It’s been 60 days since I started this blog. There were moments of elation, confidence and liberation mixed and mingled with moments of self-doubt, discouragement and vulnerability. I realize how dramatic that sounds, but in no way was I prepared for the emotions that resulted from writing in a public forum like this. One thing I’ve already learned is that when you put yourself out there for anyone and everyone to see, it causes a level of introspection like I’ve never experienced in my 35 years of existence.
Who am I? Is anyone interested in what I have to say? What is my role in the blogosphere? Will people read? Will they like me? Do I sound arrogant/off-putting/whiny? The incessant inner monologue almost consumed me at times.
I played with the blogging idea for years before actually committing to it 60 days ago. I wasn’t sure that I had much to say, but then it struck me. I have a passion and I have a story. We started living smarter, demolished our debt, and started saving…which led to really LIVING. I soon realized that over the course of our financial journey, I had gathered so much good information, it wasn’t right to keep it to myself any longer. I knew we weren’t the only ones living a “financed life”. From behind the wheel of a financed car, we drove to our mortgaged-to-the-hilt house, all while wearing clothes we probably bought on credit.
We couldn’t be the only ones, could we? And having come out the other side with a newly found financial security, and a quality of life never before experienced, it was time to share. But…within a few minutes of purchasing www.mySHINYnickels.com, I was already thinking…”I’m committed now. What have I done?”
But I decided to just…start. I began writing. And as the weeks went by, I saw my readership slowly increase. As of this moment, I’ve had over 6,000 page views across 48 different countries. What?!? For a little newborn blogger like me, those numbers surpass my mind’s comprehension. I’ve had many people contact me through the site…asking questions, offering words of support and some telling me that I helped light the fire to get their finances on track. Most are complete strangers, who, through one channel or another, found my blog.
No one knows where this will go, or what will come of it, but I’ve already reaped more benefits than I imagined. Thanks for joining me.
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