Around New Year’s I published a short series of goals. The third group of resolutions dealt with my 2009 goals here at Frugal Dad, and related to things like subscribers, traffic and income.
With the first half of the year nearly up, I thought it might be a good time to review those goals and the progress made so far in 2009.
Blogging Goal 1: Attract 7,000 subscribers
When I set that goal I had 4,899 (on 12/30/2008). As of this writing I have 7,507 subscribers. I’m flattered over 7,000 people find what I write here worthy of following. I’ll let you in on a little secret – I have a stretch goal of 10,000 followers by the end of the year. You can help by continuing to tell your friends about FrugalDad.com, and by sharing the occasional article with them. And if you aren’t already receiving my daily articles for free, why not sign up now?
Blogging Goal 2: Receive 250,000 page views per month
At the close of 2008 I was averaging around 110,000 page views a month. Unfortunately, I haven’t enjoyed as much growth as I would have liked as I’m now averaging around 135,000 page views a month. I’m grateful for every visitor, but I need to find new ways to find more.
Blogging Goal 3: Earn 100% of my regular, full-time earnings from writing
When I shared this goal with you I was earning nearly 50% of the earnings from my day job. That number has trended higher and as of May 2009 I’m now earning just over 60% of my full-time income.
When I set this goal I had the idea I would one day replace my full-time job with writing, but now I see the benefit in continuing both (assuming I can keep up the insane schedule).
Blogging is not something you can earn big money with quickly, but given enough time and dedication it is possible to claim it as a decent side hustle. I’ve been writing for the web for over two years, and here at Frugal Dad for about 18 months. That might seem like an eternity to some, but the real champions of blogging started back in 2005 and 2006 (and earlier).
Again, thank you, the readers, for sticking around through the ups and downs. I’ve never attempted to separate my personal triumphs and failures from Frugal Dad, because I hope you are inspired by them, or at least learn from them (as in, my screw-ups).
I would now like to turn things over to you and ask for some feedback on Frugal Dad.
- What types of posts do you most enjoy?
- Do you like days when I post more than once?
- What other peripheral topics would you like to see covered more often (careers, entrepreneurialism, household tips, investing, kids and money, etc.)?
- Are there things you strongly dislike about the site – layout, content, etc?
Please give me an honest assessment as I’d like to expand Frugal Dad’s reach in the second half of the year, and I’ll need your help to do it. Thanks for your continued support!