When I launched about a two months ago, I didn’t really know what to expect. One of the goals was to make as much content as I can. About a few weeks before starting up the blog, I wrote down a list of topics that I could elaborate about knowing that I could put it into detail as much as possible. I am still trying to get ahead of schedule because as of this writing I only have one other post ready to go.
Another goal was to share the readers my experiences and tips and how it all weaves into a personal finance perspective. From discussing about finance, cutting cable, cloth diapering, parenting, to hiking, I wanted readers to know my knowledge of these occurrences and hopefully it will help anyone out in the personal finance community or just casual readers.
Getting the blog up was an adventure
A few weeks before I launched my blog in July, I tinkered with creating the blog itself. The template, font, and setup were tougher than I expected. Initially I thought it would be an easy setup where I would pick my template, setup where my menu would go, have widgets on the side and have a readable font. But with the tedious functions like the ‘Read More’ feature, getting my ‘What Am I Reading Now’ widget, putting the blog posts on the front page and placing my logo it was more an adventure than anything. I will not go into detail about every encounter I had to create the blog but I will say that I learned that your just have to be patience in creating one because it’s not exactly a quick 10-15 minute setup. Well at least for me, hopefully for others it was easier.
I did have another blog about eight years ago but that was shared with other friends where we just post our common interests and usually attach videos to it so there wasn’t any postings that had full details and our circle of friends was the audience. This is very different where everything is on my account and the audience is a wider range of people who have an interest in personal finance.
One of pleasant surprises I’ve had seen is the great amount of PF bloggers that are on social media whether it’s on Twitter or Instagram. On top of that is the support they have for each other. We all want to help out as much as can and supporting everyone’s blog, posts, interactions on social media has been really FUN. That is another surprise I have encountered. Coming in I thought that I would just work on the postings, try to promote it as much as I can and read and comment on other bloggers posting. But the fun exchanges on twitter and side jokes we have which makes me look forward to checking on my twitter feed.
Also reading other bloggers’s posts are great and really learn new things from them. But with the overwhelming amount of them in the PF community it’s really hard to catch up to read all of them. Thus after reading an endless amount of posts for the first few weeks in July, I started cut it down to a rotation of 10-15 bloggers throughout the week with exception of any interesting post I see on my twitter feed. Overall it’s so awesome that a lot of PF bloggers want to share their own experiences and it’s with great support from the other bloggers.
Twitter and Instagram are my Go-To Social Media Platforms
In terms of marketing my blog, both Twitter and Instagram are my two outlets and will keep it that way. With Twitter, it is by far the easiest and most interactive social media platform. You can link your posting, retweet other blogger’s posting that you really like to your followers and exchange conservations with the other bloggers. It’s almost like a daily interactive meeting where people share their insights and others provide feedback to your opinion.
With Instagram you can only post pictures and get feedback on comments but your pictures can provide not only your postings but also pictures of your everyday life that does not involve your blog. It can be a pictures shopping, places you’re enjoying the part of your day or maybe even not enjoying. Some even post pictures of financial goals they are trying to accomplish. Basically showing another side of you and what they like to do is the purpose, brings more of the human element.
Pinterest is one I will not touch….yet. From what I read, it’s not exactly the easiest social media platform to market your blog but if done right, you can attract a lot of readers to your blog. I know that there are free courses online on how to get through the Pinterest puzzle of marketing your blog but as of now I will not deal with Pinterest. I do have a Pinterest account for my private account but that is for hobbies and parenting articles where I’m the reader and not the one promoting. Maybe within a few months I will read up more on Pinterest.
The same goes for Facebook. I’m really not into that platform. I also have a private account with them but I barely log on nowadays. Maybe once a month I’ll check in just to see how friends I don’t see that much anymore are doing. But in terms of opening an account for the blog, I would rather open one for Pinterest first than Facebook.
Concluding This Blogging Reflection….
In summary, it has been a great experience so far interacting and getting to know fellow PF bloggers. Also learning how to create a blog, market it, and always want to improve my writing. After college, I thought that I’d never write postings like this. I wasn’t really great in writing throughout my college years so I thought that would be the end of my writing career. But writing in this format is better than I thought. Probably because it’s all based on my personal experiences and thus makes it easier.
If you asked me a couple years ago or heck maybe a year ago if I wanted to create a personal finance blog and write my experiences on the internet, the thought would have never crossed my mind. At that time I just wanted to read and learn from PF bloggers like Mrs. FrugalWoods, Jeff Rose, Financial Samurai, and listening to Farnoosh Torabi’s ‘So Money’ podcast. They were my outlet when I wanted to know how to build on my savings after I wiped off all my debt.
It’s been a fun time doing this these first two months and looking forward to having more great times recollecting more experiences that I want to share with you, sharing pictures on Instagram, interacting with the other bloggers on Twitter, and just have fun with this whole experience.