Welcome! To a special edition of the Hump Day Heat! We are celebrating…this is our 100th blog post!
We’ve come along way since the first official article, “The Art Of Workplace Interaction” on September 13, 2016! We’d like to give credit where credit is due today, share our lessons learned and our future goals with this blog
Warning: this post was written by Mrs. DS, contains her personal views and gets a wee bit lengthy (+2,000 words!) but it’s all worth it
So grab your beverage of choice for this Hump Day Heat, sit back and celebrate with us!
Lesson 1: The Power Of Two
Not many of you may know this, but I actually had my own lifestyle blog back in 2008. I let it die only after a few months. What killed me: social media. I didn’t get Twitter, didn’t like Facebook and Pinterest was only used for saving home improvement project ideas.
What also killed me: work. I was a young manager in the workforce and placed in a pretty hostile work situation for a few years. So any spare time was spent in survivor mode trying to outwit, outlast & outplay. No time for side hustles & blogging. Mr. DS was doing his own thing. My last tweet on my old Twitter account was, “going out for a run!” And I never came back.
Fast forward to 2016:
Mr. DS encourages to start a blog back up again. “Awesome idea hun!” I’m all in!
I wasn’t all in.
2016 will go down in history as one of the suckiest years we’ve experienced: deaths of 5 family members and friends, death of 12yr old furbaby (dog), not one miscarriage, but two miscarriages! And it even carried a bit into 2017 a bit when one of my Supervisors decides to commit suicide. We tried to keep a positive perspective, blogged through it all and stayed in survivor mode.
I focused 2017 on myself. Career building. Becoming a health nut. Volunteering for any work travel opportunity that presented itself. I acted like a guest post blogger. Whenever Mr. DS asked, “hey, can you contribute something this month?” I’d blow it off. Meh, this is his thing. I’m gonna go paint this entire house white like something Joanna Gaines would do.
It wasn’t until I realized how much he truly hated his day job, needed a change and support from his mate to make this work. I also forgot how much I love writing. Yes, this is a job I would do for free as it does make me happy. So, we both could improve our lives from this.
I started taking a more active role in the blog in October 2017. I resurrected the old Pinterest account Mr. DS set up a over a year ago, and revised all the old posts to make them SEO green. And had an absolutely fun time doing it! Refer to the “Join the Blog Party – It’s Lit AF” post….that’s a pic of me in the bikini w/ the tattooed belly partying on top of the jeep in the picture.
Just kidding. Click bait.
Overall, if you are married, have a family and work full time, blogging and marketing yourself is hard y’all! What’s the ratio you are supposed to do? 80% marketing, 20% blogging?
Shiiiit. I didn’t go to school for this. Give me a calculator and let me do your taxes.
Together, we looked at where we could make both our presence more known. He joined Rockstar forums, I sought out other lifestyle/professional development forums. And we comment/try to interact as much as we can there.
Lesson 2: Interacting With Other Bloggers Is Important
Here’s where the champagne glasses can start being filled.
There’s an awesome group of guys out there that will be always near and dear to my heart. These guys have commented on our stuff since the beginning. Even my posts when I wrote mostly about topics from my 2016 sucky year. So thank you for being there for us and being an awesome person:
My brotha from anotha motha. Not only do I think he would have been my buyer for alcohol back in the day, but he is also the kind of dude that comes to a lady’s defense. I may/may not have received a troll or two on my old blog posts. This guy shuts them down so you don’t have to. I’m a lovah, not a fighter, so thanks man!
A wealth of knowledge exists in this man. He’s adaptable to change, listens to find your point and not afraid to also try new things to see if there’s a better way of doing something or stick with the tried and true method.
This is another man who gets name dropped at our dinner table, “What’s Doubling D-Man been up to?” Oh, just got back from traveling to x place, he’s been writing for x website. Still rocking it!
Well, not only do we share the same love for 1980’s shows like Tales from the Crypt, but also all things money. 😉 This man is retired, but don’t let that fool you – he’s still young and fun!
Gives some of the most well-spoken, thoughtful comments I have ever received. The same level of passion exists in his writing style in his blog where he has a one tract mind for success. And encouraging the F925 lifestyle. I don’t know who drops the “AF” term more between him or I…but I’d say we are pretty even and on the same page!
