Modest Money 6 Month Blogging Anniversary Comments93 Comments

It’s hard to believe, but apparently today marks the 6 month anniversary of the Modest Money blog. So happy birthday to my blog!

Yes I know birthdays are normally an annual thing, but I’m proud for having kept this blog going this long. A large portion of bloggers end up throwing in the towel before reaching this point. Usually they find out it is just a lot more work than they had anticipated and the money just wasn’t coming in.

I do acknowledge that it was a lot more time consuming than I had expected, but at least it has been enjoyable work for the most part. Rather than typical copy and paste type marketing strategies, it’s instead been all about connecting with other bloggers. Since there are so many personal finance blogs, you really get to choose who you want to connect with. So you don’t have to waste your time putting up a false front trying to connect with people who rub you the wrong way. I just wish I had more time to connect with other bloggers. I feel bad when someone new starts commenting on my blog and I just don’t have the time to consistently repay that favor.

In addition to the time factor, I think I have made pretty good progress on all my blog stats and finding my blogging voice. I’ve even managed to make some money from my efforts. With any luck the momentum will keep going and the work I’m putting in now will pay off even more down the road.

As promised I got nice and drunk to celebrate this anniversary on the weekend. Now it’s time to celebrate with all of you. So who’s coming by for drinks?? ;) Without all your support there’s no way I would’ve lasted this long. You all provide so much support and inspiration. I really appreciate all your help!

To show my appreciation I am hosting a big giveaway contest. This contest will run for 2 weeks and then random winners will be chosen. Unless otherwise stated, you can only enter with each method once. Any attempt to cheat the system will result in all your entries being disqualified.

I am fronting some cash for this contest, but I also had some blogger friends step up huge to contribute a prize for this contest. In total we’re giving away over $200 and a few awesome ebooks. Thank you so much! I highly recommend everyone check out their blogs and follow them on social media:

To enter the contest, use any of the entry methods listed in the widget below (entries must go through rafflecopter):

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck everyone! And thanks again for all your support!

You’ve also got until August 3rd to enter the giveaway on SeeDebtRun.com.

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By : Jeremy Biberdorf | 30 Jul 2012
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93 thoughts on “Modest Money 6 Month Blogging Anniversary

    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Jordann. I appreciate all the support over the last several months. It looks like you’re coming up on 6 months in August. Congrats.

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  1. Carrie Smith

    Happy 6 months Birthday Modest Money! You’ve come a long way in just a few short months and your blog/social media presence has grown a ton. Congrats on making it this far and for sticking it out!

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    1. Jeremy

      Thank you Carrie. It’s awesome to have a blogging friend who is having such success to help with inspiration. So thank you for all your support.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thank you Daisy. I admit that I’ve been using your blogging popularity as part of my motivation to work hard. You’ve got a really great blog going and I never understand how you can manage to fit that in with everything else going on in your life. Thank you your support and for being a friend. Have fun with your new dog.

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    1. Jeremy

      Nope I don’t expect it to get any easier anytime soon. I do think momentum will eventually take over, but with my gameplan I expect to have to keep going at the same pace for months still. Thank you for your recent support Lance.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Gekko. lol at ’6 years anniversary’. I can’t imagine where this blog will be at that point. In all honesty I’d probably run out of things to write about by then and end up selling it off to start something new. Or I’d hire staff writers and step back from it all other than a post every week or so.

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  2. Josh @ Live Well Simply

    Entered! Looks like you must have started blogging around the same time I did! Here’s the the next 6 months and beyond!

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    1. Jeremy

      Yeah I don’t know what the deal was but it seemed like a big group of finance bloggers all started in the first 2 months of this year. Congrats on sticking it out this long too Josh.

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    1. Jeremy

      Awesome to hear Lauren. I’m glad to be helping people. So if you ever have any questions, feel free to reach out to me. Thank you for regularly commenting on my blog lately.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thank you for providing one of the prizes Michelle. Much appreciated. And thanks for being such a loyal commenter. I just checked and you were actually my first commenter on this blog. So I really appreciate that 6 months later you are still commenting. Thanks!

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  3. jolie

    You have done incredibly well for 6 short months! Happy blogoversary and thank you for all the great reads you provide me (and others :-)

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    1. Jeremy

      Your poor blog must be upset for not acknowledging those anniversaries. Not all bloggers really mention anniversaries, but since I cover blogging topics too I figured it was pretty relevant. Thank you for all your help and support so far Steve. We’ll have to meet up next time you’re over this way.

