Blogging Update: The 1 Year Edition
Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Green Swan. Guess what?! The Green Swan has reached its 1 year blogiversary!!! Woot woot!! And what a great first year it has been. It is strange, reflecting on it now it seems like it has been way more than one year, but at the same time it feels like it has gone fast! I can’t explain it…I guess I’m just weird, but we already knew that. 🙂
This also just so happens to be my 100th article published on The Green Swan, another milestone that just amazes me (maybe that’s why it feels like more than a year…). I can tell you when I started out blogging I had no intention to post more than once a week. Shortly after launch though I began going to two posts a week thinking it would be short term, for maybe a couple months and then I’d go back to one post. I kept telling Lucy that too…
“Don’t worry honey, I’ll cut back on my post frequency and not as much time will be devoted to the blog.”
Well a year later and still publishing two posts a week…for better or for worse! I’ve just enjoy writing and putting my thoughts down on paper so I keep pumping articles out. It isn’t overly hard for me and it takes maybe a couple hours to put the average post together. I initially thought it would be hard to find things to write about at such frequency, but I have never suffered from writers block. I underestimated this big time. Personal finance is a topic I have always enjoyed and there are endless topics to write about. I equate it to a Pastor at a church…you’d think how could one find something to preach about every week? Well there is always something and topics cycle through with new perspectives or discussed at a different angle.
FIRE-Side Chats and Guest Posts
As the regular reader may have noticed though, I haven’t always been the author of my weekly two posts. I began my FIRE-Side Chat series a couple months ago. It has been awesome hearing / sharing new thoughts on the path toward FIRE from other folks. These will continue to be a regular feature on a bi-weekly basis for my usual Thursday post. If you want to take part, shoot me an email!
Also, I have been more willing to share guest posts from other bloggers as well. Having been part of the personal finance blogging community for a year now, I have come to fully realize how great this community is. It is filled with tons of amazing bloggers. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed the new perspectives from these guest posts and perhaps found a new blog or two to follow!
My Proudest Moments
Blogging has definitely become something more than I initially intended. First off, I had no idea the community was so embracing. I actually had no idea how big it is either, but there are over 600 registered with Modest Money. It sucked me in. The comments and receptivity from others was encouraging and I began following more blogs myself. I have basically become addicted to reading other personal finance blogs. I just struggle finding enough time in the day to read and follow all the great blogs I want to while still being productive at work and being a good husband and father!
My proudest moments have been when others have been willing to publish my guest posts and feature my blog on their sites. I began linking to each one in my As Featured On page which has honestly taken on a life of its own.
Writing a book had always been on my bucket list. Launching The Green Swan blog helped motivate me to publish my first book. I think I have a good story to share in my book, but I may be biased :)! But it is encouraging and humbling when folks have bought my book and left me positive feedback.
Most Popular Articles
It is really hard for me to fathom 100 articles were published on The Green Swan in the last year. How am I to come up and narrow down a list of popular articles?! If you are new to The Green Swan, I’ve tried to make it easy to navigate previous articles with the Categories listed on the right sidebar. The other thing on my to-do list is to create an Archives page. Do any other bloggers have suggestions on the best way to layout an Archive page?
As a general recap of the last year though, I’ve laid out a few of my favorite and most popular articles.
- The Frugal Millionaire
- The Investment Inflection Point: The FIRE-Starter
- Net Worth Explosion
- Feed the Beast
- Four Frugal Life Lessons
- Path to a Million: Finding the Elevator
- Path to a Million: Moving to Move Up
- Path to a Million: A Millennial’s Guide
- 2016 Investments Year End Review
- Sharing My Early Retirement Plans to My Dad
What is in store for year 2, you ask? Well, for now I have no plans on changing things up. I started this blog with the purpose of sharing my journey toward early retirement with the view that if I can do it, any average Joe can do it as well. That is still my view and I will continue to try and lead by example. I’m not an Ivy League graduate, I didn’t ace the ACT or SAT exams, and I didn’t get a 4.0 in college. But I worked harder AND smarter to get ahead and I wasn’t afraid to step out of my comfort zone and seize opportunities when they presented themselves.
The Green Swan has evolved over the first year to focus more and more on early retirement with the sprinkling of other general personal finance topics throughout. It will continue to follow Lucy and my path toward FIRE, we’ll continue to share more and more of our personal lives with you through the monthly Swan Life posts Lucy writes, and we’ll continue to share details on how the small business we bought last year is performing (last week was a good week!).
Thank You Readers
Before I leave you today, I want to make sure and thank my readers! Not only has the number of viewers increased week to week and month to month (almost 10,000 monthly visits!), but more importantly to me, the number of returning visitors continues to go up. Those that have found my blog and have liked what they have read so much that they would return and/or subscribe to my newsletter means so much to me and will continue to be my motivation to keep on going.
I am thankful you have enjoyed following The Green Swan! I hope you continue to find my articles insightful, relevant, inspirational and empowering. And if you are one of my regular readers, I hope you consider sharing my blog with friends and family!
As you may be able to tell from this post, blogging has been a very rewarding experience for me and I am so glad I took the leap to launch The Green Swan. I would definitely recommend it to others. Be forewarned though, blogging isn’t for everyone and most bloggers don’t make it to the year mark.
If you think it is for you and are wanting to be part of the discussion and community of bloggers, give it a try. Setting up a site is very easy and low cost. I initially used Bluehost as my host provider and I think they were decent in getting the blog started. But they are known to be one of the slower hosts out there.
I recently switched to SiteGround which is better and came recommended from other established bloggers and tech folks. Fortunately, switching was easy and free, and Bluehost even reimbursed me for the remainder of the first year I signed up for. SiteGround’s basic services package is what I use and is all you’ll need to begin. And if you do launch a site, give me a shout! I’d love to help and be a resource.
Thanks for taking a look!
The Green Swan