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 a year. I went self-employed in July 2011 and make between $80,000-$100,000 through blogging, a rental home, and professional pet sitting. 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). I even have all of my favorite tools on a resource page – I hope they help you too.
This all gives me the time to be with my aging family members, the flexibility to stay close with my friends and family, and it should help if we finally get pregnant too! Please contact me any time at budgetingfunstuff*at*gmail*dot*com with questions or just to brainstorm! I’d love to help!