Well, I made it. They say most blogs don’t last more than a couple of months and I’ll say that I’ve taken to this writing thing.
I’ve managed to write 105 posts and have 1168 comments on my site. I’m averaging over 200 hits a day on the days I post, with my top day being almost 1000 hits. I’ve also made a lot of great new friends in the process. My alexa rank is now at 103,000 which is a far cry from the 6MM I started at. Of course, I wanted to do more, but it does go to show you that a little bit every week does add up. For me, it goes against the grain to do the slow and steady approach but I think in this case, that’s the best one for keeping the blog alive and kicking.
The most disappointing stat is that my search engine traffic is only at 2.2% (with 10% of that number being a direct search for First Gen American). After some help from a few folks I realize that the search engine rankings probably won’t increase much unless I start writing about really strange topics (where there’s not a lot of content out there) or have an article get mentioned and/or picked up by a larger site (so my reputation increases and I move further ahead in the google search line). It’s good to have something to work on right?
Many Thanks to my Top Referrers
Invest It Wisely
Budgeting in the Fun Stuff
The Lost Goat
Move to Portugal
Netherlands Frugal Living Site
Everyday Tips and Thoughts
I’d also like to give a special thanks Financial Samurai for starting the Yakezie network and allowing me to be part of such a wonderful community. I really appreciate the leadership and time that it takes to keep the ideas flowing. I don’t think I could have survived this long without the constant support of the members of Yakezie. I’m really looking forward to graduating from challenger to full fledged member.
AGAIN, I’d like to thank all my readers, commenters and fellow bloggers for helping keep the blog going. It has been a great outlet for my thoughts and a way to immortalize one of my favorite family members, Babci. I always thought the world was missing out by not knowing about the thoughts that come out of her head. Through First Gen American, people now get to see a little piece of her crazy and fun wisdom. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.
As for the next 6 months, I think I’d like to do a few more guest posts and carnivals. I also love leading the coffee talk writing challenges. I really hope that they take off in a big way because it’s so fun reading about 10 people’s takes on the exact same subject. No two articles are ever remotely close to another so it’s very cool.
Here are a few more articles I’ve been starting to do a round up on. It’s not complete, but then I realized I was 6 months old, so this post must go out today.
Frugal Village talks about ways to reuse Christmas Cards. I wish I read this before I tossed all of mine. One of our friends took a creepy santa card we send him last year and send it back to us. Speaking of creepy, I could use people’s photo cards and cut out the people and put them into odd surroundings and stuff. I must file this idea for 2011. I’m sure some of my artsy friends could do wonders with this idea in both a disturbing but also fun way.
Penniless Parenting takes food waste seriously and she’s figured out how to Eat Banana Peels with her home made Chutney.
Early Retirement Extreme’s Article about A Stranger in a Strange Land is a good article challenging the status quo of the 8-5 life in the rat race.
Nicole and Maggie talk about Ambition. It’s a great article and everyone should have ambition.
Money Reasons has a brilliant post about paying allowances from dividend producing stocks. I like the idea of buying some Disney stock or some other fun kid company as a gift. Then the child gets dividends every year. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Cool.
Everyday Tips and Thoughts reveals that her kids are in Private School. I’m all for it as long as it’s a good school. The school I went to was academically a mess so I’m a little gun shy putting my kids into private school but if there is a good one in your area and you can budget for it, then I say go for it.
Lindy Mint has some real tips on how to survive a diet. When was the last time you really felt hungry? I remember when I was pregnant, I didn’t ever feel hungry because I was eating all the time, and it showed.