How I Survived My First 6 Months Of Blogging

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Yesterday 6 months ago, I published my very first blog post, quite a milestone to me! It’s been a great experience so far and I still love to blog. Even though some weeks there isn’t much time to write or all the thoughts and stuff in my head are holding me back.

But I did survive the first 6 months and I’m not even close to quitting yet, in fact, I’m working on a Dutch version of this blog and a new blog as well (kinda crazy probably, but I know I can do it!)

My goals

Back in January after I just started, I had set one goal for my blog for 2019, which was to publish 100 posts. So far I’m at 32, so I don’t think I can actually get to 100 at the end of the year, but I’m definitely going to try to get as close to 100 as I can.

Along the way, I set a new goal. As I found out this is what I like to do, I want to make this into my new career. I don’t have a job now, so it would be great to earn some money with my blog(s) as well. My goal is to earn € 1000 a month at the end of the year.

Last month I earned about € 200, so I’ve got lots of work to do, but I’m certain that I can do it.

Learning

I learned so much about blogging in the past 6 months! I knew close to nothing. I didn’t know anything about WordPress and now I’ve got a good looking site (at least in my opinion it is :)) and a bunch of posts. I feel proud when I look at my site knowing I created all of this.

Most of the things I know now come from a course I’m taking (check out his free bootcamps, they’re awesome!). Still got a lot to go trough as the course is quite extensive. But I’m taking it one step at a time.

I also learned a lot from fellow bloggers on FB groups and on Twitter. It’s great to be in a crowd that is so helpful and the Twitter Personal Finance crowd is really awesome. As I also like to help fellow bloggers, I made a resources page for new bloggers with some free, helpful tips.

Confidence

I’ve always been a very insecure person and in the beginning I was really scared to post anything. Will anyone like it? Is anyone actually going to read it? But my confidence is really growing because of my blog!

Nowadays I get questions about investing or related stuff. So people actually see me as someone that knows a bit about investing! It’s something I’ve never really experienced before and it’s a great feeling :D

Statistics

On to the blog statistics. I never thought more than a few people would ever read my blog. The numbers are way higher than I ever expected:

The light parts are pageviews and the dark parts are visitors.

On Twitter I just crossed 600 followers. It would be great to hit 1000 this year!

Best posts

My number one post had 1815 pageviews so far, that blows my mind actually!

My top-3 posts:

  1. 21 Mintos Loan Originators I Feel Comfortable Investing In
  2. Mintos Review
  3. Portfolio Update April 2019

Blog future & plans

Thinking about what’s best for my blog and my audience and the possibility to earn money, I changed some things on the blog multiple times during the last months. I was trying to decide which way I have to go with this.

I like to write mostly about investing and FIRE and want to keep FIM my personal blog with a more personal touch and personal stories. And without ads or too much targeted into making money.

Popular topics like making money and saving money are going to be transferred to my new blog. This one will target Pinterest more to be able to get into good ad companies to earn some actual money. I will let you know when the new blog is up and running to check it out if you like.

I feel like this is the best option when I actually want to make money out of this blogging thing. And when I make some basic money with my 2nd blog, I can write about what I love and not really care about earning money with my FIM Blog.

How did I survive and kept myself motivated?

Blogging is something you have to love to be able to do I think. If I didn’t love it the way I do, I probably just wouldn’t write and post anything and the blog wouldn’t grow. And then I’d just quit.

But I’m really glad I found out about blogging. I feel this really is the job for me. I love to be alone, to work alone and do everything the way I want it. I’ve been building websites since I was 12 and have always loved computers.

So this is how I kept my motivation up: blogging combines everything I love. Plus I can work whenever I have time, which is great when you’ve got 2 boys running around all the time.

And what also helps is having the option to do this without also having a (full time) job next to it. If I had another job, I probably wouldn’t have the energy to blog. Lots of respect for the people that are able to do this next to a job!

What did FIM brought me so far?

Back in December I was already investing for a while and was thinking about a way to track my investments and I wanted to learn more about investing. I love to see how my investments are growing and how I’m learning all about investments and FIRE.

I’ve found some really great people on Twitter mostly that are writing about the same things and think similar to me about money. The discussions are great and I learn every day from all of you. Thank you guys for your great content!

Before I started this blog I didn’t even know that the FIRE movement is this big and that there are so many people investing. The number of P2P platforms also blew my mind by the way. I only knew two before FIM haha!

FIM really makes me happy and will hopefully become my new job in a while, so I can keep doing this and earn enough to live a happy life and be able to invest some money every month.

How long have you been blogging and do you still like it?

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  1. Congrats on hitting the 6-month mark! I’m coming up on 11 years if you can believe it. I’ve never put in the real effort to grow huge — though I want to work on growing the blog in the coming year — but I finally have more time to devote to the site now that I’m divorced. I do still love it — obviously, or I wouldn’t have been doing it this long without making much money.

    I hope this coming year you hit your goals!

    1. Tnx :)

      Wow, 11 years! Awesome :) Great that you still love to do it. I hope you can grow the blog to where you want it to be!

  2. Hi Janneke,
    Congratulations on 6 months, and on your announcement to make another blog!
    I look forward to seeing what the future holds.
    Matt

    1. Tnx :D

  3. Congrats on the first 6 months! We’re currently on our third but still going full steam. No income yet but having fun. Thanks for the bootcamp and resources links. they will definitely come in handy.

    1. Tnx!
      Having fun is the most important!

  4. Yay I’m so proud of you, happy that you went for it and started your blog! We’re really close in terms of blogging anniversary, awesome

    You have a lot of visitors on your website, doing a great job. I like to read your articles and I’m looking forward to seeing your blog and your future blogs grow – please share the new blogs when they’re up and running!

    1. Thank you! Yeah, really great our blogs both started back in December! But you’re so far ahead of me, 80 blog posts, wow! I can’t keep up with that :)

      I will share the links when they’re ready for an audience :)

  5. Thanks for sharing. As a new blogger myself it is encouraging to read how you have done the first 6 months.

    1. Tnx for your comment and good luck with your blog!!

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