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How has Million Dollar Journey affected me?





I was reading Clever Dude the other day where he posted about how his blog has affected him.  I thought it was an interesting topic so I thought I would borrow the idea.

Million Dollar Journey has actually had a big influence on my financial life.  The original goal of the blog was to help me track my financial progress.  Not only has it done that, it keeps me focused on my financial goals.  Before MDJ, I would have a goal in mind, but never really focus on it and more or less "go with the flow".  Now, good or bad, all I think about is saving and making more money because now I'm publicly accountable.

Not only has the blog kept me focused on my own goals, I have learned a lot through doing research for the articles and reading through the reader comments.  It can be a great learning experience when like minded individuals get together and have a pf discussion. 

I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a natural writer, however, MDJ has helped hone my writing skills immensely. It really comes in handy when writing those tedious reports for work.  Not only that, I look forward to writing for MDJ readers.

I never dreamed that this site would grow as fast as it has, since starting early December 2006 (9 months ago), this site has grown from 0 to 900 daily RSS readers with similar numbers for daily visitors.  The traffic has growing to the point where I can soon consider the blog income as a legitimate source of income.  I am truly flattered, honored and humbled by your loyalty. Thank you.

How about other bloggers out there?  How has your blog affected you?  How about you readers?  Has MDJ and pf blogs in general affected you? 





12 Comments, Comment or Ping

  1. FT, I must admit that you are my number 1 blogger :-) I have several blogs that I read over the morning, but you are always the first one!

    Since I blog as well, you are a great source of inspiration and you success is quite phenomenal.

    I agree with you that writing on your pf goals keep you focused. For example, when I posted my article on my $1,500/month objective, I also made a commitment not only to myself but also to many readers. Then, you don’t really have a choice but to work hard on your goal!

    I was also able to improve my English writing skills. French being my maternal language, writing in another language was quite a challenge. I still have things to learn but I feel that my writing is getting stronger.

  2. 2. Fab

    FT, I read your blog regularly. Your blog is actually the first blog I added to my current RSS reader. I admire your dedication… the regularity : I always know there will be an article from (timed 05:00am always…) you to read every day! BRAVO!

    I started a blog recently (26 days ago to be precise). Reading your blog inspires me.

    Funny as well, I am like “The Financial Blogger”. My native language is French. My english is not the best, there are mistakes in my posts… but it’s a super good exercise for me. At first, I wrote on my blog in both english and french. But I am not convinced yet… I have much articles in english than in french so far. The markets is so different (“blogging / wordpress / money making”) in the french world…

    Very good job MDJ!
    Wish You All Great Success! Fab

    The Financial Blogger where are you living?

  3. I like the feeling that I’m accomplishing something with my blog. I also have learned a great deal – it’s one thing to read and understand a topic but to write about it means you really have to know what you are talking about.

    Mike

  4. This is awesome FT!! Major congrats. I remember originally finding you earlier this year and going, “I need to get to know this guy” and then become top commentator that month. The blog is an awesome read FT, look forward to seeing you surpass 1k subscribers :) That in itself is inspirational.

  5. I started my blog for two reasons:
    1) To assist in my own financial education, and
    2) To actually keep track of my goals (as you said, goals are useless unless written down).

    Congratulations on your 900 in 9 months!

  6. Fab,
    I tried to blog in French as well but there is no market for it. You are very limited in term of promoting your blog and getting hits. After a couple of months, I quit writing in French and concentrated all my effort into The Financial Blogger. It’s definitely easier in English!

  7. 7. Jonathan

    I too like the accountability that a blog provides. You’ve got a great product here. Keep it up. I haven’t really used my blog as a source for trading or financial goals, but that is a great idea.

  8. 8. Daniel M,

    I enjoy reading this blog and the topics often get my wife and I to have conversations about our financial health.

    I am such a big fan of blogs because I feel it is more like a conversation than newspaper articles that I boring and without direction.

    I took me a long time to become financially responsible and I admire all the young people on that are participating and contributing to this community. Thanks for the posts.

  9. Like a few other people who commented, my blog has held me accountable for my approach and tracking my investments. It has also given me good reason to further research and understand the investing “game”.

    The biggest benefit I have had is connecting with other bloggers who share similar passions for dividend stocks and finances – I have learned more from these blogs than any books I have read over the years.

  10. 11. Lise

    Funny, I was just thinking the opposite… but then, I’ve only been blogging for a month. Maybe with more time….?

  11. Blogging leads to discipline. You can’t disappoint your readers after all :)

    It’s great reading the thoughts of *real* people. Congratulations on the growth in your readership :)

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