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Happy Memorial Day to everyone! In the spirit of celebrating success and taking a break on this holiday, I wanted to share something very special that happened to My Personal Finance Journey this past Saturday, May 27th, 2011.
We passed the 50,000 total visitors threshold!
This is very exciting news for all of us here at My Personal Finance Journey, even to Cheapskate Jake, who, to my surprise, hasn’t scared too many people away! Go figure!
It’s been an incredibly fun journey (pardon reference to the site name) to get to where we are today. This site started on January 15th of 2010 (almost a year and a half ago) as a way for me to share what I’ve learned about personal finance and investing and learn from other like-minded folks. I definitely had no idea when I started this site that it would be such a large part of my life and identity.
If I had to venture a guess, I’d say that I’ve spent about 1500 total hours on this blog. Big hint here: if you’re looking for a get rich quick venture, blogging probably isn’t the best for you! During this 1500 total hours, there have been 378 posts written by both myself and various guest posters (we’re not quite to the 500 post mark yet!).
When I think back on this ~1.5 year journey, there have been several accomplishments/actions in particular (other than simply writing posts) that stick out in my mind as being most significant. I’ve listed these below:
- Joining the Yakezie Personal Finance Network.
- Joining Yakezie was probably the best thing I ever did as a blogger. Not only have I gotten to meet some amazing friends, but I’ve also been able to learn many things about how to effectively run a website and organize advertising campaigns.
- Starting the Carnival of Passive Investing.
- The purpose of the Carnival of Passive Investing is to 1) highlight the various high quality posts written about avoiding investing in individual stocks each month and 2) to create a “go-to” network/community of passive investing knowledge.
- As an example of this second purpose, one of the most prolific participants in the monthly Carnival of Passive Investing is Mike from The Oblivious Investor. By increasing awareness about Mike’s posts, I want people to know that if they are interested in the passive investing methodology, following Mike’s blog would provide material appropriate to their liking.
To close, I just want to say “THANK YOU” to all my readers! This milestone (obviously) would not have been possible without you, and your continued interaction and commentary keeps me going as a blogger!
How about you all? What have been some of your favorite posts from this site in the past year? If you are a site owner, have you hit any important site milestones recently?
Share your experiences by commenting below!
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