Sep 25 2011

4 years of blogging

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!



6 Responses to “4 years of blogging”

  1. Congrats on four years and thanks for telling us your story over the years!

  2. Congratulations! Wow, I can’t believe it’s been four years! I remember the very first post I read on this here blog. It was about your search for a winter coat. Lol. I think you posted a link on Facebook, and I clicked through because I’m nosy. I’m glad I did! I learned a lot about saving money from you, and you inspired me to start my own blog, which has been really life-changing for me. So thanks, Sense to Save! And Kacie. Glad I know ya! :)

  3. It is really inspiring that you have came across this far in blogging. Congratulations!

  4. Personally I hope you keep blogging on finance. Your ideas are credible and your situation is very real world. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come away resolved to keep trying. I’m twice your age and have done everything wrong (usually more than once) when it comes to money. It’s such a relief to see someone do it right at a young age!!!

    Anyway, congratulations on four years!! You do an excellent job!

  5. Thank you for your encouragement! I think I’ll always keep a finance angle here. I know I still haven’t exhausted this topic, because new life situations always seem to pop up.

  6. Kacie,

    Congrats on your 4 years of blogging – keep it up. Also love to see young couples doing it right from the get-go and then encouraging others to do the same. We made many poor financial decisions in our 1st 33 years of marriage but are now getting on the right track. The good news is our two grown children have bought in to the debt free lifestyle. Check out our Free 40-week video series, “Becoming Debt Free, God’s Way” @ http:/www.debtfreesquad.com

    Jeff

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Hey! I'm Kacie, wife to Shane and mother to Jonathan (7), Vivienne (5) and Amelia (2) . I write about my family's finance: how we save money, improve our spending, and plan for the future.

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I'm adopting a much slower-paced posting schedule, and treating this as a hobby blog now.

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