In July of 2011, I started a new blog.
I wasn’t new to blogging by any means. I had an Angelfire webpage or two back when we first got the Internet back in the late 1990s. As well as a MySpace page and various LiveJournal and Blogger blogs over the years.
I bought my first domain in 2002, long before there was WordPress or social media. All of the coding, design and maintenance was done by myself, by hand. I spent more time on the back-end stuff than I did writing or creating content.
Not that the content was any good. Although some of these blogs served a purpose, for the most part, they were all just public diaries that the same 25 people would read. (Which is probably a good thing, considering how candid I used to be online!)
This “new” blog of mine started off much the same. The main concept was for it to be a place to track my “101 Things in 1001 Days” project (also known as the Day Zero Project) which was all the rage at the time.
Many of my goals were financial and career-related, which made perfect sense. I was no longer a student and was really struggling with the fact that my “dream job” had turned into a nightmare. A nightmare that didn’t pay me enough, and meant I had to get a second, part-time job just to make ends meet.
As a natural saver, I wasn’t clueless when it came to money. But I thought that saving money was enough. I didn’t realize there was so much more to learn.
The more I wrote about my finances, the more I started reading about it, too.
To my surprise, the most valuable information I found didn’t come from the finance industry leaders – it came from other bloggers. Real people who were dealing with many of the same issues I was (and still am) going through.
I decided that I wanted to be one of those bloggers.
In April of 2013, I shifted my focus, did a little rebranding, and moved that little blog of mine over to its new home at My Life, I Guess.
That was 5 years ago.
I couldn’t let this occasion slip by without some sort of acknowledgement – even if it was admittedly poorly planned and thrown together at the last minute.
Blogging over these last 5 years has changed my life.
It has allowed me to become one of those bloggers that I wanted to be. Even in my own small way.
I know I’m not a big blogger by any means. I average about 200 page-views per day. There are less than 250 posts on this website. And a lot of what I post still has that public-diary vibe to it.
But one post of mine, “Stress Leave: Am I Really Sick or Just Looking for an Easy Out?” has generated more than 65,000 page-views and shows up on the first page of Google when you search “stress leave”.
The post has over 100 comments and I’ve received over 100 personal emails from other real people who are dealing with the same issues I was (and still am) going through. I respond to every single one of them because I remember how broken I felt when I wrote it. Even though I rarely hear back from anyone again, I know that sharing my story has made a difference.
Okay, so blogging over these last 5 years hasn’t completely changed my life.
I’m still in debt and I’m still trying to find the right career. But I don’t really see that as just a burden anymore. I also see it as an opportunity.
An opportunity for me to share even more of my mistakes and my hardships and continue to help people in a real way.
I couldn’t have done that without this blog or without you.
So, thank you!
And here’s to 5 more years!