty in the process. Nice to get wisdom from those who have gone before. 😉

    • I still go through phases when I just can’t read one more blog post or leave one more comment, but so far, it passes pretty quickly.

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