We have a tradition in our house when it comes to birthdays.
It goes back to when my oldest daughter (now a freshman in high school!) was just a preschooler who loved watching some really cute cartoons on Noggin.
One of those shows was called Yo Gabba Gabba. It was not one of my favorite Noggin shows but the kids enjoyed it. It was a very high-energy show and it had lots of musical performances mixed in, including the catchy tune below…
It’s a catchy song and the kids would always get up and dance around when it came on.
Now, every time one of them has a birthday I load up the video on my iPhone and play it to wish them a happy birthday.
So as Budget Kitty turns one year old today, it decided today was a good time to share our tradition with you as well.
The one year mark is also a good time to reflect on how things have gone, as well as plans for the future.
I’m still here!
You’re probably thinking, “Wow, Mike has some low expectations” but most bloggers throw in the towel after just a few months. Lasting a full year puts me in the distinct minority.
I’ve also had some good wins this year.
A few posts went semi-viral and I got mentioned on Rockstar Finance. One was even syndicated on MarketWatch which is pretty awesome.
I’ve started getting organic traffic from Google, and I’m starting to see some steady (if still small) income come in.
And I’ve stepped out of my introvert comfort zone and interact with other bloggers, which has opened up some doors and made blogging a bit less lonely.
Even though I’m still blogging away and starting to make progress, I’m nowhere near where I want to be.
I only published 64 articles all year and while some of them were super in-depth, with several thousand words and great detail, that’s just not enough.
Here’s a quote I read in an article from ESI Money:
I think of each article as being a soldier, going out there and fighting for traffic. The more soldiers you have, the better your chances of winning the traffic battle.
That’s a great analogy. And if each article really is a soldier, then I need a lot more than 64 soldiers if I want to win the battle for traffic.
Which means I really need to step up on my content creation and publish a lot more often. Of course, quantity doesn’t ensure quality.
I don’t want to flood the internet with a bunch of nameless stormtroopers. I want my soldiers to be like the Avengers!
This site was launched with the intention of it being a husband and wife team. Though my wife helped in the beginning she didn’t really “get it” and quickly lost interest.
So I’m blogging solo right now, though I’m hoping when she sees the traffic and income continue to grow she’ll give it another chance.
I sure could use the help! Blogging is real work and there is so much more to it than just pumping out one 500 word post after another.
Time is always a struggle. With a full-time job, a crappy commute, a wife and 3 extremely active kids, and a house that always needs work, there never seems to be enough time in the day to get to everything.
Balancing all of those responsibilities has been a challenge and I need to do a better job of carving out time to really take this site to the next level.
Building a successful site is a lot like building a skyscraper. It takes a lot of time and resources to build it up enough to reach the sky.
Here at the end of year one, I’ve built a decent foundation. But I have pretty big goals with this site, and if I’m going to reach them I need to step up my game.
Up until now I haven’t really followed a set publishing schedule. I’d post three new articles in a week and then go two weeks without posting anything.
I also didn’t have a firm plan for publishing new content. I simply wrote about whatever I felt like at the time.
Going forward I’m going to be organized with an actual publishing schedule and I’m also going to sketch out a plan for my content and set it up in a more user-friendly format for my readers.
I also need to decide if I want to go all in on Pinterest or just drop it. I’ve been creating images, building my following and joining some group boards but I just haven’t been able to crack the code.
There are lots of bloggers having amazing success with Pinterest, but so far I’m not one of them. I’m not ready to throw in the towel but if I don’t start seeing some results soon that may change.
My other priority is to step out of my shell and connect more with other bloggers and readers. It’s tough when you’re semi-anonymous but some of my biggest wins have come from the times where I have reached out to other bloggers and tried to connect.
It feels good to already be seeing a measure of success but I’m still a tiny guppy in a great big ocean.
Year one is in the books. Now it is time to ramp up my building and step into the next frontier for year two!