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Our very first blog anniversary!
Happy New Year Frugal Converts!
You’re probably thinking that I’m a bit crazy, since it’s July and we’re nowhere near the new year. But, July 1st marked the first birthday of The Frugal Convert, which means we are in our first new year on this journey and I have so many feelings!
I want to start off by thanking you for being here. If you’ve been with me since the beginning or you just stopped by to read this post. I thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to join in on the conversation and happenings of this blog.
I’ll be honest, when I first started writing and thinking of writing as my true calling, I told one of my best friends about the idea. I told her that I’d write blog posts, but never actually publish them. I’d write them for myself and see if I felt comfortable later to publish them.
But, she said something that changed everything.
She said “Just go all in, you have nothing to lose”. At the time, this couldn’t have been more false. “I had EVERYTHING to lose”, I thought.
Let me give you a little bit of history that I never shared here before today.
Before I started blogging, I epic-ally failed on Youtube.
Two years prior, I started a beauty Youtube channel. Because I loved makeup and DIY beauty, I thought that I could take this love and turn it into something big. I saw so many others finding success on Youtube, that it looked easy. I’m cringing as I say this, only because I now know that I was being incredibly naive for thinking any success on any platform could be easy to achieve. That is so far from the truth.
Anyway, it turned out that my love for makeup was not passion, it was a mere “like”. And because of this, my motivation dwindled to nothing within a year. I didn’t have the drive to keep me going. I had less than 1,000 subscribers and I barely got views. And I worked so hard week after week with video recording, editing, ideas, creativity, and the countless hours just got to be a bit too much for me.
So much so, that I became depressed.
So, in April of 2017, I completely deleted my Youtube channel (sorry curious people, there is nothing to see here). That gave me such relief, knowing that I can stop looking at myself as a failure and just move on.
In the months after that, I knew I wanted to share my creativity with the world, but I wasn’t sure how. Then, I thought about my life. About what I do the most, what I think about the most, what consumes my energy and what I love to explore. Without realizing it, I had been helping people with their personal finance all along, for years, in fact.
I always shared tips and tricks with my friends and family on ways they could save money on everyday items. My budget was a daily thought in my mind and my life revolved around personal finance. Even in my Youtube channel, my goal was to help people feel beautiful on a budget.
I realized I had so much to share, so I started this blog.
So, before I started even thinking of writing a blog post, I read a ton of blogs about how to start and how to know if blogging was right for you. One thing all of the articles had in common was that they urged you to have enough content ideas BEFORE you started. One article suggested that you have at least a year’s worth of blog post titles written down, so at least you knew if you had enough information that you could share. It was supposed to be a way for you to challenge your plan and see if you truly could come up with that many concepts.
So, I went to work. I opened an excel spreadsheet and started writing blogging titles. Within 20 minutes I had almost a hundred titles ready. It amazed me. I made a deal with myself, if I could come up with at least 50, then I would start writing a blog. So, now I proved to myself that I had one piece of the puzzle figured out.
But, fear kept me from plunging in head first. Failing just a few months before really rattled my self confidence. I wasn’t sure if I could take another hit so soon. What if this failed too? Nope, I would keep this to myself until I was ready to share it with the world.
That is…until I heard my friend’s words.
Someone already believed in me. How? I didn’t even know if I believed in myself at that moment.
But, she was right. I was so afraid to fail that I thought if I didn’t put my all in the project, than if I did fail, I could somehow use the excuse that the reason for my failure is that I couldn’t devote my all into the project.
But that’s just it!
If I didn’t put my all into the project, I would definitely fail! So, why was I ready to take the plunge with the idea I would fail before I even started?
A lot of us do this. We think of our plan B before we even fully delve into plan A. We already think of our failure before we even start. We cut our chances of success because we don’t 100% believe in our abilities, and we fail because we don’t go all in. It’s the weirdest notion, if you think about it. If you want something to happen, you need to put all of your energy into making it happen. Period. Thinking of failure will only hinder your progress and your growth, not to mention make you afraid to take proper steps and risks.
After knowing that at least my friend 100% believed in me, I took the plunge, head-first into the unknown. And it was so exciting. That day, I got my Bluehost hosting package and I started building my site. I had about 5-6 posts ready to go. I found a picture database for my blog images, I had a name, and I had a vision. Within 3 weeks, I was up and running and ready share my ideas with all of you.
As the Frugal Convert celebrates it’s first blog anniversary, I realize I have accomplished a lot in just one year, because of you.
I’ve had more than 85,000 of you visit The Frugal Convert, I’ve had more than 100,000 views. I’ve competed in the Rockstar Rumble, on one of the most prominent personal finance sites and got to Round 3. I’ve had 4 articles go viral (What You should never buy from the Dollar Tree, What not to buy from Costco, What I learned about money from the Flintstones, and Changing this one habit can make you grow your savings fast). A big thanks to Tailwind for helping me kill the Pinterest game by reaching more than 280,000 views in one month!
I’ve written articles that were published on awesome blogs such as Millennial Money Man and Mr. Jamie Griffin. I’ve contributed my knowledge and experience on a post with Method to Your Money, and I’ve recently been interviewed for an article that’ll publish in a couple of months with Student Loan Hero.
155 of you decided to stick around with me and subscribed to this awesome community of Frugal Converts. I’ve been featured on Rockstar Finance, something I never thought I could achieve in Year 1.
I’ve made so many blogging friends, and you, my readers and subscribers, are the best in the entire world!!
So many other awesome things have happened this year, that I can’t even begin to describe my gratitude and utter excitement for what’s to come.
It’s all because my darling friend pushed me to take a risk. To believe in myself more than I’ve ever believed before.
I’m so incredibly happy that I started The Frugal Convert and that the articles have resonated with so many of you. I can’t wait to share more and I can’t wait to see what Year 2 brings!
Since the Build Your Wealth (BYW) challenge has been so successful with so many of you, I’ve already started writing an e-course and an eBook to help you all have a more comprehensive way to get your finances in order. I’ll have the pre-sale announced in the next few months. It is going to be an incredible resource for you and I can’t wait to see your success!!
Because I want these products to serve YOU, I’d love your feedback on what you’d like to see in the book or course, so feel free to leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.