A name that’s been in our house for a few years now. It’s been fun watching a couple in their 30s retire! You know you’ve made it big when your workplace is gathering around a newspaper at lunchtime pointing at the couple featured who are just barely getting by, living life in an trailer. (Don’t you love news and media?). I had to hold back my laugh, smirk and say, “Yeah, crazy cats. Who would live such a life??!” And walk away from the conversation. #LifeGoals #TheyAreSmart #MediaandTVSuck #Airstreamsrule
Lesson 3: Reciprocate The Love Back
In reflecting on our last 100 posts, we received many comments from a bunch of awesome bloggers out there! But as I mentioned, I was kind of checked out our first year, didn’t take the time to “get to know” the blogging community and neglected to share, comment and fully know these bloggers and their awesomeness. For this, I am sorry. Thanks for visiting us. We are better supportive blogging cohorts from this mistake; here’s a few of the many awesome bloggers who regularly visited our site in the beginning and gave us their love & support:
Whoa, that’s a sausage party. Where da’ the women at? Well, let me introduce you to the women I met online! Yes, I know that sounds weird. But it isn’t!
Understandably, it is a lil’ uncomfortable for a dude, Mr. Ds, to reach out to other female bloggers (he’s a pretty loyal hubby like that!) so we didn’t have a lot of women point of contacts in the beginning. But, since Mr. DS and I decided to break a part the social/marketing tasks, my point of contacts were gained mainly from Pinterest. I joined a few Personal Finance group boards, and then began reading the content people were pinning (if you’ve received at least one Pinterest referral a day, it was me). From there, I’ve “met” some awesome women!
In reflecting on it, she was the first person who requested to be invited to my board on Pinterest, “Group Board: Growing Your Financial Freedom” – thanks Angela for reaching out, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know you! If you haven’t yet, take the time to check out her blog. Last month she celebrated her 6th month bloggiversary and is NOT slowing down!
I take her up in her healthy eating habits, exercise tips and she’s super active in Rockstar forums. Also, she’s the person responsible for making our page more user friendly/shareable. Thanks – cause
we I f’d some things up pretty bad in WordPress and it needed fixing! Now to tackle our subscribe/email list we I also messed up…eeks!
If she isn’t your online BFF, you need to fix that! We spent New Year’s Eve together playing old school Nintendo and eating meat and cheese trays. 😉 This gal has an amazing writing style, super thoughtful commenter, organized as all get out, and has as a few obsessions like Mr. Compound Interest and Warren Buffett. Who doesn’t love that in a woman?
One of the most relatable, and knowledgeable gals out there. I think we went through a few of the same life experiences going up and down, but keep reinventing ourselves and coming through! I take back and learn something from her site each time I visit! PS. Mr. DS needs to buy me this instapot for Mother’s Day (or preferably before).
Redefines 9 to 5! She shares well-written content in a compelling story. Like this piece on life events that may blindside your finances. HP also creates budget friendly, yummy recipes. Well, I’m sold! I never thought to put spinach in a chili…turned out amazing!
Newest girl crush! Sorry Miguel – Lily gets to be featured again since you still haven’t given her a section yet on the About Me page! Overall, this is a hilarious couple and I have no idea how they get anything done because I would just be laughing too hard at what they come up with…very informative, and great humor.
Toast to all the amazing people above, they deserve it!
Lesson 4: Keep Content Regular
Before, our goal was to post every 3 days. When building an audience, you need to be dependable. In my opinion, every 3 days wasn’t consistent enough for our type of blog.
Since I write mostly professional and personal development (flavored with a small financial component when I can to not lose complete interest of our current, main audience), I decided to post Mondays. Mr. DS, whose passion is motivating financial topics, is Fridays.
We like to give the reader the option that if they don’t really care about professional development stuff, they can skip Mondays and just tune into Fridays, and vice versa.
Hump Day Heat has been a way we’ve been able to consistently give back and share other’s content. It also challenges us to keep being social, find new bloggers and unite them with others in the blog community. And who doesn’t love to read about motivational topics and people to get you through the work week?!!!
Lesson 5: Have Short-Term Goals
We will continue to be as consistent as possible with our M, W, F posts. We are pretty reliable people in real life, so we should be on here too!
Since getting more active in other forums, Pinterest, Tailwind and being featured on Rockstar Finance twice, we are averaging a decent amount of daily traffic to our blog. And so, we started to look into affiliate marketing and other forms of advertising. I’ll be posting more lifestyle/career/professional development posts that will tie in with affiliate marketing.
