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Reflections on One Year of Blogging

(I know technically I’m in the middle of a series — on making your money work harder — but it’s my one-year blogging anniversary!! To commemorate the occasion, I penned a few thoughts.)

Last year at this time, I was working a job that I hated. I was bored and underutilized and every day dragged on end. less. ly.

My finances were on their way up — I was earning the most I’d ever earned and saving the most, too. But it wasn’t enough.

A few months prior (in May of 2016), I had started to teach my son about personal finance. I thought it was a good time to capitalize on a captive audience (he was 7 at the time), so the National Bank of Mom opened for business.

I started the blog to record our discussions. I wrote my first post and set a goal of publishing two posts per month. Eventually I found a big personal finance community on Twitter and joined in. I learned about WordPress, writing, social media and SEO.

Goals

My main goal is to teach my son valuable lessons about money in an engaging way. I’m sure I don’t have to convince you that teaching kids about money is a good idea.

My secondary goal is to capture and share those lessons with the world — two posts per month.

The reason I only write two posts per month is the same reason I only work out twice per week — I’m fairly certain I can sustain it over a long period of time. (If you haven’t read The Compound Effect, I recommend it. It talks about the power of small habits over time.) If I write two posts per month, I consider myself successful.

Comparisons

As parents, we teach our kids to worry about themselves, and NOT to worry about what other people are doing.

But it’s funny how hard it is to take our own advice.

Looking around at other bloggers, I sometimes I fall into the comparison game. They have more Twitter followers, they are Pinterest-ing, they write SO MANY POSTS each month, their site has a ton of comments and engagement on every post… I could go on. (And don’t even get me started on stats and page views.)

But I try to remember that those goals aren’t my goals. They’re nice, for sure, but they’re icing. My goals are above, and I should measure myself against them. (Also once I achieve my goals, I should take a moment to congratulate myself and appreciate how far I’ve come.)

Really, this project is a reminder of how I want to live the rest of my life.

Finding Meaning

I can’t say how much this small side project has meant to me or how good it has been for me.

I’ve found that I really enjoy the writing process — gathering my thoughts, organizing them, and crafting a post. I enjoy the self-expression, and if even one person finds value in something I wrote, then all the better.

I also like talking about money! This blog has encouraged me to continue reading and learning about money. And not just money, but the focus on saving so that you can spend on what’s truly important to you in your life.

It’s also led to so much more. Starting the blog was my first experience with WordPress, and I fell in love. I no longer work at that job that I hated, rather I’ve struck out on my own as a freelance WordPress developer. This is something else that I hope to teach my son as well — that life can look however you want it to look. I’m 10,000x happier doing this than I ever was at any job.

If you’ve been here before, or even if it’s your first time, thanks for reading. I’m glad you’re here!

I also love hearing your stories about what you learned about money as a kid and what you’re teaching the kids in your life. If you’d like to share, please leave a comment below!

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