’s First Anniversary!




I can’t believe that it’s been an entire year since I wrote my first post on I began work on the site several months before, bought the domain about 5-6 weeks before it went live, but the first Tuesday of September last year, I officially flipped the switch and opened the site for readers like you! To say the last 12 months has been a roller coaster ride would be a gross understatement. I’ve had many ups and downs, but I’ve certainly learned a LOT. I hope you join me as I go through a brief recap of the last 12 months and some of the details behind it.


  • 105 published posts –  When I started the site I committed to myself that I would publish two posts a week – every week. Over the last year, through ups and downs (especially recently) I have stuck to that schedule and have faithfully put out two posts each week (plus an extra post way back in October 2012). I’m very proud of this achievement, and hopefully you’ve enjoyed reading the posts as much as I’ve enjoyed (most of the time) writing them!
  • Visitors
    • People from 81 countries have visited in the last year (the top 5 are –  US, India, Canada, Philippines, and the UK)
    • Visitors from all 50 states plus DC
    • Visitors in 39 different languages
    • My most popular page is the My Finances page (which makes sense given the theme of this blog!)
    • Almost 500 comments!!
  • Blog Income / Expenses – I’m sure you’re all wondering how much money I’m earning from this site. Well, here we go – this is the FIRST time I’ve let you all in on my income directly from this site.
    • Google Adsense Income: $6.86
    • Other Income (Affiliate, other advertising, etc): $0
    • Expenses – Domain Name – $15-20/year, Hosting – $90/year, Thesis Theme – already purchased – whew!
    • Net Blog Income – Looking at it, I lost around $100 in my first year with… whoops! Of course, I didn’t start this to make money – I did it to chronicle my journey and to hopefully encourage some of you to evaluate your lives a little more. In addition to the money side, there’s also the time I’ve spent on the website – which probably averages out to 10 hours a week. Multiply that by 52 weeks and we’ve got 520ish hours – even at minimum wage that’s a huge expense I’m not counting! As I’ve said many times and I’ll keep saying – I’m not doing this to make money! Although it would be nice to cover my costs at some point, it’s not required for me to keep going!
  • Alexa Ranking – When you start a new blog/website/etc you don’t get an Alexa ranking. This basically tells you how popular your website is compared to every other website in existence. It’s definitely biased as it only tracks people who have installed the Alexa Toolbar (so this excludes “regular people”), but it’s a good measurement to see if things are going in the right direction. Once I first found out I had a number, it slowly started going down (the lower the better) and then got stuck around 8 million. Then it had some more movement until the beginning of 2013, when I posted about my goals for this year. At that point my Alexa ranking was 1,365,737 – which I was pleased with. My goal at that time was to get it below 200k before the middle of July. Well, that time has since passed and unfortunately I did not meet my ambitious goal. I am here today to tell you that as of last night (the night before I posted this) my Alexa ranking is the lowest it’s ever been – all the way down to 268,356 – which I’m incredibly proud of! As the numbers get lower, it gets harder and harder, but every week my number keeps going down – thanks to my loyal readers! I’m still hoping to get below the 200k mark, and then push on below the 100k mark.

Aspiring Blogger 9-2-13 Alexa Rank

Things I’ve learned

  • Blogging is TOUGH work. There are a lot of blogs out there that seem to have new posts daily or even multiple times a day…all I can say to that is WOW. It’s hard for me to put out two posts a week – and make sure that they have meaningful content in them for you, let alone more than that! Sticking to the two posts a week has been incredibly difficult, but at the same time – incredibly rewarding. I feel so proud of myself that I’ve accomplished so much over the last year – which brings me to my next point.
  • Blogging is REWARDING. I get comments, emails, mentions, etc and they mean the world to me. To know that my posts are actually reaching people and helping them in some way (however small) makes all the work I’m putting into this worth it.

What’s Next?

I’m working on that as you read this. I hope to lay out my plan for the next twelve months (along with a more detailed goal update on my 2013 goals) in the next week or so. Hopefully you can hold on while I put the finishing touches on it – and then you’ll help me push forward in year 2. I want to say thank you to all of you for your comments, your emails, your guest posts, your encouragement, etc. Without your support I may have quit this a time or two! Hopefully you’ll stick with me for the next year (and longer) and we can keep growing this thing and talking about financial independence, location independence, and contentment. Thanks for stopping by!


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Jon M September 3, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Way to go AB! Looking at my biased Alexa toolbar you jumped down another 10,000 since this was published. My main site will be a year old in December and I will agree that blogging is challenging but it is also amazingly rewarding. You are much more disciplined than I am since I blog about too many subjects and you focus primarily on finance. It has been fun to watch your Alexa drop lower and lower over the last few months. Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing what you come up with in year 2.

Reply September 6, 2013 at 11:51 pm

Thanks Jon – it’s actually showing just over 249k now – woohoo! I enjoy reading your blog in large part because of the wide variety of topics – especially because a lot of them are to do with Apple products! 🙂 Thanks for being a friend, I look forward to celebrating your upcoming 1 year anniversary in December!


Lisa E. @ Lisa Vs. The Loans September 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm

Congrats on the one year blog-iversary! Yes, blogging is hard work and yes, it’s rewarding! I’ve been doing it for about 2 years now (on and off) and I’m still not making money off of my baby (yet). But it’s alright – I never really expected to anyways! I’m sure you’ve got some great things coming up, I’ll be keeping an eye out for ya!

Reply September 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Thanks Lisa! Somehow your comment got flagged in my spam folder (I’ve been having some issues with that recently). 2 years is a long time – hopefully I’ll keep going another year – it’ll definitely be a big commitment! Thanks for stopping by!


Betsy Muse September 8, 2013 at 8:15 am

Congrats, AB! Blogging is hard work and you’ve stuck with it a lot longer than many do. I find abandoned blogs all over the place. Way to go on dropping your Alexa ranking. You’re almost there!

Reply September 9, 2013 at 8:48 pm

Thanks Betsy! Encouragement from other bloggers and readers is probably the biggest reason I keep going!


Simon @ Modest Money September 8, 2013 at 6:14 pm

Congrats on your first blogiversary…its a crucial milestone, almost a rite of passage given how many other blogs fall on the wayside in a year. Well done indeed.

Blogging is indeed hard, hard work. No way around that but it can also be very rewarding, from the connections one makes, the lives one touches and the general fun one has along the way and then the income might start rolling in at some point and thats just icing on the cake.

All the best moving forward!

Reply September 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm

Thanks Simon – it’s been a tough, yet very rewarding year! I’ve made several great connections and learned a lot about myself in the process. I consider it a success in that regard!


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