Hello everyone. I’m still here. Blogging. I love it!!! What an incredible journey it has been so far! Not only am I helping others, but I’m helping myself. As a personal finance blogger, this blog allows me to be creative and keeps me accountable with my money goals. I’m really excited to see where I go from here.
My blog is starting to grow organically. I’m connecting with bloggers and readers from all over, thousands of miles away. It’s been fantastic to connect on social media and through email. I had one reader DM me to say I got them started investing. Wow, it just made my day. It feels great to know that my words have shaped someone else’s future. It really does make everything worthwhile.
If you’re looking for tips on how to take your blog to the next level or need some inspiration, keep reading my six month blog update!
First, I want to go through my thank-yous.
A few days after I wrote my one-month update, I felt defeated, frustrated, and overwhelmed by ever making blogging a full-time business for me. I sought support from my Create and Go and Lady Boss Studio Facebook groups. And you know what happened? Several people reached out to provide me help, give me feedback, and offer guest post opportunities.
I have found that it is so essential for new bloggers to connect with other bloggers. So don’t be scared to post that you don’t know what you’re doing or ask a question. Parent Portfolio, your early support is priceless to me and really helped me feel part of the blogging world. Siddhika from Wag a Bond and Drew from Legendary Insider, have been super helpful with telling me their blogging stories. It’s incredible how the teacher-student relationship can be reciprocal where both parties come away from an interaction feeling like they have learned something.
I have to give a special thanks to The Money Mix Insiders. I cannot say enough good things about this group of bloggers. They have some of the most awesome blogs that I’ve ever read. And they make me feel like I’m an amazing blogger.
Lastly, thank you to all of you who let me write a guest post for more exposure. Wealth of Geeks, you’re terrific. I love my post on graduation money. Thirty-eight investing, thank you for letting me write the guest post “Can I retire with $1 Million Dollars.” Hey You Finance, I appreciate the feature in your article on how to take care of your finances. Saveoteur, you have inspired me to step out of my niche just a little with 34 Fun Things To Do In Florida. I hope everyone keeps a budget with sinking funds that include at least one vacation a year. You deserve it.
And my blog made it to the top 28 female personal finance blogs by Partners in Fire. I’m up and coming folks!
Well, that sums up my personal shout-outs for now. I have many more people I could say thank you for early support on Instagram and Twitter. You know who you are and that makes me smile, but let’s move on to my blog update now.
My Six Month Blog Update
My 6 months goals that I wrote when I first started blogging April 1, 2021:
- Be a guest on a podcast
- Write one blog post once a week
- Post on Instagram 6 days a week
- Start a Pinterest page to drive traffic to my blog
- Finish the blogging course I enrolled in April 2021
- Have 1000 pageviews a month
Be a guest on a podcast
I was able to do a podcast with Gabrielle from The Corporate Quitter. We talked about money, investing, and my best advice to my 20-year-old self. It was so much fun. Before becoming a blogger, I didn’t think I would put myself out there on video or audio, but here I am doing it.
That’s what you have to do as a blogger. You have to put yourself out there.
Write a blog post every week
I haven’t entirely written a blog post every week, but I have written something every week. I wrote at least one blog post for my blog or did a guest post at least once every week. I feel like my writing skills are improving. Of course, Grammarly certainly does help. But let me tell you when you’re writing about something you love without worrying about anything else, you can write forever.
Right now, I’m writing and only have about 10 visitors to my blog every day. But I keep writing. Why? Because blog growth is exponential growth. It doesn’t happen overnight. But once it starts to grow, the growth is exponential, and it doesn’t stop.
Social media updates
I’m not quite up to posting 6 days a week on Instagram, and I’ve given up on Pinterest for a little while. I find it challenging to find enough time to write blog posts and keep up on social media. I’m currently posting on Instagram 3 times a week and sprinkling in reels here and there. My Instagram account has grown to almost 500 followers, and I typically have anywhere from 10-30% engagement. It’s pretty cool.
I love Tik Tok and making videos, but they take me 1-2 hours to produce, and right now, my focus is on creating high-quality content for my blog. My Tik Tok has grown to more than 1K followers.
I plan to engage more in social media over the next few months, but my time is limited because I still work full-time. In fact, I took today off to focus on my blog a little extra for my blogging anniversary.
I know you want to know where I got with the courses I bought. Well, I’m not done with any of them, and I don’t buy them anymore. I prefer learning as I go through reading other people’s blogs and working with other bloggers. I have found that actually doing the stuff is what I need. At some point, you have to stop “learning.”
Of course, I haven’t monetized my blog yet. I still don’t have much traffic (less than 1K page views a month). However, my DA and DR are going up. I’m proud of my progress. My keywords are starting to rank, and I have seen organic traffic from Google. It’s really exciting. Lots more work to do, but I see the light now.
My best advice for new bloggers
Find a blogging support group. Here you can ask questions in a non-judgmental environment and get the motivation to keep going. All bloggers have initial growing pains, but working with other bloggers is the best thing you can do for your blog. They will show you that you’re normal and making progress even if it doesn’t feel like it.
Read a lot in your niche. I find that I can create posts to teach my audience about what I’ve read about, or I can use quotes from what I’ve read to inspire my audience. Your readers may not have much time. They come to you to learn something or for a little entertainment. They don’t necessarily come to buy something. Focus on building relationships and the rest will follow.
Learn SEO early on. And don’t be scared of it. Eventually, your network will grow, and you will start to get organic traffic through SEO.
Don’t burden yourself with a bunch of courses. They may help you set up your website, but beyond that, they can’t help much. You have to write and write more. Your blog will never be perfect. But you have good information that people need to know. So don’t be scared to hit the publish button sooner rather than later.
Motivate others to keep going. When you have someone else looking at you or needing you, you’re more likely to work harder. Also, teaching others helps cement your knowledge and improves your vibe.
They say the first year is the hardest. It’s most important to build good quality content, and the rest will follow. I feel pretty good about my goals from the last 6 months. I am learning so much from researching articles to write about.
I genuinely believe that together we can all succeed at blogging. Likes, comments, shares, and tips to succeed are free. I hope that motivates you to lift someone else up with you. I just got my sister blogging at Keep Dazzling. She loves it too…already!
If you’re a new or experienced blogger, thank you for checking out this blog. If it’s 2025 and you’re looking back to see where I’ve come from because I’ve hit it big in the blogging world, just know that you can do it. Know that it is going to take a lot more time and work than most people are ever willing to do. Believe in yourself. You don’t have to be the best. Just be the best version of YOU and a little better than the next person.
Thank you to everyone that has supported me and my blog. I’m going to continue doing what I love: writing quality blog posts and interacting with people across the world on social media. I’m here to talk about investing and teach busy professional women how to manage their money and investments. Please comment below where you’re at with your blog or your money goals. Is there anything specific that you would like to see me write about next?
Theresa is a personal finance blogger. She writes content for busy professional women to take control of their money and investments. She enjoys reading, traveling, cooking, and writing. Her work has been featured on GoBanking Rates, Your Money Geek, Savoteur, the Corporate Quitter, Thirty Eight Investing, and more.