We updated our blog from the free, WordPress Hemingway theme, to a Genesis theme. Because Hemingway wasn’t us. My favorite colors are grey, black, white and an accent color of tan! I know – so boring, but it’s easier on the eyes!
For Pinterest I have to use pink, orange or yellow though since those share the best. Sigh….I just sold my soul.
Overall, the switch to a Genesis WordPress theme was pretty easy, we didn’t have too many glitches and are liking a few new features. We are still new and learning (plugins are not my friend) but will eventually get there.
Lesson 6: Create Long-Term Goals
Our long term goal is to eventually earn enough money from this blog, and our other money sources working for us, to off-set some of Mr. Defined Sight’s annual salary enough to quit his IT job.
Our kid (maybe someday future kids) will be school age soon and I want Mr. DS to be available for pick ups, drop offs, every little league game, etc. Because he’s good with kids (I think because he’s a big kid?), and since another one of his passions is sports, he would make a great coach!
For me, I’ll still continue working my day job since I’m still loving it! The health & retirement benefits are pretty good and in my opinion, we need two different sources of income. I would not be able to sleep as well at night if we were both entrepreneurs!
Keep playing lottery every now and then. So I can fantasize about us both working for ourselves!
I will continue participating in as many speaking and writing challenges that become available to keep building my skills. Since I’m winning speech contests, Mr. DS suggested I’m ready for my own YouTube channel of Fbook live videos.
What the what?! Oh my. I’m not on either of those places right now. Can I wear what I usually rock at Walmart?! Ball cap, sweatshirt and yoga pants?! We shall see. Don’t hold your breath people.
Hump Day Heat – Big Thank You!
Do you have any suggestions for our site? Content? Other lessons learned from your blogging experience? We’d love to hear from you!
Thank you to all who have been a part of our 100 blog posts. We are finishing off this edition of the newsletter by listing 100 bloggers that we have visited with, been on their site over the years, joined our group pinterest board or would also like to get to know them better and share their awesomeness! If we have forgot a few – let us know too!
- Abandoned Cubicle
- Accidental FIRE
- Adventure Rich
- And Why Not She Said
- Apathy Ends
- Birds of a FIRE
- Blog With Mo
- Budgets Are Sexy
- Bull Markets
- Bunchy The Budgeteer
- The Cash Dad
- Chasing Foxes
- Chief Mom Officer
- Chronicles Of A Father With Cents
- Common Cents Hub
- Countdown To Tranquility
- Crunchy Hippie Life
- Damn Millennial
- The Dollar Hackers
- Doubling Dollars
- Dividend Daze
- Dividend Diplomats
- Dividends Diversify
- Dividend Growth Investor
- Do You Even Blog
- ESI Money
- Enjoying Simple Luxuries
- 1500 Days
- Financial Muse
- The Financial Journeyman
- Financial Panther
- Financial Samurai
- Fin$avvy Panda
- Four Pillar Freedom
- Freedom Is Groovy
- The Frugal Gene
- Frugal Asian Finance
- Frugal Money Man
- Full-time Dollars
- Full Time Finance
- Get Rich Slowly
- The Green Purpose
- The Green Swan
- Handy Millennial
- I Saved 5K
- Joshua Kennon
- Keep Thrifty
- Kiwi & Keweenaw
- The Land Of Milk And Money
- Life Zemplified
- The Luxe Strategist
- Pursuing Retirement
- Peerless Money Mentor
- Mad Fientist
- Mad Money Monster
- Making Sense of Cents
- The Mastermind Within
- Money Buffalo
- Money Scrap
- My Money Supply
- Montana Money Adventures
- Mr. All Things Money
- Mr. Free at 33
- Mr. Jamie Griffin
- Mr. Money Mustache
- Mr. Tako Escapes
- Ms. ZiYou
- Mustard Seed Money
- My Mattress Money
- Open Mouths Get Fed
- Optimize Your Life
- Our Next Life
- Partners In Fire
- Peerless Money Mentor
- Physician On Fire
- Present Value Finance
- Rachel Ngom
- The Rich Miser
- Retire By 40
- The Retirement Manifesto
- Reverse The Crush
- Rockstar Finance
- The Savvy Couple
- Smile and Conquer
- Stop Ironing Shirts
- Summit of Coin
- Think Save Retire
- 30-0 The Rocky Story Of Finance
- This Tiny Blue House
- Time In The Market
- Tread Lightly, Retire Early
- Wealth Well Done
- Winning Personal Finance