What I Learned in 3 Years of Blogging

Wow, I cannot believe I’ve been blogging for so long. When I started my site 3 years ago on Blogger.com, I just wanted to express my views and weigh in on some personal finance issues. I had no idea it would spiral into something much bigger. I had no idea I could make money from it, and I had no idea I had this entrepreneurial spirit in me.

I’ve learned a lot about myself, and I’ve learned even more about blogging. Here’s what I’ve learned:

I Love Money

Sure, everyone wants to have more cash, but I think more than having it, I like making it. Whether it’s negotiating with advertisers or thinking of new ways to monetize, I like the chase way more than I like it sitting in my bank. Constantly working to build a second or third income stream is exhilarating.

Personal Finance Bloggers Are The Best

There are some awesome bloggers out there, and I’m really glad I get to interact with them on a daily basis. I also am really lucky to have found a ballin’ business partner, and thinking back to our first business conversation about how we were going to make money, it’s hilarious how bad we were at actually doing it back then. Having people to bounce ideas off of is a great thing.

You Can Learn Anything

I was never a writer until I started blogging. I had never been much of a reader, either, excluding the 3rd grade book-a-thon. But I now do a ton of reading and clearly a bunch of writing, too. I also learned more than I care to admit about blogging and wordpress. If you care enough and put the time in, it doesn’t feel like learning because you’re working toward a goal.

I’m Crazy Lucky

This blogging thing sort of fell into my lap. I happened to have a lot of free time at my first job. Then, I met someone who offered to help monitize my site. Then, I started making money from my site. That was never the goal, and it took me about a year to realize that you could earn a decent side income just from writing. I didn’t know that all the time spent blogging and networking would pay off, so it was very lucky that this adventure turned into what it did.

7 Responses to What I Learned in 3 Years of Blogging

  1. Congratulations things are going so well. It’s definitely an interesting learning journey.

  2. Kathleen @ Frugal Portland says:

    LOVE your learning — it’s important to understand that you love money. It took me a long time to admit, but I love it too. Here’s to many more years!

  3. Congrats Daniel! You’ve been in it a long time.

  4. Congrats for making it to three years. I hope I can say the same in 2.75 years :). Would definitely be an awesome side gig if I can keep it going.

  5. Don says:

    Congrats, great work!

    Ideas are just starting to spin for me lately, but not quickly enough to make real money. I hope to be able to monetize blogging activities more someday. For now, I just keep growing and learning…

  6. What i like best is writing about things that can actually help readers, even if it as simple as getting readers to think about something from a different perspective.
    I enjoy your site and read a a lot of your articles. That’s what makes it so great. You are writing from a personal experience and that makes it engaging. Great Job!

  7. Evan says:

    “ballin’ business partner”
    Is going on my next t-shirt!

    Congrats! My first post went up 4 years this Sunday

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