August marks the fourth anniversary for Debt Discipline. Most bloggers agree that one year of blogging equals far more than just 365 days, similar to how we calculate a dog’s age.
I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen the ratio, but don’t think it matches the 7:1 ratio we usually use with our canine friends. But no matter what formula you use this blog has been up and running for over 1460 days.
I plan on pushing forward to year five, with some changes, but first, let’s recap some highlights from the first four years.
Stats and Stuff
Debt Discipline has certainly been the tortoise in the blog stats race. Slow and steady wins the race, right? I have to admit it has been frustrating at times to see other blogs have page views totals for a single day, for what I do in a month.
I try and avoid the comparison game and remind myself that I’ve seen growth year over year.
- Total Articles published since 2013: 484 articles
- Average Page views per month: 6K
- Most Popular Article: We’re Debt Free!
- Best Social Media Following: Twitter (6400+ followers)
- The Number of other Blogs started in 2013: 66 (According to Rockstar Finance)
- Top Referrers: Search and Rockstar Finance
I certainly belong to a community of like minded folks. It’s great to be a part of a diverse group pursuing so many different aspects of money:
- Family Finance
- Full-Timer Bloggers/Podcasters (Income generating)
- Military Finance
- Real Estate
- Passive Income
Debt Discipline was founded with the idea to stay accountable and connected with the personal finance community. I’m not sure I ever really had a plan beyond sharing our story with the hope it would resonate with someone reading in a similar situation.
There have been many times that sentiment has been confirmed, through comments or e-mail from readers. That’s an incredible reminder that blogging is well worth the effort.
As we became debt free and our focus shifted to teaching our three children as much as possible about money, general financial literacy has been at the forefront of my thoughts and focus. That will be my focus moving forward.
I’ll be scaling things back here on the blog as far as posting frequency. I’m aiming for an original new post once a week. I’d like to focus my efforts in the offline world around financial literacy and speaking. Connecting with people face to face and helping them break the money taboo or help prepare young adults for their financial lives.
I was planning to attend FinCon this year, but because we are looking to trim some fat from our expenses, I will not be attending.
That leaves me with what to do with my ticket. I thought about selling it or possible raffling it off. Entry would be a well-written post I could publish on one of my two sites.
To be better focused with my free time I have scaled back the overall number of blogs I read and comment. I still try and do my part by sharing on social media. I hope you understand.
Many thanks to everyone who reads, comments, emails, and has helped along the way. It is truly appreciated.