Have you ever had BMD? That’s short for blogger mood disorder. Perhaps you’ve been through one or some of these experiences:
- Loss of traffic
- Loss of Alexa
- Loss of page rank
- Decrease or nonexistent commenting
- Disappointing response to a post you worked hard on
- Lack of advertising responses
- Blog growing, but not as fast as you’d like
In the past, these events have greatly discouraged my blogging efforts. My symptoms usually included doubt and disillusionment. Thinking that my blog would never grow to the size I dreamed, I’d swear off blogging forever. Of course, I’ve always come back.
Over time, I’ve learned that blogging is not about hitting a home run on every post. It’s about persevering. You just have to keep going until you catch a break.
I bring this up, because I was feeling a touch of BMD this last week. As I mentioned last week, one of my blogging goals has been to write one guest post each week. I also wanted to leave my comfort zone and try to publish on some of the larger sites.
I submitted an article to Get Rich Slowly. I didn’t hear back. I’m sure JD Roth gets a billion guest posts each week. He may not even be posting guest posts at the moment. In short, the man and his staff are busy and aren’t going to post everything that hits their email! However, in blogging you get used to instant gratification. It can be hard to accept when things don’t work out as planned.
I was tempted to slam a few doors and cancel my web hosting. Doing so would be a complete overreaction. I’ve been through this before. You have to pick yourself up and keep plugging away until you find a success. So, I whipped up a different article and sent it to Problogger; it’s publishing on Thursday.
The cure for BMD is perseverance.
So…minus Get Rich Slowly, things are coming along great for guest posting. Below is what I’ve written in the last week and what I plan on writing in the weeks to come. I’m hoping that by organizing a schedule, it might help me keep up with all the writing.
Week of June 4th
- Get Rich Slowly – nadda
- I Am 1 Percent – What College Degrees Will Increase Your Chance of Reaching the 1 Percent?
- Staff Post at Steadfast Finances – What are the Most Popular Gifts to Give a High School Graduate?
- US News and World Report – What are the Odds of Succeeding with a College Degree?
- US News and World Report – What’s More Important: Your Bank Statement or Credit Card Statement?
Week of June 11th
- Problogger – To publish June 14th
- From Shopping to Saving
- The Penny Hoarder
- Blog Swap
- US News and World Report
- Steadfast Finances staff post
Week of June 18th
- Frugal Dad
- US News and World Report
- Stead fast Finances staff post
Future Guest posting
- Prairie Eco-Thrifter
- Fat Guy Skinny Wallet
My Family’s Financial Goals
Economically Humble is hosting a productivity challenge where bloggers are trying to complete one task each week for 9 weeks. Since this fits with My Family’s Financial goals, I decided to incorporate the two efforts.
Below are my four original goals for June, plus an additional 7 financial goals I hope to accomplish by the end of the summer. Many of these items are long overdue and will greatly improve my family’s finances.
- Close a CD I have at the bank before they automatically roll it into a new CD for 6 months. Check out the post on My Family Finances!
- Update my auto insurance policy to take advantage of a lot of savings. The update is in the mail as of this morning!
- Sign up for a new rewards credit card
- Update and reallocate my current 401k plan
- Meet with an insurance broker to discuss policies for my church (I’m the finance and insurance officer for my church’s board)
- Look into Traditional IRA custodians to roll in an old 401k that’s just been sitting out there
- Increase the savings in my children’s 529 plan
- Explore refinancing our mortgage
- Find a tree cutter to chop down a few dead/dying trees in our yard
- Check out accounting software for better tracking of small business income and expenses
- Shop around for new car insurance/homeowner’s insurance
I’ll be sure to write up posts on these items as I go along each week.
Top Ten Family Finance Posts of the Week
Now for the part of the article I love most. Sharing all the great posts I’ve read this week that will help you and your family with finances.
- Need more monthly income for your family? Why are you lending so much money to the government for free? Call Me What You Want, Even Cheap explains how to quit your free government loan.
- What’s the biggest barrier to starting up your own family business? Answer: paying Uncle Sam his share of your hard work. Budgets are Sexy covers the ins and outs of quarterly tax filing.
- Want to save money? Raid McDonald’s dumpsters and other frugal hacks for your family to avoid via The Free Financial Advisor.
- I spend a total of $0 on makeup, but I know that the female half of my marriage utilizes some of the products in the grocery aisle that shall not be named. Add Vodka adds up the makeup budget.
- Ever do something stupid to save a buck? Are you being frugal or just being cheap? Sam explains the difference at Financial Samurai.
- Don’t buy anything so expensive that you fear using the thing for its intended purpose. That goes for wedding rings at From Shopping to Saving.
- Get a job and a girlfriend at Funancials. Sadly, no specific advice on how to do both at the same time.
- Spending money for nothing? See Debt Run is counting all the random expenses that simply aren’t adding any value to our lives.
- Kurt at Money Counselor has the scoop on using your IRA for a down payment on a house. Also, whether or not it’s a good idea to do so.
- Looking for a new cop-cruiser look-a-like? American Debt Project explains why the next family car should be a Crown Vic.
That’s it for the week. If you want to find yourself in next week’s edition, leave a comment, shoot me an email or tweet my posts excessively.
Others that have Enjoyed My Family Finances
- Carnival of Financial Camaraderie at My University Money
- Festival of Frugality at The Frugal Toad
- Carnival of Financial Planning at Intelligent Speculator
- Carnival of MoneyPros at Financial Conflict Coach
- Carnival of Retirement at Finance Product Reviews
- Yakezie Carnival at 20s Finances
- Financial Carnival for Young Adults at Young Family Finance
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