It’s officially my one year blogging anniversary over here at Chief Mom Officer, and boy has it been a wild ride! My very first post took about three weeks to get a single view, because of course I was talking to myself when I first started writing. Fast forward to now and my writing here on my little corner of the internet has lead to amazing things that I would never have thought possible.
Why did I even start? Why pend so many hours writing, on social media, on forums, all for zero pay (yep, haven’t made a dollar) and extra headaches? And what exactly did happen to me this year? For my one year blogging anniversary, lets reflect on my history and the year gone by. Plus at the end I have a suggestion for a frugal gift that would be just the right thing for me.
As a fan of personal finance and investing since I was a teen, I felt comfortable with my own saving and investment strategy. I’ve been reading websites about personal finance ever since they were first published on the internet. Heck, I read The Wealthy Barber as a teenager, helping to inspire my entire investment strategy and saving 10% into my 401k at age 18. I was hanging around Morningstar forums back when the Bogleheads were the Diehards, and I remember when Get Rich Slowly was the story of JD Roth (back when it was good).
I’ve read or own pretty much all the popular and influential personal finance and investing books. I gave a speech in my college Public Speaking course about saving and investing, which my instructor proceeded to tell me to never again give for free. I followed all the popular personal finance and FIRE bloggers, listened to personal finance podcasts, and read all the new finance-related books that came to my local library.
When blogs about personal finance and investing started, I was very interested. I read for years and years with great interest. My favorite blogs were always stories. Expecially stories of a person going through similar things to what I go through, or of their financial adventures. Even reading blogs by people in vastly different financial situations, or with vastly different goals from me, was fun. I like the “personal” side of personal finance and it was fun to follow along with my favorite people online.
Why I Started
But as time went on I realized that it was really hard to find stories of people like me. A lot of traditional “mom blogs” are usually about stay at home moms-I work more than full time and am the sole income earner for my family. “Mom blogs” on money were usually about couponing and frugality. Now I love couponing and frugality, but there’s much more to personal finance. My favorite financial blogs were all written by (1) men or (2) women with no children. Sometimes I would find a good blog written by a woman with very small children, but they were pretty much always a stay at home mom.
Where were the women like me? Why were there no breadwinning moms? Moms interested in more hard finance topics and less couponing? Who work full time? With older children? Who love to teach their kids money concepts through everyday, ordinary events? I couldn’t find them anywhere.
Since I couldn’t find it, I decided to create it. Being the family breadwinner, with a lot of knowledge about personal finance, and with a wide age range of children (soon to be 14, 10, and 2), I have a very unique perspective on the subject. My family has been through a medical crisis that almost killed my husband, and our emergency fund saved the day. My identity has been stolen. I use things like school book fairs to teach my kids good money habits. We have Chopped competitions in our house as a fun and free thing to do. We’re creative and make a lot of things ourselves, like homemade sugar cookies and Pokemon valentines for Valentines Day. I hoped that other people would enjoy reading about these things, just like I enjoyed reading the stories of what others were doing.
Why I Keep Going
The answer is simple – for all of you.
People have forever told me that I “should be a writer.” Why? Because I love to read. I have explained to many people that reading and writing are very different. Honestly, I never considered myself much of a writer. Sure, I wrote as required for school, but I never really wrote for fun. I even got a big fat “F” in keeping a diary. Every time I would start one I would fail to keep it up after just a week or two.
When I started , I would read all about how the best part of blogging was the financial community. I wasn’t sure what they meant back then, but now I know. The personal finance community is friendly, collaborative, helpful, and generally amazing. Getting to know so others with similar interests through their writing, podcasts, videos, and social media has been amazing.
But for me the absolute best part has been people who have told me that something I wrote inspired them. The post about my husbands medical crisis has generated a lot of comments about how folks have experienced something similar, and I hope it will be help others in the future who will be better prepared for an emergency in their own lives. I’ve received emails, comments, and messages from other breadwinning moms who loved the site. And there have also been plenty of other people – men and women, with and without kids – who have read and enjoyed the things I’ve written.
So a huge THANK YOU to every single person who stops by. I hope you’ve enjoyed following along on our adventures and money lessons this year, and you’ll stick around for the year to come!
Highlights From Year One
Remember at the beginning where I told you this blog has lead to things I never thought possible? Here’s a sampling of what I meant:
- I was featured on Rockstar Finance for this post about my kids “Not A Box“!
- I was on the Stacking Benjamins podcast, a podcast I’ve listened to for years!
- With Paula Pant and Len Penzo, authors at sites I’ve read for a very long time
- I wrote a guest post for Budgets are Sexy about being a breadwinning mom seeking financial independence, and that post was picked up by Business Insider!
- I won a scholarship to Fin Con!
- I’m a finalist for the 8th annual PLUTUS awards for Family Finance – something I never even remotely thought would happen to me.
- I got an e-mail from Mel Lindaur – of Bogleheads fame – thanking me for the review of their book Bogleheads Guide to Investing!
- I have over 3k followers on social media between Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook
Those are just the top successes that I’ve had, which is way more than I thought would be possible. Since I’ve started this site, I’ve learned so much and I think my writing and blog skills have improved greatly. I have so many more ideas to share and things I want to do. I’m so excited for year two!
Celebrate My One Year Blogging Anniversary With me!
Did you forget to bring a gift to this party? That’s OK, I know just the thing for my one year blogging anniversary – it’s free AND just right for me. In the comments, tell me:
- What is your favorite article that I’ve written?
- What topic would you love to see me tackle that I haven’t talked about?
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