When we started our blog six months ago, we never really thought that anyone would even read it. We never would have imagined that it would grow into what it has – and do it in such a short period of time. Now that we’ve lived through the first six months of Club Thrifty, I have to say that it has been amazing. We have met and networked with inspirational writers and people from all over the world. Truly, we never anticipated all of the support that we have gotten and all of the connections that we have made. If you have stopped by, commented, or promoted our blog at any point over the past six months, we want to say “thank you.”
We have also learned so much over such a short amount of time. We made mistakes and, luckily, took the time to learn from them. We asked for advice from more established bloggers. People like Jeremy from Modest Money, Jefferson and Michelle from See Debt Run, Average Joe at The Free Financial Advisor, Michelle from Making Sense of Cents, Jacob at iHeartbudgets, Jason at Work Save Live, Daisy at …Add Vodka, and Carrie Smith from Careful Cents were happy to help. Of course, everybody at the Yakezie Network has been extremely helpful as well.
It Gets Better…
Some new and exciting things are happening here at Club Thrifty. First, last week, I was hired to be a staff writer at my very favorite personal finance blog, Get Rich Slowly. It is my understanding that my stories will be published twice per month, on the second and last Thursday of each month. Make sure to check them out and show your support. Or, comment and tell me that what I’m saying is completely wrong. You know I live for controversy and awkward moments! My first “staff” assignment will go live this Thursday!
One other big change is that we have come out publicly to our family and friends. We weren’t blogging anonymously until this point, but we weren’t shouting it from the rooftops either. Anyway, I am glad to have everything out in the open. I am relieved that I no longer have to feel like I am living two separate lives. I am thrilled to be out of the blogging closet.
At the same time, it is a little scary. All of my fellow bloggers will agree that it is truly frightening to put your words and advice out there for the world to see. People can be cruel and argumentative. They can tear you down. They can make you feel like a giant dumbass who has no right to have a home on the internet…or anywhere else for that matter.
Yet, that is also what is so awesome about blogging as well. Putting ourselves out there to be criticized by our readers may sometimes tear us down. However, it can often build us back up and make us more confident than we were before. I have experienced this myself, and I am no longer afraid to fail or to be told that I am wrong.
Let’s face it; personal finance bloggers won’t always be liked. Unfortunately, we write about things that a lot of people don’t want to hear. We write about personal responsibility and not being lazy and wasteful on almost a daily basis. It is perfectly reasonable to expect some backlash from time to time.
Anyway, I wanted to thank all of our readers. Thank you for all of your support. Thank you for believing in us and bothering to read our words. It has been a humbling and exciting experience. Thank you all for choosing to spend your precious time with us. We hope that you have enjoyed it, and we certainly hope that you’ll keep coming back for more!