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Lessons From Three Years of Blogging

three years of blogging

I’ve learned lots of lessons from three years of blogging. Some of them I probably knew intuitively, but blogging has provided tons of concrete examples since starting my journey into the personal finance community. Probably the biggest lesson I’ve learned so far is to take action. Wanting, hoping, and planning only get you so far. If you want to achieve success, you have to move forward. Here are some of the biggest lessons learned from three years of blogging. Consumer Debt is Holding You Back For years, we fell right in with the 70 percent of Americans who feel debt is a necessity in their lives. As long as we could afford the payment, we could afford the purchase, right? The problem with consumer debt is how much it limits choices and freedoms. Once your whole paycheck is eaten up by monthly payments, you have no option other than to keep slogging away. Forget trying self employment or taking a month off to travel. You aren’t able to take on anything remotely risky, and heaven forbid you actually lose a job or suffer a pay cut! Debt also gets in the way of setting ambitions goals. The thoughts of passive ...

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One Year of Blogging and $100 Giveaway


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 ...

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6 Months of Blogging!

Today is my 6 month Blogiversary! Apparently that is a milestone because many give up before reaching a mere half year as a blogger. I understand why. I think I knew it would take time because I read and studied for months before working up the nerve to get started. I underestimated how much that amount of time actually meant in units of your day. It’s a good thing I’m a mom. You get used to not needing as much sleep! Having my own blog has given me a place where I can talk write as much as I want. I see people everyday who are making mistakes with their money. I know ,because I’ve made most of them myself. While it isn’t appropriate to run up to a complete stranger and tell them not to buy that because it is a rip off, I can write about it all day long.

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2012 Recap and 2013 Goals

Before I started blogging, everything was a jumble in my head. I had plans, but nothing written down and no specific time frame. However, there were a few things I wanted to accomplish in 2012, and I did pretty good on achieving those. Here were my top four and a look toward goals I AM writing down for 2013. 1)Start a Blog– I have been reading financial blogs for over a year. I’m not sure when it turned from lurker to commenter to blog owner, but I knew earlier this year that I wanted to give it a shot. When you face your biggest fear, it usually isn’t so bad. In the case of starting a blog, the worst thing would be that no one  reads it. If they do, they might think it sucks. I could live with that, so on August 1, Eyes on the Dollar went live. I still have no idea what I’m doing technically, but I have lots to say, and so far, some of you have listened and been very kind. I don’t think blogging will make me rich, but I do see the potential for earning some income if I can keep it ...

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