August 1st is the official first birthday of Eyes on the Dollar! I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who is reading this and all of you who have had read, commented, or shared my content throughout the past year. I won’t name names in case I forget someone, but you know who you are. In a niche where blogs seem to pop up and disappear overnight, it’s pretty sweet to make it to the one year of blogging mark.
The fact that I am an optometrist who has no background in any sort of computer training or website management is proof that if I can keep a blog up and running, anyone can.
I started this blog because I thought it would be a way to keep myself on track financially after veering way off course over the past few years. It was also a new challenge at a time when my day job was becoming pretty uninspiring. Without even counting the numbers of visits or amount of money I’ve made, I believe this blog has been a key reason for some of my successes in the past year. Sharing your goals and dreams out loud makes them much more likely to happen.
Highlights of the Past Year
Over the past twelve months my husband and I have been able to accomplish many things including:
- Paying off the last of our $30,000 in credit card debt.
- Closing on the sale of one of my optometry offices with the other one waiting to close at the end of the year.
- Paying off all of our student loans.
- Buying, remodeling, and getting tenants for our first residential rental property.
- Changing career paths-Myself switching to part time work, Jim finishing a master’s degree and getting a new job in an administrative role.
I won’t say having a blog caused all these changes, but it certainly accelerated them. Again, the whole putting it out there for the world to see means you have to get your act in gear. I also see fellow bloggers doing amazing things every day, so that inspires me to find new and better ways to accomplish my goals.
This year I hope to continue to learn more about the technical and marketing side of blogging. I don’t want this to turn into a job I hate. I have to admit that a couple of months ago,I was experiencing some burn out. I considered throwing in the towel after the first year, but then what would I do with all that time and how could I go back to being a mere lurker?
If my sole purpose is to to make money, I’d be better off tying to add another day working as an optometrist. I hope to find a balance between doing this thing I really enjoy on most days and making it more of a business. I also have to allow myself to take a break if I get burned out.
Financially speaking, we plan on keeping our Eyes on the Dollar by continuing to pay down our mortgage until the day we are free from all debt. We also hope to add another rental property in the coming year. Hopefully, I can continue to share my experiences, good and bad, to help you in your financial journey, whatever that might be. If you are lurking here and are thinking about starting a blog, what’s stopping you? If someone who never even looked at Twitter before a year ago can do this, you certainly can.
To celebrate Eyes on the Dollar turning one, I’m giving away $100 PayPal cash! The contest is open to anyone, worldwide, with a PayPal account. The giveaway will end on the last day of August, so come back and enter often. Best of luck and thanks for being a loyal reader!