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The Official BFS 4 Year Blogoversary!!!

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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!!!

4th Blogoversary

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.

Thank You!

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 $70,000-$90,000 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!).  Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!
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16 thoughts on “The Official BFS 4 Year Blogoversary!!!

  1. Congratulations! Your “voice” has been one of the most enjoyable to listen to over the past 4 years. I particularly appreciate how you repeatedly emphasize that persevering in the work has led to your success. Good job!

  2. Love it, congrats!! Hilarious about the spam figures – forgot to include that in my last b-day post too 🙂 Mine’s at 1,321,723 and that only covers half of the last 6 years! Haha… people DO suck.

  3. Wow, nice work. 4 years is almost a lifetime in the blogging world. Thanks for inspiring us entrepreneurs to keep hustlin’!

    My spam folder is tiny, only at 12,000. I have a ways to go!

  4. That is so awesome. What I think is also great is how you have helped so many bloggers and continue to do so! You are making a difference in peoples’ lives and should be so proud of that!

  5. @Lefty, awwww! And yeah, it seems simple, right? Want to succeed? Then do it. 😉

    @Michelle, it feels way shorter for me. I really can’t believe it’s been 4 years…feels like I started last year or something. Time doesn’t just fly – it freaking zooms by…

    @J Money, spammers…grrr…

    @Jacob, I think that’s hilarious – 4 years and I’m an old fogie of the blogging world. That makes J Money ancient with his 6 years, lol.

    @Mrs. Money, that comment made my day. Thank you.

    @a terrible husband, thanks!

  6. Spammers just trying to get the word out too, lol. Somehow, spammers think their spams works as advertising or something. Flamers are like comedians who imitate the famous, best form of flattery? I really don’t appreciate either. Been around long before the web, just more prevalent now. Almost as bad as chain mail, which also occurred through snail mail first.
    Hope you continue to enjoy what you do for decades to come.

  7. @Savvy, thanks!

    @retired, thank you – I hope this lasts for a while too. 🙂

    @Kim, yes, I do think about where I’d be if I hadn’t found blogging…it is a sad picture.

    @Emily, thank you!

    @LH, thanks, I’ll try. 🙂

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