On February 20, 2010, I published the first post ever on Budgeting in the Fun Stuff. I think about 5 people saw it, and they had all followed me from Free Money Finance. It’s amazing what can happen in 4 years with one blog. Happy 4 year blogoversary, BFS!!!
4 Years of Stats
- Total posts: 1535
- Total comments: 21,615 (plus the first 2-3 months that I lost when transferring to WordPress)
- Total page views: 851,106 (plus the first year that I wasn’t tracking this like I should)
- Total spam comments received: More than 750,000 (you guys suck!)
- Categories I’ve Written the Most About: Blogging (165), Entertainment (139), Budgeting (110)
- Total Income from just BFS: $71,200
Changes in My Work Life – February 2010 versus Current
- I was making $2000 a month and hubby was making about $3000 a month. Now we average $8000+ per month.
- I worked in a cubicle 45 hours a week and commuted about 10 hours a week. Now I work from my home for about 50-60 hours a week.
- I rarely traveled for business or fun. Now I travel every couple of months and can combine the two.
- I had a 401k and a Roth IRA, and Mr. BFS was working towards a teacher’s pension. Now we depend on our Roth IRA’s, some stock investments, and our paid off rent house. My old 401k is still growing too, but I can’t contribute anymore.
- I was ready to spend 30 years in the same position just to hit retirement at age 52. Now I have no idea how long self-employment will last, but I am enjoying it while we have it. At our current rate, we may be able to retire early at around age 45. But retiring is no longer the end-all, be-all goal for us. It’s amazing how much you can enjoy life while working if you don’t despise your work.
- I felt that I was wasting a huge chunk of my life. Now I feel like I found my calling and just need a new main goal so I don’t stagnate.
Honestly, I didn’t think about how long I would blog when I first started. I had never stuck with any hobby for more than 3 or so months before this. Now I can’t picture my life without blogging in it. All of you have helped me find where I belong.
FYI: I worked at a dead end cubicle job from 2005-2011 for about $30,000 per year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $80,000-$100,000 through blogging, professional pet sitting, hubby's reffing, and our rental home. If you’d like to start your own site (link to my free step-by-step guide), I highly suggest checking out Bluehost (my referral link with a nice discount for you, PLUS a free custom header banner from me!). I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page - I hope they help you too. Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!