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.