Did we really just quote some Dickens’ to open this post? A Christmas Carol was always one of my favorite Christmas stories, but that’s not what’s got me thinking about this topic.
This week I was trying to clean off some of the broken links from my site in hopes of FINALLY raising my Google Page Rank score in the next update. While running the link checker, I kept noticing the same trend of broken links popping up in the results window: Past personal finance bloggers.
Yes, if you really want to bum yourself out, go visit your post archive from about a year ago, and look at the names of the people who used to leave you comments. I was finding that a pretty significant number of them no longer visit my site. I decided to find out why.
With each link I clicked on, I found relics of websites I used to visit, read, and interact with. A lot of them had that sad “final post” that was now months old. You know the one. It’s reads “It’s been fun, but I just can’t do this anymore because of time, family, life, etc”. Or worse, I’d click and find a parked URL of where a blog used to be.
While I was a little sad to see so many people give up, it did give me a great appreciation for how far myself and other bloggers around me have grown. I’ve learned a lot over the last year about not just money, but also in blogging, networking, and advertising. These are areas that I would have never dreamt that a side project such as this one would teach me. And it also isn’t bad making a few dollars along the way either!
Despite what Google thinks, I’ve got a great deal of advice and content on this site, and that’s no small achievement. My ultimate goal is that I hope to attract more people to my site, and that they don’t just learn just a few dollar savings tips here and there. I want them to give them every tool they need to say “Yes, I can be rich. I will retire. I will be free.”
A big thank you to the fallen personal finance bloggers out there. Even though you’re probably not going to read this, the brief love and encouragement you shared was enough at the time to push me on to the point where I am today.
And on that note, I’ve got nothing specific planned for my posting schedule next week. Don’t misread that – I’ve got several posts I’m working on right this minute. However, none of them were finalized in time for my normal weekend broadcast of things to come.
Topics include: My Vanguard picks, budgeting motivation, how much credit card reward money I made this year, and a crazy idea I had to give my kids $100K when they grow up. Any preference on which one you’d like to read next?
Personal Finance Bloggers You Should Check Out:
In case you missed them, here are a few great stories you should check out this weekend:
- Top honors go to Holly at Club Thrifty and her post Toys ‘R Us Corporate Policy: Stealing?!? Don’t mess with a Mom trying to buy or return Christmas presents!!
- Lance from Money Life and More posted on a touchy investing topic in I Almost Made an Emotional Investing Decision.
- Sydney from the Outlier Model had a very moving guest post on Reach Financial Independence called Being Outside of Average
- Kim from Eyes on the Dollar beat me to a topic I was planning to cover Does It Make Sense to Pay Off The Mortgage Early? Read her perspective on this – it’s pretty interesting!
- Even though he just started, his blog is already ranking better than mine. So take John’s tips from Frugal Rules by reading More Blogging Tips From a Beginner
Carnivals & Mentions:
My Money Design was featured on the following sites this week:
- Reach Financial Independence – Friday recap, an herb garden and a casualty
- Eyes on the Dollar – Can’t Take My Eyes Off These Blogs #15-RIP JR Ewing Edition
- Frugal Habits – Great Reads of the Month (Monthly Roundup for November – 2nd Addition) + a video to bring in December with a smile
- Frugal Rules – Frugal Friday: Posts That Ruled This Week, It’s December Already Edition!
Thanks to everyone for linking to my site and enjoying my posts. I really appreciate your support and hope you continue to visit!
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