When we first came up with the idea of starting a blog we were excited and nervous. We were excited to share our thoughts and ideas with people, but nervous that people wouldn’t care to read it. We felt this way up until we finally went live with our site. Actually, we still feel this way at times, but we just push forward. Now we can’t believe that we have already completed our first month with our blog!
Things We’ve Learned During Our First Month Blogging
Sometimes you have to just go ahead and start.
We were going to start our blog in January, but we realized we still had so much to do in regards to even getting it set up. Then we said we would go live in February. There were still things we needed to work on, but one of the biggest hold-ups was coming up with ideas for pictures. I know that you can find free pictures online to use, but I didn’t want to go that route. I didn’t want to have to always make sure that the pictures were truly free to use. So I decided I would take the pictures myself.
Needless to say, I ran into some issues with that amongst other things, and we decided to push back our start date yet again. This time we pushed it back to March 6th. And at this point, I was beyond determined that we were going live on March 6th no matter what. It was then that we realized that sometimes you have to just go ahead and start!
It’s easier if you stay ahead.
I spent lots of time researching what we needed to do to get our blog up and running. One of the main things was to make sure we had a couple of posts to start with. We definitely had more than enough. What threw a wrench in our plans is that initially we were going to post every 2 weeks, but then we changed our minds. Posting every 2 weeks would give us plenty of time to not feel rushed and overwhelmed. However, we both felt that posting weekly would be better in regards to keeping people interested and gaining new readers as well.
This has made us realize how important it is to stay ahead and not always be working on a post up until the last minute. The more time we have in between a post being complete and when we’re supposed to publish it helps to take the pressure off.
Our Site Stats And Comment Section
As I was thinking of writing this post, we decided to look at our site views for our first month. We were surprised to see that we had 143 visitors and 546 views. Some visitor and page view stats are missing because we started tracking a week after we started the blog. Overall, it feels pretty good to know that people are interested in what we have to say and share.
We had 37 comments our first month. Some of these are from us responding, which we enjoy. It’s always nice to see when someone leaves us a comment on our posts. We enjoy reading your thoughts as well as knowing that if you took the time to comment then that article must have really hit home for you.
The Joys And Pains Of Social Media
We created the usual social media profiles (FB, IG, Twitter and Pinterest) as another way for you guys to connect with us and for us to connect with you. Doing this short time that we have been blogging and created these social media pages we have come to realize a couple of things. We thought Facebook would be the easiest way to reach people outside of our blog. That couldn’t seem further from the truth though. It seems like with Facebook you have to pay to play. And we’re just not interested in that (or at least not now).
Twitter is the complete opposite. Neither of us had a Twitter account and, at first, we weren’t going to create one. But then we decided we might as well give it a try. Twitter seems to be the easiest way to connect with fellow bloggers and/or people interested in some of the same things we cover here on Thinking of Someday.
What Do We Have Coming Up Next?
Since we created this blog to help inspire people we want to not only share our successes of doing a budget, being debt free, and sharing some of the things we have accomplished since being debt free, but we would like to hear from you guys as well. We plan to start sharing the stories of people who have started doing a budget, are getting out of debt, are debt free, and/or are millionaires. So if you’re interested in us featuring your story and helping to inspire others, please contact us.
Life + Home
One of the biggest things we’ve accomplished since being debt free is updating our home. We plan to share some of the projects we’ve completed ourselves as well as some of the ones we’ve paid someone to complete! And since we are a family of three we will be discussing some things in regards to parenting as well. After all, our title is Thinking of Someday.
Omar’s thoughts: It’s definitely been a fun month. It is a little intimidating to put your thoughts out there for people to dissect, but it’s been equally rewarding! It’s easy to get caught up in the numbers but the truth is, regardless, I’m having a blast just getting these concepts out there. I’m just an average guy that’s pretty good with money trying to help other people by sharing my experiences.