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  4. Jason @ WorkSaveLive

    Congrats on the anniversary! 6 months passes extremely fast and I’m surprised I’ve made it as long as I have. I’ll link up to the giveaway on my post this weekend.

    Hope your hangover isn’t too terrible!

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Jason. You’ve been very kind with all your help during my blogging journey. I really do think it’s the strong connections that keeps a lot of bloggers going. It would be weird to throw in the towel and not be in contact with all of you.

      And no the hangover wasn’t bad at all, which was surprising considering how much I drank and how I forgot to drink water before going to sleep.

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  5. TB at BlueCollarWorkman

    Congratualtions on 6 months, man! On a birthday, shouldn’t we be giving you presents instead of the other way around? haha, well, I’ll take it! I love giveaways :-) Keep up the awesome work dude, and happy blog 1/2 birthday!

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    1. Jeremy

      Good point. Where’s my damn presents?! ;) No I consider a blog as more of a community. You guys all contribute to it with your comments, shares and links. So I thought it was appropriate that you all benefit a bit. The prizes contributed by other bloggers are essentially gifts too. Thank you for being a regular visitor TB. It’s always interesting reading your stories as a break from all the financial topics.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thank you Miss T. I appreciate you being a loyal commenter and also the frequent social shares lately. I hope to eventually build up my blog as big as Prairie Eco-Thrifter and use your model of using staff writers for a lot of the content.

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  6. DebtsnTaxes

    Congrats on hitting the 6 month mark. I think I’m coming up on that one myself. It does take up a lot of time but I think it is worth it. Hopefully your next 6 months go as good or better as your first 6 months did.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thank you. I think the next 6 months should be even better. I’ve learned from mistakes and I think I’ve settled into a good routine that will keep building the momentum. I expect to start making a lot more money in the coming months too. That’s the plan anyway :)

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  7. Drake

    Jeremy, congratulations on the blog anniversary! Now its time to expand it to 6 years :) All the est for the future of this blog. Drake

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    1. Jeremy

      With 14 prizes, I think there are pretty good odds. I just hope there aren’t many people who win more than one prize. Thank you for being a good blogging friend Michelle (and Jeff :)) And congrats on your 6 month anniversary last week.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Shannon. It will be interesting to see where I’m at after 1 year. I’m sure things will change a lot by then. Maybe I’ll even be blogging full time again by that point.

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  8. Jacob @ iheartbudgets

    You are far too seasoned of a blogger to only have been at it for 6 months! Thanks for leading the way in how to make a blog successful and entertaining. I appreciate all the help and support as well. Here’s to another great 6 months!

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Jacob. I appreciate the compliment and the support you have shown. You’re definitely welcome to contact me anytime you need anything.

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  9. MyMoneyDesign

    Congradulations Jeremy! You’ve built a better blog than most of us in just 6 months. I’ve really appreciated all your help and advice outside of the comment screens as well!

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks MMD. My website marketing and development experience helped out a lot and I put in substantial hours so far. I don’t know if my blog is any better than any of your blogs, but I am proud of how it’s shaping up.

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    1. Jeremy

      Normally 6 months would seem like a long time, but it flew right by. It seems like there was so much stuff I was planning on doing that first month that I still haven’t found to take care of. Thanks for all the comments and I’m looking forward to the next Vancouver finance blogger meetup.

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  10. K @ Get Worth

    Congratulations on six months. I just started one a couple weeks ago, it’s nice to see what is possible in six months. Just found your blog today and looking forward to getting up-to-date on it. Here’s to another six months!

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    1. Jeremy

      Congrats on getting into blogging K. While it’s still early, I highly recommend you get off blogspot and move out to wordpress, ideally self hosted with your own domain name. With blogspot you are too limited in what you can do. The longer you stay the more difficult the move may become. I did accomplish a lot in 6 months, but remember that everyone goes at their own pace and has their own amount of time they can put in and their own level of experience.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks DC. I like when people assume I’ve been blogging longer. You’ll notice a lot of bloggers doing giveaway contests like this. They are a great way to pad your stats, generate extra traffic and give back to your readers. There are tricks to getting even more exposure from contests like this though. So if you do plan on hosting one, shoot me an e-mail for some tips.

