This one kinda snuck up on me. Our second wedding anniversary was exactly a month ago and I thought about the then-upcoming blogiversary. But time got away from me through July and now here we are.
Two years. Two years. Two effing years! Wow.
When I started this, I was just getting used to life on my own. I was young (21), I was scared. I had to find a job and support myself and my husband. I had married into a mountain of debt that I was aware of but hadn’t felt as a burden until we married.
It’s incredible how much my life has changed in the last few years. For starters, we’ve made significant inroads into taking down our debt. We paid off our credit cards, our car, and have saved almost $10k toward Micah’s student loans.
In that time, I have learned so much about so many things. I have learned all kinds of things about personal finance. I have learned that I can be happy on what looks like a small salary. I have learned a lot more about blogging and earning money while blogging. I started my own small business and have helped many blogger do more than they could on their own. I have met wonderful people, online and offline, people who support me emotionally and/or as a blogger.
I have worked a handful of jobs, some full-time, some part-time, and I have learned something from all of them. I have figured out what I want to do as a career.
I’d like to thank a few of the people who helped me do all this. There are far too many who’ve touched me and the blog over these 2 years for me to name them all and I’m going to end up leaving out some people by accident–but know that I’m not just grateful today because it’s my anniversary, I’m often grateful.
First, there’s the M-Network, who’ve been great partners in building our blogs together. Pinyo of Moolanomy, the founder, Jaimie from Paid Twice, Lynnae from , Plonkee, Patrick of Cash, Money, Life, Larry (formerly of Gather Little by Little, now of Empty Cabin Media, and David of My Two Dollars.
Then just a few of my other blogging friends: Emily of Remodeling This Life, Jenn of Frugal Upstate, Jason of Frugal Dad, Pete of Bible Money Matters, Laura of Green Panda Treehouse, Jim from Bargaineering, Kerry from Squawkfox…and more.
And finally, a shout-out to my local blogging friends. We DC area bloggers get together once every month or so for Happy Hours. Our most recent one was last night. We went to a little dive, appropriately named Recessions, and hung out. The host was Brian Scheur of Building Wealth Together. Also in attendance were Debt Hater, James from DINKS Finance, H C from the now-defunct One Big Mortarboard, and first-time HH attendee Shawanda from You Have More Than You Think. Good times. I missed the other regulars who couldn’t make it, mapgirl, Clever Dude, and J. Money of Budgets are Sexy. They’ve been fun and encouraging to hang out with ever since I got up the nerve to go to my first meetup after about 4 months of blogging.
And truly finally, a huge thank you to my readers. Some of you I know IRL, some of you I’ve met via the blog, some of you will keep on reading and never leave a comment. Thank you. A blog with good SEO could survive without readers, perhaps even make money. But the most rewarding part for a blogger is not the money but the conversation and the impact that their work can have on others. Thank you for reading and participating when you choose. Thank you.