In this last month we celebrate the 2-year anniversary of EPF’s launch! I wrote a post about how blogging has enriched my life, both figuratively and literally. We also received a check that puts us in the black for the blog this year – our income exceeds our expenses. More on that in the Earning section below.
In the last month, I’ve been late on getting up two posts. I have still maintained my perfectly consistent MWF posting schedule, but instead of going out at 6 AM I posted them later in the day. I guess I’m getting lazy! Well, the reason for the delay this week was that Kyle and I were up until 1 AM Monday and Tuesday nights making baked goods for Christmas! So maybe those are extraordinary circumstances.
Analytics Data from November 16 to December 15, 2013
People who listen to us, as of December 15, 2013:
RSS subscribers: 162 (too many false fluctuations to bother recording change)
Twitter followers: 696 (+32)
Facebook fans: 46 (+2)
Alexa: 75,063 (-1,515)
Google PR: 3 (no change)
MozRanks: 5.09 (+0.01)
Some Google Analytics statistics:
Our stats are a bit down this month, but last month’s were inflated by my GRS post so I’m still feeling okay about them.
Most viewed posts:
Most Commented Posts:
Yay, payout month! The affiliate income here was from the check I mentioned. This means that finally we’ve earned more than we’ve spent on the blog this year. I think we’re going to take the earnings ‘home’ as our personal income since I can’t think of a way to spend it in the business in the small amount of time we have left in the year. Starting in January we’ll keep the income in the business so that we can pay for my trip to FinCon14. And we’ll probably spend some money to finally get a logo/header that wasn’t made by us.
affiliate income: $625
Search Terms from Real People
“married keep finances separate different spending habits” – Don’t do it! Find a way to reconcile. Your marriage will be stronger if you are on the same page about what you do with your money.
“understanding tax brackets” – They can be confusing but I made a visual to help explain marginal tax brackets, credits, and deductions.
“how to manage long distance marriage” – I did a whole series on how to financially manage long-distance marriage, but I didn’t really try to grapple with the emotional and logistical parts.
“fatal (fiscal) attraction: spendthrifts and tightwads in marriage citation” – Yeah, I totally wrote a post about that paper.
I love these grad students who are being proactive about their finances!
- personal finance as a grad student
- investing while in grad school
- saving for retirement when you’re in grad school
Is your blog or other slightly monetized hobby in the black or the red for the year? What are your favorite types of searches to see coming to your blog?