This month I am wavering between wanting to quit EPF and wanting to commit to it even deeper. I am not really going to stop in the near future, but I noticed that I have been commenting much less on other blogs. At this moment posts just don’t seem as interesting to me as they normally do and I think I should be focusing more on improving my own content and searchability. It’s also a pretty busy/stressful month for us with our move so that is certainly contributing to my bad attitude! Allllso I kind of miss my old regular commenters and IRL friends who don’t seem to be popping in on the conversations so frequently now – you know who you are! (Not that I don’t appreciate my new commenters – thanks, guys!) But on the plus side, I have been inspired by listening to The Money Pillow podcast to expand to a couple more websites. Now I just need to find the time to work on that content!
This month I participated in a blog swap on the topic of lessons learned from my first side hustle. My post at FI Journey was about my short career as a medical guinea pig and FI Pilgrim’s post on EPF was on building a website for his first client.
I also wrote a guest post for Crystal at Budgeting in the Fun Stuff on how becoming basketball fans has improved our finances.
Analytics Data from August 16 to September 15, 2013
People who listen to us, as of September 15, 2013:
RSS subscribers: 72 (-85) (I think this is part of the fluctuations that always seem to be going on! the next day it was up to 188.)
Twitter followers: 566 (+52)
Facebook fans: 39 (+1)
Alexa: 94,152 (-15,967)
Google PR: 3 (no change)
MozRanks: 5.10 and 4.94 (no change)
Some Google Analytics statistics:
We had a little decrease this month over last because we didn’t have as many links from high-profile blogs, but I’m comfortable with our numbers for this month. I want to push them higher and am formulating a plan to do so – actually setting goals *gasp*!
Most viewed posts:
Most Commented Posts:
I know I’ve been saying this for a while, but we have finally crossed $100 in (estimate) Adsense earnings. So I fully expect that after the earnings are posted at the end of September we will be able to take our first payment. We’re on the way to breaking even for the year, woohoo! We also had another affiliate company we work with, Viglink, send the $1.16 we’ve earned so far to our Paypal account. We wouldn’t have initiated a payout of such a low amount, but there it is!
Search Terms from Real People
“elegant salad bar ideas for a wedding reception” – I’ve never seen a salad bar at a wedding reception before, but I would be into it!
“tightwad, unconflicted” – these two weird, seemingly unconnected words are actually technical terms from The Literature
“lean in 50/50” – looks like someone else saw the similarities between these two books
“do i need a brick & mortar bank” – only in a few rare situations. in my experience, no.
How do you work through feeling burned out with blogging without reducing your posting schedule? What is your plan for increasing traffic?