That’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.
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.
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!