Sunday marked my fourth anniversary of this blog. Wow. 48 months. It’s technically a few months longer than the time I spent in college. Four years ago, I was a newlywed, in debt, and without much in savings. I started this blog to help me record and test ideas and ways of saving money and to be a part of the personal finance blogging community.
I quickly discovered thanks to readers who happened upon this site and left comments and sent emails that there was a lot I could learn from you all. I’ve saved quite a bit of money thanks to you — ideas on how to save, encouragement for when the going gets tough, and just using this site as a way to keep me accountable. Thank you!
I also want to thank you for reading, because your readership has helped me create a revenue base in advertising and affiliate links. It’s money that went (in combination with Shane’s salary) to pay off our car, to build our emergency fund, to buy our van, to help charitable causes, and have some fun.
I’m grateful to my blogging friends and those who I have had a chance to meet in person — Ashley, Susan, Joanna, Karen (ok I already knew Karen before blogging but I think the blogging helped us become friends). I met my friend Renee in Pittsburgh thanks to this blog. Looking forward to meeting others as time goes on.
I’ve grown a lot, and there’s still plenty more I need to learn as a wife, mother, and blogger.
For this blog, I’m still not completely certain the direction it will take. Perhaps I will try some DIY home decor things. Maybe I can dabble in some gardening, or more from-scratch cooking. As always, suggestions are welcome.
We don’t have any big money goals right now — we’re just living life and getting settled.
I think I’ll get back to my blogging early days and reread The Tightwad Gazette. There’s probably plenty of ideas in there that I’ve long forgotten about that perhaps I can utilize now.
Thanks for putting up with me over the years!