The other day, I read something that Financial Samurai wrote,
“When you first begin, blogging is like fishing off a canoe in the middle of a tranquil lake. Most of the time, nothing happens. You’ll just feel some little nibbles here and there. But fish long enough and you might catch something big enough to eat.”
That pretty much sums it up for me.
If you continue extending the analogy, most of us who fish aren’t doing it to catch the big fish. That might be in the back of our minds, but we do it because we enjoy fishing. There are long periods of solitude where we might not catch anything. But then you mix in periods of interacting with others fishing on the lake. You exchange ideas about what’s working, where the fish are biting, but in the end, it’s up to you to make your own decisions. If you’re going to enjoy fishing, you need to enjoy the process, not just catching a big fish.
It really is the same with blogging.
100 Posts Into This Experiment
This marks the 100th post on Financial Slacker and about six months of actively working on the site. Before going public in April, I had worked on the site intermittently posting articles now and then over the prior five months. But since April, I have mostly posted anywhere from two articles per week up to an article per day over the past few weeks.
And while much of what I’ve written has probably only been read by a handful of people, there is the occasional article that gets a bunch more reads. It’s fun to see a big day of page views and visitors. But it’s also fun just to write the articles. The research, the thinking, the writing is all a part of the process.
Writing on this site has changed how I look at money. It’s created a certain amount of accountability and opened doors that I never knew existed.
Since I started writing on this site, I have made a number of positive financial lifestyle changes from reigning in expenses that had creeped up over the years to taking control of our investment portfolio. And during this time, I launched a private financial consulting business and even made a little money on the site itself.
And now I’m exploring opportunities to start a new business or possibly acquire an existing business.
These are all things that I probably wouldn’t be doing if I was still working in the corporate world and hadn’t started this site.
These last six months have gone by pretty quickly. And while there is still plenty more to do, I am going to take the advice of all you readers who told me to stop and appreciate all that I had accomplished. Last year, at this time, I never would have thought that I would have a website up and running with 100 articles and over 100,000 words posted.
I am pleased to have made it this far and I’m looking forward to the next 100 posts in the near future.
Thanks for all your support!
Readers, is there anything you started without knowing how it would turn out? What was your motivation? When times got tough, what did you do to keep going?