Time has gone by quickly!
Reflections on Being Two Years Old:
I’ve made a lot of mistakes with my blog adventure. There was a time when just one reader would come by daily and read my blog. She was what I thought of as my first real reader. She too had a blog (SeeJaneGetRich . com, now defunct though) and I would reciprocate by visiting her blog also. “Jane” was an incredible bright girl who was going to Law School at Brown University. Surprisingly, I still find that I miss her…
For the first 5 months, I didn’t understand what was required to get google to see me in their search engine. During that time, I hardly I got any hits from google at all. I really didn’t understand the whole SEO thing, and nobody was there to help… It was a lonely journey that just Jane and I were on! Check out Jane’s twitter account (SeeJaneGetRich twitter Account) if you are curious about her.
Next came Sam. One day a guy with an avatar called the “Financial Samurai” stopped by and left a comment. This wasn’t the first time that I’ve seen the Financial Samurai name though. Back then (before Yakezie) Sam visited a lot of pf bloggers and would leave comments often. Excited, but weary (I even had comment spam back then), I visited his site and was amazed!
The looks of Sam’s site was breath-taking, much, much cooler than my own (and it still is). I thought to myself “Yeah, but is his content good, or is he all just flash”. I read one article, then another article, and so on. After a few articles later and after dive in his archive, it was obvious that Sam was a very talented writer and very entertaining to boot. Sam is hugely responsive for me growing more quickly and the fact that I’m still blogging today!
How I’ve Grown
I’m not the same man who started this blogging journey, I’ve changed. I’m definitely learned to take charge and forge my own path instead of going down the same path that everybody else follows. I was nervous at first, but now I’m seasoned in this area too. I’m very comfortable voicing my opinion and changing the course when I think things are wrong.
I’m more social, and much less introverted than before. I actually was very excited to go to the 1st Financial Blogger Conference (we are all indebted to you Phil at ptmoney.com), and actually sad to leave so soon.
Surprisingly, the only thing that hasn’t really change much is my financial awareness and strategy. In fact, I was recently commenting that I think that I’ve neglected my own finances a bit while I instead focus on blogging (how is that for a twist)…
My technical side is starting to finally come out more in my blogging. I’ve been wanting to change my theme for a long time but I’ve been holding off. Lately, I’ve been geeking out playing with all the cool features around blogging. Hopefully I’ll have a new look by next year.
Where I Want To Go
I love blogging, but now it’s time to expand and make my hobby, my tech hobby too. I want to try some things, to see how far I can push myself, to see how far I can reach up (from Pat Flynn’s speech at the finCon11).
I sometime talk about going outside of the box, but mostly I just look outside of the box and tell others when I see. They sometimes do what I see while I sit safely inside of my box. But now it’s time to take a step out, no, not jump out but taking that critical first step. A journey of a thousand steps begin with a single step (by Confucius).
I find that once I take such a step, it’s hard for me to stop, kind of like the unstoppable motion of the Juggernaut from Marvel Comics.
Yes in celebration, I’m going to be giving away a best buy gift card in the near future.
P.S. My blogoversary was on Oct. 7.