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  11. Kevin @ SpringCoin

    Jeremy,

    It seems unlikely that you’ve only been blogging for 6 months, looks like you gained quite a bit of followers/readers in this short amount of time. Keep up the hard work Jeremy!

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    1. Jeremy

      Well with all the time I’ve put in, it’s probably a lot more than 6 months at the average blogger’s pace. I’ve managed to find a lot of great help to get to this point too. Thanks Kevin.

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    1. Jeremy

      I don’t think I added any kind of stipulation that co-sponsors couldn’t enter :)
      I wouldn’t want to block all of you from potentially winning. It would be funny if you won a copy of your ebook though.

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  12. Shilpan

    Happy six months of blogging, Jeremy. I started blogging seriously in Mid-January, so it’s been six months for me as well. After throwing towel on my very successful blog, successsoul.com, I can’t believe that I gathered courage to launch another blog. I have to express my gratitude for lots of friends, including yourself, for the inspiration.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Shilpan. It would take some courage to start another blog after giving up on one in the past. I’d be interested to hear more about why you closed your other blog if it was very successful. I would think the success would be great motivation to keep it going.

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  13. mycanuckbuck

    Congrats! You’ve done a great job with your own blog – and still found time to help the rest of us who are rather clueless. :)

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    1. Jeremy

      lol, you guys aren’t clueless. I just happen to have more experience with a lot of the marketing and monetization stuff that isn’t unique to blogging. I enjoy helping you all out with all the support you’ve shown me.

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  14. Justin @ The Family Finances

    Jeremy, congrats on the milestone! You’ve done a great job with your blog, and I am constantly amazed at how you are able to interact and respond to so many fellow bloggers. Keep it up!

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    1. Jeremy

      Keeping it up is easier said than done. It is a lot of work to do all of that networking and marketing. Of course once the money picks up, it should become more manageable. Thanks for the loyal support ever since the guest post you submitted a while back.

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  15. Debt Free Teen

    I’m a new reader! Great to hear you are already making money! I have a surfing site that I have been at for 4 years I do well with it but it took longer than 6 months.
    Chase.

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    1. Jeremy

      I think the nature of this niche made it easier to make quick progress. There were just so many different bloggers to network with and I would think they would be more into marketing than the surfing niche. In that niche I’d expect lots to run their blogs as a hobby.

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    1. Jeremy

      It is a pretty exciting milestone. It actually made me totally forget that I did my 100th post on Friday. Thanks for your help Marissa.

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  16. Liquid

    Congrats on the blogiversary. I really appreciate all the time you’ve spent connecting with others like myself and I feel like I’ve learned a lot from your articles. Especially the marketing/seo related ones. There appears to be an incredible amount of interest being generated for this contest. I think you can keep the momentum going for sure :).

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    1. Jeremy

      Yes I’m sure this contest will help with the momentum. Plus I’ve still got plenty of strategies to use from my bag of tricks. Also I know that the more people I can help, the more their blogs will grow which will ultimately help me too. So anytime you need help, just reach out to me. I’m down for tennis again whenever too.

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  17. Drew

    Congrats! You’ve made really impressive progress. I’m just gearing up for my 6-month-versary next month. Time flies when you’re blogging.

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  18. Eddie

    Congrats on the BIG six months Jeremy.
    You’ve come a long way, and done a lot in six months. Keep it up.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thank you Eddie. Yeah I wasn’t really expecting this kind of progress at this point. I thought it would take much longer. I guess all the hard work I’ve put in is paying off.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Mark. I still have a long way to go before I match your huge RSS subscriber base. Give me a couple years though and it might be close :)

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Brian. I did put in a ton of work in this first 6 months. Hopefully I can find some ways to keep momentum going without so much time and effort.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thank you ADP. I think this blog has come a long way too. I remember the early days of struggling to just keep a few regular commenters. Now I can’t even keep up with commenting back on everyone’s blogs these days.

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    1. Jeremy

      Thanks Kanwal. Well I hope the work dies down a bit at some point. I think I am getting there by accepting more guest posts, but I’ve still got a long way to go. I definitely need to build up the marketing a lot more still.

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  19. Jeremy

    Thanks E&M. And no worries about the support. I love the approach you take with the focus on the environment too. It looks like just 2 more weeks until your 6 month anniversary. Thanks you for all your support too.

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